Los Gatos condos
If you are looking to buy a home in or near downtown Los Gatos, but your budget is less than $1 million, you might consider something in the Pueblo de Los Gatos condos community. It is one of the more affordable housing options anywhere in town, yet enjoys the highly prized Los Gatos Union School District and a very convenient location.
What are homes in Pueblo de Los Gatos like?
Front doors face outside, rather than an interior corridor, so this is not a complex that feels like a hotel. The development was built in 1970, and you may detect its age here and there, but overall, it seems to be a well kept up complex. Residents enjoy a community pool and lots of green, open space between the buildings. Several residents appear to have dogs, but on the many visits I’ve made there, I did not hear any barking.
The individual units vary in the amount of remodeling which has been done inside. Some still have heat pumps for heating and cooling (rather than a forced air furnace), popcorn or acoustic ceilings, original bathrooms, etc. Many have been beautifully updated, though, so you really need to see each one and take it on its own merits. Gas fireplaces are common – they may be in every unit, but I’m not sure of that.
It appears that the units were all built with Zinsco electric panels and subpanels, and they seem to be widely in use (though individual owners may have replaced them). Some home inspectors will raise a red flag about Zinsco or Federal Pacific panels, and others do not say a word about them. Please do your own research on this.
Except for one of the homes, which has a garage, all have use of at least one carport space.
How big are the condo units at Pueblo de Los Gatos?
Pueblo de Los Gatos includes 53 condominium units. I have been in a number of them, and most of the units I’ve seen have good floor plans with very decent space. They have laundry in the unit rather than in an HOA run laundry building.
The bed, bath, and size breakdown is as follows:
- 8 units have 1 bed, 1 bath, and either 764 SF or 789 SF
- 44 have 2 bedrooms and 2 or 2.5 baths, with one of 3 layouts – 1032 SF, 1097 SF, or 1120 SF
- 1 unit features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1390 SF and a 2 car garage, while the rest use carports. (I do wonder if originally this wasn’t supposed to be the property manager’s residence? It was last sold in 1980, so if that was the case, it was a very long time ago!)
- Almond Grove Historic District
- Broadway Area Historic District
- Creekside Village
- Creffield Heights & San Benito area
- Edelen or University Historic District
- Fairview Plaza Historic District
- Glenridge and Bachman Park neighborhood
- Los Gatos Commons (a 55+ community)
- Ohlone Court (houses held in condo ownership)
- Pueblo de Los Gatos condos
East Los Gatos neighborhoods
- Alta Vista (where Los Gatos and Cambrian meet)
- Belwood, Belgatos & Surmont (near Belgatos Park)
- Blossom Manor
- Bluebird Lane (young homes)
- España Oaks (town houses)
- Heritage Grove (younger subdivision near the Heintz Open Space Preserve)
- Kennedy Meadows and Kennedy Estates
- Loma Vista, El Gato Terrace, Rancho Padre
- Los Gatos Village (townhomes)
- Santa Rosa Drive and Sierra Azule (luxury homes)
- Shannon Valley Ranch (younger homes, estate properties)
- Surrey Farm
- Vista del Monte
West Los Gatos neighborhoods
- Arroyo Rinconada (townhomes)
- Cameo Park West (in Campbell with Los Gatos mailing address)
- English Oaks & Oakwood
- Foothills of Los Gatos (multi family homes)
- Los Gatos Estates (in Campbell with Los Gatos mailing address)
- Los Gatos Woods (popular townhouse community)
- Old Adobe Road neighborhood
- Rinconada Hills (large gated community, mostly townhouses but some houses)
- Rio Rinconada
- Saratoga Highlands
- The City of Monte Sereno
- Twin Creeks neighborhood in Monte Sereno
- Wedgewood Manor
North Los Gatos /
Lark Avenue area neighborhoods
Posts relating to Los Gatos neighborhoods:
East Los Gatos, West Los Gatos (what’s where?)
I’m also adding neighborhood videos as I am driving through town. They aren’t professional grade, but they will give a good sense to newcomers of what various neighborhoods are like. You can see them on my YouTube channel too.