Berryessa

Once full or orchards and farms, the Berryessa area of San Jose today is largely developed, but a few pockets of trees and agriculture do remain. Most of this district is housing, but there are also a good number of businesses. (The photo below is from a property I sold in this part of North San Jose in 2021.)

Berryessa boasts very strong commute access, including both light rail and BART as well as major auto routes. Highway 680 runs through it, and 101 and 880 are nearby. Additionally, the major airport for Silicon Valley is in close proximity, too, the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. For the South Bay, this is one of the most accessible areas. This and the quality of many of the schools are perhaps the area’s biggest claim to fame.

 

Berryessa Orchard - property sold by Mary Pope-Handy

Where is Berryessa?

Berryessa is in the northern part of San Jose, set between the city of Milpitas to the north and the Alum Rock District to the south. The boundary on the east side is the East Foothills. The boundary on the west is Coyote Creek, approximately. Some resources may put it closer to Highway 101. (If you check  5 different sites, you may get 5 different answers for the boundaries on the west and south side of this district!)

Zip codes are 95131, 95132, 95133. (The MLS also includes a little of 95127, which is often thought of as Alum Rock Park.)

Another interesting, nearby area in San Jose is Japantown.
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Pepper Lane townhomes in Berryessa

The Pepper Lane townhomes in Berryessa are young, stylish, and highly sought after. If you aren’t familiar with this community in San Jose, it’s worth knowing about!

 

Townhomes at Pepper Lane in the Berryessa area of San Jose

Why the Pepper Lane townhomes?

Several things make the Pepper Lane townhouses popular:

  • they enjoy highly regarded public schools, including Vinci Park Elementary School
  • they were built by Pulte Homes, a well respected builder
  • they are young – constructed between 2011 and 2015
  • they are located close to major commute routes, such as Highway 680
  • homes feature open layouts, spacious kitchens, high ceilings, attached garages, and some sort of outside space
  • the community provides a playground, a dog park, greenbelt areas, and a community center
  • the monthly HOA dues are low

While this neighborhood is close to a major freeway, the homes are surprisingly quiet inside. We found this to be true at another Pulte development in a similarly noisy area, too, at the Altura neighborhood, previously reviewed by us on this website. The double pane windows make an enormous difference.

 

Greenbelt and playground at Pepper Lane in San Jose's Berryessa district

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