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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Prides Crossing Neighborhood

The Prides Crossing neighborhood in the northern part of Saratoga has a lot to boast about: a sense of community, easy access to commuter routes and many amenities, and laid-back California luxury. We’ll go into more detail below, but here is a profile of the neighborhood in bullet points:

  • The average home is ~2,400 SqFt on ~12,500 SqFt lot, built between the early 1960s-70s
  • Homes are in the attendance area for either Saratoga or Cupertino schools
  • Expect to pay between $3 – $4M for most homes, possibly a little less for a small home near a busy street, and more for a larger, centrally located home
  • The neighborhood is home to 2 parks, a member-owned pool and racket club, and has easy access to commuter routes, shopping, entertainment, and places of worship
  • There are few hazards, but keep an eye out for Zinsco panels

1 Prides Crossing South sign along Cox Avenue

Where is Prides Crossing?

Prides Crossing Map with markers

Click to view full size – Prides Crossing map with markers

North of 85 near the Campbell and West San Jose borders, boundaries of the neighborhood include Prospect Rd to the north and Cox Ave to the south, with 85 and Saratoga Creek at the southern corners. To the west, Scully Ave and to the east Titus Ave border what makes up the majority of the neighborhood, although they are not exact boundaries (the map paints a better picture). Miller Ave is the main thoroughfare through the community with a brick and brass sign marking it’s entrance at it’s intersection with Cox Ave.

While not technically part of Prides Crossing, I did include a corner of the Summerplace subdivision (built 1973) in the neighborhood map as it might easily be mistaken as such. There are 46 homes in the Summerplace tract (5233), but 37 are only accessible through the Prides Crossing neighborhood, touching the south end of Kevin Moran Park, while the other 9 are on the opposite side of highway 85!

Continue reading below, or explore other areas in our interactive map of neighborhoods in this city. We are slowly adding more!

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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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Online Trail Maps In & Near Saratoga, California

Saratoga trails map

Saratoga trails map

A few years back, while touring homes for sale in Saratoga, I saw a sign for a hiking trail in a residential area that I did not know had trails. After a bit of research, I found a list of trails on the city’s website and thought my readers might enjoy some of this info, too.

The city’s website includes a page with links to ALL available Saratoga trail maps which are all pdf files (so be prepared for loading). It offers both a map with all of the trails (shown above) and more.

Love hiking? Here are some other resources and info on nearby trails in Santa Clara County:

Los Gatos parks and trails – see especially the Los Gatos Creek Trail and Belgatos Park (which connects to the Santa Rosa open space, Heinz open space and more), and the Novitiate Park, which connects to a huge long trail that goes to or near Lexington Reservoir
https://www.losgatosca.gov/170/Parks-Trails-Information

Link to the Heinz Open Space and Santa Rosa Open Space trail maps
https://www.losgatosca.gov/1326/Open-Space-Trail-Maps

Lick Observatory (east San Jose at Mt. Hamilton)
https://www.ucolick.org/main/visit/info.html
Mid-Peninsula Open Space Preserve (MidPen) – list of ALL the open space areas, trails etc.
https://www.openspace.org/preserves

Mt Umunhum (often called Mount Um)
https://www.openspace.org/mount-umunhum-sierra-azul

 

Santa Clara County Parks
https://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/Parks-Maps/Maps-Data/Pages/home.aspx

 

 

 

Saratoga Quarry Park

Saratoga Quarry Park

Just east of Hakone Gardens at the edge of downtown Saratoga Village off of Congress Springs Road sits the 64 acre property which is Saratoga Quarry Park.

The site was first used to mine from the hills all the way back in 1856 when it was used to quarry lime for the gold and silver mining industry.

The history of Saratoga Quarry Park

Quarry Park in Saratoga, CA

Saratoga Quarry Park was purchased in 1921 by Santa Clara County to extract rock and gravel for the county roads. In 1967 the county stopped using this site as a quarry. Still county property, public workers began to use the location as a recreational facility, with volunteers building picnic grounds and barbeques, landscaping and hardscaping. County employees held parties and even weddings on the site until the late 1990s.

The City of Saratoga purchased the property in 2011 with the intent to develop a park. The park opened with 0.8 miles of trails and picnic grounds on October 31, 2015. Someday, the city hopes to add trails which would connect the Quarry Park to Hakone Gardens and another to the Skyline to the Sea Trail through the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The old quarry in Saratoga California

Part of Saratoga's old quarry, off Big Basin Way

While quarry ridges have been softened and landscapes to return the mountainside to a more natural habitat and prevent erosion, many remnants from the quarry days remain and are even celebrated. Two marked tunnels, though blocked off for entry, have pathways built for visitors to peek inside and learn about the work that was done there. Some old, large gears are now used as decoration, such as axles from mine carts being used as benches. The largest structure is the Old Loading Structure, the concrete remains of the building still standing by the parking lot entrance. Once used to deposit freight into train cars and then into semis, the building now holds large black and white photographs from when the quarry was active.

 

Vollyball court at the quarry

Many of the special features, such as native gardens, boardwalks, and viewing platforms were Eagle Scout Projects from troop 566, added in 2015.

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Fremont Older Open Space Preserve in Cupertino and Saratoga

Fremont Older trailsWant to get away for a scenic hike but not drive hours for some time in nature? The Fremont Older Open Space Preserve may be just the ticket.

Located in Cupertino but stretching into Saratoga, this enormous preserve, which is managed by the  Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, includes nearly 15 miles of trails within 739 acres of open space. The parking lot is a little small, so best to carpool if meeting friends there, and easiest if you arrive early on weekends.

Fremont Older Trailhead

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Cheap and Tasty Lunch at Skyline Blvd. & Congress Springs Road: Stop by the Mr Mustard Hot Dog Stand

On Sunday afternoon I found myself showing property just beyond the Santa Clara County border near Skyline Boulevard (Hwy 35) and Congress Springs Road (aka Big Basin Way or Hwy 9) in the hills over Saratoga.  The valley floor was fogged in and damp, but up at the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the sun was warm and shining beautifully.

I waited for my clients at our meeting place, the large parking lot off Skyline.  They were running late so I meandered around, taking in the scenery, snapping some photos and enjoying the warmth of the sun.   One delay grew into another and with more time on my hands, I wandered over to the Mr. Mustard hot dog stand and bought myself some lunch: $2 for a hot dog, $1 for a can of Diet Coke. (Also offered were hot links.)  Good price, good food!

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