Los Gatos Youth Theatre summer musicals

The amazing Los Gatos Youth Theatre has two productions being presented this month:

  • The Sound of Music, Youth edition (ages 7 – 14) and
  • Disney’s Freaky Friday, Encore group (high school students ages 14-19).

The actors and crew have been working hard for weeks to make these shows spectacular!  All the details are below.

 

Los Gatos Youth Theater summer productions 2022

 

Los Gatos Youth Theater 2022 lineup, dates, ticket prices, and location

 

The Sound of Music – Youth Edition

Reprise group: ages 7-14

July 14th 7:00pm

July 15th 7:00pm

July 16th 2:00 and 7:00p

July 17th 1:00pm

Disney Freaky Friday – a New Musical

Freaky Friday – Encore group

High School students age 14-19

July 21st 7:00pm

July 22nd 7:00pm

July 23rd 2:00pm, 7:00pm

July 24th 12:00pm, 5:00pm

Purchase tickets at www.Lgyt.net

 

This year, the performances will be at the R. J. Fisher auditorium, an indoor theater.  Masks are required in the audience.

Ticket prices
Children: $10 (10 yrs and under, section is the first 4 rows and smaller kid seats)

Student: $17
Adult: $20

 

Los Gatos Youth Theatre logo

Tickets on sale @ https://lgyt.seatyourself.biz

marketing@lgyt.net

The Los Gatos Youth Theater is nearly 13 years old and is a non-profit. Interested in participating? Reach out at marketing@lgyt.net

Learn more about Los Gatos Youth Theatre at https://LGYT.net/. 

 

 

Pottery Planet

Pottery Planet signRecently my family and I paid a visit to Pottery Planet in Los Gatos. We were impressed by the large selection and the friendly staff, so wanted to share our experience. Our landscape designer had recommended it to us and that was a great call.

The Los Gatos Pottery Planet showcases pottery of all kinds, garden art, fountains, pots, Talavera tile pots and art, and statuary. If you are thinking of updating your yard, this is a wonderful place to browse and start to formulate ideas on what would be just the right enhancement.

As soon as we parked, we were given a friendly welcome and an invitation to ask if we needed any help. A couple more times, various employees offered to be of assistance to us. It was the right balance of them being present if needed but also giving us our space to take a look around at our own pace. No pressure, just help!

Also, I should note that we parked right next to some of the Los Gatos Cats. These can be hard to find – but not easy to miss here!

 

Pottery Planet - Los Gatos Cats

 

We did park inside, where there were several spaces available. There’s also some street parking available on Winchester.

Checking out Pottery Planet

Near the front of the parcel, which some locals may remember as a nursery before Pottery Planet was here, we found a nice display of bubbler fountains. That’s what I was most interested in checking out, so it was our first stop. I love this cobalt blue one!

 

Pottery Planet bubbler fountains

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JCC Community Day

The Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center in Los Gatos is hosting a Community Day, open to all and at no cost, on Thursday, June 23, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Community Day at the JCC offers include

  • Get a FREE InBody™ Body Scan

  • Enjoy lap swimming,  or hit the indoor and outdoor fitness centers

  • Take a guided tour of the facility

  • Enjoy one of our scheduled group fitness classes (See Schedule)

  • And more! (Please use the link below for all of the details.)

 

Community Day at the JCC in Los Gatos CA

 

There are loads more offerings, so please check out the details at the JValley website.

The APJCC is located at 14855 Oka Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032 (off Lark Avenue)
https://apjcc.org/

 

The Monte Sereno real estate market

Monte Sereno Stained Glass Click HereThe City of Monte Sereno is a popular community bordering Los Gatos, Saratoga, and the Santa Cruz mountains. It’s also quite small, with just about 3,500 residents, so tracking the real estate market trends for the area can be tricky.

The number of houses sold in any given month will always be extremely small and the data will jump around. Checking the Los Gatos market will also help, but the best pulse on the market will come from particular sales in particular neighborhoods.

Houses make up most of Monte Sereno – there are no commercial buildings, just a post office, city hall, and an elementary school. There are also extremely few residential properties that are not detached single family homes. We don’t track the condo or townhomes in this area as we do in other communities because there just wouldn’t be enough (if any) data for it!

First up for the market analysis is the Altos Research weekly profile for Monte Sereno (uses list prices, not sales). This is updated automatically, so feel free to check this article weekly to see what’s happening now with list prices.

 

 

Below is the Monte Sereno Real Estate Report (click to view the complete Real Estate Report).

Trends at a Glance from the RE Report:

The May chart shows only 1 home sold, so take all of the averages and medians for this month’s data with that lone sale in mind. Even for Monte Sereno that’s nothing! Still, the number of pending sales have increased and active inventory is tiny but looking up.

Compare this to April’s data and it looks like the May sale moved as quickly, with not as high of an overbid, and was more than $1M above the previous month’s average price point. In April, the MLS showed that half of that month’s closed listings sold between $3.7 – $4 million and the other half ranged between $4.5 – $5.3 million, so May’s sale was above all April sales. In this luxury price point is common to see a lower sale to list price ratio than towards the middle of the market, so take that percentage with a grain of salt.

Inventory has been extremely low with high demand, and Monte Sereno remains in a strong seller’s market.

 

Trends At a Glance May 2022 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $5,525,000 (+31.2%) $4,212,500 $3,850,000 (+43.5%)
Average Price $5,525,000 (+28.0%) $4,316,600 $4,101,500 (+34.7%)
No. of Sales (-83.3%) 6 10 (-90.0%)
Pending (+80.0%) 5 (+200.0%)
Active (+14.3%) 7 11 (-27.3%)
Sale vs. List Price 101.4% (-13.1%) 116.6% 108.3% (-6.4%)
Days on Market (-12.5%) 8 29 (-75.8%)
Days of Inventory 240 (+609.4%) 34 33 (+627.3%)

 

MLS info pulled directly: the charts below all were pulled from MLS Listings.com

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Los Gatos real estate market trends and statistics

The Los Gatos real estate market is cooling, but it is still a strong seller’s market – just not as “white hot” as it was a few months ago, and the trends are all pointing to a calmer, slower, more balanced market.

As of today, June 8, some info on single family  homes in LG 95030 & 95032:

  • 55 single family homes are on the market in “Active” status – it was 43 when I last updated this article on May 5 (of those, 1 is listed as “agent only, show”, and 7 are “agent only, do not show”). The agent only listings means that they are not syndicated to other websites.
  • 1 house is under contract but there are contingencies of some kind in place (could be loan, appraisal, property inspection, buyer to sell current home, seller to find a replacement home) – so those sales may not go through.
  • 22 houses are sale pending, no contingencies (this is a small number compared to the active listings) – it was 27 at my last update for this post
  • 26 houses have closed escrow in the last month, down from 33 in early May (fewer pendings – sales are decelerating).
  • The average sale price to list price ratio for these 26 houses was 108%, a very significant drop over last month’s 118% .

 

Here is some data that I pulled directly from the MLS:

Lack of inventory remains pronounced, but there is a shift, and finally the inventory is higher than last year. But take a look at ALL of the previous years. What is “normal”? I think 70 – 80 is pretty normal.  When it gets to be over about 100 it seems to be a slower market.

 

Los Gatos Inventory 

 

 

 

Sale Price to List Price Ratio for Los Gatos 95030 & 95032 houses

The sale price to list price ratio is a new high in April but backed way down in May. The sky isn’t falling, though. May’s ratio is still one of the highest on record.

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Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series: Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz and Vasona Vibrations Schedule of Events and Performers

Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series Collage Summer 2022 small

Summer 2022 is just around the corner, and Los Gatos is gearing up for a season of music to remember! The last couple of years many of Los Gatos’ free concert series were canceled due to Covid, but this year they’re ready for a comeback.

Some of our old favorites, like Jazz on the Plazz, are back for the first time since 2019, some are gone for good, and some newfound favorites are returning! Most artists and schedules have been announced and, knowing that you are as excited about these as I am, I have compiled a calendar of free outdoor music events for us all!

Below please find a compilation of the FOUR different Los Gatos free musical concert series. As always, the information below is believed to be reliable, but as with any concert or outdoors event it is subject to change, so double check the website prior to going and always read the rules (especially if you plan to picnic). Hope to see you there!

2022 Summer Concert Series: Free Music and Fun in Los Gatos

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The Vista del Monte neighborhood in Los Gatos

The Vista del Monte neighborhood is a cherished and attractive area in Los Gatos 95030.

Few quick points about why the Vista del Monte neighborhood is so popular:

  • scenic area close to the hills, tree lined streets
  • many streets have sidewalks
  • enjoys a beautiful neighborhood park
  • highly prized Los Gatos schools
  • out of the downtown hustle and bustle – but close by!
    • most sections have a wonderfully quiet sound score on the HowLoud.com website
  • the terrain is mostly level or gently sloping, but there are a few homes with views.
  • there’s a video drive through at the end of this article – click through to see it!

 

Vista del Monte tree lined street

 

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.

 

Vista del Monte corner home

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