Almaden Valley

Almaden Valley, or simply Almaden is a valley and primarily upper middle-class residential neighborhood of San Jose, California, in South San Jose.

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It is named after the New Almaden Quicksilver Mines, which were named after the mercury mine in (old) Almadén, Spain, and produced mercury that was used to process ore during the Gold Rush.

Like its Spanish namesake, California’s Almaden had a number of quicksilver mines. The mercury was used during gold extraction in the California Gold Rush, but the mines were closed in 1975 and have been converted into Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Despite the closure of the mines, there still remains a high mercury content in the nearby soil, creeks, rivers, and signs are posted alongside them warning people not to eat the fish. Many of the names in Almaden retain their mercury mine themes. For example, there are streets called Silver Lode Lane and Silver Mine Drive (the latter of which was renamed). Also, many places in Almaden still use the name Quicksilver.

A number of parks provide activities such as hiking, history and relaxing views of the hills.

The Westfield Oakridge Mall provides major department and specialty stores to Almaden Valley.



You can grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner, deposit a check, book a trip, rent a costume, get your eyes or teeth checked, drop off your clothes for cleaning, or pick up your prescription. All this and more with free, convenient parking on the street and in the public parking lots, including a large number of public parking spaces located in all throughout the many shopping malls within Blossom Valley.
Blossom Valley offers hundreds retail, dining, service and professional businesses waiting to give you that personal service that only a small business owner can provide. Village Oaks also offers a wide variety of shops and restaurants walking distance to your home.

The neighborhood is south-east of the town of Los Gatos, west of the Santa Teresa neighborhood of San Jose and south of Blossom Hill Rd. The informal borders are generally Blossom Hill Rd. at the northern end, McKean Rd. at the southern end, where the valley becomes mostly rural, and the town of Los Gatos to the west. The valley is located between the Santa Teresa Hills and the Santa Cruz Mountains, with Mount Umunhum to the west dominating the local geography.

Major companies close by include: IBM, Jabil, Kaiser, Jabil, Integrated Device Technology, and Western Digital.

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Enjoy a day at the spa just minutes away from home, or book a conference or enjoy a warm evening in the Palm Plaza Lounge.


The neighborhoods consist of primarily upper-middle-class families, with homes owned by local professionals, scientists, professional athletes, and Silicon Valley executives. According to a 2011 estimate, the median income for a household in Almaden was $148,801 and the median income for a family was $182,981. The cost of a home in the neighborhood is generally in the $1 million-plus range.[5]


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