After being officially incorporated as a city in 1952, Campbell began losing its orchards to rapidly growing residential areas made up of mostly single-family homes. In the decades that followed, new designs and styles were introduced, with the City of Campbell naming the Queen Anne Cottage, Colonial Revival Cottage, Craftsman, Prairie, California Bungalow, Spanish Eclectic, and Tudor Revival as the most common architectural styles in the community.
In fact, an architectural landmark in Campbell — known as the Ainsley House — is a Tudor-style home built in 1925 by an affluent family of the same name. Now it is a small, quant town with an abundance of events and festivals in the downtown area, celebrating the community and the people in it. The mild and mostly warm weather allows for outdoor celebrations and activities throughout the year.
Living in Campbell offers residents a small-town ambiance with close access to big-city amenities, offering the very best of both worlds. As a small town, Campbell is a close-knit community with plenty of gatherings and events in the downtown area, fewer crowds taking over the commercial areas and neighborhoods, and less traffic and pollution. On the other hand, San Jose is nearby for those occasions that call for a night out, and entertainment only big cities can supply.
Upscale shopping is done at Pruneyard Shopping Center, a massive mall with outdoor areas and a movie theater, and Campbell Plaza, where the plaza features a movie complex and several retail and eateries. Fine dining is enjoyed at the best restaurants in the area, including Naschmarkt Restaurant for traditional Viennese cuisine and Orchard City Kitchen for small New American plates.
When locals aren't shopping or viewing new movies in mall complex theaters, many spend their time at Heritage Theatre for performance art shows, Good Times Unlimited for live music, and Khartoum Lounge for karaoke.
As a small town, Campbell is primarily known and loved for its annual celebrations. To name a few of the most popular, there is the Campbell Oktoberfest, a festival Metro readers have awarded the Best South Bay Festival, and the Boogie: Campbell's Music Festival in May that showcases regional and local talent on a combination of four stages. There is also the St. Lucy School Fun Fest in September, with a host of games, food, and live music for guests to enjoy throughout the evening.