Almaden

Welcome to ALMADEN

Located along San Jose’s southwestern edge, Almaden is a peaceful neighborhood known for its rolling hills, ample green spaces, and beautiful homes surrounded by history. Almaden’s residents enjoy many amenities, including limitless recreation, distinguished schools, and charming residential streets—all within thirty minutes of downtown San Jose.

With roots dating back to the 19th century, the area was named after the Almaden Quicksilver Mines, which produced the Santa Clara Valley’s most profitable resource during the Gold Rush—mercury. By 1965, the industry brought nearly 2,000 people to the mining town, which was divided into three separate enclaves—the Hacienda, Spanishtown, and Englishtown—housing workers and their families from Mexico, California, England, and China through the turn of the 20th century.

The mines shut down in the 1960s. Today, the land that Almaden was founded on is preserved through Quicksilver County Park, a landmark of California history. Tucked into the foothills of the Sierra Azul Preserve, the park encompasses over 4,000 acres and offers some of the most spectacular wildflower displays in the region each spring. 

Mostly residential, Almaden offers residents a mix of real estate, ranging from large and luxurious ranch-style homes to condos and townhomes. Embraced by tranquil views and evoking the feeling of country living while maintaining access to city amenities, Almaden is a great community for those looking for their forever home.

What to Love

  • Abundance of open space and opportunities for outdoor recreation

  • A tranquil escape to call home

  • Prominent San Jose schools

People & Lifestyle

With safe residential streets, top schools, and desirable real estate all surrounded by green open spaces, Almaden attracts families and San Jose commuters looking for a break from the bustle of city life. Just over half of Almaden’s residents have school-aged children, with a median age of around 42. Thanks to its location in San Jose’s hills, many homes also enjoy the utmost privacy and stunning views of the valley below.

Almaden’s peaceful vibe and favorable weather allow residents to spend a lot of their time outdoors, and you’ll often find runners out before work, families in the parks on the weekend, and fitness enthusiasts on one of the dozens of hiking trails nearby year-round. Those who call Almaden home are also close to city amenities, with all San Jose has to offer at your fingertips. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

As a majority residential community, Almaden is spared from commercial overdevelopment, helping it maintain its serene small-town vibe. While dining, shopping, and entertainment options in the immediate vicinity are not as abundant as downtown San Jose, there are a number of local spots Almaden’s residents enjoy when they feel like a night out. 

La Foret in New Almaden is a local favorite for sophisticated French dining in a cozy countryside setting. Housed in a historic creekside building that was once the first two-story hotel in California, La Foret’s story dates back to 1848 and today, the restaurant serves authentic French cuisine that won’t disappoint. Sushi lovers will rejoice at Kenzo, a Japanese spot known for its fresh fish and all-you-can-eat sushi. Nearby, you’ll find Jubba Somali Restaurant, a family-owned eatery famous around town for its flavorful platters and intimate atmosphere. 

For shopping, movies, and guilty pleasure restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Chang’s, look no further than Westfield Oakridge Mall, a retail center with a wide selection of stores and eateries with something for everyone in the family.

Things to Do

Thanks to its plentiful green space and hilly terrain, one of the most popular pastimes in Almaden is spending time outdoors. Almaden Quicksilver County Park is the site of over 135 years of mining history and has 37 miles of hiking trails, 30 miles of equestrian trails, and over 16 miles of biking trails. There are a number of picnic tables scattered around the park to take a rest or enjoy your lunch, and leashed pets are welcome on all trails. 

Remnants of the mining era are visible throughout, offering visitors the chance to learn more about the area’s history. With rolling hills, spectacular wildflowers in the spring, and multiple entrances, Almaden Quicksilver County Park is an easily-accessible activity for all San Jose residents. Almaden Lake Park also offers ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as hiking, jogging, and cycling along 30 acres of lake and 65 acres of land. Picnic tables, volleyball courts, and bocce courts are at your disposal, and the scenic lake will make you feel like you’re a world away from the city.

Every Sunday, the community comes together for the Blossom Hill Farmers Market. Hosting over 40 growers from the Santa Clara area, including a number of organic farms, this market has brought local produce to Almaden for 17 years.

San Jose and its surrounding communities have a rich arts scene, and Almaden is no different. Every year, the neighborhood hosts the Annual Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival, a celebration of local artisans, entertainment, and boutique wines from California vineyards that benefits non-profit organizations and local schools. From gourmet food trucks and a kids craft zone to one-of-a-kind creations from Northern California artists and premium wines and beers, this is a can’t miss event! 

Schools

Schools located in the Almaden Valley are part of the San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD) and are known to be among some of the most prominent in the area:

  • Graystone Elementary, K-5

  • Simonds Elementary, K-5

  • Almaden Country Day School, PK-8 



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