It’s officially summer and Independence Day is fast approaching. What are your plans for the fourth?
Downtown Los Gatos has plenty going on!
First up, a block party:
Between 10:30 am and 4 pm the Saturday before Independence Day, a portion of Downtown Los Gatos will be closed to traffic for a patriotic block party! There will be live music on multiple stages, games, crafts, red, white, and blue decorations, face painting, a bounce house, and a dunk tank. Pedal in to avoid traffic and make use of the bike valet service! Enjoy shopping and dining at all your usual haunts downtown for a break from the sun. Catch the fun at North Santa Cruz Avenue from Main Street to Bachman Avenue.
Next up, the annual 4th of July Symphony and celebration!
The San Jose Wind Symphony will come together once again at Oak Meadow Park under the bandstand. There will be great American music, barbecue, beer, snacks, games, a few words shared, train rides on the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, carousel rides, and good fun for the family. So take some friends, wine, and a picnic, or a pooch and a Frisbee and enjoy your day at the park! Bring something to sit on, protect yourself from the sun, and prepare yourself to have some fun! Remember, parking in Oak Meadow is free to Town residents, but spots are limited so carpool if you can. Flag raising is at 4pm, and the concert starts at 4:15pm.
For more information, please see the info page on the town’s website for the July 4th happenings and the event flier.
Have a safe and happy Fourth, everyone!
The Plein Art Show in Los Gatos returns Saturday June 17 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Los Gatos Town Plaza (free admission), with a special VIP event the evening before. It’s both an art exhibit and art sale that benefits local charities, mostly youth. Events really begin on Tuesday the 13th with the arrival of artists in town. There will be painting happening in the days leading up to the show which will be displayed and sold over the weekend.
What is Plein Air? Plein Air is a French phrase which refers to the way of painting in the open air, which was especially popular in the 19th century with many impressionists. There will be dozens of artists coming to town and over 100 pieces of art on display (and to purchase). Also found here will be wine tasting, music, and mini art sessions for kids.
Artists Paint on Location June 14th through June 16th
VIP Artists Reception and Silent Auction $135
Friday, June 16th, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Dio Deka, Hotel Los Gatos
Details are posted on the Events page
The artists will be present (and so will food and wine). It promises to be a fun time!
Thanks to the Los Gatos morning Rotary for sponsoring this great event yet again. Learn more on the Los Gatos Plein Air website:
As of yesterday, May 1st 2017, the MLS shows just 67 houses for sale in Los Gatos, 95030 and 95032. (Today it’s lower still at a mere 54 houses.) The chart below is based on the number of active listings in Los Gatos 95030 & 95032 (MLS Area 16) on the first of each month going back to January 2007. Take a look at the history of homes for sale (not pending or in contract) month over month – I’ve circled all of the rows for May in each year to see the contrast.
What can someone buy in town right now? Of the 54 houses, 30 are priced at $3 million or less, with many homes available to purchase around $1.5 to $3 million. The least expensive home available right now is an 1100 SF house in original condition for $1.3 million.
For people thinking of selling, this is an excellent opportunity, generally, since few homes available creates the scarcity that lends itself toward homes selling faster and for more (if there are multiple offers especially). Homes under $3 million are selling briskly.
See more information about the Los Gatos real estate market via my online Real Estate Report. Also available, download the 4 page printable report here:
|90-day stats for Single Family properties in|
LOS GATOS, CA 95030 as of December 1, 2017
|Median List Price:||$3,799,115||Average List Price:||$5,018,985|
|Total Inventory:||27||Price per Square Foot:||$1,030|
|Average Home Size:||3,888||Median Lot Size:||40,805|
|Average # Beds:||4.23||Average # Baths:||4.06|
|Homes Absorbed:||3||Newly Listed:||2|
|Days on Market:||131||Average Age:||43|
|90-day stats for Single Family properties in|
LOS GATOS, CA 95032 as of December 1, 2017
|Median List Price:||$2,952,362||Average List Price:||$3,508,923|
|Total Inventory:||21||Price per Square Foot:||$806|
|Average Home Size:||4,114||Median Lot Size:||28,669|
|Average # Beds:||4.34||Average # Baths:||4.04|
|Homes Absorbed:||6||Newly Listed:||4|
|Days on Market:||90||Average Age:||34|
Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series: Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz and Vasona Vibrations Schedule of Events and Performers
Update 1: More schedule information available on the chart below!
Update 2: All schedules for this summer are available and have been added to the chart below!
Summer 2017 is just around the corner and we’re all revved up and ready for those free concerts around Los Gatos. Most artists and schedules have been announced and, knowing that you are as excited about these as I am, I have compiled a calendar of free outdoor music events for us all! Below please find a compilation of the FOUR different Los Gatos free musical concert series (and don’t forget Independence Day festivities)! As always, the information below should be reliable but as with any concert or outdoors event it is subject to change, so double check the website prior to going and always read the rules (especially if you plan to picnic). Hope to see you there!
(1) Vasona Vibrations 5-7pm every Saturday June & July at Vasona Lake County Park, schedule of performers will be updated here. Performances are held on the lawn near the Ranger Office, just down the hill from the pedestrian entrance at University Ave and Pepper Tree Lane. Please note that a $6 fee is charged for parking within the County Parks.
(2) Music in the Park 5-7pm Sundays from June 18 – August 27 with a dance party finale on Saturday, September 2nd at the Los Gatos Civic Center campus lawn. Get more information (rules, dates, location, schedule and lineup) when available at the website or the Town of Los Gatos web page.
(3) Jazz on the Plazz 6:30-8:30pm Wednesdays, June 21 – August 23 at the Los Gatos Town Plaza (where the farmers market is held) on West Main St and Santa Cruz Ave by the post office. More information and a schedule is available on the website.
(4) Fiesta de Artes open 10am-9pm Saturday August 12th, and 9am-5pm Sunday August 13th at Downtown North Santa Cruz Avenue at the intersection with Main Street. The Fiesta is the only art and wine festival in Los Gatos and offers musical performances both days from start to finish. Find the schedule here.
Don’t forget to include the Fourth of July in your plans – it is always spectacular, and is one of the more child-
friendly concerts! The events are held at Oak Meadow Park, and Los Gatos residents park for free. A new event will
be held the weekend prior, the Red, White, & Blue Block Party on Saturday, July 1st. Santa Cruz Avenue in Downtown will be closed for festivities including, music, family games, a bike parade, and dunk tank.
For a calendar of the schedule of events click through to see the full blog post.
Take back or expired or unused prescription medicines April 29 2017 from 10am to 2pm! Sponsored by the DEA, and locally in Los Gatos by CASA (Community Against Substance Abuse) and by the Town of Los Gatos, this is an opportunity to properly dispose of drugs so that they don’t end up in landfills or our water system – a growing problem.
In Los Gatos, meds can be taken to the Los Gatos Public Works Service Center at 41 Miles Avenue, Los Gatos. Other nearby sites are available too, see the list here. This is a nationwide event, so find the location nearest you!
What you can and cannot bring, per the town’s website:
ITEMS TO BRING:
b” Over-the-counter medications
b” Glass-mercury thermometers (double-bag in zip-top bags)
b” Household batteries (please tape the ends of batteries)
b” Cell phones
b” Eyeglasses (collected for Lions Club)
Do Not Bring:
b” IV Solutions
Coming on the market this week – a beautiful “view home” close to the Los Gatos border at 18632 Woodbank Way, Saratoga CA 95070. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase prime Saratoga real estate, either to live in and enjoy as is, or to expand, remodel, or rebuild.
The location cannot be beat: situated on a quiet cul-de-sac and at the top of a small knoll, the 3 bedroom, 2 bath house with 2346 square feet of living space enjoys a vast, panoramic view of the coastal range. From the family room, kitchen, and master bedrooms plus the deck and patio, you’ll take in sweeping vistas – the peaks of El Sombroso over east Los Gatos and El Sereno over west Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga. The land is 1.37 acres of very very gently sloping orchards, mostly with prune trees but other types as well.
Recently updated for the sale, the house offers newly refinished hardwood floors throughout most of the house and fresh interior paint among other improvements.
On MLS by Tuesday April 4th at noon. Price $2,400,000. Offer due date April 18th at noon. (No pre-emptive offers, please.)
To see open house schedule and to learn more, please click on the link below:
18632 Woodbank Wy., Saratoga – just off Quito Road.
If you’ve been house hunting for a turnkey property with highly regarded Los Gatos schools, you’ll be happy to hear about my newest listing at 126 Charter Oaks Circle.
This is a sunny, updated & remodeled 3 bed, 2.5 bath townhouse with approximately 1574 SF in the beautiful Charter Oaks townhome community! It is offered at $1,125,000. A turnkey property, 126 Charter Oaks Circle includes many amenities:
- dual pane windows
- engineered hardwood floors (less than 2 years old)
- newly remodeled hall bath (in 2017)
- newly remodeled master bath (in 2017)
- vaulted ceilings
- air conditioning
- recessed lights
- ceiling fans in bedrooms
- kitchen updated in late 2016 with quartz counters, tile back splash, and stainless appliances and sink.
- open concept floor plan
- private front courtyard with slate patio and double door entry
- master suite includes a deck with greenbelt view
- large powder room also accommodates laundry
- washer, dryer and fridge all stay
- 2 car garage
Easy commute location with quick access to both Highway 85 and Highway 17. Enjoy the Los Gatos Creek Trail, which is steps away, or relax at the Charter Oaks community pool.
Fantastic, highly rated Los Gatos Schools: Blossom Hill Elementary, Fisher Middle, Los Gatos High.
Open house schedule for 126 Charter Oaks Circle:
From Lark Avenue, turn north onto Charter Oaks Drive, then left onto Charter Oaks Circle. You will see the Sereno Group “for sale” sign near the garage. Please use the guest parking spaces and do not block any driveways when viewing the home.
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The annual home tour is back! Visit homes in the Almond Grove Historic District, which features a variety of architectural styles and eras dating back to the mid-1800s. No featured homes are listed as of yet, but last year’s tour showcased four homes and gardens as well as classic cars and vintage farm equipment.
This annual tour is the largest fundraising event held by and for the New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU, formerly Los Gatos Museum Association), which is celebrating its second year in the newly renovated civic center.
General admission costs $50, may be used on both tour days, and includes entry to a Thursday evening panel (April 20th, 7pm-8pm) at NUMU on Historic Homes Architecture and Restoration. Limited VIP tickets are on sale for $75 and include general admission, Thursday’s panel, and a private reception on Friday (April 21st, 6pm-8pm) at the Whitney Modern Gallery in downtown Los Gatos, featuring works by contemporary local artists with the theme of “Home.”
Want more? Visit the NUMU during open hours Wednesday through Sunday to see their current exhibitions. As of this writing, there are two historic collections on display focusing on local Native American heritage, and one art collection which depicts the changing eras of Los Gatos through mountain and valley landscapes.
Treat yourself to a guided history tour of the Town with the Discover LOST Gatos app (Android and iOS), which offers three different educational tours of varying lengths. Read a little about Almond Grove in my neighborhood blog post. Or learn about the other designated Historic Districts of downtown Los Gatos, which includes a map of locations. Feel free to drive through these beautiful historic neighborhoods, just be respectful that they are people’s private homes and properties.
April 22nd & 23rd, 10am-4pm
General $50, VIP $75 (general admission + private reception)
Order tickets online or by phone at 408-354-2646
Bigotry is ugly.
Hate crimes are intolerable.
The fact that it happened in Los Gatos is unthinkable, but it did.
Today the much beloved Jewish Community Center in Los Gatos was the target of a bomb threat. This kind of hateful aggression has been unleashed throughout the country ever since the presidential election. (I usually avoid political talk, but we cannot ignore the fact that there is a movement of this kind of thing over just the last few months.) What gives nasty people the idea that it’s OK to desecrate religious centers or cemeteries or houses of worship, whether Jewish, Muslim, or anything else?
I’m grateful that no one was physically harmed in today’s threat. But I cannot say that the JCC members or members of the greater Los Gatos community are “fine”. There’s nothing fine about what happened today here in Silicon Valley – or where it has been happening anywhere in the U.S., for that matter.
I want to support the JCC, my Jewish friends, clients, co-workers, and fellow community members. I want to scream “this is not acceptable” and “this is not who we are as a community“. I want to hug JCC members and tell them that what happened does not represent this multi-faith, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Los Gatos – San Jose – Silicon Valley community. I want to apologize to those targeted and I want to affirm that we value each and every life here.
Somewhere, there’s a coward gloating that he or she created chaos and havoc, forced an evacuation, and relished in acting as a sick puppeteer, making others scramble. I hope that the police track that person down and that justice will be served in this case and in every case around the country.
Bomb threats are not funny. It’s personal to me. My family endured one when I was about 13 or 14 years old. We had the state police guarding us, and I remember them walking the property (an acre in Saratoga that backed up to a horse ranch on one side and an orchard on another). They taught my parents a few tricks to see if their cars had been tampered with. We hid out in hotels for two or three nights until the risk passed. My grandmother Pope was visiting from the east coast, and I remember walking past her room as she was privately praying on her knees for our safety and peace. No family, and no community, should have to endure that abuse.
I’m a Roman Catholic (with a name like mine, what would you expect?) and I have studied religions and theology. Hate is not a part of any healthy religious expression. The threats, the nastiness are the result of a sickness of mind and soul. I will pray for conversion and healing on the part of these evil doers. And I pray that they are caught and brought to justice. I will pray for healing in our community and in our country.
I am not sure what I can do, as a lone individual, to combat what happened here today or has happened elsewhere recently. But I can express my outrage here. I plan to send a donation to the JCC as a symbol that my family and I stand with them. I am shaken and feel like I am in a bit of shock and mourning. This is not my America, my Bay Area, my Los Gatos. This will not define who we are.
JCC, we stand with you. Know that you and your members are treasured by the Los Gatos community.