San Jose’s Almaden Valley is an area of lush vegetation, upscale, well maintained neighborhoods, and easy access to quality shopping, schools, and outdoor spaces. Simply defined by San Jose’s 95120 ZIP code, the Almaden Valley has lots to offer. Nearby communities include Los Gatos, Cambrian Park (part of San Jose), Blossom Valley (also a district within the city of San Jose).
Recreation in Almaden Valley
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 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.
Public Schools in San Jose 95120
The public school situation is a little confusing. 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). The northern section of Almaden Valley is served by Pioneer High School and Castillero Middle School (and often Los Alamitos Elementary School). The southern edge of 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 very high 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, and 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.
Almaden Valley real estate pricing
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 single family 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:
And more market info here, also courtesy of Altos:
When shopping for homes in Almaden, it is wise to watch out for water in the crawl space – a very common occurrence there and in hillside areas, but one which can cause problems if the drainage is not managed well.
Additional Information on the Almaden Area:
Homes for sale in Almaden:
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