Live Oak Manor Park & west Carlton area

There is a small pocket of Los Gatos with Los Gatos High School (Los Gatos schools) close to Ace Hardware and Live Oak Manor Park just off of Los Gatos-Almaden Road and Los Gatos Boulevard. It’s sometimes called the Live Oak Manor neighborhood. Some may call it the Carlton area, after the major street that runs through it. I have heard Realtors refer to it as “the Garcia tract” after the main builder in that neighborhood. For our purposes, I’ll call it the Live Oak Manor Park & west Carlton area to distinguish other parts of Carlton which have a different school district (Union School District) or are in the Cambrian area of San Jose.

Neighborhood map for Live Oak Manor and west Carlton area

Live Oak Manor Park & west Carlton area: location, location, location

This area is super convenient for commuters. It’s only about a half mile to the on ramp to Highway 17, and about 1 mile to Highway 85. If the freeway is backed up, it’s easy enough to get to alternate routes, such as Highway 9 or San Tomas Expressway. For those who work at Good Samaritan Hospital or one of the nearby medical offices, work is a short walk or bike ride away.

It’s not so close to downtown Los Gatos that it gets socked in with beach traffic on summer weekends. It’s easy to get to restaurants and shops along Los Gatos Boulevard, a short jaunt to the Los Gatos Creek Trail, and a quick trip to get to the JCC on Oka Road. Need groceries? Nob Hill is only a half mile away, as is the Los Gatos Cafe Uptown, Una Mas, and several other tempting destinations.

A huge plus, of course, are the highly regarded Los Gatos schools. This area is a little less expensive than nearby neighborhoods such as Blossom Manor to the south.

For many, being close to a neighborhood park is another important perk – a place to run the dogs, for kids to play, or just to get out of the house without needing a car.

Something else that should be noted is that this is a scenic pocket and most of the streets are tree lined, making it a pleasant place to be even if none of the neighborhood amenities are enjoyed.

Street view along Carlester Drive, Los Gatos, near Live Oak Manor Park

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Los Gatos Jubilee: Celebrating 125 Years on August 10, 2012

August 08, 2012

Los Gatos 125th Jubilee Year 2012The Town of Los Gatos is celebrating 125 years of incorporation this Friday, August 10th, from 6pm to 8:30pm at 5 parks around town:

  • Bachman Park
  • Belgatos Park
  • Blossom Hill Park
  • La Rinconada Park
  • Live Oak Manor Park

The townwide birthday song is to be sung at 7:30pm.

I am sure that some of this blog’s readers will wonder why we are having five simultaneous, smaller celebrations rather than one grand one in downtown.  The answer is: I don’t know.  I do know that at least for the Belgatos party, the town had trouble getting a local person to want to be in charge of it.  To me it is a strange idea to celebrate simultaneously but not do it as a whole, since the point of incorporation was to bring the townsfolk under one umbrella, as it were.  If any readers can shed light on this approach, the comments would be most welcome.

In any event, happy birthday, Los Gatos!

P.S.: Want to brush up on your Los Gatos history? The town’s got a nice synopsis you can read online.