California Ridge sits in the southern park of Almaden Valley within the city of San Jose CA 95120. This townome community is nestled into the foothills, within the highly prized Williams Elementary School area of attendance as well as the Bret Harte Middle, and Leland High attendance areas. Aside from nearby construction or home improvement projects, this is a quiet area of Silicon Valley, close to the scenic and enormous Almaden Quicksilver Park.
Many of these townhouse properties enjoy lovely views of Almaden Valley or open space. The streets are gently rolling and the homes younger and pleasant looking. Nearby San Jose neighborhoods are Almaden Springs and Country View Estates.
Although sometimes mischaracterized as a condominium or condo complex on the MLS (likely because that is how CoreLogic has dubbed it), California Ridge is a Planned Development, not a condo. Owners own the lot and the home in which they live. That is not the case with condos.
The community actually consists of two distinct neighborhoods. One is on or adjacent to Copper Peak (tract #7829), which is the street where these photos were taken. It’s got enough elevation to afford lovely valley views. The other area is on and adjacent to Shelby Creek (tract #7828), which has a pleasant setting also, but without the same valley views as it’s lower. This photo is from the Realist Report, which shows each property in a track with the red “tag”. While I don’t love the way it looks, it provides a good sense of where these 2 neighborhoods are in relationship to one another.
What is interesting is that between these two California Ridge neighborhoods, there are a couple of streets with single family homes on large lots (tract #7986). This is unusual.
What are the townhomes at California Ridge like?
These townhomes can feel refreshingly “young” compared to many other homes in Silicon Valley, most of which were constructed decades earlier.
Built in 1987 and with wood siding, decks, and loads of windows, the homes are a great visual match for the setting and seem poised to take the most of the terrain. The interiors are a little more open than older homes, so that is an appealing element to many home buyers, also. Each townhouse includes a 2 car garage.
Wood siding and decks, though, can be demanding in terms of upkeep. Without regular attention, such as painting and sealing, they can fall victim to dry rot easily, which can be costly to repair. At California Ridge, any such dry rot on the decking or siding is the owner’s direct responsibility, not an HOA cost (though the HOA does do the painting every 6 years or so).
There are 154 units and 52 buildings at California Ridge between the two areas.
The square footage ranges from 1,155 SF to 1,825 SF, and the average home size is 1,450 SF. The parcel or lot sizes are around 7800 SF on average, with much of that as “open space” and preserved with natural landscape.
California Ridge has a community website where HOA docs can be ordered: http://californiaridge.com/
California Ridge Homes for Sale
Also community townhouses sold within the last year or so
$1,088,000 : 1332 Shelby Creek LN, SAN JOSE3 beds, 2 baths
$1,050,000 : 1290 Chilanian LN, SAN JOSE3 beds, 2 baths
$954,000 : 1357 Shelby Creek CT, SAN JOSE3 beds, 3 baths
$940,000 : 1228 Copper Peak LN, SAN JOSE3 beds, 2 baths
$830,029 : 1357 Shelby Creek CT, SAN JOSE3 beds, 3 baths
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(all data current as of 5/25/2018)
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