Santa Teresa, San Jose

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Santa Teresa
Ramac Park, Santa Teresa (cropped).jpg
Shops on Village Oaks Dr in Santa Teresa, San Jose 1753.jpg
Santa Palmia in Santa Teresa, South San Jose 1811.jpg
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Top: Ramac Park; middle: shops on Coronado Ave; apartments on Palmia Ave; bottom: view of the Santa Teresa Hills; apartments on Vía del Oro.
Santa Teresa is located in San Jose, California
Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa
Location within San Jose and Silicon Valley
Coordinates: 37°13′41″N 121°46′43″W / 37.227948°N 121.778641°W / 37.227948; -121.778641
CountryUnited States
CountySanta Clara
CitySan Jose

Santa Teresa is a neighborhood of San Jose, California, located in the South San Jose region of the city. It is the southernmost urbanized neighborhood of San Jose, before reaching the largely protected Coyote Valley. It is separated from Almaden Valley to the west by the Santa Teresa Hills.


Shops on Coronado Ave.

The origins of the Santa Teresa district lie in Rancho Santa Teresa, a rancho grant given in 1834 to Californio ranchero Don José Joaquín Bernal by Governor José Figueroa.[1] José Joaquín Bernal, who came to California as part of the De Anza Expedition, settled with his family around the Santa Teresa Springs in 1826.[1] Bernal is the namesake of Bernal Road and his Rancho Santa Teresa is the namesake of the district and Santa Teresa Boulevard.

The Treaty of Santa Teresa (Spanish: Tratado de Santa Teresa) was signed in 1844, which temporarily ended the hostilities against Governor Manuel Micheltorena by the revolters led by former Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado.[2]

RAMAC Park is named after the IBM 305 RAMAC, the first computer to use a disk drive, which was developed at the IBM Santa Teresa Lab in the 1950's.[3]


Western Digital headquarters.
Equinix San Jose campus.

Santa Teresa is located in South San Jose. It is separated in the west from Almaden Valley by the Santa Teresa Hills and located north of Coyote Valley, which separates Santa Teresa from the Madrone neighborhood of Morgan Hill.

It is made up of the ZIP Codes: 95119, 95138, 95139, 95193, 95123

Santa Teresa is served by two VTA light rail stations: Santa Teresa station and Cottle station.

Parks and plazas[edit]

  • Santa Teresa County Park
  • Palmia Park
  • Los Paseos Park
  • George Page Park
  • Ramac Park
  • Raleigh Linear Park
  • Avenida España Park


Santa Teresa High School and Canoas Creek to the left.
Santa Teresa branch of the San José Public Library.

Santa Teresa is mostly served by the Oak Grove School District, which includes:

The southernmost portions of Santa Teresa are served by the Morgan Hill Unified School District, which operates two schools in Santa Teresa:

  • Los Paseos Elementary School
  • Martin Murphy Middle School


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