A small neighborhood within the city of San Jose, Blossom Valley is a community that lies situated between Interstate 280 and Highway 85 in the city's southeastern region. The community is part of the San Francisco Bay area, just south of the city and the bay. It lies northeast of the Los Capitancillos Ridge, which separates it and Almaden Valley, east of Cambrian and northeast of Almaden in Santa Clara County. As part of San Jose, the community also lies in the heart of the West Coast's famed SIlicon Valley, a world hub for technology and innovation.
Like all of San Jose, Blossom Valley real estate prices are quite high when compared with national or state averages. The San Jose real estate market saw the highest increase in housing prices in the nation during the boom era, increasing 936% between 1976 and 2001, and as a result, Blossom Valley homes have seen their values increase as well, though some of those rises have been offset by the U.S. housing market crash that began in 2007.
Blossom Valley lies just outside of Mountain View and is only about five miles south of the famed Stanford University's campus. Children who live in the community are assigned to schools in the city's large San José Unified School District, and the community has its own elementary school, Blossom Valley Elementary. There are also many private schools throughout the San Jose region, from Catholic, Protestant and other religions to secular private schools. The area is a hub for higher education, with some of the state's top-notch universities just a few miles away: the University of California, Berkeley; the University of California, Santa Cruz; San José State University; San Francisco State University; California State University, East Bay; Santa Clara University and Stanford University.
From Blossom Valley, one can see views of Mount Umunhum to the west. If standing somewhere with a higher altitude, the Santa Clara Valley skyline can be viewed. Nearby, on the Sierra Azuls ridge, which is a part of the Santa Cruz Mountains, is Almaden Quicksilver County Park, a former mine active during the Gold Rush that has since been transformed into a county park for residents to enjoy. Blossom Valley has its own Westfield Oakridge Mall, a regional shopping center. Other attractions that can be reached without leaving the community include Golfland miniature golf, Aloha Roller Palace skating rink, and Vista Park, with two sports fields, a picnic area and play areas for small children. The community also has its own weekly newspaper, the Blossom Valley Times. Attractions just minutes away in other areas of San Jose include the Opera San José, the Symphony Silicon Valley, the Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, the Children's Musical Theater of San Jose, the San Jose Repertory Theatre and the San Jose Museum of Art.
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