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California Cafe in Old Town is closing soon

Sad news on the dining front: California Cafe in Old Town, Los Gatos, has announced that it will be closing at the end of July on its Facebook page.  No reason was provided for the closure. This fine dining establishment once hosted then-president Bill Clinton.  For many Los Gatans, it’s a go-to place for special occasions.  This lovely restaurant will be sorely missed – and we wish the proprietors well in whatever venture they next undertake.

Here’s what the restaurant said:

“After 31 years of happily serving the Los Gatos community, we regret to announce the closing of California Cafe at the end of July. Join us tomorrow, July 9, for a special one-day offer featuring 31% off all food and beverage purchases. Check back here for additional farewell offers throughout the month.”

Hurry on down there TODAY, Saturday, July 9th, for a substantial discount.  Learn more at the eatery’s FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaCafeLG

California Cafe at Old Town, Los Gatos - closing July 2016

California Cafe at Old Town, Los Gatos – closing July 2016

Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk

March 31, 2016

Los Gatos Wine WalkThe Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk will take place on Saturday, April 30th 2016 from 1:30 to 5:30pm. It is again located in the the down town and Old Town areas of Los Gatos. Enjoy wine tasting, free music, shopping, and the ambiance of our Gem City.  Sponsored by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, this popular event is $45 in advance (til tomorrow!) and $50 from April 2nd to the day of the event, so get your tickets today!

For more details and info on how to register, please see the Los Gatos Chamber’s website. Cheers!

Los Gatos Fall Wine Walk in downtown and Old Town

Los Gatos Fall Wine Walk 2015The Los Gatos Fall Wine Walk takes place this weekend, Saturday Sept 19th, from 1:30 to 5:30pm in the downtown. Tickets are $50 in advance ($55 at the event, but it appears to usually sell out). Loads of info on the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce’s website – check before going to see if tickets are still available:

http://www.losgatoschamber.com/winewalk.php

 

http://business.losgatoschamber.com/events/details/los-gatos-fall-wine-walk-2015-3878

University or Edelen Historic District neighborhood in Los Gatos

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This Los Gatos real estate article was originally written in 2007 but updated in late August 2015. Some of the photos are from the original post, and some from this last week.  – mph

One of the oldest residential neighborhoods in Los Gatos is the Edelen District, also called the University District. Originally a vineyard just north of the town’s school (where Old Town stands today), this residential neighborhood runs alongside the Los Gatos Creek to University Avenue or North Santa Cruz. Streets include University Avenue (south of Highway 9), Miles, Miller, and Edelen Avenues. (For more information on the location, please visit the town of Los Gatos’ statement on the Edelen District,ordinance 2168 on the University/Edelen District.).

This officially designated historic area also once included homes downhill (off Miles), along the banks of the Los Gatos Creek. But frequent flooding made that untenable. Now the lower area, by the edge of the Los Gatos Creek, is home to the town’s recycling center, truckyard and carlot as well as the parks department’s building (Department of Parks and Public Works). And it houses the relocated Maria’s Berry Farm buildings too (formerly near Highway 17 and Lark Avenue and moved when Highway 85 was constructed in the early 90’s).

Filled with beautiful Victorian homes, many built in the late 1800s, the Edelen District boasts an incredible proximity to downtown Los Gatos (as does the Almond Grove, but this area is even closer “in”). The streets are tree-lined and delightful looking, and most owners clearly prize their distinctive and historically important homes and have restored and maintained them lovingly. This is a highly prized bunch of Los Gatos real estate!

129 Edelen Avenue, Los GatosFor visitors to the Edelen District, parking is a pain. Most of the area is permit parking only, 24 hours a day. And it makes sense. These residences were constructed largely without garages in mind. The folks who live there need to park at home without competing for space with visitors to Old Town or other downtown draws. To further protect this area from undesired traffic, Miller Avenue is closed to automobile traffic where it intersects with Edelen. Shoppers are therefore not tempted to park illicitly.

There are countless architectural treasures in this area, but let’s have a peek at just a couple so you can get a flavor of the neighborhood. (Thanks in advance to the fabulous book, Los Gatos Observed by Alastair Dallas and to the Town of Los Gatos for its Hooked on History Project, sponsored by the Los Gatos Library and History Museum)

The home I photographed this week at the upper right is at 129 Edelen Avenue. It’s a gorgeous Queen Anne Victorian and was built in 1892. Because of the large bushes and trees, it is difficult to get a clear view of the home today from one photographable angle. The “Hooked on History” project of Los Gatos has a wonderful photo on its site, though, and it provides a better view of the house (if in black and white).

130 Edelen, Los GatosDirectly across the street is another gorgeous house, located at 130 Edelen Avenue. It was built in 1886 and has been the setting for a movie and a television show. It, too, is a gracious Queen Ann Victorian with lots of splendid detailing. This was the winter residence of John Miles, a founder and developer of this district.

My suggestion for seeing this historic neighborhood is to park at the public lot behind the newer section of Old Town, stroll down University Avenue to Miller and walk down the street to Edelen. Cars cannot pass through the intersection, but pedestrians can. Enjoy a leisurely walk up the tree lined street and then turn back toward University on Miles Avenue.

Bring your camera!

 

 

Photo slideshow of Edelen Avenue historic homes

 

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    101 Edelen Avenue - 1898 - multi family home
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    104 Edelen, built in 1910 - small 2 bed, 1 bath cottage of 710 SF
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    Street view next to 104 Edelen - near Old Town
  • 130 Edelen, Los Gatos
    130 Edelen Avenue - Miles House, 1886
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  • 129 Edelen Avenue, Los Gatos
    129 Edelen Avenue, TheSkinkle House, c. 1892
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  • DSC00165 650x500 - University or Edelen Historic District neighborhood in Los Gatos
  • DSC00167 650x500 - University or Edelen Historic District neighborhood in Los Gatos
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    Maria's Berry Farm 41 Miles Avenue- was moved to the Los Gatos Parks & Public Works grounds

 

Homes for sale in the Edelen or University Historic neighborhood in Los Gatos

Below please view any homes for sale in this historic Los Gatos neighborhood by map or by list view through the link. Continue reading

Old Town shopping center in downtown Los Gatos

Old Town shopping center July 2014There have been a whole lot of changes over at Old Town in Los Gatos during the last decade or two. Some shops moved in, others moved away, some folded entirely due to the prolonged recession or simply the way some businesses have to compete today.

Borders was a casualty and I think everyone in town still misses it. Steamer’s used to have a free standing building in what is now part of the parking lot, but moved across the street to the ‘new’ part of Old Town that was built in recent years. The Wine Cellar added patio dining. Chico’s moved from one side to the other recently.

Before the most massive remodeling in 1996, Old Town had a tremendous number of wonderful topiary plants. It was a great fit with The Wooden Horse, which was located at this former school campus, back then. It was a more kitschy, less upscale place – but quite honestly, I preferred it that way.

There’s a great article on the changes at Old Town – if you’re interested, have a look:

Los Gatos Magazine article on Old Town from March 2014

The shopping center’s website is here: http://www.shopsatoldtowncenter.com/

Never been? Old Town is located on University Avenue (near Main) in Los Gatos.

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