Named after the New Almaden Quicksilver Mines. Like it's Spanish namesake, Caifornia's Almaden had a number of quicksilver mines which produced mercury-key to extract gold during the California Gold Rush. The last of the local mines were closed in 1975 and converted into Almaden Quicksilver County Park.

The Almaden Valley is located southeast of Los Gatos and west of the Santa Theresa Hills and the Santa Cruz Mountains, with Mt. Umunhum towering over it and the rest of the Silicon Valley. 

This area of San Jose attracts people who like the proximity to nature with the many local paths and trails and county parks surrounding it. Families are draws to the many schools both public and private and the quaint neighborhoods to choose from. Other local amenities are the community Center and Library, multiple golf and country clubs and local grocery stores and weekly farmers markets. In most neighborhood malls you will find local favorite restaurants to try.

One of the key attractions to Almaden is the abundance of recreational activities such as the Almaden Lake Park, Almaden Reservoir, Quicksilver County Park and Calero Dam. 

Annually there are some fantastic community events as well including the Art and Wine Festival, The Run Turkey Run, Music in the Park and 4th of July Fireworks at the Almaden Lake Park.

Neighborhoods are festive for many holidays including Halloween, Christmas and the 4th of July. Many neighborhoods have community pools as well and host their own neighborhood safety watches. There are a few dedicated dog parks, namely Jeffery Fontana Park.

About the Neighborhood

There are community events
Neighbors are friendly
There's holiday spirit
Great schools
Great for retirees
Car is needed
Good transit
Parking is easy
There are sidewalks
Yards are well-kept
Streets are well-lit
Parks and playgrounds
Lots of wildlife
It's dog friendly
Walking / Hiking trails

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