Photos of Los Gatos
Perhaps you’ve driven over Highway 17 from Los Gatos to Santa Cruz and wondered about the large white building off to the left, perched on a knoll overlooking the valley and that same highway. That’s the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, now a retirement home for Jesuit priests and brothers (members of the Society of Jesus) for the provinces of California, Oregon, and Washington (now collectively known as “Jesuits West”). Many decades ago, it was the novitiate for the California province, meaning it’s where young men entered the order. Two of my uncles did just that. I am a fairly frequent visitor to this lovely place now, as one of my uncles has gone full circle and has retired where he first entered. Some of my old professors from Gonzaga University in Spokane are there, too, as well as Jesuits that I knew growing up in the area.
So today I wanted to share some photos with you, as many people living in Los Gatos would have no occasion to visit what my family still calls The Novitiate. However, Testarossa Winery is next door (at what used to be the Jesuit Winery), so many of my readers will have been close. Please enjoy the photos, which I took last Saturday while there to see my uncle.
This may be an El Niño winter, but right now there’s a break in the precipitation. As much as we appreciate the rain, we also appreciate the warm, sunny, dry days also. Yesterday I broke out of work mode for an hour and enjoyed a walk at Vasona Lake County Park. Here are a few photos. To my readers in snowy climates, yes, Los Gatos really can be this nice in February!
In June 2015, my husband, his brother, and neice enjoyed a flight in a small private plane that took them from Livermore to Santa Cruz and then over downtown Los Gatos. They’ve shared their images with me to share with you – hope you enjoy them! (Not your typical Los Gatos real estate view!!)
The very first subdivision or planned neighborhood in Los Gatos was along Broadway and nearby (Clifton Avenue, Browadway Extension and Wood Road). There had already been quite a few houses built at that time in Los Gatos, but none were planned areas per se. John Lyndon was the developer and he bought the land and created 48 parcels which were sold in 1881 – a good six years before the far larger Almond Grove district was created and 6 years before the town was incorporated, too. A few homes in this area may already have been present, though, and seem to predate the 1881 date.
No doubt, Mr. Lyndon’s real estate buying decision was at least partially influenced by the location of his Lyndon Hotel, a whose bar was a popular hangout for the likes of John Steinbeck and Charlie Chaplain, which was located at the corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and Broadway, and now is the Lyndon Plaza (since sadly the hotel was torn down in the 1960s).
What was once a fairly quiet end of town is today mostly in the heart of it. The area closest to the post office enjoys a wide road (if desperately in need of repair), a good variety of Victorian and mostly older, historic homes, and is very uniformly well kept. Because it is either “in town” or “close to town”, the road is lined with cars most days – perhaps also because these houses of course pre-dated garages.
Where is the Broadway Historic District in Los Gatos?
The Town of Los Gatos has a Historic Districts Map – have a look:
Broadway neighborhood of Los Gatos real estate information
Last Friday, my husband, Jim, enjoyed a flight over much of the south bay area with his brother, John, and our niece, Christine. I’m the lucky winner who gets loads of fantastic photos to share (with abundant gratitude to John Handy!)! Today I’ll begin with a shot over west Los Gatos.
Here’s a view from the plane that my wonderful brother-in-law shared with me. Can you tell what you are seeing?
The biggest hint I can offer is to point out that the major road running along the right side is Highway 85, and what is off to the upper right hand side is north.
Can you tell where you’d see these things:
- Downtown Los Gatos?
- La Rinconada Country Club (golf course)?
- Rinconada Water Treatment Plant?
- Any of these schools: Rolling Hills Middle, Marshall Lane Elementary, West Valley College?
- Downtown Saratoga?
- Vasona Lake?
- How about Quito Road?
- Pollard Road?
The first 6 I’ve put onto the same image but mapped. Have a look….
Hope you enjoy this photo slide show, designed to give you a small “taste” of Los Gatos! These images I have either taken myself or paid my photographer to shoot for me. Please do not use without permission.
Saw this today – and we stopped. I wonder how many people fly through this intersection since they cannot possibly see the sign? Photo taken 9-3-2015 at the intersection of Shannon and Hilow in east Los Gatos. Not sure if it’s the town’s responsibility or the home owner’s…but it’s dangerous as it is!
October 03, 2008
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Outings in Los Gatos are often scenic and sometimes surprising.
Quito Road, which meanders alongside the winding San Tomas Aquino creek and separates Los Gatos from Saratoga, has loads of odd signs reminiscent of the one here, but this isn’t a sign from Quito Road.
Have you seen this one? Know where it is?
September 27, 2008
June 13, 2008
Tonight another fire, this one smaller but more local, darkened the skies over the western part of the Santa Clara Valley with smoke. At about 3pm, a grass fire broke out close to the onramp from San Tomas Expressway in Campbell onto Highway 17 southbound toward Los Gatos and Santa Cruz. By 4:30 or so, when I drove through, the plume of smoke rising was quite substantial. And by evening, the air was positively eerie in Los Gatos with strange tints coloring the sky and the landscape.
The late afternoon and early evening sky was a taupe color in places. Light coming in through the windows of our home was tinted a tungsten type of hue. This photo taken by Clair Handy from Bacigalupi Drive in Los Gatos (in Belwood of Los Gatos).
Another neighborhood view in Belwood.
View from the Handy Family backyard in Los Gatos – the wind made the smoke-filled areas very distinct from the cleaner sections of sky.
A (non-enhanced) view of nearby palm trees. The whole sky was just creepy looking.All of these pictures are unedited except for cropping, of course.
My sister, Barb, is visiting for a few days and she commented that the sky reminded of of when Mt St. Helen’s blew in 1980. I was not around for that, but heard plenty about it from my many friends in Washington and Oregon. I don’t think it was quite so dark, but it was certainly odd looking tonight.