Santa Teresa, San Jose
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 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.
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. 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. 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.
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
Parks and plazas
- Santa Teresa County Park
- Palmia Park
- Los Paseos Park
- George Page Park
- Ramac Park
- Raleigh Linear Park
- Avenida España Park
Santa Teresa is mostly served by the Oak Grove School District, which includes:
- Taylor (Bertha) Elementary School
- Santa Teresa Elementary
- Bernal Intermediate School
- Santa Teresa High School
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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