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Almaden Valley Teen Photo Contest

Summer Reading Celebration sponsored by the San Jose Public Library is holding a photo contest for teens. Almaden Valley teens ages 12-18 are invited to submit their original photos with a “nighttime” theme. The photo contest begins on June 15, 2012 and ends on July 15, 2012. The context winners will be announced on July 18, 2012.

Living History at Casa Grande & New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum

Casa Grande & New Almaden Quicksilver Mining MuseumVisit Casa Grande, once the magnificent home of New Almaden Mine managers. Costumed Docents will be on hand to guide you through Victorian period rooms and museum exhibits. Children will be able to participate in a craft activity to take home.

This event is at Casa Grande & New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum on Sunday, Sunday, May 20, 2012 and again on Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 1-3pm. For more information, call (408) 918-7775.

View past articles about Casa Grande & New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum:

2011 Casa Grande Open House
2010 Yuletide Festivities at Casa Grande in New Almaden
2010 Pioneer Day & Casa Grande Re-Opening in New Almaden

Almaden Valley Mission Fitness Boot Camp for Women 2012 Schedule

logo: Mission Fitness Boot Camp Almaden ValleyMission Fitness Boot Camp is a fun and energizing morning workout designed to help you reach your fitness goals fast.

You will be put through a challenging workout that delivers the ultimate in fat loss, muscle toning, strength building, and cardio training – promising incredible results.

Mission Fitness Boot Camp offers a fun, non-competitive, and supportive environment. A great way to get in shape! Sessions are run by Lindsay Barker, Exercise Physiologist.

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Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update – November 21, 2011

This week’s Almaden Valley real estate market numbers are virtually unchanged from last week. The total number of available properties on the market dropped from 65 last week to 64 this week, while the percentage under contract dropped slightly, from 38% to 37%.

Traditional (ie non-distressed) properties remained unchanged, with 54 available properties and 30% under contract. As we enter the last month of the year, it is likely that this trend will continue through December as we pass through our traditional, anticipated holiday market cooling period.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update – November 14, 2011

The number of listings on the market in Almaden Valley dropped from 72 last Monday to 65 this Monday, while listings under contract increased from 34% to 38% during the same time frame. Traditional (ie non-distressed) listings dropped from 63 to 57 and the percentage under contract increased from 28% to 30% from last Monday.

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Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update – November 7, 2011

The Almaden Valley real estate market continued to decrease slightly in what is most likely the normal seasonal slow-down we see every year at this time. The total number of single family homes for sale decreased from 74 last week to 72 this week, while the percentage of properties under contract dropped from 35% to 34% over the same time. Traditional (ie non-distressed) homes experienced the same trend, from 65 single family home for sale last Monday to 63 today, and the percentage under contract dropping from 29% to 28% over the same time. The interest rates offered by some banks dropped slightly. Although buyers are still being lured by the historically low interest rates, it remains to be seen if the rates will motivate buyers to act during the holiday season when we usually see a slowdown in sales.

Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update – October 24, 2011

This past week saw a slight improvement in the Almaden Valley real estate market from the previous week. The total number of single family homes currently for sale decreased from 80 to 77, while the percentage of properties that are under contract increased slightly, from 35% to 36%. The number of traditional (ie non-distressed) single family homes currently for sale dropped from 71 to 68, and the number under contract remained at the 30% we saw last week.

Interest rates from some banks edged upward slightly, but still remain an attractive incentive for buyers to make the jump from looking at homes to purchasing them.

Almaden Valley Real Estate Market Update – October 31, 2011

This past week in Almaden Valley saw the market staying virtually the same as it has been the past few weeks. The number of single family homes listed as available on the market dropped from 77 last week to 74 this week, but the percentage of listings under contract remained almost the same, dropping from 36% to 35% over the same time frame. Traditional (ie non-distressed) single family homes experienced much the same trend, dropping from 68 available homes to 65 this week, and a drop in listings under contract from 30% to 29% over the same time frame. As we pass through the holiday season, I anticipate we will continue seeing the gradual cooling of the market that we see every year at this time.

Interest rates have drifted up and down slightly, but remain an attractive incentive for buyers to make the jump from looking at homes to purchasing them.

The number of distressed properties in the pre-foreclosure/auction/bank owned portion of the report increased for the third week in a row, after several weeks of gradual decrease.

Almaden Valley Thanksgiving Day Run & Shoe Drive

Grab your running or walking shoes and join the AVRTR Thanksgiving Day Run & Shoe Drive at Leland High School. This event benefits Soles4Souls, a group that collects shoes for those in need. Thursday, November 24, 2011. Visit avrtr.org for times, registration and more.

2011 Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival

The 35th Annual / 2011 Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival featured a wide variety artwork and hand-crafted items from local artists, wine and beer tasting, food booths, live music and entertainment, and children’s play area. This beautifully produced video features views of Almaden Lake Park, festival entertainers, booths and displays, and various recreational activities.


Video brought to you by Therese Swan in Almaden Valley.