San Jose

San Jose is the third most populous city in California after Los Angeles and San Diego, and the 10th most populous in the United States. It is a diverse city, with many distinct neighborhoods and nearby suburbs that can meet the real estate tastes, budgets and needs of virtually anybody.
Not only does San Jose itself provide a wide range of options in the areas of the arts, sports, shopping and outdoor recration, it’s the cornerstone of the metropolitan area known locally as “the South Bay” which has a total population of approximately 2 million people and provides even more options. San Jose is also the county seat of Santa Clara County which stretches from Gilroy to Palo Alto, and by far the largest city in of the globally recognized high-tech hub known as Silicon Valley.

Willow Glen

Willow Glen is a unique neighborhood that features small town living in the heart of the Silicon Valley. It is known for its charming architecture, tree-lined streets and charming downtown. Willow Glen is popular with young families and professionals thanks to its strong sense of community and central location. Willow Glen is covered by the 95125 zip code.

Access

Willow Glen is directly and easily accessible from 280/680, 87 and Almaden Expressway. The main road through Willow Glen is Lincoln Avenue, which is intersected by major streets such as Curtner, Hamilton, Minnesota and Willow. Running parallel to Lincoln are Bird and Cherry. Meridian is generally considered to be the northern edge of Willow Glen, although the zip code extends just past Meridian.

Architecture

Much of Willow Glen was built out in the 20s and 30s as the Santa Clara valley evolved from orchards into a full-scale city. As such the area features an eclectic mix of houses built in the Craftsman, Spanish, Tudor and Victorian styles.

Shopping

Willow Glen has its own downtown shopping district that runs along Lincoln Avenue between Minnesota and Willow, which features specialty shops and a range of restaurants for formal and informal dining. It is also just a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Jose, the action of HP Pavilion and San Jose International Airport.

Schools

Willow Glen High School serves the entire neighborhood of Willow Glen. It is fed by Willow Glen Middle School which is fed by elementary schools including Booksin, Gardner, Schallenberger, and Willow Glen. Generally speaking, the elementary schools are good to great. The middle and high schools are solid and have been improving in recent years.

Almaden Valley

Almaden Valley (often just called Almaden) is a neighborhood of about 37,000 in the southwestern portion of San Jose, California, USA, roughly equivalent to the 95120 ZIP Code.
The neighborhood is southeast of Los Gatos, west of Santa Teresa, and south of Coleman Ave. at the southern end of the Blossom Hill neighborhood of San Jose. The informal borders are generally Coleman Rd. at the northern end, McKean Rd. to the south, and Los Gatos to the west.
As part of the Silicon Valley, the main industry in the neighborhood is high technology research and development; IBM Almaden Research Center is located there.
The neighborhood is primarily upper middle-class, with homes owned by local professionals, scientists, athletes, and Silicon Valley executives.

Schools

Almaden Valley is known for having some of the top schools in the Silicon Valley, from K-12 through high school, and many people move to the neighborhood specifically for the schools. Leland High School serves the entire neighborhood, which is fed by Bret Harte, Castillero, and Almaden Country middle schools which are fed by top elementary schools including Los Alamitos, Guadalupe, Simonds, Graystone and Williams.

Recreation

One of the key attractions of the Almaden Valley is the abundance of public recreational sites, such as Lake Almaden, Almaden Quicksilver County Park and Calero Dam and Reservoir. Almaden Valley Athletic Club (AVAC) is a pool and gym that is very popular with locals.