Saratoga’s Portos-Harleigh Neighborhood

Portos-Harleigh NeighborhoodThe Portos-Harleigh neighborhood is a highly sought after community in Saratoga. Suburban yet centrally located, walkable, and easy access for commuters. Keep reading to learn more about this neighborhood, its homes, the local amenities, possible concerns, and home costs.

Neighborhood Profile: Boundaries and Property Descriptions

This community encompasses a number of streets north of West Valley College, and is named by its most prominent streets: Portos Drive and Harleigh Drive. It’s major borders are Saratoga Ave to the north west, Fruitvale Ave to the west, and Allendale Ave to the south between Fruitdale and Via Alto Ct.

This community lies within the greater Gardiner Park neighborhood (according to NextDoor), which also includes the Saratoga Gardens subdivision, Aspesi / Casa Blanca, and Riverdale communities to the north, and Peremont tract to the east.

It includes multiple tracts and was primarily built up in the 1960s and 1970s, but there are younger homes as well. Kerwin Ranch Ct and the end of Ronnie Wy are two smaller tracts built up between 1987 – 1995. Throughout the neighborhood there have been individual rebuilds over the years.

Most homes are on large, standard lots, but there are a smattering of flag lots as well.

The Average Portos-Harleigh Home

If I pull the data on homes in this mapped area. Here’s what the “average home” would look like:

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Prides Crossing Neighborhood

The Prides Crossing neighborhood in the northern part of Saratoga has a lot to boast about: a sense of community, easy access to commuter routes and many amenities, and laid-back California luxury. We’ll go into more detail below, but here is a profile of the neighborhood in bullet points:

  • The average home is ~2,400 SqFt on ~12,500 SqFt lot, built between the early 1960s-70s
  • Homes are in the attendance area for either Saratoga or Cupertino schools
  • Expect to pay between $3 – $4M for most homes, possibly a little less for a small home near a busy street, and more for a larger, centrally located home
  • The neighborhood is home to 2 parks, a member-owned pool and racket club, and has easy access to commuter routes, shopping, entertainment, and places of worship
  • There are few hazards, but keep an eye out for Zinsco panels

1 Prides Crossing South sign along Cox Avenue

Where is Prides Crossing?

Prides Crossing Map with markers

Click to view full size – Prides Crossing map with markers

North of 85 near the Campbell and West San Jose borders, boundaries of the neighborhood include Prospect Rd to the north and Cox Ave to the south, with 85 and Saratoga Creek at the southern corners. To the west, Scully Ave and to the east Titus Ave border what makes up the majority of the neighborhood, although they are not exact boundaries (the map paints a better picture). Miller Ave is the main thoroughfare through the community with a brick and brass sign marking it’s entrance at it’s intersection with Cox Ave.

While not technically part of Prides Crossing, I did include a corner of the Summerplace subdivision (built 1973) in the neighborhood map as it might easily be mistaken as such. There are 46 homes in the Summerplace tract (5233), but 37 are only accessible through the Prides Crossing neighborhood, touching the south end of Kevin Moran Park, while the other 9 are on the opposite side of highway 85!

Continue reading below, or explore other areas in our interactive map of neighborhoods in this city. We are slowly adding more!

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How is the Saratoga Real Estate Market?

As of this writing, the Saratoga real estate market is a mild seller’s market for both single family homes and for condominiums and townhouses (condos and townhomes comprise a small part of the overall market in Saratoga). November’s closed sales, quick facts:

  • Single family  homes are selling at an average of 99% of list price, and have 38 days on market.
  • For condos and townhomes, the sale to list price ratio is a cooler 95.2%, and the days on market is 53
  • Single family home prices, median and average, are off slightly (less than 1%) from last year, and are also off from October (-3.8% from the median and 7.3 % for the average)
  • Condo and TH prices have been rising, both month over month and year over year, both average and median sale prices

The Saratoga real estate market is comprised of several “micro markets”, as the city itself has several school districts, homes that are close to downtown and homes that are in suburban neighborhoods and others which are in remote mountain locations, and of course a wide variety of home prices up into the luxury tier. Each of these will be a little different. Please take the general numbers with a big grain of salt!

 

Saratoga View homes - a subset of the Saratoga real estate market

 

In terms of pricing, the lowest price points have been fairly flat while the most expensive properties have seen an increase in list prices. You can view that in the weekly Altos Research Report for Saratoga CA 95070.

Overall, though, as of this writing it is a slight seller’s market in Saratoga. Below, please find an Altos Research profile for Saratoga, CA 95070, using list prices (not sold data). This is automatically updated each week.

 

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Saratoga Distressed Properties: Short Sales and Bank Owned Homes for Sale in Saratoga, CA, 95070

In Silicon Valley, it seems the more expensive the neighborhood, the less likely it is that you’ll find a bargain. Saratoga CA home buyers who are working hard to get their feet in the door during this opportunity in the market (with low prices and even lower interest rates) are scrambling to find a creative way to make their budget line up with this high end enclave’s real estate prices.

One solution is to attempt to buy a distressed property in Saratoga – namely foreclosure or a bank owned (REO – real estate owned by the bank) house, condo or townhouse or a pre-foreclosure or short sale listing.

There aren’t many of them to choose from, which makes the few that do come available very prized by motivated buyers.

Below please find a list of all available distressed properties for sale in Saratoga, CA. This city has several school districts so if you are looking for one in particular, please contact me and we can chat about finding you that perfect home.

Note: some of the homes which have a “Saratoga mailing address” with a Saratoga, CA 95070 address actually belong to a neighboring city (or the county), such as Campbell. So you may see some homes in the list below which say Campbell, for instance. Want to read more about Saratoga and its neighborhoods? (I grew up there and graduated from Saratoga High many years ago…) Please also check out this article on my popehandy.com website: Saratoga Real Estate and Saratoga Homes for Sale”. Also check out the Saratoga California real estate market update post on this blog.

Check back frequently – this list is updated automatically!