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Between Los Gatos-Almaden Road and Ross Creek sits an eclectic east Los Gatos neighborhood, a county pocket, featuring a view of the hills where you can find a little bit of everything.

The homes built on Loma Vista Avenue, Linda Avenue, El Gato Lane and part of Escobar Avenue were first constructed in the 1940s, with many more filling out the neighborhood in the mid 50s.

They were three subdivisions initially:

  • El Gato Terrace
  • the Loma Vista Tract
  • Rancho Padre (Rancho Padre is the one closest to the creek).

Loma Vista Avenue, Linda Avenue, and El Gato Lane

(Please note: these are not part of Blossom Hill Manor, which begins on the adjacent Longwood Drive.)

Map with Key: Loma Vista, El Gato, and Linda

 

Many of the first houses built are really more like cottages or bungalows, modest 2 bedroom, 1 bath homes with less than 800 square feet. Later, homes built were 1100 to 1300 square feet, many of them 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. All of them enjoyed deep lots of at least 8000 square feet.  Some are bigger parcels, though, especially properties closest to the creek. Some homes enjoy not just a main house, but additionally a guest cottage too.

Today homes range in size from the small, single-story original 2 bed 1 bath 841 SqFt to large, updated properties with 4-6 beds, 4-7 baths, often 2-stories with some buildings over 3000-4000 SqFt! As an unincorporated pocket, homeowners have not had to deal with as much red tape when updating their homes. There are positives and negatives to this, however Los Gatos is beginning to rapidly annex these urban islands which will put more regulations on future developments.

While you will occasionally run into homes selling as low as $1.2 million in this area (or significantly lower, even, if it is very small and original), most homes will range from around $1.5 million to $2.1 million. The range can vary as much as the homes do with a handful of homes coming closer to $3 million.

The area is semi-rural, with no sidewalks in most or all of the three subdivisions.

This neighborhood is convenient as well as scenic. From these blocks, it’s only about one mile to Vasona Lake County Park or to the shopping area of east Los Gatos along Los Gatos Blvd and Blossom Hill Road. It’s less than 2 miles to get onto either of our nearby freeways, too (close enough for convenience, but far enough from the noise!).

I have taken some photos of typical homes in this neighborhood and hope you enjoy them.

 

Browse homes for sale in the Loma Vista, El Gato Terrace, and Rancho El Padre neighborhood of east Los Gatos

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Loma Vista, El Gato Terrace, and Rancho El Padre neighborhoods of East Los Gatos, or anywhere in Santa Clara County, please reach out! You can email me at mary@popehandy.com or give me a call for a no-obligation, no-pressure conversation by phone. If it seems like a fit, we can then meet and discuss your real estate needs and formulate a plan.

El Gato Terrace, Rancho El Padre and Loma Vista Homes for Sale

 

 

 

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  • Silicon Valley Realtor, selling homes in Los Gatos, Saratoga, San Jose, Silicon Valley, and nearby since 1993. Prolific blogger with a network of sites.