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Interactive map to view risk of flooding from dam failure in Los Gatos

Interactive map to view risk of flooding from dam failure in Los Gatos

The risk of flooding from dam failure in Los Gatos appears to be mainly from four reservoirs, all tying into the Los Gatos Creek at some point or another. Recently Clair found a great resource for better understanding this risk, and we wanted to share it with our readers.

  • There’s an interactive map (link below) that shows most, maybe all, of our Santa Clara County dams and where flooding could happen should the dam fail
  • Additionally, Valley Water has in depth info on a downloadable PDF that actually shows how deep the flooding could be (link below)
    • Some areas of Los Gatos could experience 20′ of flooding or more in case of a breach at Lexington
    • This level of information is not part of the disclosures we get when buying and selling homes. Instead it is listed as “in” or “not in” an inundation from dam failure zone

The usual home seller disclosures include a natural and environmental hazard report, but the info does not go into deep detail. For instance, it may state that a location is in a zone of potential flooding from dam failure, but it does not tell the reader which dam it is. At times I’ve sold homes that were in that designated area but wondered whether the dam was a smaller or larger one (my concern being how much water could come through).

Now, more of those questions can be answered by visiting the state of California’s Dam Breach Inundation Map Web Publisher.

Dam failure flood zones in Santa Clara County

 

This site is very easy to use and to understand. The dams are marked with colors to indicate the downstream risk. Larger dams that spill into more populated areas appear to be those at higher risk, but perhaps they have a different formula for that designation.

Once you zoom in to your desired area (most counties appear to be participating, and MOST dams appear to be included in this publication), just click on the colored box and wait for the information to populate. It is sometimes a little slow, but after a few seconds it will appear.

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Los Gatos Zip Code Map

Los Gatos Zip Code Map

Los Gatos zip code mapsWelcome to Los Gatos, a charming town located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. Whether you’re a longtime resident or a visitor exploring the area, understanding the neighborhoods and their unique characteristics is essential. That’s where the Los Gatos Zip Code Map comes in.

With the Los Gatos Zip Code Map, you can more easily navigate the town’s distinct neighborhoods, from the vibrant downtown area to the peaceful residential communities. This map allows you to explore each zip code, providing valuable insights into the amenities, attractions, and lifestyle of the different areas. Are you searching for a bustling neighborhood with trendy shops and world-class dining? Or perhaps a serene community surrounded by nature and outdoor recreational opportunities? The Los Gatos Zip Code Map will help you discover the perfect neighborhood that fits your preferences and lifestyle.

Whether you’re looking to relocate, plan a visit, or simply learn more about Los Gatos, the zip code map is your ultimate guide to exploring the town’s diverse neighborhoods. Start your journey today and unlock the secrets of Los Gatos with the Los Gatos Zip Code Map.

Overview of Los Gatos zip code map

The Los Gatos zip code map covers the several zip codes for Los Gatos. Sometimes people ask “what is the zip code of Los Gatos?”, but it’s not one – it’s several, postal codes. The three Los Gatos zip codes are

  • 95030 This is the zip code covering most of the downtown and historic areas and also the area between Los Gatos and Saratoga on the west side of Los Gatos-Saratoga Road. Further, most of Monte Sereno is in this same postal code. If you want to buy in one of the historic districts, this is your zip code!
  • 95032 This zip code is the most stretched out. Some of it is close to downtown Los Gatos, but it also reaches to the far east end of town, the far west end of town, and the north end of town. A little sliver of Monte Sereno shares this zone, too.
  • 95033. The last one is in the coastal mountain range, also known as the Los Gatos Mountains or sometimes the Santa Cruz Mountains. This area has a Los Gatos mailing address, but it’s an unincorporated area, not part of the town. There are many smaller communities in the mountains.

There’s one more zip code associated with the town, and that’s 95031, used only for post office boxes.

Explaining the Los Gatos zip code map

Some recent changes to the zip code boundaries should be mentioned. A few years back, the post office reorganized the way that 95030 and 95032 split up most of the 9 or 10 square miles which comprise the “town of Los Gatos”. It used to be an east-west divide, and now it’s closer to a north and south split, but not exactly that either.

I love this map because it looks as odd as the new distribution feels!  The 95033 zip code is unincorporated, mostly in Santa Clara County, but as you can see, much of it falls west of highway 35 (Skyline Blvd) and is in Santa Cruz County.  When a home has the 95033 zip code, it is analogous to the property being “in the mountains”.

Here’s a map of the “in town” areas of Los Gatos. Note the strange borderlines!

Los Gatos zip code map – in town

A little of 95033 is in the incorporated area of Los Gatos, but most is not.

 

Map of Los Gatos zip codes

 

Los Gatos zip code map – mountains area, 95033

And a similar map showing 95033 (mailing address Los Gatos). As you can see, it’s not the only mountain area zip code, but it’s the only one with a Los Gatos mailing address.

The border with Santa Cruz County sometimes is right at Summit Road, but other times just close to it. Something that can surprise folks is seeing homes in Santa Cruz County, rather than Santa Clara County, with a Los Gatos address.

 

Map of Los Gatos 95033

 

Zip codes and schools:

Neither the town’s boundaries nor the zip code boundaries line up with the school district boundaries.  There are homes in both 95032 and 95030 which are in the Los Gatos School District, for instance – though nearly all of 95030 is “in the schools”. (And just as confusing – a few homes in San Jose’s Almaden Valley with a 95120 zip code are in the Los Gatos School District too.)

Notes:

(1) Monte Sereno shares the 95030 and the 95032 zip codes with Los Gatos

(2) There are some funky pockets near the town’s borders where the homes may actually belong to Los Gatos but have a zip code of the neighboring community or vice versa – this is rare, but it happens.

  • A patch of Campbell near Pollard and Quito has a Los Gatos 95032 mailing address, but it’s actually Campbell.
  • Another pocket of Los Gatos near National and Carlton has a mailing address of San Jose 95124, but it’s actually part of the town of Los Gatos.
  •  Part of Blossom Hill Road with a LG mailing address is actually San Jose, 95124 (Cambrian).
  • An area near Leigh High (parts of Noella, Selinda, and others) is also in San Jose, but the mailing address is again Los Gatos 95032

Zip codes in Los Gatos can be frustrating to understand, since they don’t line up with schools, town boundaries, and they sometimes have bits far from the main area of that postal code.

Related reading and information

Town of Los Gatos zoning map (on the town’s website)

List of Los Gatos neighborhoods (on this website)

What are some of the most popular neighborhoods in Los Gatos?

United States Postal Service page on the zip codes

Belwood, Belgatos, and Surmont neighborhood

Belwood, Belgatos, and Surmont neighborhood

The Belwood, Belgatos, and Surmont neighborhood in east Los Gatos is a tidy community at the base of the hills and close to beautiful Belgatos Park. It includes 4 subdivisions which all share access to the Belwood of Los Gatos cabana. They include:

  • Surmont, the oldest section of the neighborhood, with semi custom homes (“Class D” optional cabana membership)
  • Belgatos, which was built next and is on the west side of Belgatos Road (“Class D” optional cabana membership)
  • Belwood of Los Gatos, a large tract neighborhood with the cabana at its heart (mandatory cabana membership, many homes now extensively remodeled or rebuilt)
  • A small subdivision with 14 homes built between 1977 and 1979 that wasn’t given a name, unfortunately: Tract 5921 (10 homes) and Lots A – D. (“Class D” optional cabana membership)

 

Where is the Belwoood, Belgatos, and Surmont neighborhood?

The community is located on the south side of Blossom Hill Road, generally between Westhill Drive and Harwood Road.

Nearby public landmarks are Belgatos Park and the Walgreen’s shopping center (corner of Blossom Hill and Harwood), with a Mountain Mike’s Pizza and a newly added cake shop.

 

Belwood Belgatos Surmont Heritage Grove neighborhoods map

 

There’s a fair amount of confusion about what is or isn’t in this neighborhood or who can use or join the pool. Adding to the location confusion, The Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police cert map identifies the whole region plus the Strathmore neighborhood, which is across Blossom Hill Road, as “Belwood” generally.

What are the schools for this neighborhood?

The public schools for this area are Noddin Elementary, Union Middle, and Leigh High School.

What’s the neighborhood like?

The terrain is nearly level, with very low, gentle hills over most of the area. For those looking for an arduous climb on foot or bike, though, Harwood Road provides a nice challenge. At the top, you’ll see a fantastic view of downtown San Jose and Silicon Valley for your trouble. There are some challenges to be found in the open space trails, too.

With winding, mostly tree-lined roads and tidy houses as a rule (there are only a very few exceptions). It is a very attractive neighborhood overall.

Some streets have sidewalks, but many do not. There are not a lot of street lamps, which makes for wonderful night sky viewing.

Something fun: in the summer, private and group swim lessons take place at the cabana.

Park and trails

At the middle of this community is the very inviting Belgatos Park, a scenic, setting which includes a playground near the parking lot, picnic areas, restrooms, trails into the hills (with some wonderful valley views), and access to the Heinz Open Space Preserve and its network of trails also. (And it’s not far to the Santa Rosa Open Space area either.)

One hill attracts kids who enjoy sliding down it on bits of cardboard, and thus has been nicknamed “cardboard hill” for decades. Most of the time these cardboard sledding enthusiasts are pretty good about picking up their “sledding vehicles” when done.

The paths are popular with people on foot, but also those on mountain bikes or horseback. As there are a few larger properties which are zoned for horses in the area, this is a very nice equestrian option. There are 2 nearby places for horse boarding, too.

 

Aerial view of Belwood of Los Gatos neighborhood 2016

 

For photographers, the park has abundant worthy subjects year round, both of the open space and the valley views below. In the early morning hours, or near sunset, you may see some deer too. But be careful: bobcats and mountain lions are in these hills also.

What are homes like in this part of town?

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Los Gatos Terrain Map

Los Gatos Terrain Map

You can view a Los Gatos terrain map online, without registering or logging in. What’s really amazing is that you can zoom in, click on any parcel, and obtain that particular elevation.

Here’s that link: Los Gatos topographic map, elevation, relief

Los Gatos terrain map – more than just interesting

In addition to the terrain label, this type of map is often called a relief map (meaning 3D), or an elevation map, or a topographical map.

Something helpful in our real estate practice is finding the slope between adjoining parcels. It’s good to know if your home is higher or lower than the neighbor’s so that you can address any water related or drainage issues  that you may not have known existed.

 

Los Gatos terrain map - relief or topographical map of LG

 

 

Related reading

Do you have a high water table? (on this site)

What To Consider When Buying a Hillside Home in Silicon Valley

Cracked Foundations, Adobe Clay Soils and Water in Silicon Valley

Saratoga Highlands, Rio Rinconada, Granada Way and La Rinconada Park Neighborhood

Saratoga Highlands, Rio Rinconada, Granada Way and La Rinconada Park Neighborhood

Saratoga Highlands, Rio Rinconada, Granada Way and La Rinconada Park neighborhood are situated in west Los Gatos near the Campbell and Saratoga borders. As they are close to the large Safeway and surrounding shops along Pollard Road, this is a very convenient community.In this area you’ll find a beautiful park and tidy neighborhood with homes of varying sizes and price tags. From looking at the plat maps, I believe that originally this entire area was part of the Rinconada Hills tract of land, but today just part of the area, the gated community, bears that name. (Video below of a sampling of the area that I took from 2014!)

 

 

Please continue reading for much more information on the neighborhood!
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The Promenade: Strolling Downtown Los Gatos with Live Music this Summer! 7/1 – 8/12, 2021

Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce: The Promenade Thursdays poster

Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce poster for the Promenade!

The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce invites the community to celebrate summer together with free live music all summer!

Thursday Promenades in Downtown Los Gatos

There’s a party in downtown every Thursday Promenade beginning this week! Every Thursday evening, 3pm to 8pm from July 1st to August 12th, the stretch of North Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Los Gatos between Main St and Bachman (that’s from Dolce Spazio to Andalé for the foodies) will transform into “the promenade.” The street will be open to foot traffic, and two stages will bookend the promenade with live musical entertainment!

Bands will begin performances at 4:30pm on the North Stage (Bachman), and at 5:30pm on the South Stage (Main), with entertainment from a different group each week. See the lineup (and any changes) on the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce calendar, the Thursday Promenades page linked above, or Camber of Commerce social media pages.

Drivers, plan to reroute around this stretch of N. Santa Cruz Ave on Thursday nights. While there is usually plenty of parking along the old rail line behind the shops, it tends to fill up with festival traffic, so schedule in some extra time for parking. If you’re coming for the event, consider traveling by bike, or using a ridesharing service if you plan on patronizing any of the bars or brewery!

As someone who regularly attends free summer concerts in Los Gatos, which were mostly canceled earlier this year (and the Fiesta de Arts / Wine Walk postponed until September), the Promenade is music to my ears!

So invite your friends to eat, drink, play, and stroll the night away!

Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce: Thursday Promenades Live Music Schedule 2021

Musical lineup, taken from the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Click to see the original post.