Almaden Valley, New Almaden

Almaden Valley is an affluent upper-middle-class neighborhood of about 37,000 in the southeastern portion of San Jose, CaliforniaUSA.  The neighborhood is south east of the town of Los Gatos, west of the Santa Teresa neighborhood of San Jose and south of Coleman Rd. at the southern end of the Blossom Hill neighborhood of San Jose. It is named after the New Almaden Quicksilver Mines, which were named after the mercury mine in (old) AlmadénSpain, and produced mercury that was used to process ore during the Gold Rush.[3] The informal borders are generally Coleman Rd. at the northern end, McKean Rd. at the southern end, where the valley becomes mostly rural, and the town of Los Gatos to the west. The valley is located between a small series of hills and the Santa Cruz Mountains, with Mount Umunhum to the west dominating the local geography.

Like its Spanish namesake, California's Almaden had a number of quicksilver mines. The mercury was used during gold extractionin the California Gold Rush, but the mines were closed in 1975 and have been converted into Almaden Quicksilver County Park

The New Almaden quicksilver mine in the Capitancillas range in Santa Clara County, California, is the oldest and most productive quicksilver (i.e., mercury) mine in the U.S.

As part of the Silicon Valley, the main industry in the neighborhood is now high technology research and development; IBM Almaden Research Center is located there.[4] The neighborhoods consist of primarily upper-middle-class families, with homes owned by local professionals, scientists, athletes, and Silicon Valley executives. 

Almaden Golf and Country Club is a prestigious club located in the beautiful Almaden Valley of San Jose. The Club boast an 18-Hole championship golf course, clubhouse, tennis courts, swimming pavilion, and pro shop. The Club includes an active membership who use the facility for recreation, socializing meeting new friends, and entertaining clients and family. Diverse business, ethnic backgrounds and age groups represent our membership. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains adjacent to the Quick Silver County Park, the environment is comfortable and secluded.

Since 1976, the Almaden Valley Athletic Club (AVAC) has been a favorite destination for San Jose families. Located on the site of a former walnut grove, the 6 1/2-acre facility began as a racquetball and tennis club. Throughout the years, the club’s owners have consistently upgraded the equipment, programs and services to meet members’ changing lifestyles.  Currently, the campus includes a Fitness Center, Free Weight section, Group Fitness Room, Pilates and Kinesis studios. A year-round indoor Swim School, 11 championship lighted tennis courts, Poolside Cafe, outdoor Junior Olympic pool, children's wading pool and spas provide a full range of activities for members and guests. Luxurious locker rooms feature steam rooms, combo steam/showers, and saunas.

San Jose State UniversitySanta Clara University, and Stanford University, are also close by. University of California, BerkeleyUniversity of California, San Francisco, and University of California, Santa Cruz are also conveniently accessible.

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