East of downtown, largely residential districts with modernist buildings, embassies, and nightlife

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Los Yoses and La California Neighbourhoods

For fans of midcentury architecture

Stretching out on either side of Avenida Central, the districts of Los Yoses and La California will be of special interest to fans of 20th-century architecture. Los Yoses is home to numerous houses and blocks of flats, as well as embassies and some hotels, many constructed in a mid-20th-century international style strongly influenced by the United States. A good example is the house designed in 1953 by artist Enrique Maroto, notable for its perfect harmony with nature, and the more recent Embassy of Chile. The residential neighbourhood of La California, a continuation of Escalante and Dent, also boasts some fine homes, and along Avenida Central and surrounding streets, some of San José's best nightlife.

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