View of Hills from Strathmore neighborhood in Los GatosThe scenic Strathmore neighborhood of Los Gatos lies close to the foothills, including both Blossom Hill and the coastal range rising behind it.  Homes here enjoy that very beautiful backdrop and access to the park and trails, but many other benefits too.

It’s a pedestrian friendly area with sidewalks and tree lined streets, so it is not uncommon to see people out enjoying a stroll, a jog, a bike ride or otherwise taking in the peaceful region.

Additionally, Strathmore residents share a community pool (or cabana) with a neighborhood swim team. One of the biggest draws of all is that on top of these features, kids in Stratmore get to attend fabulous public schools too. The profile on this neighborhood is overwhelmingly positive!

Where is the Strathmore neighborhood?

Map of Strathmore neighborhood area - please click to go to live Google mapLocated in east Los Gatos, Strathmore is just off of both Blossom Hill Road and Union Avenue. The main road through the neighborhood is Anne Way.

It’s a quick trip, less than a mile, to the on ramps at Highway 85 (and less than that to the nearest grocery store, Safeway on Union Avenue). It’s about 2.5 miles to Vasona Lake County Park and just a little further to downtown Los Gatos. So this is a wonderfully convenient location.

In those nearby hills, Belgatos Park and the Hines Open Space Preserve offer trails just a few blocks away.

Highly Regarded Public Schools

The Union School District has the Strathmore area children assigned to the following public schools (link to the school’s map for this area) – please verify with the Union School District in case the boundaries have changed or the schools are impacted):

  • Alta Vista Elementary School (API 938)
  • Union Middle School (API 892)
  • Leigh High School (API 817)

API Scores are as reported in the 2010 Santa Clara County List of Schools. Please see online report for details on student test scores for all public schools in this area.

What are the homes or houses like in the Strathmore area?

Single story ranch house in Strathmore neighborhood of Los GatosHouses here are primarily single story ranch style homes but there are some two story homes as well. Most of them were built in the 60s or 70s, are on 8000 square foot lots (some a little bigger) and the living area runs between 1500 and 2500 square feet in most cases.

Many of the single story homes have a step down living room in front and the kitchen and family areas facing the back yard. All were built with a master suite – that is, the master bedroom has a private bath. Virtually all which were built in the 60s or 70s are what some would call a 3/4 bath, meaning there’s a shower but not a tub in the master bathroom.

Two story home in Strathmore development in east Los GatosMost, if not all, have (at least) a two car, attached garage.

While not young homes, most of these properties include hardwood floors and good layouts or floor plans.

Some of the two level houses enjoy really lovely views from upstairs, also.

I should mention that this is a very tidy area where home owners keep up their houses and yards. (In the trade we call it “pride of ownership” and it’s fabulous when you can find it throughout a neighborhood!)

Are there any special concerns, issues or problems in the Strathmore neighborhood?

Anne Way, Los Gatos, power lines and power tower

High Voltage Lines

Running behind Anne Way are high voltage power lines and, of course, the occasional tower. The proximity can and does impact resale value, particularly to the homes closest to the lines (and even more so if they’re close to the towers).

I have met clients who don’t really care and others who don’t want to be anywhere they can even see high voltage lines and everything in between. Most home buyers want to be far enough such that if the towers fell, the lines would not touch their land. As I understand it, this amount of distance is required by FHA backed financing also (and probably for the same reason).

Damage to homes from hillside water runoff

The other concern in the area is damage which can be caused, especially to foundations and other concrete, from water running off the nearby hills and not being diverted away from the structure. This is not a Strathmore issue but one for all the communities close to the foothills in Almaden, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, Los Altos etc. – if you are on a hill or near to one, water is very likely an issue that you need to address to keep your home from harm.

Here are a couple of related articles on this blog that you will find helpful if interested in any of these beautiful hillside zones:

What To Consider When Buying a Hillside Home in Silicon Valley

Cracked Foundations, Adobe Clay Soils and Water in Silicon Valley

What does it cost to buy a home in the Strathmore area?

As of this writing, there are no available homes for sale in the Strathmore subdivision. So we will consider past sales here.

Depending on whether the house is new, completely remodeled and large (on a large lot) or a modest 3 bed, 2 bath home with 1500 square feet in original condition and needing a lot of work (or possibly the same but in a less desirable location), current pricing runs from around $1,290,000 to $1,800,000. Most typically at this time, prices run around $1.3 or $1.4 million for most houses, but list prices could be considerably more or less depending on many factors.

Over the last 12 months (updated October 26,2016), there were only 4 houses which sold in this little enclave. Inventory is scarce. The closed sales price ranged from a low of $1,238,000 to a high of $1,800,000 (but the spread can be bigger!). The average was a little more than $1,519,000 with an average square footage of 2,041. Most lots were a little over 8,000 SF but one was over 15,000 (that was the most expensive property).

If we eliminate the one really large home on a large lot, the averages for the area are these:
house size: 1,944 SF,   lot size: 8,101 SF,   sales price:  $1,426,000.

And here’s one more statistic you need to know: home here don’t come on market much and it’s a popular area, so the average “Days on Market” is blazing fast around one month. If you find a cute home in Strathmore that you like, seems well priced for its location and condition, don’t wait too long because it will sell fairly fast!

Side note: in 2003 I had a darling listing which I sold in Strathmore. It was larger than typical as it had been expanded. You can see the photos of my former Strathmore listing if interested, here.

Want more Strathmore info?

A few years back I did a blog post on the Strathmore neighborhood for my Live in Los Gatos blog.  If you’d like to see it, there’s a short video of the neighborhood. I was new to videotaping so it’s not a great production but you can see more images of the area there.

Finally, I have listed a lovely home in Strathmore that will be coming up in late summer 2011, so please keep reading this blog to stay current and ready if you want an opportunity in that great neighborhood!

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