Rinconada Hills, which sits on the northwest side of Los Gatos, adjacent to Saratoga and Cambpell, is a resort-like community with many luxurious amenities. It is one of the few gated communities anywhere in Silicon Valley, and one of the largest in the greater San Jose area.
Built in stages between 1968 and 1981, the homes here were built by Brown & Kaufmann in 5 different sections. The campus is quite large, 107 acres (almost as big as Vasona Lake County Park) and includes 394 townhomes (see floorplans here) and 40 houses, or single family homes. Approximately 1,000 people live here (in a town of about 30,000). Most everyone in LG knows someone who lives at Rinconada Hills!
The campus includes a remodeled clubhouse (Great Room, library alcove, commercial kitchen, lockers, showers), 10 pools (1 at the clubhouse), spa, and 3 tennis courts. The residents may utilize an extra parking lot for cars or the RV lot for boats/ trailers etc. – though there is a waiting list for that. Additonally, there are 3 ponds plus a lake, and great views to be enjoyed while walking up the hill in the private grounds.
What are homes like at Rinconada Hills?
All of the homes, whether townhouses or single family homes, have stucco exteriors and tiled roofs, although there’s quite a bit of diversity within the areas and styles. Home sizes range from small 2 bedroom townhouses to large 3000 + SF homes on big lots with views. There’s a little bit of everything, but a typical residence might be an 1800 SF 2 story townhouse with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, an attached 2 car garage. There are a few single story townhomes as well as single story houses, though.
What does Rinconada Hills real estate cost?
Home prices are varied between a low of about $890,000 to a high of about $1.5 million over the past six months (from last update on October 2016). Townhouses run between that low end to less than 1.5 million. Houses are more likely selling between $1,500,000 and $2,000,000. As always, real estate values are connected with home size, lot size, condition, views, exact location, etc. Many people love a water view, which is rare in Silicon Valley.
There are also some valley views – note downtown San Jose in the distance:
One more “view” photo from Rinconada Hills:
What about the neighboring area?
The area is wonderful overall. Saratoga is on the far side of Quito Road from here (and also a little north), and Campbell is on the other side of Pollard Road. Home values in the area include luxury estate homes in Saratoga on an acre for a few million.
Beyond the gate, one block east is a large, remodeled Safeway and many other shops besides.
More shopping is available within about 2 miles at the El Paseo Shopping Center, the Westgate Shopping Mall and many other stores along Saratoga Avenue and Prospect Road.
Commuting from this part of Los Gatos to Cupertino, Sunnyvale and similar locations is enhanced by the easy access of Lawrence Expressway and Prospect Roads, which may serve as an alternative to Highyway 85.
Recreation in downtown Saratoga or downtown Los Gatos is also easy via Quito Road and Hwy 9 or several other routes.
Public Schools Serving Rinconada Hills
Marshall Lane Elementary (API 945, appx 1/2 mile from gate)
Rolling Hills Middle School (API 919, across the street from the gate)
Westmont High School (API 796, about 6/10 mile from gate)
More reading: please also see an article on this community on my Valley of Heart’s Delight blog, SanJoseRealEstateLosGatosHomes.com:
Homes for sale in Rinconada Hills
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