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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.

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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Best public high schools in Silicon Valley

Best High SchoolsEarlier today on my Valley of Hearts Delight blog, I wrote about the K12Niche.com report on the best public high schools in our area, with a smaller study on private ones as well.  How did the high schools serving Los Gatos fare?

First, let’s just touch on what the Niche Report was looking for in the studied schools.  Their criteria for grading or judging the school’s success included a variety of factors, including academics, athletics, safety, facilities, teachers, etc. – so very broad.

Los Gatos is served by three regular public high schools which were included in this study:

  1. Los Gatos High School, which covers most of the town, ranked # 81 of the 41 schools included
  2. Leigh High School ranked # 16 of 41
  3. Westmont High School ranked #19 of 41

How about our nearest neighbors?

Saratoga was #1, Lynbrook #3.  Leland in Almaden was #11. Pioneer came in at #14.

 

Check out the whole list on the K12Niche site:

https://k12.niche.com/rankings/public-high-schools/best-overall/m/san-jose-metro-area/

Several school districts provide education to students in Los Gatos and Monte Sereno: how are the scores?

The Academic Performance Index (API) scoring system is leaving California, but right now it’s still the most commonly used way of comparing the testing results of students in public schools. (Private schools are not rated in this way.) Many home buyers prefer to buy “in the schools”, meaning in the Los Gatos Union School District. However, on the elementary and middle school level, the scores are just as high – if not higher – in the other two Los Gatos and Monte Sereno school districts: the Union School District and the Campbell Union School District. Have a look: Los Gatos and Monte Sereno public schools and scores
For more info and longer discussion on this topic, please see the related article on my Valley of Heart’s Delight blog:

http://sanjoserealestatelosgatoshomes.com/schools-serving-los-gatos-and-monte-sereno-students-how-do-they-compare/

To see the real estate market trends by school district, please check out this article:

http://sanjoserealestatelosgatoshomes.com/silicon-valleys-real-estate-market-by-school-district-santa-clara-county/