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The Charter Oaks townhome community was built in 3 phases between 1972 and 1975,  and consists of 101 units on a verdant, green campus. I’m told that the builder was the highly regarded Blackwell Homes.  Each townhome enjoys between 960 square feet and 1,760 sf, with the average being 1452. Most are 2 story but there are a few single story homes as well. Lot sizes are small (1,920-3,205 SF, average is 2477 SF) as there is a great deal of common, outdoors space to enjoy.

Charter Oaks townhome community

Charter Oaks Circle mapLos Gatans are drawn to Charter Oaks for many reasons. First, it offers well built homes that are thoughtfully designed in a beautiful setting. The community features include expansive greenbelt areas and a pool.

The location is a huge plus. It is located alongside the Los Gatos Creek Trail, making it an easy walking or bike commute to Netflix, a simple bike ride to Vasona or downtown Los Gatos, or a convenient route for a longer ride, jog, or stroll. To top it off, this area includes the highly regarded Los Gatos Schools and is close enough to the freeways to make commuting less stressful.

Every area has some location challenges. Because it’s close to two freeways, there’s a bit of noise from the highways but it’s not too bad. The other thing to know is that there’s just one road in and out, and trying to turn left from Charter Oaks Drive onto Lark Avenue can sometimes be frustrating as the cars just keep coming and there’s no traffic signal to help there.

Charter Oaks real estate pricing

Homes in Charter Oaks are selling for about $1,000,000 to $1,300,00 as of early 2020. (See my listing at 126 Charter Oaks Circle here.) As with every complex, some areas will sell for more than others. In this case, because the townhomes are fairly close to highway 17, some areas have road noise and will be a little less desirable.  Some will have better or lesser views, access to parking, natural light, and so on. The condition and size of the unit have an enormous impact on housing values too, of course.


Which streets are a part of Charter Oaks?

Includes streets are these: Walnut Hill Court, Charter Oaks Circle, Willow Hill Court, Cherry Hill Court, Almond Hill Court, Spruce Hill Court

Photo tour of the Charter Oaks neighborhood

Recently I took a lot of photographs of the Charter Oaks neighborhood to share here.  These will give you an idea of the architecture, the setting, and the feel overall of this area.


Charter Oaks sign at Lark Avenue


The Charter Oaks sign sits at Lark Avenue at the entrance to this community.


Charter Oaks neighborhood view


View from Charter Oaks Drive in Los Gatos.


Home at Charter Oaks


One of the townhome buildings for several units.  Note how tidy the scene is with nice looking painting, roofing and landscaping.


Charter Oaks garages with courtyard entrances


Homes here enjoy 2 car garages (many have a courtyard between the garage and front door of the home).


Charter Oaks outside spaces


Townhouses include private outdoors space with back patios and balconies upstairs.


Charter Oaks greenbelt


This is one of the many greenbelt areas – a pleasant place to walk, visit with neighbors, or toss a ball around.


Charter Oaks Pool Area


Beautiful pool area – a great place to unwind or exercise!

Homes for sale in Charter Oaks Los Gatos