If you took Driver’s Ed in Saratoga or Los Gatos, you were probably made to park on the steepest hill around – Nicholson Avenue with its 23 degree grade. Positively frightening! But local bicycle enthusiasts take on Nicholson not with motor vehicles, but on their bikes in a race that has become a Los Gatos classic – the Cat’s Hill Classic, which runs through the Almond Grove, Glenridge and Bachman Park neighborhoods of Los Gatos Saturday, May 14th, 2016. There’s even a kid set too.
Please get the full scoop here on the organization’s website.
If you drive through the Edelen, Almond Grove, Fairview Plaza, Glenridge and other older and historic Los Gatos nieghborhoods, you may have wondered how far back in time these architecturally interesting properties go. What are the oldest residences in town, or close by?
In the Santa Clara Valley, there are a few old adobe homes here and there, such as the Peralta Adobe in downtown San Jose (built in 1797), and the Santa Clara Women’s Club Adobe (built in 1790), and many more. In Los Gatos we don’t have any pre-1800 adobe homes to my knowledge.
Property records for LG indicate that there are a couple of homes dating from about 1840 or 1850, but a close look reveals that they have been extensively remodeled and look more like homes from 2005. Want something authentically historic and still looking the part? There are plenty, but they don’t date from quite so early. They are instead from the late 1870 or so at the earliest, generally.
Today I did a search of county real estate records for homes in Los Gatos (in town, 95030 & 95032 plus the mountains, 95033) and found hundreds of properties identified as pre-1900 construction. There were about about 400 in 95030, 120 in 95032, and also about 120 in 95033.
The majority of the older homes were said to be built in 1900. That figure is so high as to make me ponder whether that’s just an easy way of saying “really old” rather than the precise year of construction completion.
For all Los Gatos areas combined, there were about 65-67 homes that pre-date 1900. That’s a pretty good handful for the lover of historic properties to admire! If you enjoy seeing lovely older homes, especially Victorians, be sure to visit Los Gatos and drive through the historic districts and streets near downtown! Here are a few photos to urge you to have a look in person 🙂
The Glenridge neighborhood of Los Gatos s one of the most scenic residential areas anywhere in Silicon Valley. It features beautiful, custom, mostly historic homes on meandering streets. Set just above the Almond Grove neighborhood on a gentle hill, it, too is close to town, but with a little more altitude and better vistas.
Bachman Park is set in this area too and includes several acres alongside a creek. The park offers picnic tables, a playground, basketball courts and a large grassy field for picnics or play. A paved path follows the creek on one side of it – making a wonderful place just for strolling.
Where is the Glenridge area? What are the prices for Glenridge real estate?
This charming older Los Gatos neighborhood is set just up the hill from the Almond Grove Historic District and adjacent to Fairview Plaza. Continue reading
While there are many neighborhoods with homes which qualify as historic, such as Glenridge, just five of these areas have the historic district designation: Almond Grove, University or Edelen, Fairview Plaza, the Broadway area, and Downtown.
The Town of Los Gatos has a wealth of information on the districts designated as historic and what qualifies them as such. For more information, have a look: