South San Jose
South San Jose encompasses the very southern part of the Santa Clara Valley and includes Edenvale, Seven Trees, and Santa Teresa. Located near Hellyer and Martial Cottle Parks, this area is largely responsible for the Santa Clara Valley’s historic name, “Valley of the Heart’s Delight.” The soil in South San Jose is known to be very fertile; it was mostly comprised of orchards and farms in the early 1900s. Thanks to its agricultural roots, homes weren’t built in this area until the 1960s and later.
Blossom Valley is situated south of Almaden Valley, over the Capitancillos Ridge, and is known for its good public schools. While this area is still nestled along the foothills, it offers more affordable home prices than most of San Jose. This neighborhood has many smaller homes that are typically between 1,000 and 1,800 square feet, though larger homes between 2,000 and 2,500 square feet are common up against the hillside.
Set in the southern San Jose hills, with Almaden Expressway running through the middle of the community, Almaden Valley is known for having larger homes built in the late 1960s. Those looking to buy a house in San Jose with anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet ought to check out this part of town, particularly if they have children—when it comes to highly desirable public schools, it doesn’t get much better than Almaden Valley. This area also offers convenient access to Quicksilver and Calero County Parks, so it’s easy to get out and appreciate nature.
Cambrian Park is located next to Campbell and is known for its smaller (1,200- to 2,000-square-foot) homes built in the 1960s and good public school options. Some newer homes do exist in this region, especially near Houge Park or in the unincorporated area near Union and Camden Avenues.
Unlike many other regions of San Jose whose homes are known for their specific eras, Willow Glen’s real estate is known for its character-filled houses constructed over many years, with some built as early as 1910. As such, homes range from two-bedroom bungalows to large rebuilds. The most valuable properties are located within walking distance to Lincoln Avenue, the attractive downtown area.