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Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series: Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz and Vasona Vibrations Schedule of Events and Performers

Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series: Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz and Vasona Vibrations Schedule of Events and Performers

Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series Collage Summer 2023

Today’s heatwave is a reminder that Summer 2024 is just around the corner, and Los Gatos is gearing up for a season of music to remember! The last couple of years have transformed Los Gatos’ free music scene, with some favorites returning and new events to look forward to, while others have taken their last bow.

Some of our old favorites, like Jazz on the Plazz and Music in the Park, are back, with performances from long-time favorites and some new performances taking the stage. Knowing that you are as excited about these as I am, I have compiled a calendar of free outdoor music events for us all! (Not all artists and schedules have been announced, so please check the official event pages for the latest news).

Below please find a compilation of the three different Los Gatos free musical concert series and a few one-day festivals. As always, the information below is believed to be reliable, but as with any concert or outdoors event it is subject to change, so double check the website (and the weather) prior to going and always read the rules, especially if you plan to picnic. Hope to see you there!

Note: It’s still early in the season, so not all events have their schedules and lineups published. We will update this list later in the season, but be sure to check each event’s website and social media for the latest information!

2024 Summer Concert Series: Free Music and Fun in Los Gatos

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Los Gatos real estate market statistics and trends

Los Gatos real estate market statistics and trends

Los Gatos real estate market graphic with home near downtownAs of today, May 6, 2024, the Los Gatos real estate market in 95030 & 95032 remains strong

Across the county, first time home buyers are the most active and more entry level prices is the strongest segment.

Los Gatos real estate market statistics for the last 30 days (not a calendar month)

Numbers for today (pulled from the MLS), going back 30 days:

  • 57 houses for sale today (May 6, 2024)
    • the average days on market for these homes is 80 days (but 3 have been on for 555-557 days! Without them, it’s 47 days)
    • the median days on market for all 57 houses is 41 days
  • 3 are contingent, 25 are sale pending  (no contingencies)
  • 29 have closed in the last 30 days
    • average home size 2,454 SF
    • average lot size 15,094 SF
    • average days on market = 7 (down from 10 last month, way down from 43 sales 30 days before that!)
    • the LONGEST days on market was  24, and of the 29 homes, 27 sold in 10 days or less
    • average sale price  $3,340,338
    • median sale price $3,200,000 (same as last month)
    • average sale to list price ratio 110% ( it was109% 30 days ago, 104% in mid-March and 101% in early-mid January)

Seven of the sold homes were  $4 mil or more. The highest sale price was $7,600,000.

Some of the homes for sale have been on the market a long time, but for houses that do sell, it’s usually in 10 days or less. Some price points do typically take longer, though.

Trends at a Glance from the RE Report for Los Gatos 95030 & 95032

The numbers below analyze data gathered during the first week of each month and cover real estate statistics from the month prior in Los Gatos 95030 & 95032 (all areas / school districts), or MLS “area 16”. See the full RE Report here.

These numbers never line up exactly with the MLS figures, but the data trends normally line up. The numbers I pulled from the MLS pointed to 33 sales, and the RE Report tracked  31 sales, not sure why there’s a difference One part of Los Gatos 95030 is MLS area 17, not 16, so that may be the sticky spot with the data.

Trends At a Glance Apr 2024 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $3,360,000 (-1.9%) $3,425,000 $2,975,440 (+12.9%)
Average Price $3,805,470 (+4.3%) $3,647,000 $3,183,500 (+19.5%)
No. of Sales 33 (+22.2%) 27 26 (+26.9%)
Pending 27 (-12.9%) 31 22 (+22.7%)
Active 47 (+27.0%) 37 46 (+2.2%)
Sale vs. List Price 107.8% (-0.6%) 108.5% 101.7% (+6.0%)
Days on Market (-70.2%) 29 17 (-48.5%)
Days of Inventory 41 (+0.5%) 41 51 (-19.5%)

 

 

Further below you’ll find similar charts for houses in the Los Gatos Mountains and also condos and townhomes “in town”.

Los Gatos real estate market statistics: multi year data by month

Here is some Los Gatos real estate market data that I pulled directly from the MLS today.

Inventory of available homes for sale in Los Gatos 95030 and Los Gatos 95032

Inventory is finally into a healthier range (though I recall the days when 80 was typical).

 

Number of Listings - Los Gatos 95030, 95032 MLS Area 16 RE Stats

 

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Los Gatos Lions Date Night

Los Gatos Lions Date Night

Los Gatos Lions Date Night graphic with green canopy, wine glass, and cutleryThe annual Los Gatos Lions  Date Night event will be held Campo Di Bocce, Los Gatos. Enjoy the evening of wine, brews, and food tasting provided by 11 local premier wineries and breweries, and 11 premier restaurants and specialty places. The event features a raffle, Silent Auction of great items, a Live Auction of a few very select items and live music. This is a sell out event, so buy your tickets soon!

Los Gatos Lions Date Night details

When: Saturday, June 1st, 7 – 10pm

Where: Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos, 565 University Avenue Los Gatos, CA 95032

Cost: $100 per ticket ($108.55 as there’s a service charge added)

This fundraising event at Campo di Bocce provides much-needed financial support to our Los Gatos Schools’ mental health initiatives and student counseling services. The benefactors in years past were: Los Gatos High School, RJ Fisher Middle School and CT English Middle School.

Date Night always sells out and tickets will not be available at the door.

 

For more info: https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/losgatos/page-8.php

Buy tickets here.

 

 

If you love Los Gatos, but it’s not in your budget

If you love Los Gatos, but it’s not in your budget

Less Expensive Los Gatos AlternativesOnce you have visited Los Gatos – the charming architecture, the backdrop of the hills, the vibrant downtown, the great schools, and all the trees and parks – you may want to call it home. I sure did. But the town is expensive and for some it may be out of range. What if you love Los Gatos, but it’s not affordable?

There are nearby areas that may work, so I’ll mention them here. They are all discussed in depth at my Valley of Heart’s Delight blog and mentioned in my Move2SiliconValley or popehandy blogs too – the links will be to any of my own sites.

For people relocating to Silicon Valley especially, where “sticker shock” is a normal part of the welcome package, these other areas which are a little less pricey might be helpful.

Less Expensive Alternatives to Los Gatos

Almaden Valley, San Jose 95120

A little further southeast than Los Gatos, the Almaden Valley is a very scenic suburb with the Santa Cruz Mountains on one side and the Santa Teresa Foothills on the other.  There’s no “downtown”, however you’ll find a large shopping center with a remodeled Safeway, banks, Starbucks, etc., along Almaden Expressway.  This area features the New Almaden neighborhood, which is where the area began with mercury mining operations long ago. Like Los Gatos it’s also a haven for the outdoor enthusiasts with Almaden Lake, miles and miles of mountain trails, golfing, and more.   Almaden real estate market post

Cambrian, San Jose 95124

On the north and northeast side of Los Gatos sits the Cambrian area of San Jose (which has 2 zip codes, but the part adjacent to LG is 95124).  The Union School District serves both part of Cambrian and part of east Los Gatos.  There’s a noticeable price drop going into Cambrian, but the hills and the town of LG are still close.   Very good schools and a good “bang for your buck” in terms of what you get in education for the price of the home.   Cambrian real estate market statistics

Willow Glen, San Jose 95125

Willow Glen is closer to downtown San Jose than to Los Gatos, but it has much of the charm that LG is known for, includes a lovely downtown area with its own identity, and boasts some of the most scenic streets in all of Silicon Valley.  The public schools are generally not a drawing factor. Willow Glen real estate market article

Campbell 95008

Campbell is probably the most happening city in Santa Clara County right now in terms of home buyer popularity.  Campbell provides a lovely downtown, light rail access to downtown San Jose and beyond, a great parks system (especially along the Los Gatos Creek Trail), unusually good shopping, and in some areas really excellent schools.  This is a “closer in” location than Los Gatos or Almaden, so it’s an easier commute for that lower price, too.   Campbell housing market trends and stats

Los Gatos Mountains 95033

The 95033 zip code covers a lot of land in Santa Clara County and Santa Cruz County too.  Part of it is just beyond the Los Gatos town border, but the majority of it is quite a bit further.  School scores are high, air is clean, trees are everywhere and valley views (or in the next county over, Monterey Bay views) are not uncommon.

The prices are much better than in town, but the tradeoff is that you have to deal with Highway 17 every day with beach and commute traffic, plus a number of issues that are particular to the mountains, fire hazards, wildlife, septic, landslides, etc.Please also see this article on the Los Gatos Mountains or Santa Cruz Mountains     And on the market – Altos Live RE Market Charts for the LG or Santa Cruz Mountains area

 

 

 

Rinconada Hills

Rinconada Hills

Rinconada Hills, which sits on the northwest side of Los Gatos, adjacent to Saratoga and Cambpell, is a resort-like community with many luxurious amenities. It is one of the few gated communities anywhere in Silicon Valley, and one of the largest in the greater San Jose area.

Built in stages between 1968 and 1981, the homes here were built by Brown & Kaufmann in 5 different sections. The campus is quite large, 107 acres (almost as big as Vasona Lake County Park) and includes 394 townhomes (see floorplans here) and 40 houses, or single family homes. Approximately 1,000 people live here (in a town of about 30,000). Most everyone in LG knows someone who lives at Rinconada Hills!

Rinconada Hills homes

 

The campus includes a remodeled clubhouse (Great Room, library alcove, commercial kitchen, lockers, showers), 10 pools (1 at the clubhouse), spa, and 3 tennis courts. The residents may utilize an extra parking lot for cars or the RV lot for boats/ trailers etc. – though there is a waiting list for that. Additonally, there are 3 ponds plus a lake,  and great views to be enjoyed while walking up the hill in the private grounds.

What are homes like at Rinconada Hills?

All of the homes, whether townhouses or single family homes, have stucco exteriors and tiled roofs, although there’s quite a bit of diversity within the areas and styles. Home sizes range from small 2 bedroom townhouses to large 3000 + SF homes on big lots with views. There’s a little bit of everything, but a typical residence might be an 1800 SF 2 story townhouse with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, an attached 2 car garage. There are a few single story townhomes as well as single story houses, though.

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