Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Conditions

Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Conditions San Jose 95120 - photo with Mt Umunhum in backgroundThe Almaden Valley real estate market is experiencing some up and down, but remains clearly in a seller’s market and much stronger than it was one year ago. Inventory remains perpetually low, so the best homes in great locations are selling like hotcakes while buyers are passing over others that may need more work.

Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Conditions: Trends at a Glance

First, a look at the residential real estate market statistics for Almaden, or San Jose 95120 from the Real Estate Report (a subscription that uses closed / sold data).

Home prices are up annually and down monthly. Conditions are a little softer all over.

Trends At a GlanceJun 2024Previous MonthYear-over-Year
Median Price$2,300,000 (-5.1%)$2,422,440$2,105,000 (+9.3%)
Average Price$2,303,310 (-6.5%)$2,463,030$2,298,780 (+0.2%)
No. of Sales21 (-47.5%)4033 (-36.4%)
Pending19 (-5.0%)2022 (-13.6%)
Active32 (+18.5%)2720 (+60.0%)
Sale vs. List Price104.4% (-1.3%)105.8%102.0% (+2.3%)
Days on Market12 (+28.7%)919 (-37.8%)
Days of Inventory44 (+118.2%)2018 (+151.4%)

 


Altos Research charts for Almaden Valley real estate market, single family homes segment
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Santa Clara County Real Estate Market

The Santa Clara County real estate market conditions were a little cooler in June with slightly longer days on market and slightly lower sales to list price ratio, but home prices rose annually  just the same, with the highest June prices ever.

  • Home prices eased back in June from May 2024 for Santa Clara County for both the average and median sale prices. Prices were WELL above the same month for 2023, though.
  • Inventory is rising, but buyers lament the lack of good inventory. A lot of properties on the market have location issues or need a lot of work (or both, in some cases).
  • Days on market are up a hair monthly, but lower than a year ago.
  • The sale to list price cooled a little from May 2024, but is hotter than June 2023.
  • Interest rates are remaining up and are  a major hurdle for home buyers.
  • Seasonality is at play: the market usually flattens or cools in June (graduations, weddings, travel, etc.), but we are hearing that the market generally is a little cooler than normal for this time of year. This could be from the interest rates, high temps, high home prices, or the upcoming election – there are lots of possible causes. For buyers, this is an opportunity!

Numbers vary slightly between the RE Report and hand-pulled data from the MLS, but the trends are still clearly visible – it’s a hot market heading towards summer.

 

June 2024 sales stats in Santa Clara County

Here’s the RE Report summary table or TRENDS AT A GLANCE. It’s an excellent summary of our Silicon Valley housing market.

 

Santa Clara County stats at a glance - SFH and condos and townhouses

Real estate market statistics

 

Multi year real estate data charts for Santa Clara County real estate market (single family homes)

PLEASE NOTE: to view any of the data tables / images below in a larger version, just click on them and you will be taken to our blog post, where the images are larger (except for the first one). Still too small? Click on them in the article and a larger still version will pop up. 

 

Inventory

The inventory is up quite a bit both month over month and year over year.

 

 

Santa Clara County inventory - Single family homes

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Montevideo Neighborhood

Montevideo neighborhood in San Jose's Almaden Valley area San Jose zip code 95120Located close to the Guadalupe Creek and the foothills of the coastal mountain range, the Montevideo neighborhood enjoys tree lined streets and scenic green views of the hills. Houses and yards are nicely kept. It is fairly convenient for commuting as it’s not too deeply into the San Jose area of Almaden Valley. About 500 residents call this beautiful neighborhood home.

In addition to the pleasant vistas, the Montevideo home owners and residents enjoy the cabaña, which includes a community pool, clubhouse, recreation grounds (shuffleboard, volleyball court and more), a fun swim team for kids. There are very few cabañas in the west valley, so this is a big draw.

Adjacent to it is the very highly regarded Guadalupe Elementary School.

Where is the Montevideo neighborhood located?

The Montevideo neighborhood is situated close to the intersection of Camden Avenue and Coleman Road (not quite to Redmond Avenue) in southwest San Jose (Almaden area, zip code 95120). The development was built in two phases – the map below shows in a darker green the “Montevideo 2” area. The lighter area was the original Montevideo tract.

 

Map of the Montevideo neighborhood in San Jose's Almaden Valley - click on the image to go to the live map on Google

Map of the Montevideo neighborhood in San Jose’s Almaden Valley – click on the image to go to the live map on Google

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Jeffrey Fontana Park in San Jose’s Almaden Valley

Jeffrey Fontana Park is an Almaden gem, set into a residential area but also adjacent to loads of other parkland. In the not too far distance is a view of the coastal hills with Mount Umunhum on top. Jim, Clair, and I spent some time there last weekend and I thought some of our readers may enjoy seeing some photos and learning about this park (and perhaps be inspired to visit it, too).

 

View of Mount Umunhum from Jeffrey Fontana Park - photo by Mary Pope-Handy on --

 

Where is Jeffrey Fontana Park?

The 10 acre park begins at Meridian Avenue in San Jose at Oakglen Way. The other side of Meridian is TJ Martin Park. and just north of it is the humongous Guadalupe Oak Grove Park (previously shared about this park).  In the map below, this is the park with the green park icon in the middle. You could spend many hours checking out these three connected parks !

 

Almaden Valley Parks - TJ Martin, Jeffrey Fontana, and Guadalupe Oak Grove

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Where are the high voltage power lines?

High Voltage Power Lines Collage

High Voltage Power Lines from around the West Valley.

High voltage power lines are a “location issue” that impacts real estate values, and it sometimes elicits worry regarding safety.

High voltage power lines: how far is far enough?

Something we have spoken about recently with our clients is being far enough away so that if the tower and high voltage power lines were to fall, they’d miss your home and property. In our recent series of atmospheric rivers in January 2023, in San Jose one of these large transmission towers did fall down. It’s rare, but not impossible.

I have not seen a website that can tell us how tall any given tower is, but from what I have read online, it seems that most of them are under 200 feet tall, but some could be higher than that. In most cases, that puts the lines about 4 houses away if the lots are a typical 6,000 SF lot of 60′ across the front and 100′ deep.

We cannot speak to the concerns around potential increased risk of cancer or other problems. Each consumer should research that issue on his or her own.

Where are the high voltage power lines?

High Voltage Power lines - map - CaliforniaYears ago, I painstakingly mapped out the transmission lines from what I knew on the ground and what I could tell from tracing the Google satellite view. (You can find that link near the bottom of this article.)

Today, though, there’s something better than my map available online. The California Energy Commission has a map of the transmission lines that you can view using THIS LINK. Or click on the image at the left.

From the landing page you can zoom in or out. It covers the entire state of California – you might find it interesting to navigate around a little.

Also, a few years ago, PG&E published an interactive map where you can view the location of electric lines (I’ve filtered the imbedded map below to show Electric Transmission Lines in the South Bay), and another map of natural gas pipelines, searchable by address. This doesn’t cover the entire state, but it does cover all of the Bay Area / Silicon Valley.

The PG&E map:

On the map I hand-drew at the bottom of this article I did also include the location of schools. Quite a lot of schools do have transmission lines present.

What other location issues are there to factor in?
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What Does It Cost to Buy a 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home in Silicon Valley with Good Schools?

Often I have clients who are interested in purchasing a 4 bedroom, 2 bath home in a good school district in Silicon Valley, particularly in the South Bay and West Valley areas. But what does it cost to buy that “average home”? Tonight I did a study on the MLS of homes that have sold and closed escrow in the last 4 months with these characteristics:

  • single family home (house)
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 full bathrooms
  • 1800 to 2200 square feet of living space
  • 6000 to 10,000 sf lot

Disclaimers aside, here are the numbers for select West Valley Communities in the West/South Bay area with good schools.

Cost to Buy 4 Bed 2 Bath Home in Popular Silicon Valley Communities

The first number is the number of sales during that time (more sales = more reliable averages). This one is not in the older charts, but with inventory as low as it has been lately this makes a huge difference. The second number is the average sales price per square foot, the third number is the average sales price, and the last number is the average days on market:

2022-11-3 Average Cost to Buy West Valley Homes 120D 4b-2b West Valley

 

And now a look back to late winter, early spring of 2017…

 

 

What’s changed? A lot! The order has shifted some, showing where demand has increased or decreased. Most noticeably, the prices are mostly up significantly, which is most noticeable in the price per square foot. Cambrian has traveled a good deal up the ladder. Palo Alto and Los Altos were displaced by the sole Saratoga sale, and Blossom Valley of San Jose remains in it’s regular position at the bottom.

The home prices tend to run with school rankings. Previously this was by district API scores.  You can check the 2013, three year average, API scores in Santa Clara County for both the districts and the individual schools online here, however that system is no longer used. So how to people judge? Most buyers use sites like GreatSchools.org when looking for a home with good schools which ranks schools on a scale of 1-10 in a few categories.            (more…)

Almaden homes for sale

Almaden Homes for Sale - two story house in San Jose's Almaden Valley, 95120Browse Almaden homes for sale here! This scenic part of San Jose, which mostly follows the 95120 zip code, sits nestled between the coastal mountain range and the Santa Teresa foothills.

If you are just getting to know this South San Jose area, you might want to begin by reading this article first:
What are the advantages of buying a home in Almaden Valley?

Many Silicon Valley home buyers are looking for new construction, but the best land in Santa Clara County was built up decades ago, so there are not many new homes in Almaden Valley, San Jose.

Pricing comments for the Almaden homes for sale

The Almaden homes for sale with Leland High School tend to sell for more than those with other schools as it is so high scoring, however, all of the public schools in Almaden Valley are good! One of the most affordable neighborhoods for that part of 95120 is Creekside Almaden. At the end of that article you can see any Creekside Almaden homes for sale.

Other factors that will impact the sale price are views, as some homes enjoy some elevation or have particularly stunning vistas, as well as the home’s  size, condition, lot size, landscaping, and other typical elements.

Each month we update the Almaden Valley real estate market conditions, so you may want to bookmark it and visit often.

Listings now available in 95120: Almaden homes for sale

These will include everything showable in the 95120 zip code, including the prized New Almaden homes for sale. The most recently added Almaden homes for sale will appear first. Please also read “an important word about the total number of listings” below, as feeds such as this one may only show a large percentage, but not all, available houses, townhouses, or condominiums to buy.

  • List View
  • Map View
  • Grid View

See all Almaden area of San Jose, California Real Estate.
(all data current as of 7/15/2024)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

 
 

 

An important word about the total number of listings and what is displayed here

 

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Selling a home in Almaden Valley, San Jose – best tips!

Selling a home in Almaden Valley - foundation and drainage are keyAre you selling a home in Almaden Valley, San Jose, within the next year? There are things that you can do to enhance your home’s value and your ultimate net from the sale.

#1 tip for selling a home in Almaden Valley, San Jose

In addition to the basics for every home seller of correct pricing, fixing, cleaning, decluttering, replacing floor coverings and paint as needed and providing a complete disclosure package with pre-sale inspection, there is one extremely important facet to focus on in 95120:

  • Foundation & drainage work is KEY!  This is the number one issue that is fairly unique to Almaden as an issue.  Find out if your crawl space has any moisture intrusion either now or seasonally and if so, consider mitigating it as these items can scare buyers off or cause them to lowball their offers. (You may want to hire a home or pest inspector to check the entire crawl space for you.) Probably 90% of homes in Almaden have this problem and it should not be ignored as it can lead to expensive foundation repairs, mold, cupping of hardwood floors in the living space, and more.
    • Most home owners are not directing the water away from their homes at the downspouts, and that is part of the problem in many cases.
    • You may need to employ a foundation and drainage contractor for guidance and implementation, depending on what is discovered when your crawl space is checked
    • Even if you don’t get the work done, having a bid for what’s needed is a huge help. The reason is that whatever a cost might be, most buyers believe it will cost 3 -5x that amount. Providing the actual cost will build buyer confidence and lessen their fear of surprises.
  • If your home is close to high voltage lines, consider learning the EMF levels. They are likely not as big of a deal as buyers will worry that they are.
  • In a quiet location? You might want to check your property’s “How Loud” score to promote that benefit – see HowLoud.com.

Selling a home in Almaden Valley: what’s unique about 95120

This lovely corner of San Jose has become more prized in recent years. Many home buyers view it as a good value for the money in terms of the schools, the overall quality of the community, the scenic beauty with hills close by on two sides, and the reasonable commute to downtown San Jose. These are often what motivate home buyers who are drawn to the 95120 zip code. Once they visit in person, they may be surprised at how quiet this area is, generally, too.

The close proximity to the Santa Cruz Mountains on one side and the Santa Teresa foothills on the other is unique. There are some issues that arise from that situation that we’ll address later, primarily regarding water, drainage, and foundations, as mentioned above. For most home buyers, those are not really on their radar upfront.

Selling a home in Almaden Valley: plan to educate the buyers

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Mount Umunhum

Closeup of The Cube at Mount UmunhumMount Umunhum sits high on the Santa Cruz Mountain range, and from there you can enjoy spectacular views. Looking inland, there are vistas of San Jose & most of Santa Clara County, on a clear day even as far north as San Francisco from Mt. Umunhum. Turning toward the Pacific Ocean, from Mount Umunhum’s heights you can see Santa Cruz and Monterey on a fogless day.

This gorgeous peak is part of the mid-Peninsula’s open space holdings, specifically the Sierra Azul Open Space.

Visiting Mount Umunhum

The park is open from a 7 a.m. to about a half hour after sunset (but the gate closes at sunset) per the Sierra Azul Open Space website. The parking lot is not big (just 60 spaces) and it can fill up early on weekends.

It may be warm on the valley floor, but the weather can be quite different, windy and cold, at the summit. Bring layers!

Also, the road up there weaves and winds. If anyone in your party gets motion sickness, you may want that person in the front seat or driving if possible.

The main entrance to the park is at the end of Mt. Umunhum Road, approximately 5.3 miles from the intersection with Hicks Road. There are other places to access the park. You can find all of them on the park’s website under Know Before You Go.

My family and I visited Mount Umunhum on a cold and windy November day in 2017. The views were breath-taking.

2017 views from Mount Umunhum of the Santa Clara Valley

 

 

For those not able to visit in person, the video below provides information on the work that’s gone into making it available to all of us.

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Oaktree Park

Oaktree Park Neighborhood in Almaden Valley area of San JoseThe Oaktree Park neighborhood in San Jose is a scenic residential community with wide appeal to home buyers due to good Almaden schools, close proximity to large parks and is one of only a few areas in Almaden Valley which includes a cabaña and swim team. Additionally, this area is very convenient as it’s close to schools, shops and commute routes to downtown San Jose and much of Silicon Valley. It is a fairly intimate neighborhood with 156 homes.

Where is the Oaktree Park neighborhood?

The Oaktree Park subdivision is within the boundaries of Meridian Avenue, Redmond Avenue and Mcabbe Road on three sides and the Jeffrey Fontana Park on the north side.

The census bureau (and perhaps also the city of San Jose) has attributed names to some parts of Almaden and this neighborhood falls into the Crossgates section. I do not believe that most residents refer to this area that way, though. Perhaps more likely they’d call it part of the greater Fontana Park neighborhood. Just the other side of Meridian is the vastly larger Almaden Meadows neighborhood.

 

Oaktree Park Neighborhood in San Jose (Almaden Valley area of SJ)

Oaktree Park Neighborhood in San Jose (Almaden Valley area of SJ) – click on image above to go to live Google Map

 

What schools serve the Oaktree Park neighborhood in San Jose?

The public schools for Oaktree Park are within the San Jose Unified School District:

Los Alamitos Elementary School (API 935 in 2013, a, 8 on Great Schools in 2023 )
Castillero Middle School (API 846 in 2013, a 7 on Great Schools in 2023)
Pioneer High School (API 822 in 2013, a 7 on Great Schools in 2023)

Los Alamitos Elementary and Holy Spirit Elementary (Catholic) are both just a couple of blocks from Oaktree Park. Additionally, there are 2 preschools really close too: Precious Preschool and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Preschool.

For more information and links for schools, school districts, API scores and maps of boundaries lines for schools in the Almaden area of San Jose, please also read:

Schools, API Scores & Maps of School Boundaries in San Jose’s Almaden Valley

What are homes like in Oaktree Park?

Homes in Oaktree Park are single family dwellings – all detached houses (no townhouses or condominiums). These are primarily ranch style or two story ranch style houses, built in the early 1970s  on lots of about 8000 to 9000 square feet, though a few are more than that. Interior size runs between about 1600 square feet to about 3000 square feet (if added on). P

Prices will be impacted by home size, condition, and exact location (such as on a busy road or immediately adjacent to the high voltage power lines that run through the park) at one end of the spectrrum to beautifully updated or rebuilt larger homes in an ideal location within the neighborhood.

Check the listings below to see the current prices and keep reading for more information on the Oaktree Park neighborhood below!

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