9.0 out of 10

Blossom Valley

Ranked 1st best neighborhood in San Jose
37.252474407964 -121.848518877938
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  • Medical Facilities
  • Public Transport
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Pest Free
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Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jul 07, 2016

"Friendly and Involved Neighborhood"

Ooops I posted twice, but don't know how to delete so here's my second review: I've lived in the Blossom Valley for ten years now and L O V E my neighbors and community. We have community picnics and children's parties on Holidays via the voluntary Home Owners Association of Blossom Valley. This connectedness is improving the safety and value of Blossom Valley. Here you'll find the streets are wide and the parking ample with a plethora of restaurants and shopping options all near public transportation and highways that cross through the valley. It's only a 20 minute drive to downtown SJ or ten minutes to the Santa Teresa area. It's an opposite commute of only 30 minutes to Morgan Hill. There are parks in almost every home development and good schools. Once an Orchard, this is a mature neighborhood with a good many tree lined streets. Blossom Valley is middle to upper middle class with most homes built in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
Pros
  • Has a home owner association - volluntary
  • Many Parks
  • Ample Parking
  • Close to Silicon Valley
  • Relatively Affordable
  • Suburban Conveniences
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jul 07, 2016

"Beautful Blossom Valley"

Blossom Valley has the best of both worlds - tree lined streets, shopping, outdoor dining, close to everything, but without the traffic nightmares, small roads, and lack of parking seen in Los Gatos, Campbell, and Cupertino. You won't have to navigate one way roads or a bunch of garages or pay for parking in almost anywhere in Blossom Valley. Shopping and dining is surrounded by neighborhoods so walking to get ice cream or a sandwich is always an option. Most malls have service industry related stores as well... dentistry, orthodontics, music lessons, watch repair are abundant. There are parks in most neighborhoods - also within walking distance. Many good schools, daycare, and private schools are available. Blossom Valley has an optional Home Owners Association that hosts family get-togethers and holiday parties. The neighborhood is connected and keeps each other informed about what's going on in the area, adding to the safety and value of Blossom Valley. Its a friendly community. And the best part is the affordability despite it's proximity to offices, transportation, and medical care. Blossom Valley is only minutes away from Downtown.
Pros
  • Close to Medical
  • Freindly optional Home Owners Association of Blossom Valley
  • Close to Silicon Valley
  • Relatively Affordable
  • Suburban Conveniences
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
2yrs+

"Highly suburbanized micro-neighborhoods"

Blossom Valley is a safe, family-oriented South San Jose community. It is somewhat hard to define, considering its many micro-neighborhoods that make up the district as a whole. As a result, there are a wide range of middle-class housing options, even though it seems more are more dreary than polished. The area’s biggest draw is its proximity to many large firms and tech companies such as IBM (the district’s major/largest employer).

Blossom Valley’s residential neighborhood features just middle-of-the-road community aesthetics. Though homes can be a bit reasonably priced for San Jose standards, the area has been overwhelmed by foreclosures. These homes typically consist of what’s for sale--i.e. the single-story ranch homes with properties tightly packed together along leafy suburban blocks. Most landscaping is considered neat, but a couple few have some elegantly manicured. If you stay towards the western side of the neighborhood, the area gets a bit nicer with skinny housing developments/condominiums with garage space. But on the other side of the spectrum, you have those meager looking apartment buildings that are tucked away in places you wouldn’t expect.

One of the few perks of the neighborhood is that shopping is easy to come by. There are a handful of strip malls close by (near Cambrian and Willow Glen). Also, the Westfield Mall is situated on Blossom Hill Road and offers the various department stores, chain stores, family restaurants and a fair share of boutiques/specialty shops.

For young families, there are a number of convenient parks for local hikers, fishers and swimmers. For one, the Santa Teresa County Park boasts the largest grass area in the district, offering beautiful vistas for passers-by and trails that lead into the secluded upland valleys. Elsewhere, the Blossom Valley Golf Club is situated within the confines of the community. The 18-hole Championship course has all the amenities you need including a pro shop and a clubhouse with a terrific restaurant. For commuters, both US Route 85 and 87 slice through the community and adjoin at the heart of the neighborhood.
Pros
  • Close to Silicon Valley
  • Relatively Affordable
  • Suburban Conveniences
Cons
  • Kind of Boring
  • No Great Restaurants
  • Some Bad Schools
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Full-Service Suburban Living"

You are deep into suburban living by the time you get into Blossom Valley. Condos, townhomes, single-family homes and even trailer parks make up the dozen or so micro neighborhoods that you find here.

Average home prices are not too bad—especially compared to those in the Peninsula just to the northwest.

Typically, homes run from about $400K to $600K.

Condos and townhomes are closer to $300K

And mobile homes $60K to $120K.

There are tons and tons of condos and townhomes here—some quite nice, some looking kind of worn. The majority of the condos are located by Almaden Lake, in the McKeon neighborhood and just north of Blossom Hill Road before it is cut off by 85 on.

About three quarters of homes in the area on the market due to foreclosure.

In terms of renting, your typical 2 bedroom apartment runs about $1500 though some can rise much higher.

--In terms of schools, it is a bit of a mixed bag. Gunderson High at the heart of the Blossom Hill area is below average and Oak Grove is only slightly better (average). But Santa Teresa High is definitely above average and the neighboring schools to the south and west (such as Pioneer High) are some of the best in California.

--Shopping—This is suburban living with all of its usual amenities: strip malls, supermarkets, and, of course, a giant mall. The Oakridge Mall, on the western end, is basically one of those Fast Times at Ridgemont High types of mega-plexes. You know the scene—trolling teens, families, and the usual churning of the wheels of fluorescent lit commerce.

--Restaurants—In terms of dining, this is not a gourmet smorgasbord. There are however quite a few okay dining locales—especially if you are into sushi or East Asian cuisine in general. Overall, however, you will have to head to other places for really cool dining.

--Nightlife—In terms of nightlife, this is mostly a movie, sushi and bowling kind of place. Nothing too spectacular.

In other words, this is your full-service, middle-class suburban neighborhood.
Pros
  • Suburban Conveniences
  • Close to Silicon Valley
  • Relatively Affordable
Cons
  • Some Bad Schools
  • No Great Restaurants
  • Kind of Boring
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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