Where can you find a blue USPS mailbox in Los Gatos or Monte Sereno?

USPS Mail boxes in Los Gatos and Monte Sereno CAHave you ever needed to mail something but just did not have the time to run to the main post office? Sometimes those blue United States Postal Service mailboxes are just the thing you need. But try finding one if you are stressed or in a hurry and cannot think straight!

Websites and apps to locate a USPS collection box

Available for both iPhone and Android smart phones, Mail Box Locator is a free app which will assist you in discovering the box in closest proximity to you. (Find it on iTunes or Google Play.) Ont the Google Play site, it’s given about 3 1/2 stars out of five. Regular websites may be preferable.

Browsing the web, are a few sites for finding the nearest blue collection box. One is Mailbox Map. Something cool about Mailbox Map is that it allows users to add maps, which should help to keep it current. (Though I believe it’s more likely for boxes to be removed than added with current budget constraints.) Mailbox Map uses cute mini blue box icons for its markers – see image below.

mailbox map

I found another site, also not affiliated with the USPS, which offers a couple of ways of locating those blue collection boxes – by list or by geo mash up map. (Apparently the website began as a way of finding public pay phones, but it covers these ubiquitous blue boxes as well). They do, of course, include the actual post office locations as well. What the maps and lists don’t do is combine zip codes. Sometimes you’re on the border of two zip codes and it would be ideal to simply put in your own address and see what’s nearby rather than searching only by zip.

Below are links to that information by our three Los Gatos and Monte Sereno area zip codes, 95030, 95032, 95033.

95030
list: http://www.payphone-project.com/mailboxes/zip_codes/9/95030.html
map: http://www.payphone-project.com/mailboxes/zip_codes/maps/9/95030.html

95032
list: http://www.payphone-project.com/mailboxes/zip_codes/9/95032.html
map: http://www.payphone-project.com/mailboxes/zip_codes/maps/9/95032.html

95033
list: http://www.payphone-project.com/mailboxes/zip_codes/9/95033.html
map: http://www.payphone-project.com/mailboxes/zip_codes/maps/9/95033.html

The confusion over the location of Surmont and Heritage Grove, Belwood and Belgatos subdivisions

Bing Maps incorrect labeling of east Los Gatos neighborhoodsToo often, we think that the search engines know it all, and that includes the maps and names for neighborhoods or subdivisions and where they’re located. Real estate agents or Los Gatos Realtors who want to get ahead sometimes begin by using Bing maps (since Bing has been volunteering subdivision names for awhile now) and create searches of homes for sale based on them, and articles reliant on these mislabeled maps, so getting it all wrong. Surmont and Heritage Grove in east Los Gatos are prime examples!

What’s the matter?

Bing has Heritage Grove north of Blossom Hill Road and set between Leigh and Union. It has Surmont spanning both where it belongs and where Heritage Grove actually sits. Bing doesn’t know what to do with Belgatos and Belwood, so put one slightly north of the other.

No, no, no, no.

For the record, I did submit a “ticket” to Bing to alert the good folks there to the problem. Not a peep back so far, though.

The divider between Belwood of Los Gatos and the Belgatos area is Belgatos Road (think east-west, not north-south). Surmont is to the west of them…but only the area which is contiguous with Belgatos and Belwood. The part that isn’t contiguous (that you have to reach via Blossom Hill Road) is the much, much younger Heritage Grove.

I mapped it out myself based on plat maps from preliminary title reports. I know it’s not elegant looking but it is pretty accurate overall.

Heritage Grove, Surmont, Belgatos, Belwood of Los Gatos map of subdivision areas - east Los Gatos

Sometimes it is really not clear where one subdivision or neighborhood ends and another begins. That’s when it is especially handy to be able to look at a plat map, which sets forth all kinds of very cool information.

Not sure what a plat map is or does? Have a read at my Valley of Hearts Delight blog:

http://sanjoserealestatelosgatoshomes.com/what-is-a-plat-map-and-what-can-you-learn-from-it/

Want more information on the beautiful Belwood of Los Gatos, Belgatos or Surmont areas? Check out the mini blog for this corner of east Los Gatos:

http://BelwoodOfLosGatos.com

Los Gatos Zip Code Maps

Los Gatos zip code mapsHave you ever tried to figure out the Los Gatos zip codes?  The only easy one is 95031, and that refers to PO boxes only!  To the left, please see a map of the Los Gatos zip codes*: 95030, 95032 and 95033.  The large area is the 95033 or “Los Gatos Mountains” area.  Just above it is 95030 and above that is 95032.

 

Los Gatos Zip Code commentary:  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”.

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.)

*A couple more notes:

(1) Monte Sereno shares the 95030 zip code 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.  Weird, but true.