Oster Neighborhood in Cambrian

The Oster neighborhood, anchored around Oster Elementary School in San Jose’s Cambrian district, is situated on the north side of highway 85 and just west of Camden Avenue, part of the 95124 zip code. It’s one of the more affordable areas within the highly regarded Union School District, which is not to say that real estate prices are inexpensive there! They are just slightly softer than those around Carlton, Alta Vista, and Guadalupe, generally. The Oster area has a subdivision directly adjacent to the school, Cambrian Acres, but the neighborhood is much larger than just that one subdivision.

 

Oster Elemenary in Cambrian attendance map

 

The Oster neighborhood is a nicely maintained pocket within Silicon Valley’s “west valley” (which follows Highway 85). One of the highlights of the area is Butcher Park, which includes a dog park area.  It’s the other side of Camden from the school and is really a second anchor for the community. (Personal note: we celebrated my son’s first birthday at Butcher Park, so I am particularly fond of it.)

 

Butcher Park and dog park in Cambrian

 

There’s loads of lawn and play area:

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Cambrian Acres

Looking for a well kept Cambrian neighborhood close to a great elementary school? The Cambrian Acres subdivision in San Jose’s Cambrian district is directly adjacent to Oster Elementary School and the broader Oster neighborhood in Cambrian. It’s an easy drive via Camden Avenue to either Highway 17 or Highway 85, so is a good commute location, too.

 

Map - Cambrian Acres location within Cambrian Park, San Jose 95124

 

What is the neighborhood like?

The streets all have sidewalks, curbs, and gutters. Most areas are “tree lined” and attractive. The houses are almost exclusively single story.  The two story homes there (only 4 or 5) are either rebuilt or added onto. Most homes have been well maintained. There are a fair number of RVs, boats, trailers on some streets, but not all.

 

Street view in Cambrian Acres, San Jose, 95124

 

What are homes like  in Cambrian Acres?

The Cambrian Acres subdivision consists of 215 single family homes and 20 duplexes. (A duplex is a property with 2 units, both owned by the same person or people. It’s considered multi-family, income producing property and is different from a duet home.)

 

Cambrian Acres ranch style home

 

The houses were built first, mostly in 1959 and 1960. The duplexes followed later, constructed in 1967 – 1968. Less than 5% of the homes are 2 stories – if you value your back yard privacy, this is a huge plus!

The single family homes were fairly modest when built, with the smallest at 1012 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Today, many have been expanded (in one or two cases, rebuilt), and the largest is 2723 SF (of the  216 houses, only 14 are more than 2,000 SF). The average square footage is 1397 SF, and the median is 1248 SF.Lot sizes are mostly between 5200 SF and 6500 SF, but the range is 5172 SF to 15,318. The average lot size is 6091 SF, and that is more typical of the area. (more…)