The civic-minded south central community of Canoas Garden lies in one of the best parts of San Jose. The area includes restaurants, stores, and even a movie theater, yet is removed from the overly trafficked areas of central San Jose. The neighborhood is almost entirely residential, yet it has numerous commercial storefronts within driving distance only a few short blocks away.
Perhaps the nicest aspect of the Canoas Garden community is that residents have united to form the Canoas Garden Neighborhood Association. They regularly plan activities and get-togethers at local Canoas Park, from potlucks to movie nights on a big screen.
One interesting aspect of the Canoas Garden Neighborhood Association is the history committee, which keeps meticulous records of the neighborhood as it changes every year. The archives include pictures from before any homes were built in the area and show the neighborhood’s development over long spans of time. Very few neighborhoods bother with keeping such exacting records. This can provide a treasure trove of data for aspiring homeowners to the neighborhood.
One particularly interesting bylaw for the area allows neighborhood-wide garage sales. Instead of making each resident hold their own yard sales, the community as a whole gets together at certain times of year to hold a combined flea market-style sale for many residents all at once. The events make Canoas Garden stand out as a community. People from all over San Jose come to Canoas Garden during these neighborhood-wide garage sales.
The local school, Canoas Elementary, earned a top distinction recently by becoming a California Distinguished School. Very few other local schools have earned this honor. Another school just outside the neighborhood borders, Tomorrow Montessori, uses a radically different method of teaching and has won awards of its own. The fact that residents can choose between two such top tier schools makes Canoas Garden a perfect locale for families.