I always like Almaden Valley, ever since I landed there in 2001. Schools are excellent. It is away from all noise pollution as well.
For buyers with kids, Almaden Valley can still be a good choice if:
- One of the parents stays home.
- One of the parents works in South San Jose, West San Jose or even Cupertino.
Traffic is of course a major issue, and it is the only negative side. Other issues are probably caused by the commute issue: it has appreciated less than other parts of the San Jose.
Even with that, for 1.5M budget, it is relatively difficult to get a decent house within Bret Harte Middle boundary there. That’s the east side of the Valley. You may be able to get some houses at the Sunrise Almaden where houses are relatively small.