Campbell

Welcome to Campbell

Campbell, Calif., is located in the West Valley of Santa Clara County, just southwest of San Jose. The six-square-mile city also borders Los Gatos to the south and Saratoga to the west.

What to Love

  • Historic and vibrant downtown center
  • Excellent commute access to major tech companies and San Jose International Airport
  • Two major recreational parks
  • An estimated 679 miles of walking/biking trails running through Campbell and connecting to the communities of Willow Glen on one side and Los Gatos on the other

Local Lifestyle

Campbell is a beautiful community where tradition and progress coexist. The Campbell area was first industrialized in the late 19th century when a railroad bought the land from a sawmill operator. The land became a nexus for canneries and other businesses shipping locally grown fruit — Campbell has an ideal climate for agriculture, with plenty of sun, low highs, and high lows. The city revolves around its historic downtown district, which offers plenty of walkable galleries, restaurants, and boutiques, plus a weekly farmers market. Between its walkable streets, parks, and trail systems, Campbell is a haven for anyone with an active lifestyle.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

There are two primary hubs of retail activity in Campbell, and the first is the Pruneyard Shopping Center, a 250,000-square-foot mall equivalent that houses various stores. Here you’ll find storefronts such as a bridal center, teahouse, fitness club, salon, cinema, nail spa, and more. Pruneyard also houses the South Bay offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).    
 
The historic downtown district of Campbell is filled with gourmet restaurants, cafes, galleries, and boutiques. It’s the big sister of the nearby Pruneyard Shopping Center. As of summer 2022, there are 105 businesses registered in downtown Campbell. With tailors, niche clothing shops, and the ever-present Campbell Farmers Market, you’re sure to find something you like in downtown Campbell.
 
Though much of Campbell is residential, many of its friendly restaurants and cafes are walkable (Campbell has a high walk score of 93). Luna Mexican Kitchen at The Pruneyard is a Mexican dining experience with gorgeous cocktails, shared large plates, and indoor and outdoor dining. Downtown Campbell’s streets are lined with outdoor dining outstanding for people watching. Opa! is an authentic Greek restaurant that creates artful dishes with quality ingredients. Nearby, Mo’s Campbell is a modern dining option with an outdoor patio that serves creative eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, like carrot cake waffles and large burgers. In downtown Campbell, A Bellagio is an upscale Italian restaurant with a sophisticated dining space that uses fresh ingredients like chemical and hormone-free meats and organic produce. If you’re looking for quality diner food, Uncle John’s Pancake House is a classic diner with a modern twist that serves classic breastfast, dinner, and lunch dishes. 

Things to Do

Given Campbell’s temperate climate, it’s perhaps unsurprising that locals enjoy getting outdoors. It’s a beautiful community with many parks and outdoor areas to explore.
 
The Los Gatos Creek County Park, a vital water resource for the Santa Clara Valley, offers paths for walkers, joggers, cyclists, and anyone with a yen for nature. The regional trail system at this park passes through separate jurisdictions, providing access to unique ecosystems and historic sites. Another favorite green space, John D. Morgan Park, contains 32 acres of urban park recreation, with various athletic fields, picnic sites, and children’s playgrounds.
 
The 800-seat Campbell Express Library, operated by the Santa Clara County Library District, holds “Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” an ongoing celebration of literacy, rewarding child readers with prizes and unique events throughout the summer.
 
Home to many children’s sports leagues, the Campbell Community Center was originally Campbell High School; it is now a large complex hosting several activities year-round. It has  numerous fields, racquetball courts, basketball courts, a skate park, track, gymnasium, and auditorium banquet rooms.
 
The Heritage Theatre, located at the front of the Campbell Community Center, puts on acts such as plays, symphonies, and concerts year-round. Another celebrated Campbell venue, the Ainsley House, doubles as a museum: it’s a Tudor Revival-style home from the 1920s where Campbell’s first industrialist fruit canner lived. The Ainsley house is open for tours on Friday through Sunday afternoons. 

Schools

Campbell Union School District serves more than 6,600 students in grades preschool to eight. The district has 10 elementary schools, two middle schools, a home school program, and preschool programs. Meanwhile, Campbell public high schools are operated by the Campbell Union High School District
 
The Campbell community also has private and Montessori schools in the area. Private school options include:
 

 

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