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Ohlone Court

Ohlone Court, Los GatosLooking for a neighborhood with attractive, younger homes that’s still close to everything in Los Gatos? The properties along Ohlone Court fill that bill as the community sits along the Los Gatos Creek Trail, across from Vasona and Oak Meadow Parks, and is equally near to downtown Los Gatos on one side and the main shopping district on Los Gatos Boulevard on the other.

Built in 1996 by Summerhill Homes, a very well respected local builder, the residences on Ohlone Court are relatively young by Los Gatos standards, and feature many elements prized in newer construction, such as open floor plans. It’s a pretty area where the neighbors all seem to care about maintaining their homes and yards nicely,  and it enjoys the highly regarded Los Gatos Schools, too.

How’s the terrain? The road climbs from Roberts Road, where it is near the Los Gatos Creek, up a knoll. The top is of course sunny and some homes enjoy fantastic views. Some homes are nearer to the creek and toward the bottom of the hill, where it’s shadier. There’s an easy to miss staircase that allows pedestrians to take a shortcut to access Blossom Hill Road and the parks from the top of the court.

This is not a big subdivision. The 25 properties are mostly single family homes, but there are also a couple of duplexes. And the surprise element is that they are condominiums. That is, although most are houses, they are held in condominium ownership (local Realtors will recognize the same situation from the Villas of Almaden, though that community has the houses show up in the MLS under condos, whereas Ohlone Court appears under single family homes). Learn more on what the different type of ownership means here: What Is the Difference Between CID Ownership in a Condo, Townhouse or PUD?

A few weeks back, I did a “drive through” of the area.  My daughter was at the wheel so I could try to capture a sense of the neighborhood for my viewers.  Hope you find it helpful.

Every neighborhood has good and not-so-good features.  What’s the catch here?  It sounds too good to be true! One issue for some buyers is the close proximity of highway 17.  Not all homes are impacted, and only a few back up directly to the freeway, but it is noticeable. This is especially true when you’re high up as there’s nothing much to block the noise. One other issue is that some of the homes are in very shady locations at the bottom of the hill.  This may bother some people who want sunnier homes. Homes on the side of a hill or at the bottom of a hill sometimes have hill related water issues. These are not insurmountable problems but it’s very important to have good drainage, proper grading, and possibly other elements such as sump pumps to keep the water out from the crawl space.

Ohlone Court plat map

Above: Ohlone Court plat map.

Heritage Grove in Los Gatos

Heritage Grove is a younger east Los Gatos neighborhood which was developed by Summerhill Homes, a very highly regarded builder in Silicon Valley, in about the year 2000. It sits between the beautiful Heintz Open Space Preserve (with trails to nearby Belgatos Park and other open space) and a mini orchard along Blossom Hill Road between Union and Leigh Avenues. Recently I videotaped the community and think it’s a pretty good introduction to the neighborhood.

A few years back, I wrote about this area extensively, and included a map and slideshow, on another of my blogs (SanJoseRealEstateLosGatosHomes.com).  If you’d like more real estate information on the homes there, or the open space trails, please continue to learn more here:

The Heritage Grove Neighborhood in Los Gatos and the Heintz Open Space Preserve

The Vista del Monte neighborhood in Los Gatos

Vista del Monte neighborhood mapThe Vista del Monte neighborhood is popular with Los Gatos home buyers as it offers close proximity to downtown Los Gatos (about a mile from Los Gatos High School), tree lined streets, sidewalks, and a beautiful neighborhood park. The terrain is mostly level but there are a few homes with views.

Like most of Los Gatos, there is some variation in the size of the houses and lots, but to describe the area generally, it’s fair to say that most are ranch style homes (single story, split level and 2 story homes) built in the late 1950s to mid 1960s, with some built in the late 70s. The average home size is about 2300 SF (most range between 1500 and 3000 SF) and the average lot size is about a quarter acre (many are 8000 to 10,000 SF, but a few are far larger). Most houses include attached 2 car garages, but a few of the larger homes or those built more recently offer 3 car garages.

This is a nicely maintained area where you’ll find pride of ownership in the upkeep of homes and yards.

Some facts about the Vista del Monte residential area:

Location – the Vista del Monte neighborhood is in in east Los Gatos. It is located off of Kennedy Road and Harding Avenue and is adjacent to Worcester Park.

Size & boundaries – neighborhood boundaries are not exact, but the area includes about 180 homes east of Worcester Park, between Kennedy Road and Alta Vista Avenue. Several of the streets have “Vista” as part of the name: Vista del Mar, Vista del Prado, Vista de Sierra, Vista del Campo, and of course Vista del Monte. Other included roads are Cerro Chico, Jared Lane, Worcester Loop, Worcester Lane, and Harding Avenue

Schools – Vista del Monte is in the Los Gatos Union School District.

The park – Worcester Park is an 11 acre park with 3 trails, one of which leads to a meadow with views of the hills.

Video drive-through of the Vista del Monte neighborhood

Recently I video taped some of this area while being driven through it. As we are currently in the 3rd year of a drought, you will notice that the neighborhood looks a little dry. This is true throughout Silicon Valley and California as a whole right now.

Homes for sale in and near Vista del Monte – browse by map:

What does it cost to purchase real estate in this area? It’s not cheap but the neighborhood tends to hold its value exceptionally well as it enjoys scenic beauty, close proximity to town, great Los Gatos schools and much more. Browse the findings below to get a sense of the current pricing there.

Would you like to learn more about buying a home or selling a home in this or any other part of Los Gatos? Please call or email me for a private, no obligation consultation to see if we might be able to work together to help you to achieve your real estate goals.

Vista del Monte

Historic Downtown Los Gatos Shopping and Dining Video

March 21, 2010

The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce has created a nice, nearly 10 minute video showcasing shopping and dining in downtown Los Gatos.  I found it today via Facebook and a post from the Discover Los Gatos blog – the link above will take you to the CBS5 website where it’s hosted.  For visitors and newcomers to Siicon Valley, it’s a helpful little taste of downtown Los Gatos. (Downtown Los Gatos has spas and salons which are not mentioned, but are abundant – so the area is also great for being pampered.)  Enjoy!

When Brains Collide

April 05, 2007

Los Gatos sits between the laid back beach community at Santa Cruz and the faster paced  world of Silicon Valley. For most, Los Gatos is a place to unwind & have fun, and even better, a great place to live.  But it is never all that far from the tech happenings. Many of the town’s residents are engineers or in related industries. We do have some technology related companies in town too, such as the great video game company, Cryptic Studios.   Many ideas raised in SV were born here in The Corner of the Cats. Los Gatos is a part of Silicon Valley, but at times feels like it’s a bit removed.  It’s at the crossroads, with feet in both worlds. What happens in Silicon Valley is definitely felt in Los Gatos

My husband, Jim Handy, is an engineer by training and has been doing market research in the semiconductor industry for years.  Often he’s attending some sort of industry conference locally.  Most of the time, he has to translate for me what the events are all about.  So too, this week he has been in and out of the Imbedded Systems Conference.  I probably gave him a glazed over look when he told me the name of it. I do remember, though, that he heard Al Gore give a presentation and it sounded like one I’d have enjoyed attending, and I know that Jim reconnected with a lot of old colleagues and friends.  He has been impressed with it all around. 

Today Jim shared with me a video clip advertising the Imbedded Systems Conference.  Many of my engineer clients have a playful and wildly creative side  and I thought how typically Silicon Valley this advertisment is. Please take a look at the fun side of high tec and enjoy this video clip, “When Brains Collide”.

You’ve gotta love living in Silicon Valley! These fun minds are the same types you’ll bump into at the Los Gatos Farmers Market on Sunday morning, or on the Los Gatos Creek Trail whizzing by on bikes, or grabbing a latte at one of the town’s zillion coffee shops and typing away on the tablet computer.   You never know what they might really be up to, if brains do collide!

 

Mary Pope-Handy

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