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Saratoga Foothill Club - designed by Julia MorganThe Saratoga Foothill Club, designed by Julia Morgan, is a Silicon Valley architectural landmark. It is located in a residential neighborhood near the Big Basin Rd and Sunnyvale-Saratoga Rd intersection, a block away from the downtown area. If you’ve never been, it’s worth a trip!  Go for a couple of hours and enjoy lunch in downtown Saratoga Village, too.

Basic Info

Saratoga Foothill Club
20399 Park Place
Saratoga CA 95070
info@foothillclub.org    (408)867-3428

Availability:   Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM (per this writing)

http://www.foothillclub.org/    (disclaimer: events listed on this page are from 2014 and earlier)
http://www.saratogafoothillclub.com/
National Register of Historic Places – Registration Form

History of the Club

I’ll post a very detailed history below.  Generally, though, this club was part of a trend of women getting involved in their communities to both improve the places where they lived but also to improve their influence.  This took place before women were permitted to vote and can be seen as part of the broader, growing civic influence of women.

The Building and Grounds

The architect: Julia Morgan

Today what may be more compelling than the movement behind the building is perhaps the building itself. Fittingly, it was designed by the most prominent female architect in California, Julia Morgan, an graduate of the University of California (Berkeley – it was the only UC at the time) and the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Art in Paris.  She was a sorority sister with Grace Fisher Richards, one of the founding members and the then-current president of the Club.  She was also the first licensed female architect in the state. (She is best known for her gorgeous work at Hearst Castle.)  This certainly was not lost on the women who hired her!  Nor on many other clients – “Of the 480 Morgan projects listed in Boutelle’s Julia Morgaa Architect, 1995, from 1896 to 1946, more than one third were for women clients or for women’s organizations…. Even more impressive is the fact that Morgan also hired-women professionals. By 1927, six of her fourteen employees were women, a remarkable number for an established business.” (Per the register)***

The Saratoga Foothill Club was built out of redwood (outside and in, though the floors are hardwood) with a wood shake roof in the Craftsman or Arts and Crafts style in 1915.  As with many of her designs, it is simple, understated, and made ample use of natural materials.  Julia Morgan was inspired by the local Bay Area School of design.  The bungalow feel fits in nicely with the neighborhood.

The structure itself is a one story building that’s 74′ wide across the front and 60′ deep, plus some pop-out areas around the sides. Inside there’s redwood paneling (redwood is a soft wood), hardwood floors in most of the area (carpeting in the entry).  The kitchen has sheet vinyl and paster walls – more practical. In addition to the kitchen there’s a main room measuring 33’9” x 40’3 and a dining room with an open fireplace – the last two are joined by two sets of accordian doors. There’s a storage room and also a projection room. And of course there are restrooms.  The building is set on a 7409 SF lot, nearly level, with a beautiful courtyard and pergola.  (More info below slideshow.)

Saratoga Foothill Club Julia Morgan designed Saratoga Foothill Club Julia Morgan architect Saratoga Foothill Club side view Saratoga Foothill Club door Saratoga Foothill Club facade Saratoga Foothill Club plaque Saratoga Foothill Club pan

 

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Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, CaliforniaThe beautiful estate of Villa Montalvo in Saratoga is home to one of the oldest artist residencies in the United States, and this year the program is celebrating two big anniversaries. With 75 years of residency and the ten year jubilee of the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Program, this calls for a celebration. This past February began the year-long celebration that Montalvo has simply titled 75/10.

With program alumni from across the globe, festivities are being held internationally and locally.

Local celebrations, such as A Toast to the Residency in March, opened the resident building for tours and special exhibit. Annual events are also getting special treatment this year. The Artsplash Celebration in April also hosted a special open studio with the artists-in-residence in addition to its regular schedule of events. More recently, Rock the Garden joined the festivities  this past Friday, July 24th, by going big with more multidisciplinary alumni performances, food and drink, than before.

An ongoing feature of the 75/10 celebration is the rejuvenation of a monthly events series, now titled Open Access: Inside the Lucas Artist Program. The work of artists-in-residence will be showcased with presentations and activities that will exhibit the multidisciplinary approach of the program. This event series is designed to give audiences the unique opportunity to engage in the creative process with current Fellows.

It is a great time for locals to come and enjoy all of the features of Villa Montalvo.

There is always a great array of artistic styles to be enjoyed at the Villa, and most are open to the public. As a part of their ongoing program of arts there will be, and have been, a number of new temporary and semi-permanent exhibits and installations opening throughout the year for public reception. Theatrical performances include many opportunities for families with small children to engage in the creative environment – from puppet theatre to unique fairytales and summer theatre camp. The outdoor amphitheater is known for hosting the concerts of many famous artists, and is popular with music lovers throughout the bay. If you want some natural beauty, the grounds have gardens and hiking trails with wooded paths and spectacular views of the valley up into the Los Gatos foothills, and are open daily.

 

Read more about the celebrations on the Montalvo website:

http://montalvoarts.org/residencyanniversary/

or check out the anniversary blog with the latest information on all anniversary celebrations:

http://blog.montalvoarts.org/7510-anniversary.html

  1. 8 beds, 8 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 8,244 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.04 ac
  2. 6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 8,233 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.41 ac
  3. 5 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 7,002 sq ft
    Lot size: 35,022 sqft
  4. 5 beds, 4 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 5,143 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.18 ac
  5. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,524 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,560 sqft
  6. 4 beds, 3 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 5,255 sq ft
    Lot size: 5.07 ac
  7. 6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,161 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,403 sqft
  8. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,400 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.19 ac
  9. 5 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,633 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.01 ac
  10. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,699 sq ft
    Lot size: 35,022 sqft
  11. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,700 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.02 ac
  12. 5 beds, 5 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 5,569 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.56 ac
  13. 4 beds, 4 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 4,158 sq ft
    Lot size: 42,645 sqft
  14. 4 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,956 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.27 ac
  15. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,320 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,295 sqft
  16. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 39,988 sqft
  17. 3 beds, 3 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 4,336 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,005 sqft
  18. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,914 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.43 ac
  19. 6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,816 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.01 ac
  20. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,005 sq ft
    Lot size: 33,976 sqft

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(all data current as of 5/25/2017)

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Back in December, when we actually enjoyed a bit of rain, my family and I trekked over to Hakoke Gardens in Saratoga to introduce a visiting relative to the beauty of this park-like setting.    I’ve been meaning to share the images ever since but am motivated especially now because of upcoming events there

Hakone Matsuri Japanese Festival
Sunday May 17th. 11am – 4pm
There are more events to consider, which I will post below the slideshow.  Hakone is lovely year round, but even more stunning now in spring – so if you have never seen it, please go take in the sights!

Hakone Gardens slideshow – images from December 2014

  • Hakone Fall Pathway
    Lovely pathways lead visitors through the garden
  • Hakone Bamboo
    Bamboo types on display at Hakone garden
  • Hakone Garden
    Views across Hakone
  • Hakone Keep Out
    Some areas have sensitive habitat
  • Hakone Fish
    Inviting Koi poind
  • Hakone low water useage
    Interesting and unusual plants stir the imagination
  • Hakone plants
    Views beyond Hakone and into the rest of Saratoga
  • Hakone
    Lovely tea house with enchanting garden views
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Today on my “Live in Los Gatos” blog, I included 5 images with graphs of the historical sales date for Los Gatos (zips 95030, 95032, and the mountains, zip 95033) and Saratoga 95070. Below is one of the five – to see all, please continue to this article:

Los Gatos & Saratoga real estate sales statistics 2005 – 2014

http://liveinlosgatosblog.com/los-gatos-saratoga-real-estate-sales-statistics-2005-2014/

Saratoga median price and average DOM

Los Gatos

  1. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,086 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,799 sqft
  2. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,251 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,787 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,446 sqft
  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

See all Real estate in the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno community.
(all data current as of 5/25/2017)

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Saratoga

  1. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,283 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,560 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.13 ac
  3. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,400 sq ft
    Lot size: 42,775 sqft
  4. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,686 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,549 sqft
  5. 6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,161 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,403 sqft

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(all data current as of 5/25/2017)

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Cupped Hardwood FloorsIn Almaden, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga and anywhere near hills in Silicon Valley, there are homes with cupped hardwood floors.  Cupping is when the sides of the plants curl upward a little.  If you view cupped floors in lighting at an angle, the “lines” between the pieces of wood are more prominent, as shown in the photo to the right. Should you walk across them barefoot, you will feel the elevated sides.  When it is severe, there are very distinct ridges.

What causes cupping?  It can be caused by installing hardwood that hasn’t cured or sat in the home for a few days first.  But often that’s not the issue.  Most of the time, it seems to result from water in the crawl space below. As the moisture evaporates, it moves up through the home and through the hardwood flooring.

This doesn’t happen everywhere, but is most common in hillside locations, places that are flat but have hills nearby (as water can travel underground and then pop up, potentially under your house), locations with high water tables (such as Willow Glen, many areas of Almaden such as Almaden Springs, or Los Gatos), or properties where the grading is wrong and water gets pulled toward the home instead of away from it. Although in many parts of the U.S. the soil is sandy and the water drains through, in most of Santa Clara County, we have expansive clay soils.  With clay it’s harder for the water to soak through, but also when the soil gets wet it, it expands and pushes on the foundation and anything else in its way.

Are your floors beginning to cup?  If so, it’s a red flag to pay attention and find the cause of the cupping before the damage is permanent, or much harder to fix.  Check your crawl space for dampness and efflorescence (this requires going all the way into the crawl space).  If you aren’t able or don’t want to go into the crawl, make sure to hire someone competant to evaluate the situation.  Having a damp crawl space is not good (and if you find it in summer after a 3 year drought you do have an issue!).  I would suggest getting an ASHI or CREIA certified home inspector to check it out and advise you on the cause of the cupping and what to do to remediate it.  It may be that a hardwood flooring professional would also address this very well – I cannot speak to that but it may also be worth considering.

  1. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,354 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,015 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,125 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,141 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,626 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,670 sqft
  4. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,124 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,265 sqft
  5. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,753 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,228 sqft
  6. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,601 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,327 sqft
  7. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,038 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,102 sqft
  8. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,238 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,802 sqft
  9. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,719 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,015 sqft
  10. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,602 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,742 sqft

See all Real estate in the Almaden Valley community.
(all data current as of 5/25/2017)

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Appreciation by west valley zip code for July median sale priceHome values in Silicon Valley have been rising over the last few years, and in some segments the appreciation has been incredibly steep.  This happens when a big influx of home buyers want to purchase but the supply of real estate inventory is too limited for the demand.  This is happening in the most popular areas especially: those with either short commutes, great schools, a vibrant downtown, or some combination of these three.

Today I wanted to look at the median sale price of houses which closed escrow in July 2014 and the preceding few years for the same month only in a handful of zip codes in San Jose and Los Gatos along the west valley areas.  Considered for this study are 95070 – Saratoga, 95030 7 95032 – Los Gatos & Monte Sereno, 95008 – Campbell, 95124 – Cambrian area of San Jose, and 95120 – Almaden Valley area of San Jose.  The only month plotted is July for each year.

When charted, it appears that most of these west valley areas are appreciating somewhat steadily, though 95032 came down in the month of July 2014 as opposed to 2013 (one month does not make a trend, and please remember that ONLY July for each year was considered here).  At the other end of the spectrum is Campbell, 95008, which has been immensely popular in recent years.

Next let’s take a look at the numbers themselves for July in the years 2010 – 2014.

Median sale price for west valley zip codes

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Saratoga California neighborhoodsSaratoga, California, is home to some stunning neighborhoods and subdivisions and is one of the most sought after areas in Silicon Valley.

Within this pretty city, have you ever wondered what neighborhood is where?  Perhaps you’ve heard of Saratoga Oaks, The Golden Triangle, Parker Ranch, Prides Crossing or The Platinum Triangle and had no idea where they were.   While there is some disagreement on select boundaries, the general areas can be identified fairly easily.  The tricky thing is that some of the boundaries are “messy” and at times,  that there’s more than a little overlap!

Today I created a Google map where I hand drew in most of the residential areas’ approximate borders in Saratoga.  I hope that you find it helpful! Click on the map image to the right or use this link to see the live map on Google with a key (you will be able to click on an area and see the neighborhood name, and in some cases, a little local information on it too).

Interested in the Saratoga real estate market statistics?  See the most current data here:

http://sanjoserealestatelosgatoshomes.com/saratoga-ca-real-estate-market-update/

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Saratoga and Los Gatos are neighbors, but their real estate markets are not the same! Today we’ll consider the condo and townhouse market in these two upscale Silicon Valley areas and view some elements “side by side”. See what you think!

First, let’s have a peek at how fast things are selling. Saratoga & Los Gatos both are at under 3 week for the “days to sell over time”.  Saratoga tends to sell a little better than Los Gatos for condominiums and townhomes, and that’s the case now as well – at least months months, and recently. (Reasons, not sure – perhaps because the location is a little closer to Cupertino and Sunnyvale and the many high tech jobs there.  Or it could be related to the school scores or any number of factors.)

Saratoga days to sell over time 2014 - condos

Saratoga days to sell over time 2014 – condos

Los Gatos days to sell over time 2014 - condos

Los Gatos days to sell over time 2014 – condos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s check some other criteria and see how they stack up there. Let’s look at the new listings as opposed to the solds.  How far apart are they? (The closer they are, the “hotter” the market. If the solds are going faster than the new listings are coming on, it’s a red hot seller’s market.)   For most of the last year, Saratoga condominiums have been selling and closing faster than new ones have entered the market, or have tied it, except for March and April.  In Los Gatos, same pattern recently of new listings outpacing sales, and in January the closed sales outpaced new inventory.  But overall, it’s close to a tie or there’s a slight leaning toward new listings rather than sales unless you look back to last fall.  So a little bit cooler of a market in Los Gatos by this standard.

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What does it cost to buy a home with really good schools in Silicon Valley? Los Gatos, Saratoga, Cupertino and Palo Alto are all areas with highly regarding public schools.  These aren’t the only areas with good schools but they are popular “west valley” areas that people may consider if working for Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook or any number of high tech employers.

Los Gatos and Saratoga both have multiple school districts, running from good to very good or excellent.  The cost of housing tends to follow the popularity of the district, so for those areas I’m showing the breakdown not just for the whole town of Los Gatos but also by the high school district (Los Gatos-Saratoga or Campbell Union High School District).  Same with Saratoga.  (The Monte Sereno real estate market is very similar to Los Gatos, but slightly more expensive. Most of Monte Sereno has Los Gatos schools, but a small number of homes are in the Campbell area.)

Here are the average numbers for single family homes sold in the last 60 days ranging from 1500 – 2500 square feet, on a lot between 5000 and 10,000 SF, with 3-5 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms to give a sense of what it would cost to purchase a typical house in these areas.  Please note that right now it’s a strong seller’s market, so many (if not most or all) homes are selling for more than the list price.  DOM stands for days on the market.

Market info April 19 2014

If you are new to Santa Clara County, you may be wondering if this is correct.  The cost to buy a home in these areas is what?

  • Los Gatos: approximately $1,200,000 to $1,675,000 depending on the school district
  • Saratoga: approximately$1,500,000 to about $2,000,000 depending on the schools
  • Cupertino: approx $1,700,000 (some high schools will bring in higher prices and others lower)
  • Palo Alto: approx $2,700,000

Remember, these prices do not mean that the houses being sold are perfect.  Because it is a strong seller’s market, many properties are being sold which need new roofing, extensive pest work, remodeling, perhaps updating of electrical or plumbing systems or more.  Many home buyers will need to spend 1-2% on things like termite fumigation, dry rot or roof repairs, carpets, paint, windows and more, and usually this will be done before they move in.  So whatever the budget is, buffer it a little bit for both money and time to make it turnkey.

For people relocating to Silicon Valley from out of the San Jose or Peninsula area, this real estate market can be daunting.   There are other areas with good schools which are a bit further from most employment areas which can be an alternative, too.  They include the Cambrian 95124 and Almaden 95120 (especially the southern area with Bret Harte Middle School and Leland High School) areas within San Jose.

Finally, in some cases, it may be more affordable to make use of private schools, which are plentiful in the San Francisco Bay area.  In some situations it can be financially more affordable to buy outside of the highly competitive areas with the best schools and utilize the private school system.  Some of the private schools are religious, some secular, and some with a language focus (bilingual in French, German, Chinese, etc.).

Interested in purchasing a home in one of these fantastic communities?  Please call or email me!  408 204-7673  or mary (at) popehandy.com

  1. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,753 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,708 sqft
  2. 2 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,216 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,611 sqft
  3. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,048 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,700 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,445 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,846 sqft
  5. 2 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,060 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,350 sqft
  6. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 2,244 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,967 sqft
  7. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,039 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,009 sqft
  8. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,741 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,940 sqft
  9. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,046 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,636 sqft
  10. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,553 sq ft
    Lot size: 38,419 sqft

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(all data current as of 5/25/2017)

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