The Kooser neighborhood is conveniently located, features sought after schools, and offers a good value in San Jose’s Cambrian district. Many of the street are tree lined and most homes are well kept. This part of the valley has some nice perks, such as being close to the J & P Cosentino Family Farm as well as the Princeton Plaza Mall. Freeway access is a breeze!

I’ve sold a few houses in this area and my clients have all been very happy living there.

Joseph Lane - Tree lined street in Kooser area of Cambrian in San Jose CA 95118

The street pictured above is Joseph Lane. It’s one of the many roads in this part of San Jose which enjoys mature trees lining the sidewalks and streets.

Where is the Kooser neighborhood?

The Kooser neighborhood is located within the Cambrian area of San Jose, 95118.

The boundaries for the Kooser neighborhood are Camden Avenue to the west, Kooser Road to the south, Meridian Avenue to the east, and Highway 85 to the north.

From here it’s very easy to access Highway 85 via Camden Avenue (there’s a Park & Ride at that intersection, too) or to make use of Blossom Hill Road to move east-west.

Kooser neighborhood - Cambrian area of San Jose 95118

There’s a weekly farmer’s market at the Princeton Plaza Mall, some great shops and places to dine, too.  The new OSH, or now Outdoor Supply Hardware, is a wonderful store as well.

What are homes like in the Kooser neighborhood?

Most of the residences are single family houses, ranch style, single story, with an attached two car garage. With so few two story houses, most of the neighbors in this area have great privacy in their homes and yards.


Kooser neighborhood - single story house on tree lined street - Garcia built area of Cambrian, San Jose 95118


A downside is that there’s not much variety in the types of homes available to rent or to purchase here.

  • 8 condominiums at Canto Commons, each with 851 square feet
  • 22 duplexes (44 residences)
  • 13 multi family buildings (apartments)
  • 987 single family homes
  • there’s a little commercial real estate with office buildings and the Almaden Valley Athletic Club (AVAC) etc.
  • there are quite a number of churches on Carter Avenue, plus some on Camden and Kooser, too
  • some of the land use is for schools also

A typical house in the Kooser neighborhood enjoys 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1535 SF of living space with an attached 2 car garage on a 6900 SF lot and it was built in 1962. Many of the houses have been expanded over the years, some with 50% more square footage than when they were first constructed. There were a few different builders who developed the tracts and subdivisions. I recognize the Garcia style in part of it. (A prolific and highly regarded builder.)

Quick stats on the single family homes:

  • 874 of the 987 houses were built in the 1960s or earlier and the average year built is 1962 (one built in 1936, then the rest start in 1958)
  • home sizes average 1535 SF (range of 1080 SF to 2985 SF)
  • lot sizes average 6900 SF, and 2/3 of the houses are on homes with 6900 SF or smaller, but the rest are on larger parcels
  • the number of bedrooms range from 3 to 6 (and the average is 3.4 bedrooms)
  • most houses have 2 or 3 bathrooms, but there are a few outliers with more or less


Street view with the coastal foothills in the distance - ranch style community in Cambrian, San Jose, 95118


Which Public Schools Serve the Kooser neighborhood?

This area is within the boundaries of the Union School District and the Campbell Union High School District. The assigned schools are as follows:

  • Lietz Elementary (Union School District)
  • Dartmouth Middle School (Union School District)
  • Branham High School (Campbell Union High School District)


Kooser neighborhood street view


What else is there to be aware of in the Kooser San Jose area?

Every area has pros and cons and this part of Silicon Valley is no exception, but there’s not much in the way of neighborhood red flags here.

From the map above, you may have noticed that there are high voltage power lines that run behind Joseph Lane. They aren’t terribly visible in most of the area, but you’ll want to be aware of them.

The PG&E Gas transmission pipeline map does not show any of these lines in this part of Cambrian.

An environmental concern is proximity to busy roads and the freeway. There are health risks associated with those locations – please do some research and check out this publication from the EPA.

This area, unlike parts of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara, does not seem to have any SuperFund sites.

In terms of natural hazards, this area does not appear to be in a 100 year floodplain or a liquefaction zone, per the Cal My Hazards Awareness site (you’ll need to zoom in). Quite a lot of San Jose is in a liquefaction zone, so this is a plus. I believe that most or all of it is out of a flooding from dam failure zone, but you’ll want to check the Natural Hazard Disclosure report if buying or selling. There’s also a Dam Breach site that you can tinker with, but it’s slow and sometimes glitchy.


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