E-Recycle Day at Sereno Group Offices

Free E Waste event April 21 2018 in Los Gatos and other Sereno Group office locations


Please stop by a Sereno Group office listed below to take part in a FREE e-waste, e-recycling
collection event on   Sunday April 21, 2018    9:00AM- 1:00- 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?


Corner of Emerson and Lytton Avenue

369 S. San Antonio Road (Sereno Office Parking Lot)

214 Los Gatos – Saratoga Road (Sereno Office Parking Lot)

1425 Lincoln Avenue (WG Elem. School Parking Lot)

2407 Porter Street (Sereno Office Parking Lot)

What to Bring, what’s accepted:

  • Computers / Laptops / Servers
  • Televisions / Monitors
  • DVD / CD Players
  • Fax Machines / Printers
  • Copy Machines
  • Toner Cartridges
  • Speakers / Stereo Equipment
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Telecome Equipment / Telephones / Cell Phones
  • Wire / Cabling / Printed Circuit Boards
  • Aluminum / Scrap Metal
  • Microwave Ovens

Items NOT Accepted:

  • Alkaline Batteries
  • All Lightbulbs
  • DLP TV’s

GreenMouse Recycling shreds and Grey Bears reconfigures all hard drives so no one can access your personal information!


Additional details: https://www.serenogroup.com/Earth-Day-E-Waste-Event




Watch for Dampwood Termites in Silicon Valley!

Miguel Torres and dampwood termite at Almaden Winery neighborhood of San JoseI’ve been selling real estate since 1993, full time, in Silicon Valley. Until recently I had never seen dampwood termites 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 and gave me an education on them.  Luckily there were no live dampwood termites to be found! I thought it was a weird fluke.

Fast forward a few months, and  again this week I saw first the much smaller,  immature dampwood termites (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!!! (more…)

Spending Summer Days In Santa Cruz? Some Tips & Favorite Places to Share

The Santa Cruz, CA, Lighthouse

Santa Cruz is just 30-60 minutes “over the hill” but in many ways is an entirely different world than Silicon Valley.  I spent a lot of time there while growing up in Santa Clara and Saratoga, mostly because my grandparents lived in Pasatiempo (a lovely neighborhood centered on a golf course) in Santa Cruz and later in retirement communities nearby.  Jim and I lived in Santa Cruz ourselves for three years when we were newly married.  [I taught first at Marello Prep in Santa Cruz (now closed) and later at Notre Dame High School in Salinas while living at the coast, in life before real estate.]

We have a lot of wonderful memories & experience with the Santa Cruz – Capitola – Aptos – Soquel area.  Today I wanted to share a few general tips and food tips for those who may be new to this part of California and spending some time by the coast.

Some general tips

  1. Weather: always, always have layers available as the shore is unpredictible.  It might be 100 in Willow Glen but cold and windy with the fog rolling in at the wharf.   The coastal communities have varying degrees of fog, sun and wind: microclimates are the norm.  If it’s sunny and toasty at the lighthouse, it may not be that way at Seacliff Beach. Don’t rely on webcams!
  2. Restrooms: know where the restrooms are before you visit.  The city of Santa Cruz has a list of public restrooms and a map online. It’s pretty awful if you spend a lot of time shopping on Pacific Avenue (downtown Santa Cruz), only to find no bathroom when you need one.  Your visit will be happier if you plan ahead!
  3. There’s more to do than just the beach: the coastal communities near Santa Cruz have loads going on with festivals, shows, musical productions and more.  Check out the online roster of events near the Monterey Bay.
  4. The Boardwalk has no admission fee and is a great place to people-watch and get tasty junk food, even if the rides don’t appeal to you.  In summer there are free music concerts on Friday nights (check the website for info) and on Monday & Tuesday evenings after 5pm they celelebrate 1907 nights: rides and hot dogs, cotton candy and most fountain drinks are just $1 each.   This is a bargain!