Santa Cruz

Scenic Silicon ValleyIf you arrived into Silicon Valley via Highway 101, driving south from San Francisco, you might believe that the Santa Clara Valley, the San Jose area and Silicon Valley as a whole has got to seem to be the ugliest place on earth. Although heavily traveled, that is not the “scenic route”.

So, too, if you are looking for a place to live and are groping to find a place that is reasonably priced, fairly safe and not a terrible commute distance. You might not even have “is nice looking” on your wish list. You might not think it’s possible if all you ever see are the ugly concrete tilt-up buildings in north San Jose, Santa Clara, Alviso, or anywhere along the 237 corridor.  That area is an architectural wasteland.

Let me assure you: there are a lot of beautiful places in Silicon Valley where you can rent or buy a home. But how do you find them? It helps a lot to have a local give you a few pointers.  I’ll give you some tips today on finding a scenic place to live.

Hills – An easy way to find a scenic location to make your home is to settle near the hills, especially those in the west valley (the Santa Cruz Mountains or the Coastal Range) as they are green year-round. Communities at the base of the west valley foothills include, in Santa Clara County, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Cupertino, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, and the Almaden Valley area of San Jose. All of these areas are adjacent to the hills or mountains and offer far better than average schools (many of them qualify as great – compare costs between these areas). Continue reading

Sereno e-waste collection event April 21 2013

Please stop by a Sereno Group office in Los Gatos, Los Altos or Soquel / Santa Cruz to take part in a FREE e-waste, e-recycling
collection event on   Sunday April 21, 2013    9:30AM- 1:30- PM.

A FREE e-waste collection event is being held in 3 area Sereno Group offices on Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 9:30am to 1:30pm:

Where to go to drop off the approved items?

Los Gatos/Saratoga
214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd.
Los Gatos 408-335-1400

Los Altos/Palo Alto
369 S. San Antonio Rd.
Los Altos 650-947-2900

Santa Cruz
2407 Porter St. #150
Soquel 831-460-1100

What to Bring, what’s accepted:
Televisions
DVD Players
VCRs
Copy Machines
Cell Phones
Video Tapes
Cell Batteries
Stereo Equipment
Fax Machines
Cameras
Toner Cartridges
Small Appliances
LCD Monitors
Circuit Boards
Computers
Laptops
Printers
Telephones
CDs & DVDs
Microwaves

Please note that in the past, they didn’t want to take small kitchen appliances but seems that this year, they’re ok!

Service provided by Metech Recycling who will securely shred all data containing devices, so no one can access your personal information. Over 95% of all materials will be securely recycled for manufacture.

  1. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,814 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,118 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,755 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,192 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,588 sqft
  4. 6 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,306 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,594 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,124 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,020 sqft
  6. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,067 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,194 sqft
  7. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,623 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,193 sqft
  8. 6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,117 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,994 sqft
  9. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 800 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,056 sqft
  10. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,918 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,975 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Los Altos.
(all data current as of 3/27/2017)

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

Sereno Group Pumpkin Decorating contestHalloween is almost here and it is time to get creative! Sereno’s in on the spirit too.   Each year, Sereno Group Real Estate offices in the San Jose and Silicon Valley area have a Halloween pumpkin decorating contest for kids.  Winner’s pumpkins (and names of winners if parental permission is received) will be advertised in our local papers after the contest is finished.

Contest Rules:

No Carving

Decorate your own small pumpkin, or pick up a complimentary pumpkin at one of our offices in Los Gatos, Saratoga, Soquel/Santa Cruz, Los Altos, or Palo Alto.

3 age groups: toddler, early elementary, late elementary

All contestants will receive a gift goodie bag

One grand prize per age group, per office, will be awarded

Any carved or punctured pumpkins will be disqualified due to rotting

All entries must be dropped off at your nearest Sereno Group Office by Friday, October 21st at 5pm.  Judging will happen the week of October 24th during our regular real estate marketing meeting.

Where and when can you drop off a pumpkin?  Please find the office locations and hours below.  We are looking forward to seeing some wonderful kids’ creations!

Sereno Offices Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Contest Dropoff Locations

Miguel Torres and dampwood termite at Almaden Winery neighborhood of San JoseI’ve been selling real estate for 18 years, full time, in Silicon Valley. Until recently I had never seen a dampwood termite in this area but a few months ago I caught sight of  a dead one at the Almaden Winery neighborhood (on the Cambrian and Almaden border) when our pest inspector, Miguel Torres from Thrasher Termite, noticed it.  Luckily there were no live dampwoods to be found! I thought it was a weird fluke.

dampwood termiteFast forward a few months, and  again this week I saw first the much smaller,  immature dampwoods (so I didn’t recognize them, but suspected that they were termites of some kind as they were coming out of rotting wood) and a few days later saw the large and now mature dampwood termites swarming in the same location in Belgatos Park, Los Gatos, close to where my family and I live. Initially I thought they were strange moths as there was a lot of flapping motion, but on closer look I could see that they were indeed termites and they were big!!! Continue reading

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Mary Pope-Handy
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ABR, CIPS, CRS, SRES
Sereno Group Real Estate
214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95030
408 204-7673
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