Evergreen area of San Jose (Silicon Valley)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.

In San Jose’s Almaden Valley, there’s another gated community called The Villas of Almaden.  The complex is lovely with views and open space as well as recreational amenities. Building types include townhouses as well as houses but all are actually held in condominium ownership, so to find these San Jose homes for sale one must look under the condo and townhome category. (Lots of houses with decks, but not fenced yards! If you or your agent search under the regular classification for houses, you will miss these entirely!)

Rinconada Hills (usually called “La Rinconada” by locals) is another gated community in Los Gatos along the Campbell and Saratoga borders.  Here you’ll find townhouses as well as single family homes (houses), multiple pools, tennis courts, an RV park for residents and some scenic places to enjoy a hike and nature.  Adjacent to it is the Arroyo Rinconada community, which until very recently had a working gate.  Apparently the residents no longer felt it was necessary so the gate does not function now (though it’s still present).

In Morgan Hill, a gated community of 244 homes is planned, according to the Morgan Hill Times article from last November.

Gilroy offers a couple of choices:  the Village Green, for seniors, and also Eagle Ridge, an elegant community situated next to a golf course.

And that is really the extent of gated communities where you can purchase a house in Silicon Valley!

There are a few gated all-townhouse or all-condo complexes, of course, such as the upscale Rancho Deep Cliff community in Cupertino.  There are a few small pockets with 3 or 4 houses which lie behind a gate.  But in terms of real communities with a number of homes and housing types, the list above covers all of them to the best of my knowledge.  If I’ve missed any, please let me know and I’ll include them!


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