Fanciful roof art

My work takes me all over Los Gatos, but usually I’m driving. The other day I noticed some fanciful roof art as I was a passenger and had the leisure of looking up, down, and all around while my husband kept his eyes on the road.

I did almost miss it, as the large trees enjoyed in the Glenridge neighborhood made the fanciful roof art visibility more like a Where’s Waldo? game. (For a better view, click on the photograph below and you’ll see a larger version of it.)

2022-04-28 fanciful roof art in the Glenridge neighborhood of Los Gatos

 

I did a double take and then we doubled back when I noticed something on the roof’s peak. We do see interesting weather vanes, and sometimes intricate wood details on Victorians, but this was something else.  This time Jim also got to see it and we decided it was worth parking the car to take a photo with a simpler backyard. (Click image to see larger photo.)

 

2022-04-28 fanciful roof art detail in Glenridge - clearer view

 

I’ve never seen a gargoyle on a residential roof before, but I thought it was wonderful and worth sharing. It’s topped off by the dragon weather vane!

These can be seen along Pennsylvania Avenue in the Glenridge area of Los Gatos. Are there other homes with curious and fun art on the roofs here in town? If so, I’d love to see them!

The Annual Great Race

The Annual Great Race, hosted by the Los Gatos Rotary Club, is back and in a new venue.

The Great Race: some new twists

Photo of runners - The Great Race in Los Gatos - annual run from Saratoga to Los GatosSince 1978, the Great Race was plotted along Highway 9 between Los Gatos and Saratoga. Apparently it has become too costly to use that route, so this year, 2022, it will happen at Vasona Lake County Park and Oak Meadow Park (which are connected).

This year’s main event will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.

The Rotary Club’s website states that “Another benefit of start/finish line in Vasona Park is that for the first time ever, we are offering a 1-Mile Kids Fun Run at 8:10am prior to the main event.” And Sharkie will be in attendance, too!

While many participants do jog or run, others walk or stroll. It’s a family-friendly fundraiser sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Gatos and is open to all. That said, the Rotary Club’s website also describes the race as “fast”!

The Rotary club offers this fun event each year with the help of a number of sponsors. For many years in a row, Sereno, where I work, has been a major sponsor for years. Many other local business back this great fundraiser too. See the list of sponsors, a map of the route, and run information at the Rotary Club link below.

To get all of the details for the Great Race, including pricing and links to register early, visit the Los Gatos Rotary’s website page dedicated to this event.

 

Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk

Los Gatos Wine WalkThe Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk will take place on Saturday, April 23 2022 from 1 pm to 4 pm- rain or shine!.

The tickets can sell out fast, so get yours today! Cost is $50 advance, or $55 day of the event.

For more details and info on how to register, please see the Los Gatos Chamber’s website. Cheers!

The location will be

Downtown Los Gatos
N. Santa Cruz Avenue & Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030

Spring into Green in Los Gatos

Usually each Spring, Los Gatos hosts a “Spring into Green” event. Due to the Covid pandemic, though, the annual event has been on hiatus. We’re delighted that it’s back, though, with the next one being on Sunday, April  24, 2022 at the Town Plaza Park.

 

Spring Into Green Los Gatos 2022

 

The town’s website states “We are  happy to announce that after a two-year hiatus, we’re back! Join us this April 24th at Town Plaza Park, to celebrate Keep Los Gatos Beautiful Month, environmental sustainability, and Earth Day! The festivities include environmentally focused exhibitor booths, a tree planting ceremony, the weekly Los Gatos Farmer’s Market, family-friendly activities, live music and more!”

There will be kid friendly events as well as interesting and fun things to do for people of all ages.

Full details on Spring into Green on the town’s website:

https://www.losgatosca.gov/2225/Spring-into-Green

 

Eichler homes

Los Gatos enjoys a good variety of architecture, including some mid-century modern homes. For nearby Joseph Eichler homes, though, you’ll want to check out Via Sereno in Monte Sereno. They are gems!

 

Eichler homes in Monte Sereno

 

Where are the Eichler homes in Monte Sereno?

Via Sereno showcases 16 Eichler homes just off Winchester Blvd. The subdivision was named “Sereno Foothills”, but I do not believe it’s known by that name. (For my Realtor friends, this is tract 4668.) The six homes at the very end of the cul-de-sac, parallel to Winchester, back up to the athletic field at Daves Avenue School.

 

Eicher homes in Monte Sereno - Sereno Foothills subdivision

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Cat’s Hill Classic Bicycle Race in Los Gatos

Cats Hill ClassicCath’s Hill Classic is back!

If you took Driver’s Ed in Saratoga or Los Gatos, you were probably made to park on the steepest hill around – Nicholson Avenue with its 23 degree grade. Positively frightening! But local bicycle enthusiasts take on Nicholson not with motor vehicles, but on their bikes in a race that has become a Los Gatos classic – the Cat’s Hill Classic bicycle race, which runs through the Almond Grove, Glenridge and Bachman Park neighborhoods of Los Gatos Saturday, March 26, 2022. There’s even a kid set too.

Please get the full scoop here on the organization’s website.

https://teamsanjose.org/section/catshill/

Stunning Vista del Monte Home for Sale

Come see this stunning Vista del Monte home for sale during our open house events (details below), or check out the photos, floorplan, and details at the virtual tour anytime!

Update on 4/25/2022: this home sold in 7 days with two offers for $4,320,000, closing April 25, 2022

253 Vista del Monte - fire pit, summer kitchen, hot tub in backyard

253 Vista del Monte features 4 bedrooms,  3.5 baths, an open layout, and extensive remodeling inside & out. The rooms are all generously sized and the backyard has been remodeled with entertaining in mind. Set at the end of the road, this is a quiet and serene location that you will treasure!

Vista del Monte home for sale – quick facts:

4 spacious bedrooms
3.5 bathrooms
3045 SF
9888 SF lot
Los Gatos schools: Van Meter, Fisher, and Los Gatos High
built in 1960 and remodeled in recent years with many upgrades
Offered at $3,850,000
MLS # ML81883301

Open house schedule

Wednesday March 23, 2022 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday March26 & 27, 2022  2 – 4 pm.

 

The sellers remodeled the main floor to open things up and to add more views to the outside. It worked beautifully! The new kitchen provides a large island and skylights above, stainless steel appliances, including a built in microwave, gas oven / stove, hood, fridge, and a wine fridge. There’s loads of storage, too. The laundry was moved from a nearby closet to the bedroom wing, and the closet is now a fabulous pantry.

 

Open Concept Living - 253 Vista del Monte, Los Gatos CA 95030

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