Mary Pope-Handy

Almaden Valley in San Jose is comprised of many neighborhoods and subdivisions. One of them, close to the border with Los Gatos and Cambrian Park, is particularly popular: the Oak Canyon neighborhood.

There are many reasons for its draw among Silicon Valley home buyers: the houses were well built by Shea Homes in about 1980, so they are relatively newer by Silicon Valley standards. They’re larger homes on comfortable lots, often 8000 sf or so but some as small as 6500 sf and others larger than a quarter acre in the Oak Canyon corner of Almaden.

Most of the homes boast a 3 car garage, which is a big help with storage of stuff, if not storage of cars. The roads gently turn, which makes a more pleasing look. It’s a very “conforming” neighborhood where everyone keeps up the homes and yards. Much of Almaden is viewed by consumers as somewhat remote, but this section, near the mouth of Almaden, is not too deep into the valley and is a better commute location for most. One of the largest pulls for the area, though, is the nearby elementary school, Guadalupe School, which has API scores in the 900s.

Oak Canyon Drive, San Jose, CA 95120 - a neighborhood in the Almaden Valley Oak Canyon Dr in San Jose Oak Canyon neighborhood home Oak Canyon street Oak Canyon 2 story house Oak Canyon home with 3 car garage Oak Canyon street along the Guadalupe Creek This floor plan in Oak Canyon boasts a master bedroom suite with balcony.  Many of these properties face the hills. An Oak Canyon house with a welcoming front porch.

Where is the Oak Canyon neighborhood in Almaden Valley, San Jose?

Oak Canyon is found near the intersection of Camden Avenue and Coleman Road in San Jose but is bordered by Coleman on one side and the Guadalue Creek on the other sides. (The far side of the Guadalupe Creek at this point is Cambrian Park.)

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And to provide some bearings, here’s a map of the Almaden Valley district of San Jose generally:

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Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and there are interfaith services going on next week which welcome all.

In Los Gatos, the ecumenical service is tonight at 7:30pm at Los Gatos United Methodist Church, located at 111 Church Street. For more information, please see a post on my Los Gatos blog, Live in Los Gatos:
http://liveinlosgatosblog.com/thanksgiving-interfaith-service-in-los-gatos-this-tuesday/

In Saratoga, the interfaith service is Thursday morning from 10-12 at Congregation Beth David.  Read all the details here:
http://www.sivicouncil.org/blog/event/51st-annual-saratoga-interfaith-thanksgiving-service/

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! Hope to see you at one of these events!

 

  1. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,893 sqft
  2. 6 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 2,989 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,026 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,497 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,687 sqft
  4. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,042 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,560 sqft
  5. 6 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 6,427 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,560 sqft

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(all data current as of 3/22/2017)

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Ever wonder which school a property is assigned to for the students that live here?  The boundaries, especially in larger districts such as San Jose Unified, can be hard to figure out.   In the Almaden Valley area of San Jose, for instance, some parents really want to make sure that their kids attend Leland High School rather than Pioneer (or Leigh or Branham or Los Gatos High – there are so many schools represented in Almaden!), for instance.

Until recently, you had to go to the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s website to see which high school and elementary/middle school district you would be in.  I will post many of those below. From there you had to enter your address to see the specific schools. After that, you had to go to another site entirely to get the API scores.

Now, however, some smart people have done a mashup of addresses, school scores and API scores.  I like this site so well that I’m advertising in a couple of zip codes (that’s my disclaimer).  Check it out:

www.SchoolAndHousing.com

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Fanime 2010It’s a warm and sunny spring day in San Jose, yet it is anything but normal. The sidewalks are packed with people in costume. The individuals in street clothes seem not to notice the spectacle, and everyone appears completely comfortable with the situation. A few of those in costume pose for photos or playfully get into character, to the amusement of themselves and others. Larger groups loiter outside the San Jose Convention Center. Some gather for pictures with peers in the same outfits. More pose for professional photographers. Yet others munch on Pocky and show off the contents of their shopping bags. This is Fanime.

Fanime is an annual convention held on Memorial Day weekend in San Jose. Open to all enthusiasts, the convention’s slogan is “By fans, for fans” and, true to that, it welcomes lovers of anime, video games, martial arts, manga, music, sci-fi, comic books, steam punk, and much, much more. Throughout the four days of its running, the center is packed with a multitude of events for all to enjoy, including 24 hour video programming, a game room, a music festival, costume contests, an artist gallery, panels, guest speakers, and even a black and white (costume optional) ball with organized dance lessons earlier that weekend. If you’re a dedicated fan, you’ll be in good company. It is the largest such convention in Northern California (but, who can compete with Comic Con in San Diego for size?), and many dedicated fans come quite a distance to attend it. Don’t expect to find hotel vacancies downtown next weekend!

This year, Fanime runs from Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30 and will be held, once more, at the San Jose Convention Center. To join in, attendees must purchase a badge. The at-door prices for each day of the week and for the full weekend price are listed below via the links. Discounted, Pre-Sale badges are closed for 2011 but will be available the morning of the 30th. To learn more about Fanime, visit the website. And if you go downtown during Memorial Day weekend, remember to bring your camera – fans love to be appreciated!

The San Jose Convention Center is located at 150 West San Carlos St. San Jose, CA 95110

For more information on Fanime Con:

Fanime website    www.fanime.com
Register for Fanime   http://www.fanime.com/registration/
Wikipedia article on FanimeCon   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FanimeCon


Where can you find gated communities in San Jose or Silicon Valley?  There aren’t many of them! (It is a myth, however, that the Silver Creek Valley Country Club is the only one in Silicon Valley. That’s just not true.)  There are fewer than a dozen, though, and in this post I’ll provide some basic info on each and links to the home owner association for each so you can learn more if you so desire.

Most of these enclaves include neighborhood pools.  Some also boast golf courses, spas and restaurants.

In the Evergreen area of San Jose (the east foothills), there are two gated residential neighborhoods:  The Villages, which is a retirement community for seniors (and has age restrictions) and the Silver Creek Valley Country Club, which is the largest and best known gated community in Santa Clara County.  A large complex and elegantly appointed, the Silver Creek Valley Country Club is also the most expensive of the gated communities.

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Mary Pope-Handy
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ABR, CIPS, CRS, SRES
Sereno Group Real Estate
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Los Gatos, CA 95030
408 204-7673
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