AREA LOCATION: Southern valley of San Jose CA tucked in the foothills and split by Almaden Expressway. Almaden Valley’s Northern border is at Coleman Rd/Guadalupe Creek with the other 3 borders set by the foothills, zip code 95120
LOCAL HOME SPECIFICS : typically bigger lots of land (8000 sqft+), majority of homes built 1960s – 1980s with some newer homes developments built further south. Beautiful custom estate found in the hills or on the borders of the Almaden Country Club.
PRICE RANGE: $1.3M – $3M+, see Almaden Valley market trends
AREA DESCRIPTION: Community oriented neighborhood with a friendly suburban well-maintained feel. Views of the Santa Cruz mountains throughout Almaden Valley including the iconic peak of Mt Umunhum. Great public schools with a few private school options as well. Almaden Golf and country club is tucked in among the houses in the foothills. There are many sports and activity options for families and kids including summer time cabana swim teams plus recreation and competitive sports teams as well as community service opportunities (Martin Fontana Parks Association). Almaden Valley is an outdoor-focused community with many people walking and biking to schools and local attractions. Lots of natural open space including convenient access to several local city and county parks with great hiking in Quicksilver County Park and Guadalupe Oak Grove Park.
Why Almaden Valley?
What brought Theresa and her family here in the first place was the larger lots, larger homes built in the 1970s (not 50s/60s) and great schools to raise our family! Theresa and her family continue to enjoy life in Almaden Valley including the plentiful outdoor options which encourage us to actively participate in the amazing San Jose area weather! Almaden Valley also has a great community of friendly people where many neighbors know and look out for each other. You will notice that homes in this area are well-maintained on peaceful wide streets. Due to the surrounding foothills, almost anywhere in Almaden Valley you enjoy gorgeous mountain views including the iconic Mt Umunhum. The Almaden Valley community is very active and bike friendly. You will frequently see people out for a walk or run on the local paths or in the local parks. Almaden Valley also has many sport options for all ages including competitive and recreational swim, baseball, basketball, soccer and more.
Outdoor Recreation Options
My favorite Almaden Valley outdoor space recreation options include Almaden Quicksilver County Park, Calero County Park, Almaden Lake, Guadalupe Oak Grove Park and the numerous linking paths and trails (Los Alamitos Creek Trail and Guadalupe Creek Trail) that take you to Almaden Lake or all the way back into Almaden Valley to Greystone Park or Carrabelle Park. There are also many membership swim clubs and Almaden Country Club if you have interest in these options.
Almaden Valley Shopping
There are plentiful shopping options at Oakridge mall and along Blossom Hill Road as well as several shopping corners throughout Almaden Valley with popular restaurant and coffee shop destinations.
The 4 main shopping corners in Almaden Valley are:
- Lucky Shopping center at Meridian and Redmond Ave with popular BLVD coffee and Thai Love You
- Safeway shopping center at Almaden Expressway and Camden Ave with Starbucks, Almaden Sushi and Ace Hardware.
- Bloomsters shopping center at Almaden Expressway and McAbee Rd with local favorite Legends Pizza
- Via Valiente Plaza at Almaden Expressway and Via Valiente where a farmer’s market is held Wednesday and Sunday mornings year round.
SCHOOL DISTRICTS: mostly highly sought-after schools in San Jose Unified with Northwestern part of Almaden covered by Union School District
ALMADEN Homes in UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT – schools for Northwestern Almaden and Cambrian/Los Gatos (lookup which property address goes to which school)
Almaden area includes:
- Guadalupe Elementary (Great Schools/CASchools)
- Dartmouth Middle (Great Schools)
- Branham High – CUHSD (Great Schools)
- Leigh High– CUHSD (Great Schools)
PRIVATE SCHOOLS located in/near Almaden Valley –