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Tropicana Village Homes, San Jose, CA (other)

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Name:Tropicana Village Homes
City:San Jose


Having spent my childhood growing up in the San Jose area, I feel a bit chagrined not finding out about this place until now. I found a few advertisements for the Tropicana Village homes online and it looks like the subdivision included some classic A-Frame Tiki-Style architecture.

Here are the renderings of the cool sales office.

What a sign.

This one needs a little field work.


Aaaaaaaaaaaah! What a GREAT rendering!!! I wanna move in NOW!

I lived in San Jose in the Mid to late 70's and I don't remember seeing that place.
But San Jose is a Huge city, and we didn't always go to every part of it.

I'd love to see some real pics of it, back in the day,
and now if its still there.

I will show this to my Dad, who grew up in San Jose in the 50's and 60's and see if he knows about it.

Thanks for posting.


JonPez posted on Wed, Aug 3, 2011 9:55 AM

Here is a Flikr posting on the site:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5214675847/

Branden Homes is also featured in Silicone Valley Modern's website:


[ Edited by: JonPez 2011-08-03 10:08 ]

Thanks JonPez.

Here are some images of the from a brochure from Lakewood Village that was built by the same developer - Branden Homes.

$340 gets you in and the total price was $12,750!


That is a beautiful place, I would love to live there.

I lived on McLaughlin Ave which runs parallel with Bayshore Hwy, between Story Rd. and Tully Rd. Our back property line was a fence on Bayshore Hwy. We had 5 acres of Walnuts, 5 acres Prunes, 1 acre tomatoes and 1 acre house and yard with barns and chicken coops. 160 acres of Pears across the street. The BIG 2 story Farm house is still there, but all the truck farms are long gone to Houses. We could hear the Speedway from upstairs windows at night.

I remember when Tropicana Village was built and it was only a mile to Story road from our ranch. The place was NEW and COOL looking in 1958.We (family) sold land for the new expressway. About 1961-62 we moved into a Brand new home, $99 down, $99 month, $10,000 total. My parents used to go to Hawaiian Gardens all the time too.

Craig the Keg (Jeff's Dad)

[ Edited by: CraigtheKeg 2011-08-07 19:33 ]

JOHN-O posted on Sun, Aug 7, 2011 7:45 PM

Welcome to Tiki Central, Big Tiki Dad !!

You have the old school flava. :)

JAVA posted on Mon, Apr 7, 2014 4:50 PM

I have some vintage Kodachrome slides of this place that I just had to share!

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