Why We Like This Place
Originally part of the Old Mission San Jose garden, Palmdale Estates is a beautifully landscaped site, featuring dozens of stately palms and native California trees, verdant lawns, gardens and a pond. In the midst of this lovely setting is Best House, a Tudor-style mansion whose delightful interior and grounds create a storybook backdrop for weddings any time of year.
Built in 1915, the house reflects much of the elegant and ornate detailing of the period: graceful arched doorways, bas-relief ceiling moldings, crystal chandeliers, hand-painted murals and gleaming hardwood floors. Moiré silk draperies add a rich, old-fashioned quality to the décor. The Ballroom, though the largest space in the house, still has an intimate feeling with its cream-colored walls, oversize decorative marble fireplace and huge leaded-glass window overlooking the garden. At one end of the Ballroom, a few steps take you up to the Music Room, a glitzy alcove with gold leaf walls and a colorful stained-glass window. At the other end are the formal Dining Room and Solarium, two light and airy rooms with an abundance of leaded-glass windows and views of the “backyard.”
When you get married here, you have exclusive use of the main floor of the house as well as the adjacent lawns, and can orchestrate your wedding any way you like. During warm months, most couples tie the knot in the white gazebo on the rear lawn, which is bordered by pines and redwoods and dotted with palms and fruit trees. They have their reception outdoors as well, setting up tables on the grassy expanse next to the gazebo. Afterwards, guests are invited inside for dancing and cake cutting. In winter, receptions are generally held in the Ballroom, with the other spaces used according to the couple’s preferences; a fluid floor plan offers plenty of flexibility. (The Starr Garden, behind the adjacent Peach Mansion, is also available for ceremonies and receptions.)
Indian weddings are quite popular at this location: There are two permanent Mandaps on the property and the on-site caterer specializes in North Indian, South Indian and Gujarati cuisine.
Whether you celebrate under the magnificent palms or in the gracious surroundings of Best House, you can’t help but enjoy the quiet beauty of Palmdale Estates.
Max. Seated Indoors: 0
Max. Seated Outdoors: 500
Max. Seated Indoors: 200
Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
Max. Standing Indoors: 250
Max. Standing Outdoors: 300
|Max. Seated: 100|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Best House Garden with gazebo accommodates 500 seated; the Starr Garden, 200 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Best House holds 200 seated indoors and, combined with outdoor spaces, up to 500 guests. Starr Garden holds 200 seated guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Ballroom holds 100 seated conference-style or 75 theater-style.
Fees & Deposits
To rent the mansion and garden, a $1,600 security deposit is required when the rental agreement is submitted. The rental balance is payable 9 months prior to the event. The facility provides catering; however, during certain time periods, you can make arrangements for your own caterer; call to get specific dates. Rental fees range $500–3,500 depending on space selected and date and time rented. Meals start at $27/person. Tax, alcohol and service charge are additional.
Year-round, daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: provided or BYO (call for specifics)
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Accessible
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
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