Sometimes considered the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose is a bustling city with many distinctive parts. As tenth largest city in the USA with low crime rates, high ranking schools, lots of industry and employment, and plenty of recreation, arts, and culture, San Jose is a wonderful place to live. From rural to metropolitan and from hills to the bay, this sprawling city is a very desirable place to live – and it’s no surprise!
South San Jose is a particularly popular area. Located south of Downtown, or Central San Jose and extending to Coyote, CA, almost to Morgan Hill, South San Jose covers a lot of ground. There are more than a dozen zip codes in the area including 95111, 95123, 95120, 95138, 95136, and 95118. Unsurprisingly, South San Jose has many identifiable neighborhoods of its own – Almaden Valley, Blossom Valley, and Santa Teresa, to name a few.
To the West, South San Jose borders the Town of Los Gatos, and the Cambrian Park and Willow Glen areas of San Jose, and is often considered a more affordable alternative to these areas. To the East it mainly borders East San Jose. While Northern portion, touching downtown, is very urban, the Southern part can be surprisingly rural, bordering two major County Parks (Almaden Quicksilver and Santa Teresa). Many areas in South San Jose enjoy beautiful views of the hills, and those on higher ground enjoy stunning valley views.
Neighborhoods are mostly middle class single family living areas, and many have formed tight knit communities, with events, athletic teams, and activities. There are a wide variety of housing styles, though individual neighborhoods are fairly consistent. All-in-all, South San Jose is a very diverse, lively community.
Access to three freeways, 85, 87, and 101, plus a number of major roads and expressways make things easy for commuters, and for those who are not car-dependent, South San Jose is very well tied in to VTA light rail and bus systems. But you don’t have to go far – shopping is a stones throw away, and with the popular Oakridge mall nearby, and a light rail stop next door to it, it’s easy to spend a night or day out.
With hills and flatlands, new construction and historic homes, urban access and country feel, it’s no surprise South San Jose is a highly desirable area.