San Jose neighborhoods

San Jose neighborhoods are spread throughout many districts and even more miles, so it’s no surprise that we see a tremendous amount of variety in landscape, commute length, school quality, and home prices.

San Jose neighborhoods: let’s start with the broad areas and districts

 

San Jose neighborhoods and districts

The major areas in San Jose generally fall into these areas – feel free to plunk any of them into the search bar to learn more, or use the navigation links in the menu for each. These are neighborhoods on a larger scale.

  • Almaden Valley / Almaden – see a list of Almaden Valley neighborhoods with links
  • Alum Rock (together with Evergreen is East Valley, East San Jose, or Eastside)
  • Berryessa / North San Jose / North Valley (North San Jose also includes Alviso)
  • Blossom Valley
  • Cambrian / Cambrian Park – we have many articles on Cambrian Park neighborhoods – check out the list and links
  • Downtown / Central San Jose
  • East Valley (see Alum Rock and Evergreen)
  • Evergreen
  • Santa Teresa
  • West San Jose (not actually a large area, mostly sandwiched between Campbell and Cupertino, but quite a few zip codes)
  • Willow Glen

Or generally by direction:

  1. North: Alviso, Berryessa are “North San Jose”
  2. East: Alum Rock and Evergreen are “East San Jose” (Berryessa is northeast)
  3. South: South San Jose, Coyote (part SJ, part Morgan Hill, part unincorporated), Santa Teresa, Blossom Valley, Almaden (Almaden is southwest)
  4. West: Almaden (southwest), Cambrian, West San Jose
  5. Downtown and Central

San Jose zip codes

What about zip codes for these San Jose neighborhoods or districts?  Almaden has 95120 as its only zip code. Most have at least two (Cambrian is 95124 and 95118 – but not all of those zip codes!). Evergreen has four.  Willow Glen is mostly 95125, but has a sliver of 95124. So it’s messy and defies easy answers except for Almaden Valley.

Each of these larger areas consists of groups of San Jose neighborhoods within them. In Almaden, there are homes near the golf course – the Country Club neighborhood, or others in New Almaden, the oldest part of that section.

How to decide which of the San Jose neighborhoods you should consider?

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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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Neighborhoods and homes of Silicon Valley

Whether you call it the San Jose area, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley, The South Bay, or even the old moniker of “The Valley of Heart’s Delight”, there is a lot to love about living here. I’ve put together a gallery with a taste of the residential communities in and near San Jose, including Almaden, Willow Glen, Cambrian, Evergreen, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Campbell, Cupertino, Santa Clara and more. Sit back and enjoy the photos!

 

 

Alviso Marina: San Jose’s Bayfront

Alviso enjoyed an important position in local Silicon Valley history.  It was once a bustling port from which important products were shipped – things like mercury (quicksilver) from New Almaden, tallow, hides and grain. It was incorporated in 1852 but in 1968 became a part of San Jose.  As a bayfront community, Alviso’s residents have suffered some severe flooding in the past.  Today, though, the water front and marina are a shadow of their former selves, due to the fact that the slough is no longer dredged and vegetation has overtaken much of the marina.  Today I’ll share some photos of the Alviso Marina area which I took a few months back and hope it will encourage this site’s readers to make a trip out there and enjoy the local sites in person.

 

Alviso Marina - where San Jose meets the San Francisco Bay

 

In the photo above, you can see that boats are now surrounded by rushes and reeds rather than open water.  The next one, below, provides a view of the San Francisco Bay in the distance.

 

Alviso Marina and San Francisco Bay

 

The public shore sign seemed out of place today.

 

Alviso's Public Shore sign - but no visible shore today

 

Closer to the slough, a clear channel does remain but it’s not very deep. (more…)