Fiesta de Artes in Los Gatos

Fiesta de Artes - Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival - painter and grapes and wineThe annual Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes is back. Now called the Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival, in 2022 it’s celebrating 50 years of art and entertainment in downtown Los Gatos. (It returned in 2021 after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.)

Fiesta de Artes, Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival dates

Mark your calendars Sept 17 – 18, 2022 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Yes, you can bring your dog!

If you’ve never been, it’s a fabulous opportunity to mill around the Civic Center lawn and enjoy art of various types. It’s free! If you’d like to partake of food and wine, the proceeds all go to a very good cause. And of course, there are plenty of beautiful art pieces for purchase, too.

What happens at the Fiesta de Artes or the Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival?

Think food & drink, art & shopping, dancing & socializing! Once again, there will be more than 150 vendors with a huge variety of artists and vendors displaying and selling their artwork, plus booths with food and wine and of course loads of music throughout both days. Please check out the musical lineup and food offerings info here:  Fiesta music and food

Fiesta de Artes will be at the Civic Center lawn across the street from Los Gatos High School – 110 E Main Street, Los Gatos CA 95030

Patrons are encouraged to bike, walk, carpool, use public transportation or get friends and loved ones to drop you off. Apparently there’s even a bike valet to facilitate arriving on two wheels. (Per the FAQ page, which is loaded with great information.)

Many thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos and all of the other sponsors for making this wonderful event possible yet again.

Please check out all of the details at the event’s website:

https://losgatosfiesta.com/

 

Related reading:

Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk (there’s usually a Fall Wine Walk in October, too)

Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series

Los Gatos Youth Theatre Summer Musicals

Los Gatos Homes for Sale

Los Gatos homes for sale - image of backyard at 253 Vista del MonteSearching Los Gatos homes for sale? We can help!

Below we’ll display the 10 most recent listings in each Los Gatos zip code, and below the list of ten there’s a link to see all Los Gatos homes for sale currently viewable here.

The area can be a little confusing, so we want to provide some info to make your search smoother.

A primer on Los Gatos areas & impact on Los Gatos homes for sale:

Major factors on home values include these:

  • proximity to downtown
  • school district
  • zip code
  • home size, numbers of beds & baths, condition
  • lot size, usability, especially backyard functionality right now (entertaining in the age of Covid)

Zip Codes

Los Gatos 95030 and 95032 are “in town” with a few county pockets in the town area. The in town area stretches from the far west, which borders Saratoga and Campbell, to the far east, which meets up with San Jose’s Almaden and Cambrian areas.

Please also see the article on this site on the Los Gatos zip code map. That visual guide may be helpful!

 

Incorporated, unincorporated, in town, in the mountains

There are about 10 square miles of what is incorporated Los Gatos. Over time, many of the unincorporated pockets in these two zip codes are becoming incorporated.

Most of the Los Gatos Mountains area with the 95033 zip code are not part of “the town”, though the mailing address looks the same.

The school districts do not follow incorporation, nor do they follow the zip code boundaries – all of that is a bit messy.

Some neighborhoods are both near downtown and include the historic district label. Some home buyers will deeply appreciate historic homes and historic districts.

Los Gatos homes for sale: in town, 95030

Los Gatos CA 95030 is the downtown and nearby area. Please note that most of Monte Sereno is also in the same zip code. If you just search by zip code, you’ll have results from the town of Los Gatos and the city of Monte Sereno. Most of 95030 is in the Los Gatos Union School District and the Los Gatos Saratoga Joint High School District. The Los Gatos Monte Sereno area can somewhat blur together, but homes in Monte Sereno will generally be more pricey.

 

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(all data current as of 10/5/2022)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

 
 

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Screen on the Green in Los Gatos

Screen on the Green Los Gatos 2022 production - EncantoScreen on the Green is back and the film this year will be Encanto.

The event will be Friday, Sept 23, 2022 at Oak Meadow Park, which is the normal venue for Screen on the Green.  The film will start running at 7:30 p.m., but if you go early, you can enjoy the carousel, the train, and snacks starting at 6 pm.

Attendees, it is important to bring layers and something low to sit on – blankets, cushions, or low backed lawn chairs, are alright. I always bring a flashlight for after the show. The gopher holes in the lawn at Oak Meadow are easy to find by accident with your foot.

Screen on the Green additional info

For additional details, please see the Los Gatos town website page for Screen on the Green by using the link or clicking on the image to the right.

 

Also coming up this month: Fiesta de Artes or the Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival Sept 17 – 18, 2022

 

 

Los Gatos real estate market trends and statistics

The Los Gatos real estate market has some mixed data points and it’s an odd time. Inventory has shrunk, sales have increased, but sales are coming it at lower prices. It’s a peculiar combination of a seller’s market but with falling prices. Los Gatos home prices are generally down 15-20% from the peak a few months ago. 

Realistic sellers are pricing their homes low and selling fast. Others are languishing. It’s a tale of two (or more) Los Gatos real estate markets. If a listing is overpriced, it simply won’t get offers close to list price.

As of today, September 8, some info on single family  homes in LG 95030 & 95032:

  • 44  single family homes are on the market in “Active” status – last month at this time it was 48 (of those, 4 are listed as “agent only, show”, and 3 are “agent only, do not show”). The agent only listings means that they are not syndicated to other websites, meaning 7 of the homes for sale will not be seen on places like Realtor.com, Zillow, or Redfin.
  • 7 houses are under contract but there are contingencies of some kind in place (could be loan, appraisal, property inspection, buyer to sell current home, seller to find a replacement home) – so those sales may not go through. It was 4 a month ago.
  • 20  houses are sale pending, no contingencies (this is a small number compared to the active listings) – it was 23 last month at my last update for this post
  • 29 houses have closed escrow in the last month, up from 19 last month. The trend had been toward a drop in sales, so this is a reversal.
  • The average sale price to list price ratio for these 29 houses was 97% (down from 100% for my August update) – this figure has been falling consistently

Multi Year Statistics: Los Gatos real estate market

Here is some multiple year over year Los Gatos real estate market data that I pulled directly from the MLS today:

Inventory

Inventory has fallen, making it a harder market for home buyers. Inventory in August is the lowest we’ve seen in recent history.

 

Los Gatos 95030 and 95032 Inventory

 

Months of inventory for Los Gatos homes for sale

If homes continue selling at the current rate, and with no new inventory added, how long would it take to sell off everything currently listed? This number tightened up significantly in August as compared to June.

 Los Gatos 95030 and 95032 months of inventory

 

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Where are the Natural Hazards in Los Gatos?

Where are the natural hazards in Los Gatos?

People relocating here often ask about the natural hazard zones in our area, such as:

  • earthquake fault zones
  • 100 year flood plains
  • liquefaction areas
  • landslide zones
  • radon
  • high fire hazard severity zones
  • and they wonder if they’ve missed anything else?

Quick resources to get you started

There are two quick and high level resources to help with a basic understanding of where these zones are.
First, the Los Gatos General Plan 2040 has a lot of good info online. It’s a PDF, so not interactive, but it is a great starting point in getting to know the natural hazards in Los Gatos.

Second, the Cal OES My Hazards Awareness site, which I discuss below, is an interactive website with clear imagery that provides a high level sense of where the various hazard zones may be.

Resources to learn about the Natural Hazards in Los Gatos

There are many good and interactive websites with detailed information and after getting a broad feeling from the general plan, this is my preferred next step.

A great interactive resource for seeing several of the zones at once is the California Office of Emergency Management My Hazards Awareness website. The visuals are pretty good overall, but if you click on what appears to be the San Andreas Earthquake Fault, the map doesn’t provide additional information, unfortunately. As a starting point in a consumer’s research, though, it’s extremely useful.

 

Natural hazard zones for Los Gatos as shown in the Cal My Hazards website

 

The CAL OES My Hazards Awareness website, screenshot pictured above, covers the state mapped natural hazard zones, but not the local (county or city or town areas). Also it does not cover flooding from dam failure or levee breaches,  as dams and levees bursting is considered a man made hazard, not a natural one. The CAL My Hazards site does include earthquake faults, liquefaction zone, the high fire risks in the state responsibility areas (not the local responsibility areas),  100 year flood plains, landslide areas, etc.

Important: The fire zone does not appear to be updated on the CAL My Hazards site. The best map for understand the high fire hazard severity zones and similar areas is using the CAL Fire site, FHSZ Viewer (Fire Hazard Severity Zone Viewer).

Local hazard zones

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National and Los Gatos-Almaden neighborhood

Today I visited a friend in the convenient National and Los Gatos-Almaden neighborhood and wanted to write about it as it is super convenient, particularly for medical workers wanting a short commute to Good Samaritan Hospital or the many offices nearby.

Honestly I didn’t know what to call that residential area (and not every part of town has a name). Often we Realtors refer to neighborhoods by their major roads or cross streets, so when I saw it named Los Gatos-Almaden neighborhood on the Nextdoor site, I thought it was as good a name as could be found.

 

Los Gatos-Almaden neighborhood - Street view on Mary Alice Drive, Los Gatos

 

There are a lot of things to love about this area. First, it has highly prized schools (more on that below), second it’s a great commute location (both Highway 17 and 880 are easily accessed, and if someone is working in the nearby hospitals or medical offices, it’s pretty quick!), and third, there are loads of wonderful things within a short ride or even by bike or on foot.

Very close by is the Live Oak Manor Park, which can be entered at the end of Blackwell Drive. It’s also a short jaunt to Vasona Lake County Park, downtown Los Gatos, Campbell, and many other areas. Shopping venues abound.

 

Where is the National and Los Gatos-Almaden neighborhood?

Generally, this area is fairly close to Good Samaritan Hospital and even closer to its branch, Mission Oaks. It’s very close to the border with Cambrian Park (and also abuts against the school district border between Union and Los Gatos School Districts.

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Pottery Planet

Pottery Planet signRecently my family and I paid a visit to Pottery Planet in Los Gatos. We were impressed by the large selection and the friendly staff, so wanted to share our experience. Our landscape designer had recommended it to us and that was a great call.

The Los Gatos Pottery Planet showcases pottery of all kinds, garden art, fountains, pots, Talavera tile pots and art, and statuary. If you are thinking of updating your yard, this is a wonderful place to browse and start to formulate ideas on what would be just the right enhancement.

As soon as we parked, we were given a friendly welcome and an invitation to ask if we needed any help. A couple more times, various employees offered to be of assistance to us. It was the right balance of them being present if needed but also giving us our space to take a look around at our own pace. No pressure, just help!

Also, I should note that we parked right next to some of the Los Gatos Cats. These can be hard to find – but not easy to miss here!

 

Pottery Planet - Los Gatos Cats

 

We did park inside, where there were several spaces available. There’s also some street parking available on Winchester.

Checking out Pottery Planet

Near the front of the parcel, which some locals may remember as a nursery before Pottery Planet was here, we found a nice display of bubbler fountains. That’s what I was most interested in checking out, so it was our first stop. I love this cobalt blue one!

 

Pottery Planet bubbler fountains

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