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The Surrey Farm neighborhood is highly regarded, and with good reason! It’s scenic, it’s “close to town”, the homes are comfortably spacious and on equally roomy lots, and it has a great community feel! In this article we’ll provide an introduction to the neighborhood, and at the bottom we’ll feature any current listings or recent sales there.

 

Gate at Surrey Farm (also known as Surrey Farms) in Los Gatos, CA

 

Where is the Surrey Farm neighborhood?

 

Surrey Farm is located just off of Kennedy Road on a few streets behind a horse fence and gate: Longmeadow Drive, Blueberry Hill Drive, Clover Way, Olde Drive and Twin Oaks Drive. A number of real estate sites incorrectly include nearby streets, reaching as far as Short Road and including part of Marchmont and the Stoneybrook neighborhood. This is not correct.

 

Surrey Farm map by Mary Pope-Handy

 

Is it Surrey Farm or Surrey Farms?

Locally, people refer to this gated looking community as Surrey Farms. But a look at the county records and preliminary title reports from the neighborhood reveals that local custom has morphed the name. The subdivision was originally dubbed in the singular: Surrey Farm, not Surrey Farms. It seems to have been one ranch or farm to start with – so the singular makes more sense. Either way – same neighborhood.

 

When were the homes built, how big are they, and how large are the lots in Surrey Farm?

 

Originally a horse ranch, Surrey Farm was built out with homes between about 1955 and 1960, and most began as ranch style homes between about 2000 and 3000 square feet, on lots of about 1/4 to 1/3 of an acre in most cases, though there are some homes larger than 4000 SF situated on parcels of more than one acre now. And over the years, many houses have been remodeled, expanded, or fully rebuilt.

 

What makes the Surrey Farm or Surrey Farms neighborhood so special?

 

Part of what is unique about Surrey Farm is the more rural feeling that the neighborhood has. Here you don’t find sidewalks or street lamps. But you do find that a number of the yards continue to use the horse fence as at least part of the landscaping. That’s very refreshing in Silicon Valley, where so many of the residential areas just feel like suburban sprawl. You can look around and imagine it being horse country not so long ago.

Also special is the fact that this area is actually close to downtown Los Gatos but only feels farther away. It’s incredibly quiet in most of the neighborhood. One area does back up to Hillbrook School, so of course the sounds of kids at play or school bells ringing will not reinforce the “out in the country” feel. Overall, though, you look around and see open space and the hills nearby – so you do not feel like this is any kind of urban setting.

The video drive through is several years old, but the feel of the community is much the same.

 

 

What are some of the things to know if interested in Surrey Farm (or the Kennedy-Marchmont area of Los Gatos)?

 

 

In this area, you are close to a lot of open space and forested land, and that means wildlife is nearby: possums, skunks, racoons, deer, bobcats, and mountain lions all make their home not too far away. And with the forested land there’s also the danger of wildfire, so it’s important to have a plan and be ready — though quite honestly I have never heard of a fire in this “Kennedy Road area.” A bigger issue than fire is water.

 

Water issues in and near Los Gatos

 

Throughout Los Gatos, Almaden, Monte Sereno and Saratoga, anytime you’re near or in a hilly area, water is an issue. Surrey Farm and the Kennedy Road and Marchmont area is no exception. This area is adjacent to larger hills but is a gently sloped area itself. Water flows down off of the hills, but at times it also flows under the hills, following some sort of impervious rock level, and when the ground flattens out, the water may pop up. Sometimes it’s a spring situation. Other times it’s a “high water table” that may come up during heavy rains, such as we have in an El Niño year. In some cases, the water can emerge under a house (like having it come off of downspouts isn’t a big enough challenge).

In winter, it is not at all unusual to find a wet or muddy crawl space if your home is on or near a hill. Less common, but perhaps more worrisome, is finding it in the middle of summer in a drought year.

Water issues can be mitigated with drainage work, so don’t let a little mud put you off – you just need to know about it going into home buying so that you are prepared and budget it in. It is important to not be surprised, and when house hunting, to be on the lookout for drainage work (and appreciate it when you see it) or the need for it if you see a slope.

 

The Fire Zone

 

About 25% of the Town of Los Gatos is Cal Fire’s mapped Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ), including this part of town. What does that mean? First, it’s an increased risk of danger from fire. We tend to find these zones where there’s a combination of hills, vegetation, and housing all together.

You can view Cal Fire’s hazard zone map here, and you will need to zoom in a number of times, but it provides a very clear outline of areas in or out of that zone. Please note that mapped zones of many kinds can change over time. I have seen homes be in flood plains and then removed from them when flood remediation work was done, and also seen it go the other way when flood risk rises. So do with the fire zones. A few years ago  the Cal Fire VHFHSZ was expanded quite a bit, at least in our town.

Insurance companies use their own maps, which are not published, so sometimes they have a different idea about what homes are in riskier areas for a fire threat. Even so, it’s likely that homes in the Cal Fire VHFHZ are also going to be in an insurance company’s high fire threat area. That will translate to more expensive insurance premiums.

 

Surrey Farm homes for sale or sold in the last 24 months

 

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(all data current as of 5/25/2024)

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