Drop-In-Sports Back at the Almaden Community Center

Drop in sports at almaden community centerGreat news for the community! Drop-in-sports are back at the Almaden Community Center. You can play Volleyball on Friday nights, and Basketball and Table-Tennis from 9am to 12pm on Saturday mornings.

Location:
Volleyball: at the Gym. Hours: Fridays – 6pm to 8pm.
Basketball: at the Gym. Hours: Saturdays – 9am to 12noon.
Table-Tennis: at the Community Room. Hours: Saturdays – 9am to 12noon.

Drop-in pricing:
Adults: $5.50 per session (Monthly: $27, Annual: $145)
Youth (14+), Seniors and Disabled: $2.75 per session (Monthly: $21, Annual $145)

For more information, call the Almaden Community Center at (408) 268-1133, or visit:
https://www.sanjoseca.gov/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/4/2028

July 2022 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update

The July 2022 Almaden Valley real estate market is showing signs of normalizing after two years of dramatic imbalance that strongly favored sellers and sent home prices on an upward trajectory. Inventory has increased significantly, assisting in the transition of the market to buyer-driven. On a national level, buyers seem to be hesitating home purchases due to mortgage rates and other economic factors. With the number of pending and sold single family homes retracting from what we were seeing over a year ago despite the increase in inventory, it is likely that our real estate market is reacting in a similar manner. Although we usually see a cooling happening the end of summer, the graph below demonstrates that we are indeed seeing a healthy increase in homes for sale.

Where we are seeing strong evidence that the seller’s market is retreating is in the average price per square foot. It went from $1027/sqft in June to $898 in August. Much of this can be due to the afore-mentioned seasonal fluctuation we see this time of year. However, we are seeing over double the months’ worth of inventory (up to 2.9 months in July versus 1.2 months in June) plus an increase in days on market from 11 days in July 2021 to 24 days in July 2022.

All this points to a more normal real estate market. Although there are plenty of buyers in the market for homes, the increasing number of sellers mean there is more choice and buyers are less likely to get into bidding wars for available homes. This means that sellers will need to do more to differentiate their homes from others on the market and capture the attention and interest of buyers. If you are thinking of selling your home in our changing market, contact me and let me show you how to can make YOUR home stand out from the others.

Bar Graph: Almaden Valley Real Estate July 2022

June 2022 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update

Recent data indicates that the Almaden Valley real estate market is transitioning away from the strong seller’s market it has been for a while. The 36 single family homes offered on the market in June was the highest that inventory has been in over two years. The number of pending contracts has continued decreasing since March, although sales have remained fairly stable over that same time period.

Although an increase in inventory and decrease in sales would indicate a move towards a buyer’s market, the sales price per square foot seems to still favor sellers. June’s average price per square foot logged in at $1027/sqft, up slightly from May’s $997 but down from April’s market high of $1078. This indicates that buyers may not be as active in the market as they’ve been in the past but are willing to spend money. It DOES however signal that, with increased inventory, buyers are waiting for “the right” home to come along rather than engage in bidding wars with other buyers for a too-small number of available homes. This means that sellers might have to change their marketing strategy to gain the attention of these buyers.

If you are thinking about selling your home in this changing market, give me a call so I can show you how I can help!

Bar graph: July 2022 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update

4th of July 2022 in Almaden

4th of July 2022

Festival and Fireworks at the Almaden Lake Regional Park

Hooray! The most exciting event of the year for Almaden residents – the Fourth of July Celebrations and Fireworks at the Almaden Lake Regional Park – is back this year after a two year hiatus due to the pandemic.

The festival begins at 3:00 pm and includes a family fun zone, live music and entertainment, a costume contest, activities and food trucks. The fireworks begin at 9:15 pm. Bring your family and friends to enjoy this spectacular show. Come early to find good viewing spots and remember to carry water, portable chairs or mats to sit down.

For more information visit:

https://www.sanjoseca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/5389/

Montevideo Neighborhood 4th of July Parade

The Montevideo neighborhood of Almaden has been celebrating Independence Day since 1968 with a fabulous float parade display and contest. This year’s theme is National Parks. Parade begins at 11:00 am at the Montevideo neighborhood clubhouse. This too is a great event for the entire family to watch.

For more information visit:

https://miahomeowners.com/fourth-of-july/

A Few Things to Remember During 4th of July in Almaden

Personal or backyard fireworks are illegal in San Jose. Some pets are sensitive to fireworks and can get distressed. Please take extra care of pets around fireworks displays. Let us all enjoy and celebrate safely.

Quicksilver History Hike – June 2022

Quicksilver History HikeThe next Quicksilver History Hike will be on June 25, 2022 from 9:00am-12:00pm.

Join a Park Interpreter to explore what remains of the once-bustling mining operations in the hills above New Almaden. This moderate, 3-4 mile hike in Almaden Quicksilver County Park leaves from the Wood Road parking lot off Hicks Road in San Jose. Dress in layers with sturdy shoes, sun protection, and bring plenty of drinking water. There are no bathrooms nor drinking fountains along the hike.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. This hike is offered once a month. Registration for the hike opens on the 1st of the month that the hike is offered. To reserve space on the upcoming History Hike, go to the Quicksilver History Hike page of the Santa Clara County Parks website.

Questions? Call 408-918-7700 or email interp@prk.sccgov.org.

Almaden Community Center and Happy Hollow Celebrate Seniors

Celebrate SeniorsAlmaden Community Center Courtyard Carnival

May is Older Americans Month and the Almaden Community Center is celebrating Almaden’s seniors this week with a special event: the Almaden Community Center Courtyard Carnival. Seniors over 50 are welcome to enjoy activities and games with prizes. Those in need can also access resources for seniors.

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022
Time: 11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Venue: Courtyard, Almaden Community Center
For more information call 408-268-1133

Senior SafariSenior Safari at the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo’s Senior Safari is back this year. So if you’d like to get some love from animals, head over to the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo for a little petting time. Seniors 50+ can enjoy free early entry into the park and zoo (before 10:00 am) to meet and greet animals and other activities! The first of six free events is this week, May 26. Additional dates are June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22 and October 27.

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022
Time: 9 a.m. onwards
For free parking and free early entry come before 10:00 am; can stay all day.
For more information visit happyhollow.org/seniorsafari or call 408-794-6400

April 2022 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update

Almaden Valley single family homes are still in high demand, although supply is beginning to catch up. April saw 32 single family homes offered on the MLS, a number we haven’t seen since the summer of 2020. This represents a big jump in listings in April, up from 12 in March. The 34 single family homes that sold in April is up from the 32 sales we saw in March but significantly down from 44 we saw same time last year.

Despite the increasing inventory we’ve been seeing since the first of the year, the average sold price per square foot speaks to how competitive the market still is. In April it reached a record $1078/sqft. Back in September 2021 it was $825/sqft, from which the price has been steadily on an upward trajectory.

There was some concern at the beginning of the year that increasing mortgage rates and prices might cool the market, it might not be having the impact many real estate prognosticators feared. Almaden Valley real estate is still in high demand, and so far the increased inventory is finding buyers. If you’re thinking about buying or selling, give me a call!

Graph: April 2022 Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update

Performance Night at Leland Speech and Debate

Leland Speech and DebateIt’s the most awaited end of the academic year event for Leland High School’s Speech and Debate team – the annual Performance Night – where the team, after performing at competitions – and winning accolades – near and far, perform on their home turf before their friends, families and neighbors.

Leland’s Speech and Debate team needs no introduction in Almaden Valley, yet I will say it here. With over 200 members, and steered by 20 coaches, it is one of the most competitive and high achieving speech and debate teams in the United States. Currently ranked sixth in the nation and first in California by the National Speech and Debate Association, in the last five years this team has produced multiple State Champions and Nationals finalists.

On Friday, May 13, 2020, the cream of the team will be performing in various kinds of speeches and enactments, under their Dramatic Interpretation Category.

Tickets are available at the door. This is also the biggest annual fundraiser for the program. Please join in to support Leland Speech and Debate.

Venue:

Leland High School Cafeteria

Time: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)

Date: Friday, May 13, 2022.

Tickets: $7 with ASB card, $10 General Admissions; available at the venue.

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Almaden Valley

This Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8, 2022, treat your mom or significant other to some celebratory treats in and around Almaden Valley.

The Grille @ Cinnabar HillsMother’s Day Brunch at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club

Enjoy a sumptuous menu overlooking the pristine rolling greens at The Grille @ Cinnabar Hills, which includes prime ribs, blackened pork loin, smoked salmon eggs benedict and much more. Prices: $68 for adults and $25 for kids. Reservations required. For reservations, visit: https://www.cinnabarhills.com/restaurant/special-day-brunch

 

Mother’s Day Royal Tea at the Britannia Arms

In the afternoon, stop over for Mother’s Day Royal Tea at the Britannia Arms on Almaden Expressway from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. They have two special royal menus, the Princess Tea ($35), and the Queen Tea ($45). For reservations, visit: http://britanniaarms.com/fresh/index.php/calendar/mothers-day-royal-tea/

 

Mother’s Day Comedy Night at The Branham Lounge

Finally, end a day of treats with the Mother’s Day Comedy Night at The Branham Lounge. Enjoy live comedy by A Faco & Jorge South Bay Bois Production with cocktails and drinks, then stay on to hang out for the DJ music. 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.Entry is free. For more information, visit: www.thebranham.com

Summer Wine Tasting at Alamitos Vineyards

Summer wine tastingThe Alamitos Vineyards Estate in the heart of Almaden is opening its doors for summer wine tasting season on May 1, 2022. It is located in the English, Spanish and Hacienda villages within the Quicksilver County Park, New Almaden, that were once inhabited by the miners in the 1800s.

The vineyard was planted in 2014 with custom clone grafts from UC Davis, and grows Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and the Touriga Nacional, a unique Portuguese varietal.

Owners Shaun Coleman and Chris Maune are proud to belong to the New Almaden Community and contribute to its future while being connected with this land steeped in history. “The land and the vineyards allow us to connect with the pioneers of yesterday and today as well as all the groundwork they did to create a sense of community and belonging,” they say.

The Alamitos Vineyards offers weekend wine tasting tours and weekday tours with prior appointments. They also offer their outdoor wine tasting venue and other areas on the property for events, weddings and special parties.

The wine tasting tours are for 21+ only and require reservations.

For more information about summer wine tasting and bookings, visit:

https://www.alamitosvineyards.com/visit/