Neighborhoods in Los Gatos

Heritage Grove in east Los Gatos blends historic and contemporary architecture and landscape together nicely

An old apricot orchard used to line Blossom Hill Road between Union and Leigh Avenues until the 1990s. The former owners, Ralph and Sophie Heintz, lived there in their farmhouse until their deaths, at which time the property was willed to the University of California at Berkeley for eye research.

Sophie and Ralph were interesting people. He ran a small train on their property and was an inventor. She was a ham radio operator.

In 1998, the Heintz land (and house etc.) was sold to Summerhill Homes and a portion developed as housing. That Los Gatos neighborhood is now called Heritage Grove A strip of trees was planted along Blossom Hill Road, reminiscent of the history of the area.  A large section of land was made a permanent open space, now known as the Heintz Open Space Preserve.  This open space connects directly with Belgatos Park, which also connects with the Santa Rosa Open Space Preserve. So the network of trails is quite extensive. (Link to Town of Los Gatos page with pdf files of these three trail maps. Link to Google Maps map of Blossom Hill Trails, drawn by Jim Handy.)

The Heintz’s big, old farmhouse has been renovated and is being lived in.  Ralph Heintz’s old workshop, the Ramohs Laboratory, is preserved with signs explaining the history of the place nearby. Continue reading

Vista del Monte MapAre you interested in Los Gatos real estate and Los Gatos neighboorhoods? Over on my Live in Los Gatos blog, I’ve been reworking articles about the various residential areas of town, digging into the county records for subdivision info, shooting video as I’m driven through various neighorooods and adding MLS information. Today I completed a whole new article with video on the Vista del Monte neighborhood in east Los Gatos.

Please have a look!

http://liveinlosgatosblog.com/the-vista-del-monte-neighborhood-in-los-gatos/

Or if you’d just like to see the video, here it is (bigger version on Live in Los Gatos):

As a Los Gatos Realtor and resident, I  hope to showcase more & more areas within the town, as well as in San Jose and the greater Silicon Valley area.  If you are interested in buying or selling a home here, please call or email me today!

  1. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,446 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,038 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,888 sqft
  3. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,138 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,496 sqft
  4. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,014 sq ft
    Lot size: 41,251 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,720 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,721 sqft
  6. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,560 sqft
  7. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,208 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,115 sqft
  8. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 1,582 sq ft
    Lot size: 28,531 sqft
  9. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,235 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,939 sqft
  10. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,978 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,105 sqft

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Surrey Farm Neighborhood Los Gatos CA (Silicon Valley)A Los Gatos neighborhood which is “close to town” but feels further out is the highly sought after Surrey Farms area, located off Kennedy Road less than a mile from Los Gatos Boulevard, and less than 1.5 miles to all the local public schools:  Van Meter or Blossom Hill Elementary, Fisher Middle, Los Gatos High.

There are about 70 single family homes or houses in Surrey Farms, most of them on quarter acre or third of an acre lots, but a couple are much smaller and two are more than an acre.   The houses were first constructed there in the mid 1950s and completed in about 1960.  At that time, they were all “ranch style” and consisted of about 2000 to 3000 SF in most cases.  Today many have been remodeled, enlarged or even fully rebuilt, and the home sizes are bigger, with more than 10% of them over 4,000 SF today.

Regarding the name: folks in Los Gatos do call this subdivision “Surrey Farms”, but I did some research on the county records and it appears that the original name was “Surrey Farm” – singular!  My best guess is that it was a farm or horse ranch by that name prior to the housing being built…but that would take a bit more research that I haven’t yet done.

For now, enjoy the video and map, and if you’d like more information, I have a longer article that you can read on my new Live in Los Gatos blog.  Here’s the link:

http://liveinlosgatosblog.com/surrey-farm-neighborhood/

  1. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,446 sqft
  2. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,562 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,104 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

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Saratoga HighlandsRio Rinconada in west Los GatosThere’s a lovely neighborhood in west Los Gatos which is set between the La Rinconada Golf Course and the Rinconada Hills gated community (near the corner of Pollard and Quito Roads). There are 3 distinct subdivisons: Rio Rinconada (where all the roads are named “Calle” something), Saratoga Highlands (More Avenue, Roxbury Ln, Prince St., Mattson Ave., and part of Wedgewood Av), and a third area which seems to have no specific name but which is said to have been built by Thrust 4 and includes bigger, younger, more expensive homes on larger lots – many with 3 car garages and views.

The La Rinconada Park is one of the major draws to the neighborhood. Another is the very close proximity of a shopping center which includes a good sized Safeway, and an elementary and middle school close by too.

This week I wrote about these west Los Gatos subdivisions and the neighborhood generally on my Live in Los Gatos blog, and I also included a video “drive through” for those who’d like a really good feel for the area. Want more info? Please continue reading here:

http://liveinlosgatosblog.com/saratoga-highlands-rio-rinconada-and-granada-way-la-rinconada-park-neighborhood/

  1. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,562 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,104 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,665 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,410 sqft
  3. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,600 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,058 sqft
  4. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,133 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,420 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,114 sq ft
    Lot size: 435 sqft
  6. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,255 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,511 sqft
  7. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,917 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.34 ac
  8. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,107 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
  9. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,248 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,022 sqft
  10. 5 beds, 4 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 5,586 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft

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(all data current as of 5/24/2017)

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Alta Vista and Carlton attendance areas for Los Gatos and Cambrian area of San JoseIf you’re interested in buying a home in the Union School District, which straddles the Los Gatos and Cambrian area of San Jose border, you may be wondering what the real estate price difference is between homes in San Jose 95124 vs properties in Los Gatos 95032…

 

Please read the rest of this article on the Live in Los Gatos blog:

http://liveinlosgatosblog.com/union-school-district-pricing-how-much-more-to-live-in-los-gatos-than-san-jose/

  1. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,970 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,005 sqft
  2. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,928 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,316 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,452 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,236 sqft
  4. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,191 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,400 sqft
  5. 0 beds, 0 baths
    Home size: 2,064 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,361 sqft
  6. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,253 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,490 sqft
  7. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,206 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,408 sqft
  8. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,362 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,189 sqft
  9. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,355 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,452 sqft
  10. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,060 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,009 sqft

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The historic Almond Grove neighborhood, or the Almond Grove district, is in or perhaps more properly adjacent to downtown Los Gatos. It is one of only 5 areas named by the town as a  “Los Gatos historic district.” The others are the Edelen or University Historic District, the Fairview Plaza Historic District, the Broadway area, and the Downtown Historic District. (I was suprised that the Glenridge area doesn’t enjoy the same distinction – but I’m sure that there’s a good reason for that.)

Town of Los Gatos Historic Districts

What sets this neighborhood apart, besides simply having older houses? Why make it a special historic district?

It certainly got off to a good start. The subdivision was first auctioned off in 1887. They began with approximately 40 acres of former almond orchards that was subdivided into 170 lots and by the end of the first auction day, a full 121 of them were sold!!  But that’s not it. However, part of it had to do with the background story. Below please find an excerpt from the town’s website.

(Read the entire document here: http://www.losgatosca.gov/documents/8/12/14/almondgrove.PDF )

Almond Grove District History

The town has a long discussion as to why this area is historic. It’s not just the age of the buildings, but also what happened there and who lived there and why they were important to the town.

Almond Grove Los Gatos video

I’ve written much more on my “Live in Los Gatos” blog.  To learn more, please read these articles:

The Almond Grove neighborhood in Los Gatos, a scenic & historic district (July 2014)

A Place for Strolling in Los Gatos: Historic Almond Grove District in Los Gatos (May 2007)

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Arroyo Rinconada and Rinconada HillsArroyo Rinconada is a charming, smaller townhome community plus one historic house in west Los Gatos along the Saratoga and Campbell border. It is located at the corner of Quito Road and Pollard Road, and adjacent to the much larger Rinconada Hills development. With Spanish style architecture, tiled roofs, curving streets and gentle slopes, and set with a backdrop of trees along the creek, it is very scenic.

There are just 3 streets in this complex: Casa Grande (Big House), Rio Vista (River View), and Sierra Linda (Pretty Mountain or Scenic Hill).

The townhomes were all built in 1984. They are good sized, with 3 bedrooms, 2-3 baths, between 2150 square feet and 2350 SF, attached 2 car garages, all built in 1984. Today, they are likely to sell in the range of $1 – $1.15 million.

The approximately 2600 square foot Spanish style house was built in 1935 and sits atop a knoll on a 55,000 square foot lot. The little road ringing the lot is Casa Grande – appropriately named!

Are there any special facilities?

Arroyo Rinconada has a gate at its opening but does not appear to be in use at this time. The community enjoys the use of a private pool, spa, clubhouse and tennis courts. As of this writing, the monthly home owner dues are a little over $500.

The home owners association has a website which includes a slideshow of the homes and grounds:  http://arroyorinconada.org

  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, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,357 sq ft
    Lot size: 4.99 ac
  4. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,562 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,104 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,665 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,410 sqft
  6. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,481 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,797 sqft
  7. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,328 sq ft
    Lot size: 36,677 sqft
  8. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,584 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.16 ac
  9. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,266 sq ft
    Lot size: 5.94 ac
  10. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,138 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,496 sqft

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Blossom Manor neighborhood Los Gatos MapThe Blossom Manor neighborhood in east Los Gatos is very popular as it is well located close to the highly regarded Los Gatos schools, great shopping and parks, such as Oak Meadow and Vasona Lake County Park. Further, Blossom Manor enjoys comfortably sized lots with room to grow if a home has not already been expanded from its original footprint.

Most of “the Manor” (originally Blossom Hill Manor, though seldom called that now) is currently unincorporated, meaning it’s not properly part of the Town of Los Gatos, but instead is a county pocket. As time goes by, the incorporated areas are likely to grow and the county areas shrink – a trend we are seeing throughout the Los Gatos area and Santa Clara County as a whole.

A couple of streets, Cherrystone Drive and Lilac Way, are incorporated and share features typically found in incorporated areas: sidewalks, curbs and gutters. Additionally, they share tree lined streets and a small cabana or pool.

The manor is almost exclusively single family homes (houses) but along Blossom Hill Road and also Camelia Terrace, there are a few duplexes.

What are houses like in Blossom Manor?

The vast majority of houses in the Manor began as small to medium sized ranch style homes.  Over time, though, many of them have either been improved and expanded or fully torn down and rebuilt.  The newer homes often are 2 stories, but not always.

Here’s a little slideshow to introduce you to the neighborhood. Want more info?  Please call or email me today!

 

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Rinconada Hills, Los Gatos: a gated community

Rinconada Hills, Los Gatos: a gated community with houses & townhomes

Rinconada Hills is a gated community in Los Gatos which is located near the intersections of Quito Road and Pollard Road on the Saratoga and Campbell border. It was built in stages with five different sections over a 13 years  (between 1968 and 1981) by Brown & Kaufmann. I spent some time mapping out the general, non-exact boundaries of the association, which you can see on the right hand page of this article.

According to the Rinconada Hills HOA website, this west Los Gatos neighborhood enjoys 107 acres of land with 394 townhouses (see floorplans here) and 40 single family homes. The houses are mostly on the east side of the community, but there are some on the southern end (those few with very large lots).

There are approximately 1,000 residents, which is about 3% of the population of the town of Los Gatos. Living at Rinconada Hills, they have many amenities at hand, including one lake and three ponds 10 swimming pools, 1 spa, 3 tennis courts, a clubhouse for events, plus an RV lot and extra parking for additional vehicles. It is “luxury living” in many regards.

Rinconada Hills is a very beautiful community with winding roads, walking paths, lots of open space (both landscaped and natural), and scenic views in many places. Some properties sit up on a knoll and boast vistas of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley. Others look north toward Saratoga and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Some are situated above or right on the lake or ponds, making for a rare ‘water view’ in Silicon Valley.  Continue reading

Alta Vista School SignOne of my client families is coming up on their one year anniversary of home ownership locally, and I received this lovely note from them (unsolicited) a few days ago:

“About a year ago, we were in contract for our new home (in the Carlton – Alta Vista area of the Cambrian or San Jose & Los Gatos border). We love our new home and the neighborhood so much! There are lots of kids in the neighborhood, we love our walks to and from Alta Vista Elementary School, and love the community here. We often host spontaneous play dates at our house. There are kids of all ages who come and play with my kids and have them over to their houses. We and our next-door neighbors have already celebrated Christmas, Easter and birthdays together, and we have a little “walk-pool” to school each day. 

“If you ever have buyers with children looking in this neighborhood, please share with them what a wonderful, kid-friendly place it is! Thank you so much for your help in purchasing our home here. The home value has gone up since we bought, and we plan to stay here for a very long time!”

A lot of times, newcomers to the San Jose and Silicon Valley area ask where to live.  Nothing says it like an unsolicited testimonial, so I thought that my readers might enjoy this wonderful neighborhood endorsement.    I have sold many homes near Carlton and Alta Vista Elementary schools over the years, and they have been consistent “winners” since I got into the business in 1993.  Some things seem to never change, and that’s good!

  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, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,357 sq ft
    Lot size: 4.99 ac
  4. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,562 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,104 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,665 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,410 sqft
  6. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,481 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,797 sqft
  7. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,328 sq ft
    Lot size: 36,677 sqft
  8. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,584 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.16 ac
  9. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,266 sq ft
    Lot size: 5.94 ac
  10. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,138 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,496 sqft

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