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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Fanciful roof art

My work takes me all over Los Gatos, but usually I’m driving. The other day I noticed some fanciful roof art as I was a passenger and had the leisure of looking up, down, and all around while my husband kept his eyes on the road.

I did almost miss it, as the large trees enjoyed in the Glenridge neighborhood made the fanciful roof art visibility more like a Where’s Waldo? game. (For a better view, click on the photograph below and you’ll see a larger version of it.)

2022-04-28 fanciful roof art in the Glenridge neighborhood of Los Gatos

 

I did a double take and then we doubled back when I noticed something on the roof’s peak. We do see interesting weather vanes, and sometimes intricate wood details on Victorians, but this was something else.  This time Jim also got to see it and we decided it was worth parking the car to take a photo with a simpler backyard. (Click image to see larger photo.)

 

2022-04-28 fanciful roof art detail in Glenridge - clearer view

 

I’ve never seen a gargoyle on a residential roof before, but I thought it was wonderful and worth sharing. It’s topped off by the dragon weather vane!

These can be seen along Pennsylvania Avenue in the Glenridge area of Los Gatos. Are there other homes with curious and fun art on the roofs here in town? If so, I’d love to see them!

Stunning Vista del Monte Home for Sale

Come see this stunning Vista del Monte home for sale during our open house events (details below), or check out the photos, floorplan, and details at the virtual tour anytime!

Update on 4/25/2022: this home sold in 7 days with two offers for $4,320,000, closing April 25, 2022

253 Vista del Monte - fire pit, summer kitchen, hot tub in backyard

253 Vista del Monte features 4 bedrooms,  3.5 baths, an open layout, and extensive remodeling inside & out. The rooms are all generously sized and the backyard has been remodeled with entertaining in mind. Set at the end of the road, this is a quiet and serene location that you will treasure!

Vista del Monte home for sale – quick facts:

4 spacious bedrooms
3.5 bathrooms
3045 SF
9888 SF lot
Los Gatos schools: Van Meter, Fisher, and Los Gatos High
built in 1960 and remodeled in recent years with many upgrades
Offered at $3,850,000
MLS # ML81883301

Open house schedule

Wednesday March 23, 2022 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday March26 & 27, 2022  2 – 4 pm.

 

The sellers remodeled the main floor to open things up and to add more views to the outside. It worked beautifully! The new kitchen provides a large island and skylights above, stainless steel appliances, including a built in microwave, gas oven / stove, hood, fridge, and a wine fridge. There’s loads of storage, too. The laundry was moved from a nearby closet to the bedroom wing, and the closet is now a fabulous pantry.

 

Open Concept Living - 253 Vista del Monte, Los Gatos CA 95030

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Turnkey Glenridge Condo!

Beautifully remodeled one bed, 1.5 bath Glenridge condo now available! Welcome home to 600 Pennsylvania Avenue #14, Los Gatos! This home is an end unit and it enjoys a good sized patio with views of the hills and the historic homes nearby.

600 Pennsylvania Av 14 back patio

 

Quick facts on the Glenridge condo at 600 Pennsylvania Av # 14

1 bedroom
1.5 bathrooms
Living space 864 SF
Year built 1962
Open layout
Patio features a gate, ideal for entertaining!
Extensively remodeled in 2012
HOA dues $629 per month
Close to Bachman Park
Just 1/2 mile to downtown Los Gatos!
Los Gatos Union School District
Laundry shared with just one other unit & maintained by the HOA

Offered at $899,000

Glenridge condo at 600 Pennsylvania Av 14 - Kitchen

 

The 2012 remodel (by a previous owner) included a “down to the studs” renovation for most of the unit. That prior owner remodeled the kitchen, half bath, full bath, put in double pane windows, and upgraded the electrical system as well – all with permits and finals.

More recently the owners have replaced the refrigerator and both toilets and also repainted the interior.

 

Living room

 

 

Want more info? Please see all the details, images, floorplan, and photos at the virtual tour.

Learn more about the Glenridge and Bachman Park neighborhood here

How old are the oldest houses in Los Gatos and nearby?

Historic Homes in Los GatosIf you drive through the Edelen, Almond Grove, Fairview Plaza, Glenridge and other older and historic Los Gatos neighborhoods, you may have wondered how far back in time these architecturally interesting properties go. What are the oldest residences in town, or close by?

Los Gatos Historic Homes

Are there Adobes?

In the Santa Clara Valley, there are a handful of 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. I can’t say for certain if there are any remaining 18th-19th century adobe homes in Los Gatos. If they exist the most probable properties are around the Los Gatos Saratoga border, are private, occupied homes, and have extensive additions and modifications.

Victorian Era: Gold Rush to Gem of the Foothills

When discussing historic homes in the Bay Area, the Victorian undoubtedly comes to mind. And Los Gatos has plenty! A search of county real estate records for Los Gatos homes (in town, 95030 & 95032 plus the mountains, 95033) spanning the era from 1837-1901 revealed hundreds of properties identified as Victorian construction. It displayed about about 375 in 95030, 120 in 95032, and also about 140 in 95033.

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Rinconada Hills

Rinconada Hills, which sits on the northwest side of Los Gatos, adjacent to Saratoga and Cambpell, is a resort-like community with many luxurious amenities. It is one of the few gated communities anywhere in Silicon Valley, and one of the largest in the greater San Jose area.

Built in stages between 1968 and 1981, the homes here were built by Brown & Kaufmann in 5 different sections. The campus is quite large, 107 acres (almost as big as Vasona Lake County Park) and includes 394 townhomes (see floorplans here) and 40 houses, or single family homes. Approximately 1,000 people live here (in a town of about 30,000). Most everyone in LG knows someone who lives at Rinconada Hills!

Rinconada Hills homes

 

The campus includes a remodeled clubhouse (Great Room, library alcove, commercial kitchen, lockers, showers), 10 pools (1 at the clubhouse), spa, and 3 tennis courts. The residents may utilize an extra parking lot for cars or the RV lot for boats/ trailers etc. – though there is a waiting list for that. Additonally, there are 3 ponds plus a lake,  and great views to be enjoyed while walking up the hill in the private grounds.

What are homes like at Rinconada Hills?

All of the homes, whether townhouses or single family homes, have stucco exteriors and tiled roofs, although there’s quite a bit of diversity within the areas and styles. Home sizes range from small 2 bedroom townhouses to large 3000 + SF homes on big lots with views. There’s a little bit of everything, but a typical residence might be an 1800 SF 2 story townhouse with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, an attached 2 car garage. There are a few single story townhomes as well as single story houses, though.

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Stonybrook neighborhood

The Stonybrook neighborhood of east Los Gatos, just off Kennedy Road, is particularly scenic with its large canopy of trees, big lots, gently curving roads, and mostly understated and sprawling ranch style homes. This area has a semi-rural feel as there are no sidewalks and only soft gutters. It’s also a close in Los Gatos neighborhood, which adds to its appeal.

In December, this area is especially festive with holiday lights, making it a fun part of the season for driving through.

Interestingly, the Stonybrook area is listed in the county’s list of subdivisions as Stony Brook. (Similarly, we refer to a nearby neighborhood as Surry Farms, but the official name is Surry Farm – in the singular. There was in fact just one ranch or farm there!)

 

Stonybrook neighborhood entrance from Kennedy Road

Where is the Stonybrook neighborhood?

You’ll find the Stonybrook (Stony Brook) pocket Los Gatos east of Los Gatos Blvd and north of Kennedy. The streets are Stonybrook Road, Cardinal Lane, Robin Way, plus 3 homes on Kennedy just west of Cardinal. From here it’s a quick trip to downtown LG! All but the 3 with Kennedy addresses are part of tract # 1642.

The zip code here is 95032. It is part of the highly sought after Los Gatos Union School District and the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint High School District.

Nearby neighborhoods include Kenwood Acres, Surrey Farm (aka Surry Farms), and Vista Del Monte.

 

Los Gatos - Kenwood Acres, Stonybrook, Surrey Farms - Mary Pope-Handy

 

Homes and land in Stonybrook

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