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Old Adobe Road

Old Adobe Road neighborhood

Map of the Old Adobe Road area in west Los Gatos - also indicating proximity of the Oakwood and English Oaks subdivisions, plus the cities of Saratoga and Monte Sereno are shown on the map

Old Adobe Road area in west Los Gatos, just off Quito Road

At the northwest corner of Los Gatos you’ll find a really beautiful neighborhood that consists of Old Adobe Road and nearby streets. It’s just off of Quito Road on the border with Saratoga one one side and Monte Sereno on another.

This lovely area doesn’t have tightly defined boundaries (at least not as far as I know), but runs roughly between Old Adobe and Quito at the north end to Bicknell at the south and fanning out to beyond Montclair to about More Avenue. It clings to Rinconada Hills along one stretch, too.

What are homes like in the Old Adobe area?

Today I mapped out the approximate neighborhood using the county records and it appears to have about 250 houses or so. Nearly all were built in the 1960s and 1970s.   Most of the homes are between about 2,000 and 3,000 square feet, but about 1/3 of them are larger, a couple even larger than 4,000 SF, but that is sure not typical. Most lots are around a quarter to a half acre, but some are bigger and some smaller. So they are comfortable houses on uncrowded lots in a mature neighborhood.

There are some areas within this part of west Los Gatos with no subdivision name, but some parts are identified as within subdivisions: Adobe Manor, Verona Manor, Montclair Oaks, Rinconada Acres, Rinconada Terrace, Rinconada Oaks. (A nearby neighborhood is English Oaks, and next to that is Oakwood. Yes, there are  plenty of oaks in the region!)

A photo of Old Adobe Road in West Los Gatos , a tree lined street

Old Adobe Road in Los Gatos near the Saratoga border – no shortage of trees!

Enduring popularity of the Old Adobe area

Year in and year out, this part of Los Gatos has an ongoing appeal. What’s the draw? Part of it is certainly the trees, the gently winding streets, the rolling hills (and some homes get lovely views), the well kept homes, the good public schools (elemenary and middle school API scores are well past 900), the easy proximity of shopping and the closer in commute to places in Cupertino, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, etc. Compared to east Los Gatos, this is an easier drive since you don’t have to take Hwy 85 past Hwy 17 – where it does really tend to clog. It probably shaves about 20 minutes off the commute compared to the far east end of town.

Ranch style house on Old Adobe Road

Ranch style house on Old Adobe Road

What are the assigned schools for the Old Adobe area?

This area is part of the Campbell School District (elementary and middle) and the Campbell Union High School District. Assigned public schools are Marshall Lane Elementary, Rolling Hills Middle, and Westmont High.

Long ranch style house on Old Adobe Road Los Gatos CA 95032

Long ranch style house on Old Adobe Road Los Gatos CA 95032

What about real estate prices? What do homes cost in this part of west Los Gatos?

Nothing in the town of Los Gatos is inexpensive. With good schools, nice environment, and a closer in location, you won’t be too surprised that this is a pricey area, albeit less than downtown Los Gatos or areas with “Los Gatos Schools” meaning  properties in the Los Gatos Union School District.

There are many factors which can influence home values and what a buyer will be willing to pay for a property: home size, lot size, remodeling, being up on a hill with a view vs down in a gulch with little sunlight, and many other things. Over the last year, as of October 2016, homes have been selling in this area for between about $1,499,000 on the low side to about $2,400,000 on the high side.

Remodeled ranch style house on Old Adobe Road LG

Remodeled ranch style house on Old Adobe Road LG

Any other relevant issues?

Anywhere in Los Gatos, there will be issues relating to hillside homes and water damage to homes and foundations. Be careful to direct the water away from the house, even if you are in a relatively flat area! For ALL of Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, and Almaden, this is a huge issue. Please also read this article: What To Consider When Buying a Hillside Home in Silicon Valley.

Homes for sale, pending, or sold in the last 12 months in the Old Adobe area

  1. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,998 sqft
    Year built: 1962
  2. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,313 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,755 sqft
    Year built: 1963
  3. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,331 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,908 sqft
    Year built: 1960
  4. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,586 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,018 sqft
    Year built: 1990
  5. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,254 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,541 sqft
    Year built: 1963
  6. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,418 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,062 sqft
    Year built: 1966
  7. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,230 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,524 sqft
    Year built: 1977
  8. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,224 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,323 sqft
    Year built: 1977
  9. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,372 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,541 sqft
    Year built: 1963

See all Los Gatos - Old Adobe Road area.
(all data current as of 8/17/2017)

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

Mary Pope-Handy

Realtor
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Sereno Group Real Estate
214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95030
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