Saratoga Quarry Park

Just east of Hakone Gardens at the edge of downtown Saratoga Village off of Congress Springs Road sits the 64 acre property which is Saratoga Quarry Park.

The site was first used to mine from the hills all the way back in 1856 when it was used to quarry lime for the gold and silver mining industry.

The history of Saratoga Quarry Park

Quarry Park in Saratoga, CA

Saratoga Quarry Park was purchased in 1921 by Santa Clara County to extract rock and gravel for the county roads. In 1967 the county stopped using this site as a quarry. Still county property, public workers began to use the location as a recreational facility, with volunteers building picnic grounds and barbeques, landscaping and hardscaping. County employees held parties and even weddings on the site until the late 1990s.

The City of Saratoga purchased the property in 2011 with the intent to develop a park. The park opened with 0.8 miles of trails and picnic grounds on October 31, 2015. Someday, the city hopes to add trails which would connect the Quarry Park to Hakone Gardens and another to the Skyline to the Sea Trail through the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The old quarry in Saratoga California

Part of Saratoga's old quarry, off Big Basin Way

While quarry ridges have been softened and landscapes to return the mountainside to a more natural habitat and prevent erosion, many remnants from the quarry days remain and are even celebrated. Two marked tunnels, though blocked off for entry, have pathways built for visitors to peek inside and learn about the work that was done there. Some old, large gears are now used as decoration, such as axles from mine carts being used as benches. The largest structure is the Old Loading Structure, the concrete remains of the building still standing by the parking lot entrance. Once used to deposit freight into train cars and then into semis, the building now holds large black and white photographs from when the quarry was active.

 

Vollyball court at the quarry

Many of the special features, such as native gardens, boardwalks, and viewing platforms were Eagle Scout Projects from troop 566, added in 2015.

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Blossom Festival - celebrating Saratoga's orchard historyThis weekend, travel back in time to the early- to mid-20th century and celebrate Santa Clara Valley’s heritage with the Saratoga Historical Foundation and the City of Saratoga’s Blossom Festival.

When the hills of Los Gatos, Saratoga, and the surrounding regions were covered with fruit blossoms every year, a Blossom Festival was held with parades, food, games, and theatrical performances. These massive celebrations saw visitors come from miles around to enjoy the beauty of the valley and the festivities.

On March 18th from 10am-4pm, the Saratoga Heritage Orchard and Civic Center area will be host to a new Blossom Festival. The event is free and family friendly. Children may enjoy kids craft and activity tables and a petting zoo. History buffs can rub elbows with costumed characters from Saratoga’s by-gone-days, see vintage vehicles, motors, and tractors, and swing to a live band playing tunes from the 1930s-40s. Foodies might enjoy gourmet food trucks, prune and apricot tasting (the prize crops of the Valley of Heart’s Delight), and docent-led orchard tours. There will also be artists, craftspeople, entertainment, and more!

Join us in the orchard under a snowfall of pink and white flower petals and celebrate the beauty of the changing season at the Saratoga Blossom Festival!

 

Saratoga Heritage Orchard and Civic Center area

13777 Fruitvale Avenue in Saratoga, CA

March 18th from 10am-4pm, free to all!

http://www.saratogahistory.com/blossomfestival/

Evergreen area of San Jose (Silicon Valley)The Evergreen area is in the southeast foothills of San Jose and extends north toward Eastridge Mall. It includes a few zip codes – 95148, 95121, 95135, and a portion of 95138 (part is also “Santa Teresa” or “South San Jose”). There’s a lot of diversity in this region – the areas in the flatlands near the Mall, Reid-Hillview Airport, and waterpark are more modest and affordable as compared to the areas further south where you’re more likely to see luxury properties (Hillstone, Bel-Aire Estates,  The Meadowlands, The Ranch on Silver Creek, Silver Creek Valley Country Club and nearby). Pricier areas feature larger lots and houses and valley or hillside views set near the golf courses (Silver Creek Valley Country Club, The Ranch Golf Club, and the Villages Golf & Country Club).

In general, Evergreen is scenic and includes many newer homes and communities. Many people enjoy the relative newness of construction and whole neighborhoods which are young, compared to the rest of Santa Clara County and Silicon Valley as a whole.

Evergreen real estate market for single family homes or houses

Please find the full report on my Real Estate Report for the Evergreen area of San Jose.

Evergreen Stats At A Glance

Year-Over-Year

  • Median home prices increased by 3.2% year-over-year to $974,944 from $945,000.
  • The average home sales price rose by 5.8% year-over-year to $1,096,830 from $1,036,400.
  • Home sales fell by 17.2% year-over-year to 24 from 29.
  • Active listings fell 8% year-over-year to 92 from 100.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio rose by 0.0% year-over-year to 101.3% from 101.3%.
  • The average days on market fell by 12.1% year-over-year to 35 from 40.

Compared To Last Month

  • Median home prices improved by 3.9% to $974,944 from $938,725.
  • The average home sales price rose by 1.5% to $1,096,830 from $1,080,800.
  • Home sales down by 7.7% to 24 from 26.
  • Active listings increased 27.8% to 92 from 72.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio dropped by 0.0% to 101.3% from 101.3%.
  • The average days on market increased by 50.3% to 35 from 23.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

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The Santa Clara Women's Club http://www.santaclarawomansclub.org/

The Santa Clara Women’s Club (old adobe house)
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The real estate market in the city of Santa Clara, like the rest of Silicon Valley, is a strong sellers market still. Below there are charts for the activities over the last few months. Low inventory from the past year and continuous low inventory around the rest of the Valley means there is still a much greater demand to fill than properties available. This is clear in the sales price vs list price, which has risen to 107.5%, but has generally remained around 103% for months. Also, the speed of market turnover (how long a house is on the market) has remained low as far back as we can see on these charts and in under a month. 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:

How’s the Saratoga California real estate market?

Orchard and Hills in Saratoga, California

Orchard and Hills in Saratoga, California

This is a fairly comprehensive article on the Saratoga real estate market that will include the live statistics from Altos Research for listed properties (not closed) in Saratoga CA 95070, the closed sale data from the RE Report for last month in Saratoga 95070, and the numbers I crunched for Saratoga – overall and by price point and high school district, since Saratoga has 3 different high school districts, each with an impact on home values.

First, let’s consider the months of inventory by price point and high school district that I crunched using MLSListings.com, our local multiple listing service provider.

The months of inventory is a reference to how fast homes would be absorbed into the market if sales continued at the same pace and no new inventory came onto the market. It’s often referred to as “the absorption rate” – and that can be months of inventory, weeks of inventory, or days of inventory. A “balanced” market is somewhere around 4-5 months for us, though the National Association of Realtors says that 6 months is balanced nationwide. Anything under 3 is a good seller’s market, and under 1 is like saying that homes are “flying off the market.”

(For comparison, please also see a similar article on the Live in Los Gatos blog for the town of Los Gatos – real estate market by price point and high school district.)

Here’s the chart for Saratoga – all price points, all school districts.

And for comparison, here’s the chart from last month:

This month shows steady, low inventory with increasing sales, creating a higher MOI. Despite winter cooling, the market just won’t let up, and an overall 2.375 MOI is still a sellers market. By comparing across school districts you can see how different each area’s individual market can be. The overall MOI for different schools this month ranges from 1.8 to 2.778. Small levels of inventory can create big data swings like, and can make for not the most accurate charts. Nonetheless, we can still spot market trends if we know where to look.

 

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How is the Campbell real estate market?How is the Campbell real estate market? Here are the numbers, but what do those numbers mean? The sales vs list price remains over 100% and the average days on market are low at 29 days. Campbell is still in a seller’s market, despite a general cooling.

Further down in this article, we’ll utilize the graphs from Altos Research, which uses list prices, and check out the trends in pricing by quartile in this zip code (meaning 4 groups based on the pricing tier from least to most expensive). Campbell condominiums and townhomes will be considered as well. And finally, a list of homes for sale in Campbell will be found at the bottom of the post.

First, here are some quick stats, care of my RE Report for Campbell:

What about the Campbell CA condo market?

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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. Inventory hasn’t improved since last year, and homes continually sell close to list price quickly, in just over a month. Willow Glen remains in a sellers market.

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.

Willow Glen Stats At A Glance

Year-Over-Year

  • Median home prices fell by 5.6% year-over-year to $1,175,000 from $1,245,000.
  • The average home sales price dropped by 4.2% year-over-year to $1,250,760 from $1,305,670.
  • Home sales rose by 39.4% year-over-year to 46 from 33.
  • Active listings fell 14.9% year-over-year to 74 from 87.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio fell by 0.1% year-over-year to 102.2% from 102.3%.
  • The average days on market rose by 0.3% year-over-year to 29 from 29.

Compared To Last Month

  • Median home prices slipped by 0.2% to $1,175,000 from $1,177,250.
  • The average home sales price fell by 2% to $1,250,760 from $1,276,250.
  • Home sales up by 64.3% to 46 from 28.
  • Active listings increased 7.2% to 74 from 69.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio increased by 2.2% to 102.2% from 100.0%.
  • The average days on market dropped by 23% to 29 from 38.

A little cooling won’t take us out of a deep sellers market, but it should ease conditions slightly for long-term buyers.

And next, of Willow Glen condos:

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Almaden Valley homes for sale and real estate market conditionsThe Almaden Valley real estate market is still in a stable sellers market. Winter brought about a steep drop in inventory. There must be either a lot more inventory, or significantly less demand, before we see anything close to a balanced market. The Almaden Valley market is noticing minor softening, with homes selling, on average, a little over list price at 102.2%. That being said, turnover has sped up to an average of 32 days on market (or DOM). This kind of major and sudden swing in data is often caused by one or two listings of exception, in this case taking much longer to sell than their counterparts. Almaden Valley is still in a hot sellers market.

Please find the current statistics for single family homes (houses & duet homes) from my Almaden Valley real estate report (click on link for more info):

Almaden Valley San Jose 95120 Real Estate Statistics At A Glance

Year-Over-Year

  • Median home prices increased by 13.4% year-over-year to $1,400,000 from $1,235,000.
  • The average home sales price rose by 12.2% year-over-year to $1,459,530 from $1,300,310.
  • Home sales rose by 64.3% year-over-year to 23 from 14.
  • Active listings fell 24.1% year-over-year to 44 from 58.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio rose by 2.7% year-over-year to 102.2% from 99.5%.
  • The average days on market fell by 19.7% year-over-year to 32 from 40.

Compared To Last Month

  • Median home prices improved by 4.7% to $1,400,000 from $1,337,500.
  • The average home sales price fell by 0.0% to $1,459,530 from $1,459,620.
  • Home sales up by 91.7% to 23 from 12.
  • Active listings dropped 0.0% to 44 from 44.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio dropped by 0.4% to 102.2% from 102.6%.
  • The average days on market dropped by 62.1% to 32 from 85.

The data shows a strong sellers market remaining fairly consistent despite increasing inventory. The best homes will still see multiple offers, a response to low inventory and high demand.

Altos Research charts for houses in Almaden (San Jose 95120)

Please note that Altos Research uses list prices of Almaden Valley homes for sale, not sold prices.

An overview:

90-day stats for Single Family properties in
SAN JOSE, CA 95120 as of March 24, 2017
Median List Price:$1,580,427Average List Price:$1,972,244
Total Inventory:45Price per Square Foot:$604
Average Home Size:2,846Median Lot Size:11,795
Average # Beds:4.32Average # Baths:3.43
Homes Absorbed:7Newly Listed:6
Days on Market:149Average Age:36

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

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Bel Estos Drive near Carlton and Rosswood in San Jose's Cambrian areaMy 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 this district of San Jose, we have been experiencing dreadfully low inventory of homes for sale, and buyers aren’t backing off as much as usual for this time of year – I believe because there is just a whole lot of pent up demand from nearly two years of a deep seller’s market. What does that mean? Sellers, if you have a problem home, or one not updated or well maintained, this is the time to sell it – buyers have little to choose from so are purchasing properties that need more work than they would bother with in a more balanced market.

Want to learn more about Cambrian Park real estate, the Cambrian district, Cambrian neighborhoods, school districts and zip codes? Please also see this article: Cambrian Park: Good Schools, Low Crime, Close to Los Gatos and Campbell

Be sure to read to the end to see the live Altos charts too – they are near the end of the article so please keep reading into the next page!

Cambrian area sales at a glance:

Year-Over-Year

  • Median home prices increased by 7.2% year-over-year to $1,080,000 from $1,007,500.
  • The average home sales price rose by 1.8% year-over-year to $1,093,360 from $1,073,590.
  • Home sales rose by 27.3% year-over-year to 28 from 22.
  • Active listings fell 15.7% year-over-year to 59 from 70.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio rose by 0.2% year-over-year to 106.9% from 106.6%.
  • The average days on market rose by 59.0% year-over-year to 19 from 12.

Compared To Last Month

  • Median home prices improved by 13.1% to $1,080,000 from $955,000.
  • The average home sales price rose by 7.7% to $1,093,360 from $1,015,240.
  • Home sales up by 33.3% to 28 from 21.
  • Active listings increased 31.1% to 59 from 45.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio increased by 4.8% to 106.9% from 102.0%.
  • The average days on market dropped by 37.6% to 19 from 30.

Generally speaking it is still a hot seller’s market and great time to sell a Cambrian home.

 Please see the whole Cambrian Real Estate Report for charts, stats and more.

The condo and townhouse real estate market for San Jose 95124 & 95118

Almaden Valley in San Jose is comprised of many neighborhoods and subdivisions. One of them, close to the border with Los Gatos and Cambrian Park, is particularly popular: the Oak Canyon neighborhood.

There are many reasons for its draw among Silicon Valley home buyers: the houses were well built by Shea Homes in about 1980, so they are relatively newer by Silicon Valley standards. They’re larger homes on comfortable lots, often 8000 sf or so but some as small as 6500 sf and others larger than a quarter acre in the Oak Canyon corner of Almaden.

Most of the homes boast a 3 car garage, which is a big help with storage of stuff, if not storage of cars. The roads gently turn, which makes a more pleasing look. It’s a very “conforming” neighborhood where everyone keeps up the homes and yards. Much of Almaden is viewed by consumers as somewhat remote, but this section, near the mouth of Almaden, is not too deep into the valley and is a better commute location for most. One of the largest pulls for the area, though, is the nearby elementary school, Guadalupe School, which has API scores in the 900s.

Oak Canyon Drive, San Jose, CA 95120 - a neighborhood in the Almaden Valley Oak Canyon Dr in San Jose Oak Canyon neighborhood home Oak Canyon street Oak Canyon 2 story house Oak Canyon home with 3 car garage Oak Canyon street along the Guadalupe Creek This floor plan in Oak Canyon boasts a master bedroom suite with balcony.  Many of these properties face the hills. An Oak Canyon house with a welcoming front porch.

Where is the Oak Canyon neighborhood in Almaden Valley, San Jose?

Oak Canyon is found near the intersection of Camden Avenue and Coleman Road in San Jose but is bordered by Coleman on one side and the Guadalue Creek on the other sides. (The far side of the Guadalupe Creek at this point is Cambrian Park.)

oak-canyon-map

And to provide some bearings, here’s a map of the Almaden Valley district of San Jose generally:

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