Cory neighborhood

Looking for a convenient residential location in an area with gorgeous tree lined streets? Check out the Cory neighborhood in west San Jose along the Santa Clara border.

One of the first things you’ll notice when arriving to the interior of this established area is that most streets have older, attractive, and large trees along the sidewalk strip. It’s an enormous canopy which creates a very inviting feel. In some sections, trees are younger.  The majority of homes provide a front porch. You may also note that nearly every property features a single story ranch style house.

 

Cory neighborhood street view

 

What are homes like in the Cory neighborhood?

Typical telephone niche found in older homesThere are 1065 houses (by my research on Realist) in the Cory community, plus about a dozen duplexes. Along the outside edge of the neighborhood there are other types of buildings, including religious, restaurant, educational, and business.

The houses were built primarily between 1948 and 1950, although about 200 of the thousand were built after 1950 (and 31 of those after 1991). The majority of the houses were part of the expansive Bascom Gardens tract (579 by my count), but 211 of the approximately 1000 houses were part of the Kaiser Community Homes (also known simply as “The Kaiser Tract”). Others are designated by tract number but not subdivision name. It looks like they all started as a single level ranch style house, but today 65 of them are two stories (that’s about 5%).

Many of these house were constructed with wall furnaces in a central location (often in a living room on one side and in the hallway on the other), a fireplace, hardwood floors, a formal dining room, an attached 2 car garage, a raised foundation (access often found outside, in the backyard, but sometimes indoors via a closet floor). Laundry would be in the garage and a drying yard just outside of the garage, often in a side yard (and near the kitchen). Charming touches can be found in things like the telephone niche in the hall. Some feature a breezeway between the house and garage – a great place to store bikes, or an easy place to add on later.

These tract houses were built modestly and affordably in the post WWII era. Some houses are as small as 806 SF with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, though most were and still are 3 bedroom homes with 2 baths. More than half are 1300 SF or less. Ninety percent of these properties are under 2000 SF, but over the years with expansion and rebuilding, some are quite big, and one property is a bit over 3000 SF.

Today, many of these properties have been upgraded and enjoy newer wiring, plumbing, heating, and cooling, in addition to dual pane windows and other improvements over the years. Buyers continue to value the hardwood floors, the large picture windows, and practical layouts that these homes provide.

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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…)

Blossom Hill Farms

The scenic Blossom Hill Farms subdivision is part of the Cambrian district in San Jose, 95124. It is directly adjacent to the Strathmore neighborhood of Los Gatos and the Del Oro area in Cambrian. Across the street are more Los Gatos communities. This small pocket of houses is truly on the Los Gatos border.

 

Map - Blossom Hill Farms Cambrian Los Gatos border

 

This location is ideal for many reasons. It’s easy to get to Highway 85 via Union Avenue (left end of the map, above) or to take Blossom Hill Road to downtown Los Gatos to the wast or toward Oakridge Mall and loads of other shopping and restaurants to the east. Walgreen’s, Starbucks, Mountain Mike’s Pizza and more can be found at Blossom Hill and Harwood,  at the SW corner (shown on the map at the far right as the light brown area). Belgatos Park is close, too.

 

Blossom Hill Farms - Laura Drive San Jose 95124

 

What are homes like in Blossom Hill Farms?

There are 98 single family homes in Blossom Hill Farms.  One house was constructed in 1957, but most were built in 1958-1959, with one in 1965, one rebuilt in 2018, and one currently torn down to build new as of this writing.

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