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View over the East Valley, or East San Jose, looking east taken January 2019Often known simply as East San Jose or the Eastside, the East Valley was once a city of its own, annexed by San Jose, its name sake, in 1911. (Today, the East Valley encompasses more than just the former city bearing the same name.)

A celebrated historic East Valley resident was César Chávez, and the East Valley was the first area to begin the grape boycott.

East Valley terrain

The East Valley terrain includes foothills and flat lands at their base. The eastern foothills are part of the Diablo range, and many neighborhoods have views of the range or the valley. The Diablo Range also provides plenty of natural space, and a blend of parks and private ranch land with residential areas in the foothills. Parks include the Mount Diablo State Park, Alum Rock Park, Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve, Joseph D Grant Ranch Park (the largest park in Santa Clara County), and more.

Alum Rock Park creekbed - East Valley - East San JoseAlum Rock Park at one time had a light rail line running there, connecting it to downtown San Jose. People would pack up picnics and go for the day – or at least a prolonged lunch. The hot springs were also a major draw!

Side note: if you visit Alum Rock Park, I would encourage you to make a stop at Peter’s Bakery and try some of their Burnt Almond Cake. When we were there a few months ago, they had 3 varieties of this classic! 3108 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose, CA 95127 (Burnt Almond Cake was invented here and is a San Jose treat!)

East San Jose entertainment and leisure opportunities for the family include Kelley Park, which features Happy Hollow Zoo, Eastridge Mall, the Mexican Heritage Plaza, Lake Cunningham, and the Japanese Friendship Garden, the History Park, and two museums, the Portuguese Historical Museum and Viet Museum, along with plenty of picnic areas, walking paths, lawns, tree groves, and more.

If you love Spanish style houses, you’ll enjoy some of the foothill areas of Alum Rock Park near the Country Club.


Access to two major lines of public transit, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) are now installed and current VTA (Valley Transit Authority) connection, makes travel simple. This is a more affordable area in the Valley, but as such schools do not rate as highly in this area as in others and the crime rates could be better. CalTrain is accessed along Highway 101, too.

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


Homes for sale in San Jose

How’s the real estate market in the East Valley?

Please check out my Real Estate Report for Silicon Valley! Main page can be found here: to learn about the market conditions there.

Alum Rock RE Report for this area, which is part of the East Valley or Eastside, and Berryessa, which is North San Jose.

Berryessa is part of North San Jose, but it is on the North East. Please learn more about it on our Valley of Heart’s Delight blog, including a market update.

Evergreen article on our Valley of Heart’s Delight site with details on the Evergreen real estate market.

Neighborhoods in the East Valley include:

  • The Villages (a 55+ golf course community behind Silver Creek)
  • The Ranch (a gorgeous neighborhood in Evergreen)


You may also be interested in other areas profiled on this site:

Blossom Valley – an area of San Jose close to Willow Glen, Santa Teresa, Cambrian, and Almaden

Menlo Park – a wonderful community on the Peninsula, close to many tech centers and featuring a cute downtown

Campbell – a super popular city, very self contained, but with great light rail access to downtown San Jose, loads of parks and shopping, and a vibrant downtown