Monte Sereno

Monte Sereno Stained GlassMonte Sereno is a small city that sits between Los Gatos and Saratoga. Like its larger neighbors, it includes areas in the foothills and flatlands both. This city includes about 4,000 residents. There are no office buildings, restaurants, or shops here, just homes, the city’s offices and community center, and a few churches. Much of it is close to downtown Los Gatos, though, it is not far for shops and eateries.

Monte Sereno and Los Gatos – a special connection

Monte Sereno and Los Gatos share a police department, parks, library, and several schools in the Los Gatos Union School District and the Los Gatos Saratoga Union High School District.

Public Schools

The school districts in Silicon Valley do not follow city limits, zip code boundaries, or other more seemingly intuitive coverage areas. The reason is that the school district areas were decided long before the final city limits were figured out. Below is a map from our MLS that I’ve doctored a little (darkening some lines and adding texts and arrows) to show how these areas do not really line up in places.

Most of Monte Sereno has Los Gatos Schools, but a pocket with about 150 homes is part of the Campbell Union School District and the Campbell Union High School District. Part of Los Gatos is in this school area of attendance, too (and another area in east Los Gatos has Union Schools).

It is also evident that the boundary lines themselves are quite erratic looking if you follow the green lines around the edges of the city’s limits.

 

Monte Sereno - school district boundary and city limits boundary

A little history (more…)

San Jose Police Mounted Unit Stables Open House

Next Saturday the public has a rare opportunity to visit a very unique kind of open house in Silicon Valley – this one’s not for sale and it involves horses!  The San Jose Police’s Mounted Unit has an open house at their stables, where all are invited to meet the horses and officers, tour the barn and see some demonstrations.

Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011
Time: 10am – 3pm
Where: 2525 Kenoga Drive, San Jose

Come learn more about the horses and officers!  There will be raffles every half hour too.

For more information, please view the online flyer for the SJPDMU Open House.