The San Jose neighborhood was envisioned by Claude Nolan, owner of the Claude Nolan Cadillac dealership in 1914, as a community that should be designed around the automobile. Though the project was put on hold due to WW I, interest began to renew in the mid 1920's. Almost as quickly as it revived, interest fell again due, in part, to the Great Depression. All told, only 31 homes were built in the area, yet it still holds a great deal of historical significance in the city. Coupled with nearby San Marco, it serves as a throwback to the roaring '20's in Jacksonville, when hopes were sky high. The original San Jose Hotel opened in 1926, only to be closed in 1928, and sold to the estate of Richard Bolles, who leased the 125 room hotel to the Florida Military Academy. In 1961, it became a boys only prep school, and in 1971, it became co-educational. Notable alumni include Chipper Jones, a future MLB Hall of Famer, country musician Gram Parsons, and dozens of professional athletes throughout the years.
Bounded on the north by Redbud Ln & Emerson St., on the east by Philips Hwy/US-1, on the south by Baymeadows Rd/Goodby's Creek and on the west by the St. Johns river.