What I like about the Santa Teresa neighborhood, which is located between Highway 85 and the foothills south of downtown, is that all the main shopping areas are within 10 minutes driving and 30 minutes walking with little traffic to contend with.
I have been living in this area for about 18 years after first moving into the apartments across from the Almaden Lake Park. Two years later my husband and I decided that it was a good area to raise our kids, so we bought our house off Santa Teresa and Cahalan and have never regretted it since.
A natural environment our area provides is Foothill Park, which is across from where I live now; where you can go for morning hikes, afternoon picnics on a scenic bench atop a hill, biking, and a nice breather before sundown. Foothill Park, located at the base of the Santa Teresa Foothills, is essentially a trail (actually SCVWD access road) that follows the Coyote-Alamitos Canal (CAC)–which protects against hill runoff, and conveys water between Coyote Creek and Los Alamitos Creek. The park offers great views of Santa Teresa/Blossom Valley and a fun adventure hike if you have young kids.
The 17 public schools in the Santa Teresa area boast test scores that are 14% higher than the national average. The public schools are part of the San Jose Unified School District, which is highly regarded.
Transportation to downtown San Jose, the CalTrains station, Mountain View, and BART can accessed by the light rail system.
One thing I really enjoy is that everything I need is close by such as Costco, Ross, TJ Maxx, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods, as well is the exciting Westfield Oakridge Mall.
Oakridge Mall first opened in 1971 with a few stores such as Macy’s and the movie theaters, and became the mecca for the suburban crowd at the time. Then it was re-modeled in 2003, where they added new entities for our community to enjoy and remodeled the theaters. A few of the most well-known restaurants in the area, where you can dine alone, with family, with friends, or with a date are The Cheese Cake Factory, Bj’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, and P.F. Chang’s. Oakridge Mall provides South San Jose with a spark of entertainment where social circles meet to enjoy themselves and their children, with a bevy of entertainment to include competing in an air hockey game at the arcade, shopping and dining. You can find almost all the necessities you need at Oakridge, even home goods at Target which also was added in 2003 or the other eclectic shops around the area. Almost directly across from the mall are plazas including Bowlero, a bowling ally, multiple gyms, a Lucky’s, Petco, and everything else you can possibly need is nearby.
According to Zillow, Blossom Valley home values have gone up 16.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 8.6% within the next year. The median price of homes currently listed in Blossom Valley is $832,419. The median rent price in Blossom Valley is $3,200, which is lower than the San Jose median of $3,295. According to MLS Listings, currently the average days on the market is 14, so it is a very desirable neighborhood.
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