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Is it common to know your neighbors in the Almaden neighborhood?

Asked by Trulia San Jose, San Jose, CA Fri May 17, 2013

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Matt Tenczar’s answer
I grew up in Almaden and currently live in Almaden and to answer question YES. It is one of the reasons why I love living here. I always tell people that living in Almaden is like living in a small town.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 24, 2013
It is as common to know your neighbors in the Almaden neighborhood as it is in any neighborhood.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat May 18, 2013
I have been an Almaden resident for over 25 years. When we were younger and before our family, we really weren't concerned with getting involved with the neighbors. Each pocket of Almaden is different, as is so with any community. More people are able to drive their cars into their garages and may avoid getting to know their neighbors this way, however I do see quite a bit of people going for walks with their families, dogs, etc. Not everyone wants to get to know their neighbors, but there is a private site called NextDoor.com that neighborhoods have created where you can get to know your neighbors, set up play dates, exercise groups, etc. It's always a good idea to get to know your neighbors so that you can look out for each other and meet new friends as well. Sometimes you have to put yourself out there.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 16, 2013
As a resident that moved in around 3 years ago, here is my take:
1. The neighborhood is pretty homogenous in terms of professional backgrounds. There is a sizeable chunk of original owners/ IBM retirees. If you work for the major tech companies (Cisco, Intel etc.), you will find a lot of colleagues.
2. A lot of people are moving in for the schools - the school is the primary hub of social interactions. One interacts a lot with the parents there.
3. If neighborhood interaction is really critical, make sure you are in a Cabana club neighborhood. You get to meet a lot of people in a relaxed setting and you can make heaps of friends there. There are 2 major ones - Almaden (on Bret Harte) and Shadowbrook (on Shadowbrook)
4. The kind of street you live is key ingredient - which is the same in any neighborhood. Those who live in courts are naturally closer to their neighbors than someone in a busy street like Camden.

Though i wish there were some block parties here, it is a very friendly place.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 24, 2013
Santa Clara County is more well known for the friendly neighborhood vibe.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 18, 2013
You will probably find that it varies more by street than by neighborhood or city. Some streets are quiet and encourage people to spend time in their front yards talking with passing neighbors. Also some homes may show little more than a garage door and a fence to the street (neighbor contact is likely to be minimal).

Look at the homes and ask your self would you spend time in the front yards? are there children with time to build connections to neighbor's children? are some of the homeowners stay at home people? are there local meeting places?

Almaden Valley real estate statistics at http://julianalee.com/san-jose/almaden-valley-statistics.htm
San Jose real estate information at http://julianalee.com/san-jose.htm

As Terri implies, different people can have a different experience in the same place.

Juliana Lee
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 17, 2013
As common as any other area. It's really up to you.
Web Reference: http://www.TerriVellios.com
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