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Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group Real Estate
214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95030
408 204-7673
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License# 01153805

Selling homes in
Silicon Valley
San Jose, Los Gatos,
Saratoga, Campbell,
Almaden Valley,
Cambrian Park and
Santa Clara County

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Halloween Events in the San Jose area

October 17th, 2014

Here are a FEW Halloween events we found advertised online. Not guaranteed – just passing through!

               list of events                date          time                    location                   link
Halloween Party 10/21/2014 4:00pm Almaden Winery Community Center
5730 Chambertin Dr.
San Jose, CA 95118
Society Dog Walk and Howling Halloween 10/22/2014 6pm to 7:30pm.
Halloween Party 10/25/2014 8:00pm Vixen Ultra Lounge
640 Coleman Ave.
San Jose, CA 95110
Halloween Trick-or-Treat Event 10/25/2014 12:00pm to 4:00pm Westgate Mall
1600 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 551-4660
Los Gatos Lodge Halloween Bash 10/25/2014 9:00pm-1:00 am Los Gatos Lodge
50 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd.
Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 354-3300
Halloween Family Fun Fest at Santana Row 10/28/2014 10:00am to 12:00pm Santana Row
Santana Row
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 551-4611
Fahrenheit Restaurant & Lounge’s 6th Annual Halloween Bash 10/29/2014 9:00 pm – 2:00 am 99 E. San Fernando at the corner of Third Street
THE HALLOWS EVE BALL 10/30/2014 8 p.m Los Gatos Lodge, 50 Los Gatos-Saratoga Road
Fright Night Halloween Costume Ball 10/31/2014 10pm-1:40am 389 S. 1st. St.San Jose CA.
Halloween Smash 10/31/2014 9-11:30pm 200 S. 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95112 United States
Halloween with DJ Radio Raheem and DJ Lamorte 10/31/2014 8pm 15 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos , CA
Rebelskamp, At Least We’re Dreaming, Speaking in Rounds 10/31/2014 7pm-11pm 30 N. 3rd Street, San Jose , CA
DJ NOBLE – Halloween Edition 10/31/2014 10PM 15 1/2 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos , CA
Halloween Dance 10/31/2014 8 pm – Midnight Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA
Howl-o-ween Family Sleepover 10/31/2014 6:00pm Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
1300 Senter Rd.
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 794-6400
11th Annual “Freaks Come Out at Night” 10/31/2014 9:00pm Club Remix At The Summit 4 Points Sheraton
399 Silicon Valley Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95138
Halloween Costume Contest 10/31/2014 11:30am Evergreen Community Center
4860 San Felipe Rd.
San Jose, CA 95151
(408) 270-2220
Halloween Midnight Madness 10/31/2014 7:00pm First Congregational Church of San Jose
1980 Hamilton Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 241-1090
Halloween Fear Factory 10/31/2014 9pm-4am 48761 Kato Rd, Fremont , CA
SPOOKY SIPPING 10/31/2014 5 p.m. winery, 14831 Pierce Road.
WITCHY WALK-ABOUT 10/31/2014 2 and 4 p.m Saratoga Village
Halloween Howl Event 10/31/2014 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM Strathcona Gardens
225 South Dogwood St., Campbell River

The Cambrian Park Real Estate Market Update

October 8th, 2014

My Cambrian area of San Jose Real Estate Report was recently published with the updated numbers from the closed sales last month for this part of San Jose (95124 and 95118 with a little of 95008 too).  Please click on the link above to see much more information there. In Cambrian, we are seeing mild seasonal cooling taking place with slight month over month numbers – in many segments, it’s flat, and in others a mild increase or decrease in pricing – but still very decent year over year appreciation.  Low inventory continues to make things difficult for home buyers. (Be sure to read to the end to see the live Altos charts too.)

Sales have been low because inventory’s been low – but you can see a slight uptick in the chart below.

Median Home Price +0.1% $836,000 $835,000 +13.4% $737,500
Average Sales Price -0.9% $866,238 $874,054 +11.9% $773,991
No. of Homes Sold -15.6% 54 64 -3.6% 56
Pending Properties +43.3% 43 30 -36.8% 68
Foreclosures Sold N/A 0 0 -100.0% 1
Short Sales Sold N/A 1 0 -66.7% 3
Active Listings +4.4% 47 45 -39.0% 77
Active Foreclosures 0.0% 1 1 -50.0% 2
Active Short Sales N/A 0 0 -100.0% 5
Sales Price vs. List Price -1.3% 103.1% 104.5% -0.1% 103.2%
Average Days on Market +25.6% 21 17 +13.7% 19

Months of Inventory by  zip code and high school district – Cambrian area of San Jose 95124 & 95118

Next let’s look at the Months of Inventory by zip code, price point and high school district.  First, Cambrian area of San Jose 95124:

Cambrian San Jose 95124 Months of Inventory by pricing tier

Next, Cambrian area of San Jose 95118:

Cambrian area of San Jose 95118 Months of Inventory


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Saratoga, CA, Real Estate Market Update

October 7th, 2014

How’s the Saratoga California real estate market?

Here are the real estate sales statistics for closed sales last month among houses and duet homes (if there are any) in the 95070 zip code (click on link to read the full Saratoga Real Estate Report for houses).  Like much of Silicon Valley and Santa Clara County specifically, there’s been some calming of the market in the 2nd half of the year.

After this we’ll consider months of inventory by price point, and later also the Altos Research reports as well.


Median Home Price +8.9% $2,126,000 $1,952,000 +12.5% $1,890,000
Average Sales Price -19.4% $2,072,490 $2,572,820 -17.9% $2,524,260
No. of Homes Sold -29.6% 19 27 -17.4% 23
Pending Properties -16.7% 10 12 -56.5% 23
Foreclosures Sold N/A 0 0 -100.0% 1
Short Sales Sold N/A 0 0 N/A 0
Active Listings -10.4% 43 48 -44.2% 77
Active Foreclosures N/A 0 0 -100.0% 1
Active Short Sales N/A 0 0 -100.0% 1
Sales Price vs. List Price +8.1% 108.8% 100.6% +7.3% 101.4%
Average Days on Market -23.3% 24 31 -52.6% 51

Let’s next focus in on Months of Inventory data for single family homes in Saratoga by price point and high school district.  This is often the best angle to get a clearer picture of what’s happening with the Saratoga, CA real estate market – where it’s slow and where it’s red hot.   In this first data set, we see that the market in Saratoga 95070 is pretty much a seller’s market overall, until the $4 million mark, at which point there seem to be no takers.

Saratoga CA 95070 all prices and areas

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Sereno Group’s Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

October 4th, 2014

Pumpkin ContestEach year, Sereno Group hosts a children’s pumpkin decorating contest.  Kids who want to participate may get a free pumpkin (while supplies last) at any of our offices.  Every person who enters is given a little gift, and there will be three prize winners from the three age groups (up to late elementary aged students).  Office locations are Aptos / Santa Cruz, Los Gatos, Willow Glen, Saratoga, Los Altos and Palo Alto.  This year the deadline is October 24th.   For more details, please read the article on the Live in Los Gatos blog.> style=”padding-right: 10px;”

St. Mary’s Country Fair in Downtown Los Gatos – A Fun Carnival for All Ages

October 1st, 2014

St Mary's Country Fair, Los GatosThe St. Mary’s Country Fair is about to begin and will continue through Sunday afternoon – don’t miss it! There’s no admission charge and plenty to do, such as:

carnival rides
arts & crafts for kids to do
giant slide
talent shows
food of all kinds
beverages (including wine, beer & margaritas in the evenings)
live music & dancing Friday & Saturday nights (Friday is the Joe Sharino Band and Saturday it’s the Cheeseballs)
Sundays usually feature a petting zoo and pony rides too!

This is the one big fundraiser put on by the school and church each year. All are welcome! The event is held on the campus of St. Mary’s parish church and school, located on Bean Avenue off N. Santa Cruz in downtown Los Gatos.

Need more information? Please see a post I did on it over at my Live in Los Gatos blog, Mark Your Calendar: St. Mary’s Country Fair Oct 3rd – 5th

If you happen to be at the fair tomorrow morning, stop by the burrito booth and say hello! I’ll be working there from 10am – 1pm.

The Buena Vista neighborhood of San Jose

September 27th, 2014

Buena Vista neighborhood overhead viewIf you love older residential areas with classic architecture and a canopy of street trees, you’ll want to know about the Buena Vista neighborhood in San Jose. Situated between downtown and the Valley Fair & Santana Row areas, close to Burbank and Midtown, it’s truly “close to everything” and oozing with charm.

Where is the Buena Vista neighborhood? Roughly, it includes areas north of Hwy 280, south of San Carlos, east of Leigh and west of Meridian. It is considered part of Central San Jose by the local MLS.

This historic district has has a voluntary neighborhood association (Buena Vista Neighborhood Association or BVNA) for members, with extremely low dues, though residents who are not dues paying members may attend the monthly meetings.  The BVNA website has a wealth of information on the area, including photos of “then and now”, maps (also historic and current), minutes and newsletters and much more.  Please have a look to learn more about this corner of Silicon Valley with lovely old homes and tree lined streets, or check out the YouTube video below, which is also on their site:

Drop off expired, unused medicines today with drug disposal program sponsored by the DEA

September 26th, 2014

Got drugs?Tomorrow between 10am and 2pm, you have the opportunity to dispose of old and unused medicines at a variety of locations.  Sponsored by the DEA, this is a nationwide event called the Take-Back Initiative.  Many police stations are accepting meds.  For the list of drop off locations near you please click the link below:

Drop off spots in San Jose, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Campbell and nearby

Here’s some info on the Los Gatos location: