Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and there are interfaith services going on and welcome all.

Only a few have announced dates yet, so this post may be updated when I am alerted to more.

On Thursday, November 23, after starting the turkey and before the guests arrive, head over to the Saratoga Federated Church at 20390 Park Pl for the 52nd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service from 10am-noon. This celebration is hosted by a different religious community each year in the Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno area and is the perfect chance to share community time and spread thanksgiving with your neighbors. Congregation Beth David is the only website with information on this event at the present (please use the link to learn more).

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! Hope to see you at one of these events!

 

  1. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,663 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,507 sqft
  2. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,432 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.34 ac
  3. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,817 sq ft
    Lot size: 40,001 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,686 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,172 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,520 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,695 sqft

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(all data current as of 1/20/2018)

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California is famous for its oranges and other citrus crops.

This is not your seasonal Flu shot advisory. Nor is this a post about home wrecking pests. There is a citrus quarantine in the San Francisco Bay Area, as those pesky bugs mean business.

Do you like citrus?

Maybe you’ve heard stories about the disappearance of oranges in Florida. The cause is orchard destruction due to citrus greening – a disease which destroys fruit and eventually kills trees. Since it was first discovered in Florida, it has now infected 90% of groves in the state. No tree is naturally resistant and, while scientists and farmers race to find a solution, there is no treatment for the disease. (source)

California may have strict agricultural transportation rules, but citrus greening has spread to many areas of our state as well. Including the Bay Area.

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Each autumn, the St. Martin of Tours School puts on a fabulous tour of lovely homes in San Jose’s Rose Garden neighborhood. While anyone driving through this central San Jose area can appreciate the diverse and beautiful architecture, often the best  features of these homes are found inside.

This year is the tour’s 22nd Anniversary! The homes tour is a large scale fundraising effort for the school. Tours are self-guided with hosts in each home ready to answer questions and share interesting historical facts and stories about the homes. On display will also be floral designs, artwork, and perhaps some treasures. The garden segment of the tour includes the Tea Garden, a spot to sit and enjoy complementary refreshments or a gourmet lunchbox (available to pre-order through October 6th with your tickets). The tour also features a boutique, where 100% of the proceeds will benefit St Martin of Tours School (credit cards accepted!) and a donation drawing.

Tour dates are Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th from 10am-4pm both days. No children under 12 are allowed on the tour. Come any time within the tour hours to begin, but note that it is recommended that visitors allot about 2 hours to view every home and the tour ends promptly at 4pm.

Tickets are available at the door, online, or through families in the school.

To read about the homes from last year’s tour, and to learn more about this year’s tour, and to purchase tickets, and more please visit the official Rose Garden Homes Tour website.

Get Tickets!

 

  1. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,195 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,306 sqft
  2. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,647 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,298 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,621 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,562 sqft
  4. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,967 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,110 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,937 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,795 sqft
  6. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,668 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,668 sqft
  7. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,126 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,876 sqft
  8. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,252 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,889 sqft
  9. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,532 sqft
  10. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,440 sq ft

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(all data current as of 1/20/2018)

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Halloween Pumpkins

GENERAL:

Pumpkin patches: schools, grocery stores, and churches often have patches, and sometimes you might spot a pumpkin or two among the other squash at a farmers market, but there are also organizations like this that host them all over the bay area: http://www.abctreefarms.net/san_francisco/pumpkin/location (not yet up to date)

And there are plenty of Haunted Houses/Mazes/Walks around the bay area:

http://www.sanfranciscohauntedhouses.com/

Halloween events by area in Santa Clara County & Silicon Valley

LOS GATOS

8th Annual Sereno Group Pumpkin Decorating Contest (not yet up to date)

Fri-Sun Oct 6 – Oct 22, 5:30-8:30pm – The 4th Annual Pumpkin Train at the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad ($)

Saturday, October 28th 9am – Zombie Runner Halloween Run Marathon/Half Marathon/ 5 Mile ($)

 

CAMPBELL

Wednesdays, Oct 4 – 25th at 7pm, Friday, Oct 27th at 7pm, Saturday, Oct 28th at 2pm, Dance to Thriller!

Tuesday, October 10th at 6:00pm VinoPaint Event: “Dia de los Muertos” at Tessora’s Barra di Vino ($)

Sundays, October 1st and 15th, 2017 – 4:30 – 6:00pm – 12th Annual Jack O’Lantern Workshop ($)

Saturday & Sunday October 21st – 22nd, Campbell’s Octoberfest (and all posts here)

Saturday, October 21st at 9am – 2017 Oktoberfest 10K & 5K Fun Run/Walk ($)

Friday, October 27th at 2pm Spooky Night 2017 at the Campbell Museum

Sunday, October 29th at 4pm – Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Campbell

 

 

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St Mary's Country Fair, Los GatosThe St. Mary’s Country Fair is about to begin and will continue through Sunday afternoon – don’t miss it! There’s no admission charge and plenty to do, such as:

  • shopping
  • carnival rides
  • arts & crafts for kids
  • games
  • giant slide
  • talent shows
  • petting zoo
  • cake walk
  • raffles and bingo
  • food of all kinds and beverages (including wine, beer & margaritas in the evenings)
  • a variety of live shows
  • live music & dancing Friday through Sunday (Friday is the Hella Good Party Band and Saturday it’s the The Peelers Band, and Sunday noontime is Ryan Scripps)

New this year is the Alumni Happy Hour, where former students check in and qualify for half off drinks.

This is the one big fundraiser put on by the school and church each year. All are welcome! The event is held on the campus of St. Mary’s parish church and school, located on Bean Avenue off N. Santa Cruz in downtown Los Gatos.

The fair is open Friday, October 6th from 5pm – 10pm, Saturday, October 7th  from 10am – 10pm, and Sunday October 8th 10am – 5pm. More detailed schedule information can be found on the event squarespace, such as the entertainment page.

Need more information? Check out the country fair website, or like the facebook page. Please see a post I did on it over at my Live in Los Gatos blog, Mark Your Calendar: St. Mary’s Country Fair Oct 6th – 8th, 2017.

  1. 5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 11,507 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.02 ac
  2. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,359 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,346 sqft
  3. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,396 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,499 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,640 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.13 ac
  5. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,145 sq ft
    Lot size: 779 sqft
  6. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,931 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,879 sqft
  7. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,916 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,663 sqft
  8. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,365 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.03 ac
  9. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 7,031 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.00 ac
  10. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,102 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,501 sqft

See all Real estate in the 95030 zip code.
(all data current as of 1/20/2018)

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View from a high rise in downtown San Jose, looking east - Autumn 2011San Jose is the biggest city in Silicon Valley (and considers itself to be the Capital of Silicon Valley), is the tenth largest city in the United States of America with over 1 million in population, and it has a very large footprint – approximately 180 square miles. Because of the size, it isn’t surprising that many distinct neighborhoods exist within the city. In my blog you can find descriptions and outlines of these districts or neighborhoods. You can also find market analysis dedicated to different regions of San Jose. Because the areas are so different, the market in separate sectors of the city can change dramatically from one area to the next. If you are looking for a home in Silicon Valley, it is best to consider San Jose by its neighborhoods rather than as a whole to understand the market. Nonetheless, looking at the big picture can often give you a general taste for the market. Currently, it’s a steady sellers market.

Below you will find the Altos Research Charts, a live feed of data on the markets in San Jose. You will also find the RE Report, charts with statistics comparing sales in the last month and comparing them month-over-month and year-over-year. These are both the usual tools I use to gauge a market. Directly below are links to the market analysis of specific neighborhoods in San Jose. Some of these, where I work the most, are updated monthly, and others are updated every few months.

Altos Charts for San Jose as a Whole – automatically updated each week – single family homes

First, the basic charts for single family homes or houses. FYI, Altos uses LIST prices. The RE Report further down uses SOLD prices (which is part of the reason why I utilize both).

List prices of single family homes / houses by price quartile:

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

Average days on market of listed homes (houses) by pricing tier:

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

Inventory levels for the last 3 years for houses for sale in San Jose:

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

 

Altos Research charts for the condomium and townhouse market in San Jose – automatically updated each week

Condominium and townhouse LIST prices by quartile: Continue reading

211 Westhill Drive, Los Gatos  is an updated, remodeled, and sunny home with gorgeous valley views!

211 Westhill Drive, Los Gatos

Will be on the MLS as of Thursday, September 7th.  First showings to be Saturday Sept 9th at the open house.

Offered at $2,280,000, this is an incredible opportunity to purchase a Los Gatos view home at an incredibly good price and value. There are fabulous vistas from all of the main living areas of this single story Los Gatos home as well as the large deck leading to the front door!

Quick facts for 211 Westhill Drive, Los Gatos:

offered at $2,288,000

4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
3112 SF of living space: 2856 Square Ft (appx.) + office (appx 256 SF)
2 car garage, currently used as gym (appx 512 SF)
13,939 Lot Sq. Ft. (appx.)
Year Built: 1977

OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE for 211 Westhill Drive, Los Gatos:
Saturday, Sept 9th  2 – 4
Sunday, Sept 10th  2-4
Wednesday, Sept 13th  9:30am – 12:30pm
Saturday, Sept  16 2-4
Sunday, Sept   17 2-4

Welcome to 211 Westhill Drive! Panoramic view from the front Long front deck Front door Sunny entryway Grand living room at 211 Westhill Drive Elegant formal dining room Open kitchen A kitchen with a view A spacious family room The heart of the home, the open kitchen and family room of 211 Westhill Drive Master suite with fireplace Master bedroom opens to patio Skylit master bath Separate shower and bath in master bathroom Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 with pool access Updated hall bath Bedroom 4 Third full bathroom Garage with surprisingly level driveway. Bright three car garage Windows help make this garage a great home gym Home office Backyard 211 Westhill Drive Pool and yard from upper patio Lush garden, spa, pool, and lots of useable patio Dining under a canopy by the pool Side patio Aerial shot of the back Twilight Twilight view from the front Twilight at the front door Sundown at the pool The home is bright even at night. Aerial top down view The open space behind 211 Westhill Drive

Beautiful house, view, and setting

Come home to beauty inside and out at 211 Westhill Drive, Los Gatos! Enjoy gorgeous views from the living room, dining room, kitchen, family room, and spacious front deck.  Scenic location next to Belgatos Park & open space.

The interior and exterior have been extensively updated and remodeled.  You will immediately appreciate the striking Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors which grace the bedrooms, hallway, and living areas.  The home is filled with nice extras: plantation shutters, dual pane windows, recessed and fan lights, skylights, fantastic access to the back yard, built ins, air conditioning, solar power by SunRun, high and vaulted ceilings.  Iron girders in front provide extra hillside support.

Located just steps from Belgatos Park, this home’s location offers easy access to great outdoor opportunities. The park includes a playground, picnic areas, restrooms, grassy meadows, and trails for people on foot, on horseback, or mountain bikes. The trails connect with those of the nearby Heintz Open Space Preserve and other nearby trails. Optional membership in the Belwood Cabana & Pool.

Details on 211 Westhill Drive, Los Gatos

The unique, step down formal living room is shaped as an octogon and provides a wood burning fireplace, plantation shutters, and tall ceilings.

Formal dining is adjacent to the entry hall and kitchen, and features built ins and plantation shutters.

The spacious kitchen will delight you with a vaulted ceiling, recessed and pendant lights, slab granite counters, maple cabinets, gas cooking, a large pantry and breakfast area – all open to the family room & overlooking both the valley on one side and the back yard and pool area on the other.

Relax in the family room, the heart of the home with enlarged windows looking out over both the valley and the back yard and pool.  This comfortable space enjoys a gas burning fireplace, cathedral ceiling, fan light, a wet bar with a wine cooler, and a full bath that services the back yard, also.

The bedroom wing includes all 4 bedrooms, a beautifully remodeled hall bath, laundry room & back yard access, and a large skylight in the hallway.

The luxurious master suite is a true retreat! It boasts an inviting gas fireplace, French doors to the pool and patio, a second door to the side patio, transom window, a fan light and tons of natural sunlight.  The private bath includes a double vanity, large jetted tub, spacious stall shower, private closet for the toilet, a good sized skylight and 2 walk in closets.  A linen closet and one more clothes closet can be found at the beginning of the suite.

Garage / Gym / Home Office:

The 2 car garage area is approximately 512 SF and has been upgraded with all the amenities of living space: heat, air conditioning, lighting, drywall, etc., and is currently being used as a gym. This room features a large carriage style garage door and electronic opener, so usable today as a garage if so desired.

Previously there had been a 3rd car garage area. That part has been changed into a comfortable and useful home office with appx 256 SF.

Backyard

The backyard is a stunning, private oasis with a large pool, spa, and loads of area for dining and lounging just off the family room. On the right side of the house there’s another patio area and planting beds, which offers room for other hobbies as desired.

Schools:

Noddin Elementary
Union Middle
Leigh High

Virtual Tour Link: http://www.tourfactory.com/1838948

211 Westhill DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81676779)

(all data current as of 1/20/2018)
Price $2,315,000
Beds 4
Baths 3 baths
Home size 2,856 sq ft
Lot Size 13,939 sqft
Listing provided by Mary Pope-Handy, Sereno Group
Updated, remodeled & sunny home with valley views and close in location next to Belgatos Park! Gorgeous views from the living room, dining room, kitchen, family room, and spacious front deck. Stunning interior with Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring in all living areas, hallway, and bedrooms. Kitchen remodeled with vaulted ceiling, recessed & pendant lights, granite counters, gas cooking, & stainless appliances plus breakfast nook & pantry. All baths remodeled. Luxurious master suite with fireplace, French doors to pool & patio, large bath featuring jetted tub, stall shower, double vanity, 2 walk in closets and skylight. Many extras: solar power, plantation shutters, dual pane windows, recessed and fan lights, skylights, built ins, air conditioning, high and vaulted ceilings, 3 fireplaces, elegant carriage style garage door, wine bar & enlarged windows in fam rm. The backyard is a stunning, private oasis with a large heated pool and spa, and loads of area for dining and lounging.

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 10/24/2017 Tract
Year Built 1977 Community Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
Garage Spaces 2.0 County Santa Clara
Total Parking n/a

Schools

School District Campbell Union High
Elementary School Noddin Elementary
Jr. High School Union Middle
High School Leigh High

Additional Details

Lot 0.32 acre(s) Area Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
Pool Description Pool - Heated,Pool - In Ground,Pool - Sw Sewer Sewer: Sewer - Public
Stories 1 Utilities Water: Public; Sewer: Sewer - Public;
Water Water: Public

Features

Air Ceiling Fan, Central AC
Air Conditioning Yes
Basement Concrete Perimeter and, Foundation: Concrete Block
Exterior Back Yard, Balcony / Patio, Deck, Fenced, Sprinklers - Auto, Storage Shed / Structure
Fireplace Yes
Garage Attached Garage, Yes
Heat Central Forced Air - Gas
Interior Bay Window, Hardwood, High Ceiling , Marble, Open Beam Ceiling, Skylight, Tile, Vaulted Ceiling , Walk-in Closet , Wet Bar; Floors: Carpet
Lot Description Grade - Hillside, Views
Pool Yes
Style Ranch

Location

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

(view all details for MLS #ML81676779)

Related reading:

Los Gatos Real Estate Market Trends and Statistics

The Luxury Real Estate Market in Almaden, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga

How do prices compare between Los Gatos, Saratoga, Cupertino and Palo Alto?

 

 

House icon - asbestos in homesSilicon Valley has many properties built before 1978, so asbestos in homes is common, often in the HVAC systems, ceilings, or floors. Very few people test their for asbestos in homes. Seeing that a seller has “no reports” on items like asbestos on their home is not uncommon, but it does not mean it is not there, particularly in older properties.

Most of Silicon Valley has older homes, as you know, so most contain some amount of asbestos, commonly on the HVAC ducts and, more visibly, in some popcorn or acoustic ceilings. Asbestos in homes built prior to 1978 is very common. Homes built after 1978 are far less likely to be effected. Asbestos can be found in almost any product, especially in older parts of the home where fire retardancy would be beneficial.

But that doesn’t mean homes with asbestos are bad homes or a major risk to you and your family. I know for a fact that my home has asbestos on the boots, where the ducts come up to the heat register. Since it is on the external part of the ducting, not the inside, the air in our house should be clean and free from asbestos.

What is it?

Asbestos is the common name for a group of silicate minerals made of thin, strong fibers, best known for their use as excellent fire retardants. Not many realize that it occurs naturally in certain areas, including California. The most common naturally occurring Asbestos is Chrysotile, often found in serpentine, common to the Sierra foothills and the Coast Ranges.

What does that mean? Since Asbestos are minerals, that means they are generally stable and will not evaporate. However, the mineral can be crushed into a fine dust which will float in air – this is referred to as friable asbestos. Friable asbestos, suspended in air and breathed by humans is a carcinogen linked to the development of lung cancer.

What are the risks of asbestos in homes?

It’s usually contractors that must be careful of the risks, since asbestos is mainly dangerous when airborne, which can occur when workers break, open, or move the walls, ceilings, or ducting that contain it. Good contractors know the risks and can identify where it is important for them and the workers to wear protective covering, such as masks and goggles. In California, contractors must be certified to work with asbestos.

I cannot tell you the exact risks. Each house, the amount of asbestos, where it is, and the condition it is in will be different for each case. That being said, it is common wisdom that so long as the asbestos is not disturbed and does not become airborne it should not cause harm. So don’t stick pins in that popcorn ceiling!

How to get rid of it?

There are companies that can eradicate and remove asbestos safely. In some situations, the asbestos can be encapsulated instead of removed (which is much less costly in many cases). On ducting, for instance, the asbestos can be sealed by professionals with a tape, which is cheaper and quicker than removing and disposing of the asbestos. You have probably seen a very shiny, silver looking tape near a furnace – that’s likely what you are looking at.

What about getting rid of it? I have personal experience with this. A few years back, our refrigerator broke, completely flooding our kitchen. The floor had to be removed, and what did they find? The glue beneath had asbestos in it! Since it was beneath the floor, we never came in contact with it before then, but the professionals knew what to do. A special asbestos cleanup crew came in, sealed off the kitchen in plastic, donned hazmat suits and removed all of the asbestos filled glue safely. The room was sealed off for only 2-3 days, making it a relatively short part of the process compared to the other repairs necessary to fix our flooded kitchen floors.

If you are worried that a home you are buying has asbestos and you’d like to get work done or remove the asbestos, talk to an architect and consider having the work done before you move in. For instance, if you intend to remove popcorn ceilings and paint, both are easier done before you move in. Just give yourself a couple of days extra for the safe removal of the popcorn ceilings.

It is important to note that removing asbestos is homes is not a “do it yourself” type job. It’s not worth your health to save a few bucks. Depending on what you need done, there are professionals who can safely remove asbestos in homes, and they are not difficult to find. Please reach out to me if you need contact info for one of these professionals.

Related reading:

Is there a radon risk in Silicon Valley homes?

Information on Lead Paint on the ValleyOfHeartsDelight.com site of mine.

For the California government page on asbestos: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/acru/acruinfo.htm

wine-pouringA San Jose tradition for decades, the Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival is a very enjoyable non-profit fundraiser that appeals to just about everyone in Silicon Valley! This year’s event runs Sept 17, 2017 from 10am – 6pm at Almaden Lake Park (located at Almaden Expressway and Coleman Road, near the base of Almaden Valley and nearly touching the Blossom Valley area of San Jose).

To get all the details, please visit the Almaden Valley Women’s Club website. I hope to see you there!

  1. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,584 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.23 ac
  2. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,564 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,884 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,031 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,045 sqft
  4. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,810 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,826 sqft
  5. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,525 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,639 sqft
  6. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,571 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,162 sqft
  7. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,475 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,789 sqft
  8. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,876 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,151 sqft
  9. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,096 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,001 sqft
  10. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,885 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,387 sqft

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Close to the Los Gatos border but in San Jose with the 95124 zip code, the Lone Hill Highlands neighborhood enjoys a central neighborhood park, great access to major commute routes, the highly regarded Noddin Elementary School adjacent to one border, plus shopping and dining venues nearby.

Where is the Lone Hill Highlands neighborhood?

Map of the Lone Hill Highlands neighborhood in San Jose, CA (Cambrian Park district with zip code 95124)The Lone Hill Highlands neighborhood in Cambrian Park stretches from Blossom Hill Road to the West Valley Freeway, also known locally as Highway 85, with Camden Avenue to the east and Harwood Road to the west.

From this corner of Cambrian Park, it’s easy to access Highway 85 at Camden Avenue.  Camden becomes San Tomas Expressway at Highway 880, so many commuters may stay off of freeways entirely.  Blossom Hill Road is parallel to 85 and provides a good route to downtown Los Gatos to the west, or many shopping areas in Blossom Valley such as Oakridge Mall.

Just the other side of Harwood Road is the Glenpark subdivision and the Harwood Estates subdivision. These are still generally in the Lone Hill area, but not Lone Hill Highlands. Kitty corner across Blossom Hill and Harwood is the Walgreen’s Shopping Center with a nice new Starbucks, Los Gatos Pizza, and much more. Just behind that is the Belwood of Los Gatos neighborhood.

Public schools assigned are the very highly regarded Lone Hill Elementary, Union Middle, and Leigh High.

What are homes like in the Lone Hills area of San Jose?

Most of this Cambrian neighborhood consists of single family homes. There are 850 houses (single family homes, detached) and 108 attached single family homes in the Lone Hill Highlands HOA area (not detached houses, and actually held in condo ownership – see darker purple area in the map). Additionally, there are some multifamily homes and apartments.

Drysdale tract original criss cross windowsThe houses are mostly in either the Lone Hill Highlands subdivision (with 449 houses) or the Harwood Manor subdivision (401 houses). This area was initially all or at least primarily fillwed with single story, ranch style houses.

Local Realtors may think of much of this area by Camden, Blossom Hill and Harwood as the Drysdale tract with some whimsical features, such as telltale criss-cross windows, sometimes with shutters that seem to feature a telephone handset, and roofline and window frame ornamentation.  They also tend to have courtyard entries, often with half gates, making for more privacy at the front door.  Most of the houses have dual pane windows and have long since gotten rid of the criss-cross windows, but there are still a few to be found here and also in other parts of Cambrian.

The tract houses were built beginning in 1957, heavy construction in the area in the early 1960s and going to about 1973.  One older house is said to date to 1900 and a few properties were built later than 1980.  Most houses have been at least somewhat updated with newer roofs, windows, and interior remodeling. A few have been very extensively remodeled or rebuilt (and look amazing).

Lot sizes for these houses average 7200 to 7800 SF, but there’s a very wide range.  In much of San Jose, a suburban parcel might be just 6,000 SF, so this feels wonderfully uncrowded.  Some streets are tree lined, others have young trees.  A few roads have too many cars, but most do not.

Look at a sample of houses from this part of Cambrian:

Lone Hill Highlands neighborhood house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The house below has newer windows, but notice the boards just below the roof and how they are scalloped. Charming!

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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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