What makes Almaden so highly desirable a place in which to live? Real estate prices are among the highest in San Jose (and Silicon Valley). For much of Santa Clara County, its a little remote; the commute might be a little too far for some, or so its thought. But that may be a misconception.
Where is Almaden Valley?
Almaden sits nestled between the Santa Teresa foothills and the Santa Cruz Mountains in a southwest corner of Santa Clara County. It touches the Los Gatos and Cambrian Park borders on one side, Blossom Valley on another and stretches toward Morgan Hill at the base of the valley. The major roads winding through Almaden are Camden Avenue, Almaden Expressway, and Coleman Avenue. The local landmark, viewable from much of Almaden Valley, is the famous Mount Umunhum, perched at a high point of the coastal foothills and recently opened to the public as park land.
Great living: Almaden boasts low crime, great schools, and strong community involvement. With nice public facilities such as a rec center and library, and some neighborhood communities with cabanas and busy swim teams, its family oriented and kid friendly.
Scenic open spaces: Almaden has lots of open spaces with golf courses, parks, and trails. The southernmost part of Almaden and some of the hilly areas are still beautiful horse country too.
Nice neighborhoods: Homes in Almaden range from senior apartments to rent near Lake Almaden to luxury estates with incredible views and everything in between. Consistently, though, the neighborhoods are well kept, whether the homes are modest or enormous. There does not seem to be a bad part of Almaden!
Lots to do: Being a district within San Jose, Almaden residents also enjoy life at the other end of Almaden Expressway in downtown San Jose, from cheering on the San Jose Sharks at the arena to taking in the arts downtown or spending time at the Tech Museum of Innovation or the Childrens Discovery Museum. The location makes it quick to be downtown from most parts of Almaden. All that downtown has to offer is a mere 15 to 30 minutes away.
A little more affordable than Los Gatos and Saratoga: Almaden is a somewhat more affordable alternative to Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratogas high real estate prices. But the schools are also excellent, crime also low, and the scenic beauty similar. So folks considering buying a home in these nearby areas should also look into Almaden!
History too: Additionally, Almaden enjoys a special historical place in Silicon Valley as the home of the mercury or quicksilver mines, which were so important during the gold rush. This old part of Almaden, called ˜New Almaden (after the original Almaden mine in Spain), is nicely preserved. Homes once owned and occupied by the mining community of Gold Rush days are still occupied and lovingly tended and restored today.
If you haven’t been to Almaden Valley, its worth the drive! To see the historic district, follow Almaden Expressway to Almaden Road. Its about 2 miles from the turnoff until you get to New Almaden.
At this point, you’re entering horse country and a much more rural part of San Jose than you may be used to seeing. Drive slowly or you’ll get a ticket!
When you get to New Almaden, park your car and visit the New Almaden Quicksilver Museum (21350 Almaden Road, San Jose, CA 95120). For more information on the historic aspect of this beautiful area, please visit the New Almaden page of the Santa Clara County Historic Societys website. Great pics and info!