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Quiet, suburban neighborhood ideal for families and memorable for its long-standing Art & Wine Festival.

Welcome to Berryessa

Quiet, suburban neighborhood ideal for families and memorable for its long-standing Art & Wine Festival
Berryessa has a reputation for being a convenient and friendly suburban area. Located in North San Jose, Berryessa is named after the Berryessa family, a prominent Californio family of the Bay Area. Families are drawn to Berryessa for its excellent schools and the annual Berryessa Art & Wine Festival, a free event held in May that is great fun for the whole family. Considered one of San Jose’s top neighborhoods, Berryessa is particularly popular with families and young professionals.

What to Love

  • One of the newest BART stations is located in Berryessa makes commuting easier
  • Non-profit Art & Wine Festival is free to attend and fantastic family-friendly entertainment
  • Exemplary schools such as the highly-esteemed Piedmont Hills High

People & Lifestyle

With a population of approximately 49,000, Berryessa is a mid-sized neighborhood in Santa Clara County, offering residents a sparse suburban feel. Most locals own their homes, and many restaurants and parks dot the banks of the scenic Berryessa Creek. The town is also home to distinguished, award-winning schools like Piedmont Hills High with access to the BART light rail and a close commute to places of employment in Silicon Valley and the surrounding Bay Area.

Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment

Berryessa Corners is a local shopping mall with many essential stores like UPS and CVS. There are also grocers and casual places to eat located here.
Crawfish, lobster, crabs, mussels, and clams are on the menu at The Kickin’ Crab, an award-winning Cajun seafood destination offering the ultimate southern comfort dining experience. Here, you’ll enjoy homemade sauces and tangy flavors with no utensils, just hands and a bib as you dive into a plate of freshly prepared seafood.
Don’t let the name fool you, Lee’s Sandwiches is much more than your average sandwich shop. It’s also a Vietnamese eatery offering staples like banh mi alongside classic deli options. You can’t go wrong with the BBQ pork sandwich or spring rolls.

Things to Do

Berryessa is home to several family-friendly, picturesque parks. The creekside neighborhood park Berryessa Creek features play areas for children, a softball field, and picnic sites.  The linear, 163-acre Penitencia Creek County Park also extends along the water, offering a 4-mile hiking/biking trail and a nature center, in addition to incorporating parklands and open space.
The Penitencia Creek County Park is also where the Berryessa Art & Wine Festival is held yearly. When it comes to local events and festivities, the Berryessa Art & Wine Festival is one of the most-attended and popular festivals. Running for more than 40 years, this spring event features hundreds of artist booths, food vendors, and plenty of entertainment for festival-goers to enjoy.
Those seeking recreational opportunities will find them in abundance at the Berryessa Community Center, a welcoming place providing a variety of quality services and programs for people of all ages. The center is also available for rentals, ideal for weddings, birthdays, baptisms, meetings, and more. Some of the most popular programs at the community center include summer camps, after-school programs, wellness classes, and special holiday events like Breakfast with Santa.


The Berryessa Union School District operates the neighborhood’s public schools, including two high schools, three middle schools, and ten elementary schools. Piedmont Hills High is one of California’s highest-ranking schools, earning the top rating of “blue” for several different programs. Piedmont also received recognition of being a California Distinguished school along with several other awards. Northwood Elementary, Majestic Elementary, and Morrill Middle are other schools of note in the area.
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