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Monte Sereno Real Estate

The Monte Sereno real estate market

Elm Park in Monte Sereno, sold by Mary Pope-Handy

Ranch style home on Elm Park in Monte Sereno, sold by Mary Pope-Handy

The City of Monte Sereno is quite small, with just about 4,000 residents, so the number of houses sold in any given month will always be extremely small. For that reason, the data may appear to jump around wildly compared to Los Gatos or Saratoga, which each have about 30,000 people living there. Please take all the stats with a tablespoon of salt, and be sure to view the Los Gatos housing market data to get a more accurate picture of what’s happening with Monte Sereno homes (just add a little to the price tag as homes there tend to sell for a bit more than LG properties).

Something else to be aware of is that most houses are in the Los Gatos Union School District, but a small pocket of properties lies within the Campbell School District. Those with Campbell schools usually sell for a little less. Additionally, most of this city is within the 95030 zip code, but again, there’s a small pocket which is in the 95032 area.

Finally, there are only houses in this cities – condos, townhomes, or any other type of housing – and there are no businesses, either. Being 100% residential and single family homes most likely has a large impact on the home values here, though in many areas of Silicon Valley, being in “walking distance” to a coffee shop or grocery store can be a huge plus.

Disclaimers aside, here’s the most recent info:

Monte Sereno Stats At A Glance (click to view the Real Estate Report)

Year-Over-Year

  • Median home prices increased by 8.6% year-over-year to $2,500,000 from $2,301,500.
  • The average home sales price rose by 0.8% year-over-year to $2,500,000 from $2,479,830.
  • Home sales fell by 83.3% year-over-year to 1 from 6.
  • Active listings rose 100.0% year-over-year to 8 from 4.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio rose by 5.8% year-over-year to 109.2% from 103.2%.
  • The average days on market fell by 9.2% year-over-year to 21 from 23.

Compared To Last Month

  • Median home prices improved by 4.1% to $2,500,000 from $2,401,000.
  • The average home sales price rose by 3.5% to $2,500,000 from $2,415,330.
  • Home sales down by 66.7% to 1 from 3.
  • Active listings dropped 38.5% to 8 from 13.
  • Sales price vs. list price ratio increased by 22.2% to 109.2% from 89.4%.
  • The average days on market dropped by 38.1% to 21 from 34.

 

Another great source of realty trends is Altos Research, to which I also have a subscription. Altos uses list prices, though, whereas the RE Report uses sold. What I really love about these reports, though, is that market can be viewed by price quartiles, as sometimes the luxury market in an area may be behaving very differently from the entry level market. The charts below are dynamic and will be updated weekly.

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Twin Creeks neighborhood in Monte Sereno

Twin Creeks Road near the creekThe Twin Creeks neighborhood in Monte Sereno enjoys an ideal setting away from busy commercial roads, with gently curving streets  graced by creeks, an abundance of trees, and the coastal foothills as its backdrop. It’s a more rural community in that you won’t find sidealks, curbs, gutters, or many street lamps – if any. Property in this area is impeccably presented, with nicely maintained or updated homes and often gorgeous landscaping. Both homes and land tend to be large, though not in every case.

The neighborhood does not come across as pretentious at all, although of course it is a very costly place in which to buy a home. I think it comes across as more low key because the homes seem proportionate to the land, and many are ranch style rather than something trendy. These lovely houses are in sync with the space around them, so you don’t end up with the McMansion effect. The houses are nice but do not crowd the land.

As with most of Monte Sereno, this charming neighborhood is served by the Los Gatos Union School District and the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District.

What are properties like in the Twin Creeks area?

As mentioned above, a large percentage of the houses are ranch style, but not all.  Here you’ll also find a mix of Cape Cod, Spanish, and perhaps what’s best described as just traditional. There’s no sense that this is a tract neighborhood.

Houses in the Twin Creeks neighborhood are younger than those you’d find in downtown Los Gatos. The average year built is 1978, and the vast majority of the homes were constructed in the 1970s (7 in the 1960s, 34 in the 1970s, 6 in the 1980s, 1 in the 1990s and the rest since 2000). There’s a large spread in the size of home, with the smallest being 2535 SF and the largest an immense 11,000 SF (that behemeth is hidden from view, so don’t drive through and expect to find it). The average home size is 3871 SF, and most homes are between 3000 and 5000 SF.

Twin Creeks Road Monte Sereno

These homes sit on graciously large lots – the smallest is about 1/3 of an acre, the largest more than 1 acre (about 4 acres), and the average is about 35,000 SF. Most homes can be seen from the street, but a few are hidden, as they have the privacy of flag lots.

Twin Creeks neighborhood ranch style house

 

Home values range tremendously due to the variation in the square footage of the structure and the parcel. Most likely, home prices at the bottom of the pricing tier would be around $3,000,000 to $3.5 million for a more modest home in the area, and of course go up from there. Within the last two years (as of October 2016) there was a sale as low as $2,199,000, but that’s a clear exception. Over the last year two homes sold, one at $3,799,000, the other at $3,838,888, which seem to be the current norm.

Where is the Twin Creeks neighborhood?

The neighborhood begins at Quito Road and Twin Creeks Road and stretches east from there. Other streets include Chadbourne Lane, Banyan Lane, Alma Jo Court, Tamson Court, Janor Court. There are 59 homes in this part of Monte Sereno, and there are two subdivisions here: Twin Creeks (35 homes) and Twin Creeks Estates (23 homes).

Twin Creeks neighborhood

Want to learn more about Monte Sereno real estate, or check out the homes for sale?

Info on the Monte Sereno Real Estate market (on my Valley of Hearts Delight blog):
http://sanjoserealestatelosgatoshomes.com/the-monte-sereno-real-estate-market/

and the RE Report for Monte Sereno, on this Live in Los Gatos blog:
http://liveinlosgatosblog.com/hows-the-market/monte-sereno-real-estate-report-houses/

Please view homes on the market below.

Homes for sale in Monte Sereno

  1. 6 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,871 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.16 ac
  2. 4 beds, 3 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 5,035 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.92 ac
  3. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,009 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,912 sqft
  4. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,089 sq ft
    Lot size: 41,382 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,010 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,397 sqft

See all Real estate in the city of Monte Sereno.
(all data current as of 3/29/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Los Gatos Luxury Home Market

The Luxury Home Real Estate Market in Los Gatos & Monte Sereno: today I crunched the numbers from MLS Listings to get the absorption rate or months of inventory for estate properties over $2,000,000 in Los Gatos 95030, Los Gatos 95032, Monte Sereno (both 95030 & 95032), and the Los Gatos Mountains 95033.   Monte Sereno is a red hot market for estate properties, while the Los Gatos Mountain areas are not moving a lot of super expensive properties.  Have a look below.

Los Gatos area luxury market

Next we’ll look at live charts from Altos Research (to which I have a subscription)

List prices of homes for sale in the topmost price quartile in Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and the Los Gatos Mountains

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com Continue reading

Mary Pope-Handy

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Sereno Group Real Estate
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