Nestled at the base of the Diablo Range foothills, Alum Rock is a humble, but comfortable residential San Jose neighborhood. It reaches about 1.2 square miles comprised of flat, middle to upper middle-class terrain expanding from Penitencia Creek Road to Story Road. Alum Rock’s residential terrain is divided into micro-neighborhoods. Towards the northern end of the district, there is a sense of polished, upper middle-class aesthetics that escape the rest of the community. Most homes are rather large, two-stories in size and have a two car garage with upstair windows peeking out into the front yards
Alum Rock Park in San Jose is one of the largest open reserves in the city. The park’s 740 acres of natural, rugged, beauty provide visitors with many leisure outdoor activities including, hiking, jogging, bicycling and picnicking. Due to it’s proximity to rural, natural lands, the park is home to many wild animals. Those animals include mountain lions, bobcats, deer and a number of hot springs.