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Orchard Creek neighborhood of San Jose’s Almaden Valley

Orchard Creek neighborhood of San Jose’s Almaden Valley

Orchard Creek signA pretty neighborhood with Almaden Valley’s best schools, Orchard Creek includes 179 comfortably sized single family homes on good sized lots. Many have been updated or remodeled over the years, and some expanded.

The neighborhood has gently winding streets and is generally very well kept up.

Where is Orchard Creek?

The Orchard Creek neighborhood is in San Jose, 95120, in the scenic Almaden Valley. It is located between Calcaterra Creek to the west and Almaden Expressway to the east, a little north of the split between Almaden Expressway and Almaden Road. It sits adjacent to the Glencrest area to the west, Cathedral Oaks Park on the southwest, Almaden Springs to the south, and the expressway to the east.

Streets include Amur Creek, Anjou Crek, Bartlett Creek, Calcaterra, Casaba Creek, Macintosh Creek, and Pippin Creek. For the truly curious, this is tract number 5436.

The public schools include Williams Elementary, Bret Harte Middle, and Leland High.

 

Orchard Creek - Almaden Valley neighborhood map - San Jose CA 95120

 

What are homes like in Orchard Creek?

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The Almaden Winery Neighborhood of San Jose

The Almaden Winery neighborhood, just off Blossom Hill Road in San Jose, has a rich and interesting past, dating back to the mid 1850s when the site was first planted with grape vines.  It was the first winery in Almaden Valley and one of the oldest in the state of California.  (It survived the prohibition period by getting licensed to make sacramental wine and by bottling grape juice.)

In this post I’ll share some photos of the neighborhood with you, explain about the three different builders/developers and show you where to find each one.

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Fun Things To Do In San Jose: Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival!

Almaden Valley Art & Wine FestivalA San Jose tradition since 1976, the Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival is a very enjoyable non-profit fundraiser that appeals to just about everyone in Silicon Valley!

This year’s event runs Sunday September 15th from 10am – 6pm at Almaden Lake Park (located at Almaden Expressway and Coleman Road, near the base of Almaden Valley and nearly touching the Blossom Valley area of San Jose).

This one day event is sponsored by the Almaden valley Women’s Club and the proceeds all go to charitable causes. The website states that “All proceeds of the festival are donated to non-profit organizations and schools in our community and also support merit-based scholarships to deserving students.”

To get all the details, please visit the Almaden Valley Women’s Club website. I hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Villas of Almaden in San Jose

The Villas of Almaden in San Jose 95120 (sometimes called The Almaden Villas) is a gated community at the intersection of Meridian Avenue and Coleman Road in Almaden Valley.  It is very convenient to schools, shopping, and major commute routes.  Residents there enjoy beautiful views of the two nearby parks and hills. Some homes are set with a bit of an elevation and soak in sweeping views.

 

Villas of Almaden topgraphical map

 

The Villas of Almaden: condo ownership

The complex consists of 180 homes held in condo ownership, some of which are detached houses, and others are attached townhouse or duet style homes.  When listed for sale, the detached houses are often shown under condos due to the ownership type.

A big plus with the condo ownership is the easy lifestyle: someone else will do the gardening!

Villas of Almaden details

Construction dates span 1980 to 2000, and the average year built is 1986.  Home sizes run from 1748 SF to 4204 SF (per county records, that is very unusually large for this area) and the average home features 2412 SF.

Lot sizes vary from 2432 to 6653 square feet, and the average is 3711 SF.

Large public parks

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Woodside of Almaden Neighborhood, San Jose

The scenic Woodside of Almaden neighborhood in San Jose offers tree-lined streets with sidewalks, proximity to the Los Alamitos Creek Trail, views of the Santa Teresa Foothills and the coastal range, and top notch public schools to boot. Many Silicon Valley  home buyers appreciate the quiet, the community involvement, and activities that take place in this area of Almaden, and choose to make it home. With Google expanding into central San Jose in the upcoming years, it is sure to make this area even more desirable.

 

Woodside of Almaden at Sunset

Woodside of Almaden at Sunset

 

Woodside of Almaden neighborhood description

There are 386 single family homes in the Woodside of Almaden neighborhood. They were built beginning in 1977, but some as late as 2016 (likely rebuilds) and the average age of construction is 1980.

Most houses are around 2,000 to 2,500 square feet, with the average being 2252 SF, but the range is expansive, from 1649 to 4066 SF. Many of these houses feature good sized formal entryways, vaulted ceilings in the living room, and comfortable layouts with well sized rooms. As a rule, houses in this community do not feel cramped – they were well designed.

Lot sizes span 7,680 to 15,705 SF with an average lot size being a generous 8942 square feet.

Homes are built forward enough on the lot that most back yards are a good size. (more…)

Almaden Valley neighborhoods

The Los Alamitos Creek Trail runs alongside a few Almaden Valley neighborhoods, including Shadowbrook and Woodside of Almaden - photo by Jim Handy December 2017

 

Thinking of moving to the much beloved Almaden Valley area of San Jose? Almaden Valley neighborhoods vary in size, schools, and area amenities from one to the next, so reading up on the smaller communities that make up this scenic district will help you to locate just the right area for you! (You will find a list of Almaden neighborhoods at the bottom of this article. It is getting updated often, so check back!)

Why Almaden Valley neighborhoods?

For many home buyers, the choice to move to an Almaden Valley neighborhood is largely about the quality of the public schools and the amount of home that can be purchased relative to other areas with good schools such as Cupertino, Saratoga, and Los Gatos. Some may want Leland, others Pioneer, Leigh, or Los Gatos High (a tiny sliver of San Jose 95120 is in the LGHS attendance area).

For others, it may be about the commute, which is not too bad to downtown San Jose.

Almaden is slightly younger than many parts of San Jose, such as Cambrian (and much younger than Willow Glen). The newness of construction can be very enticing to home buyers not wanting to deal with older home issues.

For those wanting scenic views, rather than flat areas away from hills, this part of San Jose offers abundant opportunities of the hills, from the hills, or perhaps across a golf course. Almaden can feel a little less urban, a little less crowded, because of these scenic vistas.

List of Almaden Valley neighborhoods and subdivisions

Next we’ll provide a list of Almaden neighborhood and subdivision names with links to their descriptions (more links to come as more articles are written).

Almaden Hills Estates

Almaden Meadows neighborhood

Almaden Springs

Almaden Winery: Tresor, Vineland, Vintage

Brianna

California Ridge townhouses

Country Club

Country View Estates

Creekside

Crossgates

Glencrest

Glenview Serenity

Goldcreek

Graystone and Pfieffer Ranch

Guadalupe Oak Grove (near the park)

Montego

Montevideo

Mountain Shadows

New Almaden

Hacienda Cemetery and Memorial Park in New Almaden

Oak Canyon

Oaktree Park

Orchard Creek

Pierce Ranch

Shadowbrook – features a swim club

Silvercrest townhomes

Sunrise of Almaden

Villas of Almaden

Woodside of Almaden

 

Is there a neighborhood, subdivision, or community missing from this list? If so, please let me know and I’ll add it!

 

 

 

Selling a home in one of San Jose’s Almaden Valley neighborhoods? Understand home buyer concerns in 95120

Selling a home in San Jose's Almaden ValleyDo you want to sell your Almaden Valley home? This lovely corner of San Jose has become increasingly popular in recent years.

To maximize the marketing and sale of your property, it is very helpful to understand the motivation of people who are house-hunting in San Jose, 95120, and also to understand their concerns.

The positive aspects of living in Almaden are abundant. Many Silicon Valley home buyers to find the right balance of good schools, scenic neighborhoods, well kept homes, real estate pricing, and open space & trails in this southwestern part of San Jose.  Browse listings of San Jose 95120 homes for sale here (link to a page on this blog).

The concerns vary from one buyer to the next, but may include the following (many related to schools):

  • commute distance (especially in the southern part of the valley)
  • mercury in the soil from the Almaden and Guadalupe quicksilver mines
  • proximity of high voltage power lines in the more northern part of the area
  • the lower scores at Castillero Middle School (as compared to the elmentary schools which are feeders to it) or Pioneer High School
  • school boundaries between the Pioneer and Leland area – will they move as more development takes place in southern Almaden Valley?
  • For the part of Almaden with Los Gatos schools, will the drive be too far, and will there be enough kids in the neighborhood in those same schools?
  • For the neighborhoods in the Campbell Union High School District, will Leigh High remain an option into the future or will Branham become mandatory at some point?
  • Most of Almaden is in the San Jose Unified School District , which had mandatory busing in the past, and not so long ago – will it happen in the future?
  • for some, that there could be too much pressure at the highest scoring Almaden public schools
  • fire danger near the hills
  • wildlife near creeks it may attract (and in other cases, fears around mercury coming to their property in the stream or with the rains)
  • near creeks: wildlife attracted by the water as well as mercury coming down from the hills (one buyer worried about eating vegetables or fruits grown on land near creeks)

And we haven’t yet broached the issues around purchasing older homes, which is what most of the listing inventory is! (more…)

Help for Almaden Senior Home Sellers

Almaden Senior Home Seller with Mt UmFor retirees or senior home owners in Almaden who’ve been in their houses a very long time, the prospect of selling that beloved San Jose home can be quite daunting.  The longer you’ve been there, the more memories you’ve created and most of the time the harder it is to decide to sell and then do all the work needed to maximize that decision. This article is intended as a help for Almaden senior home sellers, their families and friends.

In today’s post we’ll go over the decision to sell the home (or not), the timing elements for selling and getting help in doing so.

Deciding it’s time to sell your Almaden Valley home

Perhaps the biggest hurdle is not the physical work involved with preparing a home for the real estate market or moving, but instead is the difficult decision of whether or not to move (and if so, when to do it).

As people age, there are a lot of losses.  There may be retirement that wasn’t chosen, but forced.  Loved ones pass away.  Vision diminishes.  It may become necessary to limit driving, or worse, give it up altogether. It is not hard for those over 65, 70  or 80 years of age to feel like it’s one unhappy challenge after the next. There’s a lot of change but it’s not all positive.

The prospect of also changing one’s residence can seem like one of the biggest, toughest and most unwelcome of all.     (more…)

Almaden Valley Housing Market: Inventory, Days on Market, Median Price Per Square Foot and More

How are the key housing indicators in the Almaden Valley area of San Jose? At the moment it’s said to be a hot “seller’s market” overall.  But look closer and you can see that in the Almaden Valley housing market there are clear market micro-climates.  Prices are better for sellers, while buyers struggle with higher prices and less homes to choose from.  Recently we have seen a slight cooling, too – very welcome for Almaden home buyers.

Almaden Valley Housing Market: Inventory of Houses for Sale

Right now I have a few Almaden Valley home buyers and they have all been disappointed at the lack of inventory. What’s happening?

First, let’s see what “usually” happens in the 95120 zip code in terms of the number of houses for sale. Here’s a look at the last 10 years (all available history), care of Altos Research – you can see that it’s been rising since January 1st, but it’s a proverbial drop in the bucket:

 

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

 

Here you can see that inventory has regular peaks and dips. Inventory tends to rise early each year and peak in mid to late summer. After the peak is a decline through autumn and winter with the lowest point in the coldest part of the year before turning around again before spring.

Now let’s look up close at just the last 3 years. Again, inventory IS rising, so it’s betting a little easier for buyers, but still difficult compared to the last 3 years.

 

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

 

As usual, our inventory bottoms out in winter and then rises beginning sometime after the Super Bowl or perhaps a little later. Right now we are still in “rising inventory” mode in Almaden, so the market should be softening a little. Also, we are hearing of “buyer fatigue”, so in many cases there may be fewer offers than earlier in the spring. (more…)

The Luxury Real Estate Market in Almaden, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga

How is the Luxury Home Market?Luxury home sales are going like crazy in the west valley areas of Santa Clara County. Right now in Almaden Valley, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga, there are 115 houses for sale listed at or more than two million dollars (just checked MLSListings.com), and in the last 30 days 52 have sold and closed escrow in those same areas and price ranges. For the Almaden – Saratoga region generally, then, there are 2.212 months of inventory in the over two million dollar price range (115/52). That makes it a strong seller’s market. Things have certainly stayed lively since last year. (In the same region, there are 39 pending sales.)

Next we’ll look at these four Silicon Valley communities separately to see how the luxury market in each one is faring overall.

Almaden Valley (San Jose, 95120)

Currently in Almaden there are 12 houses for sale which are listed at or over $2,000,000.  In the last 30 days, 3 sold in that price range (with 2 sales pending). That makes for 4 “months of inventory,” which can be considered a balanced market in many areas though is leaning towards being a seller’s market. That would mean this luxury market has good turnover but is not as strong a market as elsewhere. It’s a close to balanced market in Almaden Valley among the most expensive real estate offerings for sale. Five to six months is balanced and over six is a buyer’s market. (more…)