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In 1917, it was not San Jose, California, but a small residential subdivision at its southern edge called Palm Haven that incorporated itself as an independent city. Patterned after the popular residence parks of the day, it boasted palm tree–lined streets, entrances marked by decorative pillars, its own trolley stop, and a grassy central plaza planted with trees. But it was Palm Haven’s independence that attracted a remarkable mix of business and government leaders, entrepreneurs and inventors, and artists and independent thinkers. They advised US presidents, introduced broccoli to the American diet, and left a mark on local, regional, and national history that resonates today.

Uncovering the transcendent rise of this uncommon neighborhood are residents Michael Borbely and Brian Hoffman. Borbely, a residential designer and builder studied in architectural history, was first president of the Palm Haven Restoration Committee, overseeing restoration of Palm Haven’s historic streetscape. A contributor in development of San Jose’s guide to preserving historic homes and feature author for American Bungalow magazine, Borbely continues writing locally. Brian Hoffman brings a passion and research skills to the book that spring from his childhood in historic Wyoming County, New York.

"A city of homes - not houses"

     From the Ford Educational Library series a short film made about 1921 highlights the Santa Clara Valley.

 Journeys Through the Valley of Hearts Delight

     In this short film, a series of residential scenes is shown and the first one is shot in Palm Haven. It was taken standing in Palm Haven Avenue at Hartford Avenue facing west toward the plaza and then pans to the right ending at 655 Palm Haven Avenue. 665 Palm Haven Avenue can be seen and 675 Palm Haven Avenue is in the far background. All three houses had recently been built by Edgard Bevens, father-in-law of L.D. Bohnett. Bohnett engaged in speculative building of simple stucco homes such as these in Palm Haven. Bevens made 655 Palm Haven Avenue his home. By 1920, inflation had rendered it easy to build cheap homes in Palm Haven that still fell under the minimums established in 1913.

Unfortunately this film has been removed from Youtube. If you know where to get a copy, please contact for info.


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Just over 6" tall with accurately detailed brackets, stucco, urns and lanterns. Even plant material!

This unique keepsake is a small piece of Palm Haven to keep in appreciation for your $60 donation toward improvements.
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