Free concerts in Los Gatos this summer: Vasona Vibrations, Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz

Vasona Vibrations Logo (Los Gatos Free Musical Concert Series)Los Gatos Music In The Park

Looking forward to those fabulous free summer concerts? So am I! This year we’ve combined the schedules of four different festivals, Los Gatos Music in the Park, Vasona Vibrations, Jazz on the Plazz, and Fiesta de Artes in a post on my Live in Los Gatos blog. Remember to check the festival web sites for rules, schedule changes, and directions.

Follow this link to get to the schedule on the Live in Los Gatos Blog!Jazz on the Plazz



Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival at Oak Meadow Park

Los Gatos Shakespeare FestivalEach year, the Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival returns to Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos for a fabulous run over about 4 weeks with 3 plays, 2 by The Bard and one by a more contemporary playwright.

All shows begin at 8pm so dress warmly as the nights cool down a lot.

For the 2015 season, which begins July 17th and ends August 8th, these shows will be performed:

The Tempest


The Adventures of Cyrano!

Get all the details at

Additionally, prior to this presentation, there are shows which are insanely affordable, and slightly earlier, at the Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale.  This series, with the same shows, runs from May 30 to June 27th with curtain at 7:30pm or 8pm.  Learn more at

To get all of the specifics and to order your tickets, please visit the Festival Theatre Ensemble online right away:


See you at the theatre!

Historic Homes, Willow Glen, Foundations and Red Flags

“Red flags” are clues that something is wrong or potentially wrong. They’re the hints that we need to investigate something further, the sign that we should be on alert.

Some parts of San Jose, and Silicon Valley generally, enjoy beautiful older homes with classic styling and beautiful finishing work.  These properties and neighborhoods are prized because they are not cookie cutter, not ranch, not too new.  They may be Victorian, Craftsman, Spanish, or any number of other interesting architectural styles.

One area of Santa Clara County that is well known for both charming historic homes and unfortunately also some stuctural issues among those older houses is the Willow Glen district of San Jose.

Willow Glen Foundation Red FladOn Saturday I showed some clients about a half dozen homes, all in Willow Glen, and we saw a lot of “red flags” which hinted of foundation problems, among others.  I thought I’d share a few pics I snapped at one of them with my treo camera here.  All of these were taken on the front porch of this house – all visible structural  “red flags” before we ever set foot into the house.
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Willow Glen real estate market – San Jose 95125

Willow Glen in San JoseWillow Glen is perhaps the most charming residential area of the city of San Jose with its old style architecture, tree lined streets and quaint downtown area on Lincoln Avenue and nearby.  For folks working in downtown San Jose, the Willow Glen area (roughly the same as 95125 zip code, though a bit of 95124 is included also) is extremely convenient.  Values are up very substantially over last year, and up slightly from last month.

Click for the complete Willow Glen real estate report with all of the numbers, stats and trends from the closed sales of houses for last month  Further down in this article you’ll find the Altos Research charts as well.  Here are the charts for the last 2 completed months:

As you can see, listings are up from last month (that would appear to be seasonally normal) but off by 33% from a year ago.  Our inventory shortage is dire, both in Willow Glen and throughout Silicon Valley.

And from last month – more of the same regarding inventory, which is the one statistic which is driving all the rest.


Willow Glen Stats At A Glance

The Willow Glen Condo market

And next, of Willow Glen condos:

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City of Santa Clara real estate market

The Santa Clara Women's Club

The Santa Clara Women’s Club (old adobe house)

The real estate market in the city of Santa Clara, like the rest of Silicon Valley, is a strong sellers market still   Prices are up strongly from a year ago, and inventory is low.  How low? Below there are charts for the activities in March and April – and if you consider both months, you can see how skimpy the inventory really is compared to “normal”. (The question is begged, “is this the new normal?”)  Further in the article, we’ll check in on the condo market, too.

Here’s a glance at the single family home statistics and trends for closings and listings for last month – updated each month on about the 5th – 10th on my RE Report site for realty stats & trends in Santa Clara:


Median Home Price +6.8% $1,002,500 $939,000 +11.7% $897,500
Average Sales Price +6.7% $1,047,690 $982,112 +12.6% $930,079
No. of Homes Sold +5.3% 40 38 +5.3% 38
Pending Properties +4.8% 44 42 -8.3% 48
Foreclosures Sold N/A 0 0 -100.0% 1
Short Sales Sold N/A 0 0 N/A 0
Active Listings +8.0% 27 25 -47.1% 51
Active Foreclosures N/A 0 0 -100.0% 1
Active Short Sales N/A 0 0 N/A 0
Sales Price vs. List Price +0.7% 113.4% 112.6% +5.1% 107.8%
Average Days on Market -34.6% 12 18 -38.6% 19

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Building Permits Are Online and Easy to View in San Jose

Warm weather means construction season for both commercial and residential home owners. Whether you’re upgrading, repairing, or trying to reduce your water use (don’t forget to look for rebates), you will probably consider getting a permit for your project. Getting permits for projects may seem like a pain, but it really helps out when you are selling and it may not be as hard as you think.

Many towns and cities now make building permit files available online and at no cost. That doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily be able to understand everything in the file or that what’s online is complete. But it is a help!

Here’s the link for the city of San Jose’s site:

Online permits may be viewed in many other Silicon Valley areas too. Just do a web search for your city or town!


The real estate market in San Jose’s Blossom Valley area

The Blossom Valley area of San Jose is on the south end of the city and covers the 95123 and 95136 zip codes.  For our MLS, it’s “area 12″.  A more affordable section of Silicon Valley, Blossom Valley has much to offer in addition to more reasonable housing prices.  Many areas enjoy views of the Santa Teresa Foothills or the Communications Hill knolls or even the coastal foothills in the distance, as with the photo below. One corner of it sits alongside beautiful Almaden Lake, too. One corner is located at the crossroads of Highways 85 and 87, making it an easy commute destination for those working in downtown San Jose.  And there’s an abundance of shopping opportunities.

Blossom Valley from the Church on the Hill

Much more could be written, but let’s now instead turn to the real estate market there.

First, “live”, automatically updating Altos Charts for San Jose 95123 and 95136 and single family homes (houses and duet homes).  These use list prices, not sales prices.

The median list price of both 95123 and 95136, all prices, single family homes (houses and duet homes, if there are any).

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research

Next, the median list price for just the San Jose 95123 area of Blossom Valley, and separated by price quartile:

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research

And next, the median list price of just San Jose 95136 by price quartile:

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Mary Pope-Handy

Sereno Group Real Estate
214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95030
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