Almaden Valley area of San Jose

Almaden Valley view of Mt. UmunhumSan Jose’s Almaden Valley is an area of lush vegetation, upscale, family oriented homes and easy access to quality shopping & schools. Simply defined by San Jose’s 95120 ZIP code, the Almaden Valley has lots to offer.

For recreation, this area is hard to beat. The New Almaden Mines and the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum is a wonderful spot to explore and learn with many historic houses and buildings. Also popular is the Alamitos Creek and the Alamitos Creek Trail. Almaden Lake is a popular place for swimming in season, boating, picnicking, and fishing. For golfers, there is the Almaden Valley Country Club.

Home too many high-tech employees, the Almaden Valley is home to IBM’s Almaden Research Center. Those who commute to work will find easy access to all freeways, plus the convenient Almaden Light Rail Station and the Almaden Expressway.  It is perhaps most ideal for people who are commuting to downtown San Jose.

The public school situation is a little tricky.  Most of Almaden is served by the San Jose Unified School District (with one of four elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools).  Northern Almaden is served by Pioneer High School and Castillero Middle School (and often Los Alamitos Elementary School).  Southern Almaden, which is more remote and more expensive for real estate purchases, is within the attendance area of Leland High School, Bret Harte Middle School and a number of 900+ API scoring elementary schools.

However, not all of Almaden Valley falls into these school areas.  A small portion of homes (Oak Canyon, Montevideo and nearby subdivisions) are in the Campbell Union High School District & Union School District  (Branham or Leigh – an “open area” where residents may choose). Finally, oddly enough, a tiny sliver of Almaden is within the boundaries of the Saratoga-Los Gatos Union High School District and Los Gatos Union Schools.  These students must hopscotch over the nearer Union Elementary School District areas to get to their campuses (this area is off of Guadalupe Mines Road).

I’ve written quite extensively about Almaden and its schools on my SanJoseRealEstateLosGatosHomes blog:
Schools, API Scores & Maps of School Boundaries in San Jose’s Almaden Valley

Schools score well in standardized testing and benefit from the support of a caring community.

Houses in Almaden vary in price depending on the schools, home size, lot size, condition, view etc.  In general, it’s hard to find a home for under $1 million in Almaden.  Most home buyers today would expect to spend $1.4 million or more to get a comfortably sized home in good conditions in a good location – no busy roads, not close to high voltage lines, etc. Below please find a live Altos Research chart showing the median list price of homes for sale – this will give you an idea of what a house might cost there:

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

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  1. […] Almaden (95120), especially southern Almaden, is often a rival to Cupertino as the schools are fantastic and many home buyers think that they get a really good bang for their buck.  But Almaden is not an easy commute to Sunnyvale.  In rush hour, from 85 and 101 to southern Almaden it’s probably an hourlong drive.  If you’re working in downtown San Jose, though, it’s not nearly so bad.  Almaden Valley is scenic.  There’s no downtown – just some shopping centers (where you can expect to bump into everyone you know.) […]

  2. […] via boats docked at Alviso.  Mercury, or quicksilver, was discovered south of San Jose and the New Almaden Mine (and Guadalupe Mine) extracted it for use in munitions for the Civil War and to get gold out […]