Mary Pope-Handy

Silicon Valley Realtor, selling homes in Los Gatos, Saratoga, San Jose, and nearby since 1993. Prolific blogger with a network of site.

The Parker Ranch neighborhood is found in the low western foothills of Saratoga along the Cupertino border, making it a fantastic commute location for many high tech workers.  With larger homes and lots, it’s easy to stretch out!   The rolling hills make a pleasant vista, or, if you’re in a higher elevation provide beautiful valley views.  The Parker Ranch subdivision boasts highly acclaimed Cupertino schools.  There are many reasons why this is a much beloved area of Saratoga.

There are just shy of 80 houses and luxury homes in Parker Ranch, so it’s not a hugely populous area, but it is fairly large.  Here are a few quick facts on this scenic subdivision:

  • Range of home size:  2,797-7,500 SF
  • Average SF:  4,517 SF
  • Range of lot size:  22,000-146,361 SF
  • Average Lot:  70,786 SF
  • Years Built:  1900-2013, lots of development in the 1980s

What do homes cost in Parker Ranch?

Because there’s an incredible variety in home and lot size, as well as age and condition, it’s not easy to pinpoint the likely price of the neighborhood.  However, as a very broad rule, most homes will currently range between $2.5 and $3.5 million.

What are the subdivision’s boundaries?

Map Boundaries:  Streets include Vista Arroyo Ct, Star Ridge Ct, Prospect Rd (pasture only), Picea Ct, Pheasant Ridge Rd, Parker Ranch Rd (major road), Parker Ranch Ct, Farr Ranch Rd (2nd major road), Farr Ranch Ct, Diamond Oaks Ct, Continental Cir, Comer Dr, and Chiquita Ct. To the W and N, the border is Prospect rd. A SW portion borders the Saratoga Country Club. To the S is Mt Eden.

Parker Ranch subdivision map - Saratoga, CA

Any special issues with Parker Ranch homes?

As with all homes near the coastal foothills, water and drainage will be very important to manage here.  Also there are high voltage power lines running through part of the community, with some homes built very close to both the lines and the towers.

Homes for sale in Parker Ranch

 

 

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Saratoga, CA – on the popehandy.com site

Morgan Hill land along the Uvas RiverHow’s the real estate market in Morgan Hill? This article will include data, trends and statistics for both houses and condominiums / townhouses.

For the single family home segment in this “south county” town, prices are mostly consistent year over year and month over month. The sale price to list price ratio has been hovering between 98% and 100% for months. This month it’s jumped above the 100% mark to 102.3%. The cities of Morgan Hill and Gilroy are usually a bit less in demand than parts of Santa Clara County which are either tech magnets or closer to these big businesses. So while most of the Silicon Valley has a sale price to list price ratio of anywhere from 100% to 110%, it’s generally lower here, making the home buying conditions calmer for weary buyers, though still a sellers market. Below is a chart with basic info, but to see more information, you may click on this link to see the Real Estate Report for Morgan Hill.

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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, plus some Fourth of July activities 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!

 

  1. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,251 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,787 sqft
  2. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,446 sqft
  3. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,665 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,410 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,038 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,888 sqft
  5. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,138 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,496 sqft
  6. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,600 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,058 sqft
  7. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,133 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,420 sqft
  8. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,114 sq ft
    Lot size: 435 sqft
  9. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,014 sq ft
    Lot size: 41,251 sqft
  10. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,720 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,721 sqft

See all Real estate in the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno community.
(all data current as of 5/24/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

If you live in Santa Clara County, once known as The Valley of Hearts Delight, you no doubt appreciate our mild, sub-tropical climate.

Unfortunately, so do the termites.

We have two main types of termites here (and other wood-destroying pests too), drywood termites and subterranean termites.

The subterranean termites, or subs as they are called, can be identified by the mud tubes they build from the ground or floor up the side of a wall. As their name implies, they live underground, and build the tubes as they go. Pest Control operators will remove the tubes and treat the area, injecting chemicals underground at spaced intervals, to exterminate them. See my post on identifying subs here.

Drywood termites, or drywoods, may live anywhere in the the home where there’s wood to eat. If they are found only in one or two areas, a licensed pest control company may do a local treatment. The difficulty with local treatments is that drywood termites may also be lurking in places that cannot be seen, such as between the walls. For that reason, the standard recommendation is to fumigate (also called to tent or to fume) the structure.

If you live in the Santa Cruz Mountains, you may also have dampwood termites to contend with.
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If you enjoy touring open houses, historic properties, and taking in attractive decor, you don’t want to miss the annual spring home tours in the San Jose area!  Take a look at the opportunities listed below:

Spring home tours in the San Jose area

Spring home tours in the San Jose area include historic properties

22nd Los Gatos Historic Home Tour – April 22 & 23, 2017

10AM-4PM, General Admission $50, VIP $75

http://www.numulosgatos.org/events/2017/4/22/22nd-los-gatos-historic-home-tour

Fremont Older House & Garden Tours – April 23, 2017

9AM-4PM, tours are full, but you can join the wait-list (mark in on your calendar for next year’s spring home tours early on!).

http://www.openspace.org/activities/district-events/fremont-older-house-garden-tours-0

Willow Glen Home Tour – May 6 & May 7, 2017

10AM-4PM, Early Bird $40, At the Door for $50

http://willowglenhometour.com/

Eischler Home Tours San Mateo Highlands – May 6 & 7, 2017

10AM-3PM, Single Day $60, Two Days $100, Optional: Box Lunch $14, Poster $30, and VIP Happy Hour (May 6, 7PM-10PM) $50

http://eichlerhometour.org/

Gilroy Assistance League: 13th Annual Impressions Home and Garden Tour – May 12 & 13, 2017

$30

http://gilroyassistanceleague.org/-impressions-home-garden-tour/

AIA Santa Clara Valley: 3rd Annual Silicon Valley Home Tours, A Tour by Architects – June 3, 2017

10AM-4PM, Early Bird: General Admission $75, AIA Members $59, After 5/21/17 and Day of $75

http://aiascv.org/page/2017HomeTour

Wolfe & Higgins – Citywide Architectural Home Tour, Master Architects of the Spanish Revival – August 26, 2017

Early Bird: General $35, Preservation Action Council Members $30, Day of: $40

http://www.wolfeandhigginstour.com/

 

Garden Tours

GNGT: Going Native Garden Tour 2016 – April 22 & 23, 2017

10AM-4PM, Free

http://gngt.org/GNGT/HomeRO.php

Gamble Garden Tour – April 28 & 29, 2017

10AM-4PM, Members $30, General $35, Volunteer $25, Lunch Tickets $15

https://www.gamblegarden.org/support-us/spring-tour/

The Aromas Country Garden Tour – May 13, 2017

10AM-4PM, tickets not available online

http://www.aromashillsartisans.org/ahas-events.html

 

 

If you miss out on these events, the Ainsley house in downtown Campbell is open Thurs-Sun, March-December, 12PM-4PM (final tour at 3:15PM) with regular tours. Admission is $8 adult, $6 senior, $4 youth (7-17), and free for under 7.

http://www.ci.campbell.ca.us/332/Historical-Museum-Ainsley-House

 

Have we missed a tour of houses or homes that should be included? Please jot me a note or give me a call and we’ll get this page updated (and promote your event at no cost, of course).  Be sure to include the dates,  name of the tour, and a URL where people can get more information, please.

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 slowly increasing inventory with increasing sales with a mostly stable MOI. Despite a more active spring season, the overall 2.136 MOI is a stable 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 1.667 to 3. Small levels of inventory can create big data swings and can make for less accurate charts. Nonetheless, we can still spot market trends if we know where to look.

 

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As I hold my listings open in and around Silicon Valley, I am amazed at the number of people interested in buying a home who are on their own and not working with a buyer’s agent. If that describes you, do you feel that you are a little afraid of a buyer consultation with a Realtor?  Not sure what to expect, or concerned that you may be coerced or manipulated into hiring someone you don’t want to work with?   Let’s talk about how that appointment usually or often works, and how you can meet with an agent and not feel like you have no control.

What is a home buyer consultation?

Talking over a computer  -buyer consultationFirst, let’s talk about what a home buyer consultation is.  In a nutshell, the appointment has just a few purposes: (1) to help the home buyer to learn about the process, what’s involved, and to answer questions about what happens and what kind of choices there are. (2) It is a job interview for the real estate professional – is this someone you would want to hire? Even though the seller usually pays the commission, the buyer’s representative is someone you hire or not. (3) It is also a chance for the Realtor to see if you are someone that he or she can or would like to work with, too.  The interview is a two way process.

How long does an initial buyer appointment take? Where does it happen?

In my experience, most of these initial appointments can run anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or more.  The length of it is often driven by the consumer’s questions.  If it is clearly not a fit, either side can say it’s time to wrap things up and call it a day.  If the appointment goes well, it may last longer. Continue reading

Sale pending with 7 offers!  Absolutely stunning views of the coastal foothills in the distance and a verdant orchard at your feet at 18632 Woodbank Way, Saratoga CA 95070, a charming knoll top cul-de-sac in the Quito Road neighborhood.   From this home and yard you’ll see the peaks of El Sombroso on the left and El Sereno on the right – a nearly impossible to find panoramic view!  This wonderful ranch style home is for sale, listed at $2,400,000. Read on to learn more! (On the MLS by Tuesday April   4 at noon & can be shown after that time.)

18632 Woodbank Way, Saratoga CA 95070 with stunning view of the mountains and orchard

18632 Woodbank Way, Saratoga CA 95070

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath Saratoga home enjoys 2346 square feet of living space and boasts newly refinished hardwood floors, dual pane windows, air conditioning, and loads of room for entertaining  between the living room, enlarged dining room, and family room – which sits at the back of the house and enjoys the best views.  The kitchen, too, overlooks the yard and the Santa Cruz Mountains, as does the master bedroom.   The home was built in 1964, but the bathrooms were remodeled since that time.

Very livable now, move in and enjoy your own resort!  Or further improve the home or build new – the option is yours!

Front of 18632 Woodbank Way

 

Interior features of 18632 Woodbank Way, Saratoga CA 95070 include:

  • Formal entry
  • Spacious living room overlooking the front yard, with gorgeous hardwood floors and brick fireplace
  • Enlarged dining room, also with hardwood floors and bathed in natural light
  • Family room with wood burning stove facing the enormous yard and coastal mountain range – a stunning view
  • Kitchen and nook also have southern, back yard vistas
  • Laundry closet just off the breakfast nook
  • Master bedroom suite at rear of house with hardwood floors, double closets and fabulous sunlight & views
  • Master bath with stall shower (Jack and Jill style, also opening to hallway)
  • Two other bedrooms, also with double closets, facing the front, and hardwood floors
  • Hall bathroom with big shower stall
  • Dual pane windows – the house is drenched in natural sunlight!
  • Air conditioning
  • 3 car garage – extra storage over the 2 car portion with pull down ladder to attic

Living Room - 18632 Woodbank Wy, Saratoga CA 95070

Exterior features:

Outside, enjoy both a deck and patio for entertaining or relaxing.  The orchard hearkens to an older, more rustic time and primarily consists of prune trees but there are also orange, persimmon, and apricot trees.  Additionally, there are some oak and other trees on the property.

18632 Woodbank Way Saratoga CA 95070 - stone wall behind garageThe exterior rear wall of the 3 car garage is covered in a exquisite gray stone.  The two car side of the garage can be opened electronically.  That section also features a pull down ladder with attic storage access. The third may be manually opened.

The front yard of the property features pavers for the semicircular driveway and beautiful landscaping and wooden walkways to the home’s front door.

It may be possible to have a horse, or to build a tennis court, pool, or guest house on the grounds.

Schools for 18632 Woodbank Way, Saratoga CA 95070:
Marshall Lane Elementary
Rolling Hills Middle
Westmont High

 

This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to enjoy your own Saratoga orchard, an oasis of tranquility and beauty in the hustle and bustle of busy Silicon Valley,  along with one of the most stunning views anywhere.

Open house and offer info:

On MLS  Tuesday 4-4 before 12 noon; disclosures available the following day  MLS #  ML81645093

Open house schedule:

Wednesday, April 5  9:30am to 12:30pm

Saturday April 8, Sunday April 9, and Saturday April 15   2 to 4 pm

Offers, if any, April 18th or later  – no pre-emptive offers, please.  Allow 48 hours for response.

 
Front of 18632 Woodbank Way View from left, showing 3 car garage at  Woodbank Wy. Closeup of front walkway and entry on Woodbank Living room at  Woodbank Way, Stga, Calif. Dining room Woodbank Way, Stga, Calif. Dining room alternate view on Woodbank Family room with windows overlooking the orchard and coastal range Kitchen and breakfast nook with spectacular views.  Laundry is nearby but not shown. Kitchen Kitchen Master bedroom on Woodbank Wy, Saratoga Master bedroom on Woodbank Wy, Saratoga Master bathroom on Woodbank Wy, Saratoga Front right bedroom Front left bedroom - lovely hardwood floors Hall bath Stunning views at  Woodbank Way - view from lower patio Expansive view from the deck at  Woodbank Way, Saratoga CA Gorgeous land, gorgeous views on Woodbank Way A peaceful oasis in Silicon Valley along a quiet cul-de-sac in Saratoga Spacious deck, great for entertaining! Beautiful stone facing on back of garage wall Aerial view...so much land! Room for ... what can you imagine here? A horse? Pool? Tennis Court? Guest house? The lot has a very gentle slope at 18632 Woodbank Wy. So much room... Another aerial view of 18632 Woodbank Way, Saratoga, CA 95070 Beautiful ranch style house with acreage and views in Saratoga. What more could you want?

Sometimes you need to shield your eyes and have a sense of humorWhen you’re in and out of people’s homes, sometimes you experience things that you don’t expect and don’t want to see.  Some homes should come with a warning: shield your eyes! And have a sense of humor, if at all possible!

The other day, I met with a Silicon Valley appraiser at a home that I have under contract in the Santa Teresa area of San Jose.  She informed me that sometimes people don’t pick up at all for her visit, which is pretty surprising given that she’s armed with a camera and is required to use it.   Sometimes beds are unmade, curtains drawn, and the home a mess.  That’s not great.  But what she found intolerable was seeing the resident’s underwear on the floor.  The appraiser stated that for refinances, she makes sure that the bra or undies make it into the photo and onto the appraisal report. Passive aggressive, no?  But I understood her point.  Why did they want her to deal with that?

Usually when residential real estate is for sale, the owners do an exceptionally good job at tidying up.  Some will joke that their house looks so good now that they don’t want to sell.  Unfortunately, homes are not always in “show ready” condition. And at times, what the Realtor and home buyers see is downright embarrassing.  When consumers come through a condo or house and find unmentionables lying about  – especially if they appear on the floor rather than folded laundry meant for a drawer – they get grossed out. Embarrassed buyers don’t buy.  They leave.  They do it quickly. And they don’t come back.

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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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ABR, CIPS, CRS, SRES
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