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.
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.
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.