The Japan Town area is another that would interest you. There is a wonderfule park area and Japan Town is quaint and seemingly trendy. I have lived here my entire life and always find pleasure in introducing new people to the community. Would you like to see recent sales data and local information for San Jose? Having a personal link specifically designed to meet your interests with community information, sales data and local conditions might benefit you too.
I just added a link ,I had not earlier posted as I had intended, to a new REO listing that is a tremendous "Best Value" listing..... 4 Bedrooms and 2.5 baths.
As for San Jose, it is a nice downtown area, and there are some great new communities. If you want to be in the middle of the nightlife scene then that may fit you bill.
Feel free to e-mail me and I can send you a list of these properties.
Michael and James gave you good advice I would like to add that the HOA dues are very high at these places so they add an additional expence that you might not be aware of. There are areas close like North San Jose, Milpitas, Willow Glen, that have New Complexs and Recently built complexs that will afford you a better value, especially in the Bank Owned/ Short Sale area's. I have been purchasing for my clients mainly REO'S and Short Sales and on the new properties I have negotiated for them the best deals available.
I may have the experience that you have been looking for. Feel free to contact me with any question, or you can go to my web site and put in your own searchs or email me with your criteria and I can set up a specific tailor made search for you.