Looking for a neighborhood full of spacious, younger homes in a close-in Los Gatos location? Bluebird Lane should be on your list of areas to check out: if you’re lucky, one of the traditionally styled homes may even be for sale.
Built by Robson Homes between 2010 and 2012, the Bluebird Lane neighborhood is situated just off Los Gatos Boulevard near Los Gatos-Saratoga Road. It’s under a mile to the highly regarded Los Gatos schools, and only a tad more to get to downtown – an easy bike ride or stroll by foot.
Most of the homes are on Templeton Lane, but a few are on Caldwell Avenue or Los Gatos Boulevard. (This is a point of confusion: why is it called Bluebird Lane when the main street is Templeton?)
What are the homes like at Bluebird?
Think two story, traditional style with Colonial, Cape Cod, Craftsman and similar architectural themes.
There are 19 homes in the tract. One was the original, grand estate house (more on that below). Two are small with 1300-1400 SF and attached (“duet homes”), and these were designed to be more affordable. The rest are detached and much larger, with 2,960 to 3,935 square feet. The 17 larger homes feature 4-5 bedrooms, up to 5.5 baths, and some include basements and finished attics. Most of the homes are on fairly small lots of between 4500 SF and about 6000 SF. Even the main road, Templeton Lane, is narrow. This is probably the only negative: the backyards are small and the homes feel awfully close together for the size of the buildings.
Inside, the homes feature open floor plans in the living areas, spacious and well appointed kitchen, quality fixtures and touches throughout. If you appreciate elegance, you’ll love these well designed, quality homes.
Of the 19 properties in this subdivsion, only one has a tenant in it. That’s an extraordinarily high owner-occupied ratio! Continue reading
Kennedy Meadows and Kennedy Estates are adjoining upscale residential neighborhoods in east Los Gatos, both along Kennedy Road and just a little further from the downtown area than the Surrey Farm subdivision. Below, please find the approximate boundaries that I mapped out.
Kennedy Meadows is a small subdivision on Kennedy Court. It consists 10 of homes built between 1995 and 1997. The average lot size is just under a half acre, and the average home size is about 4000 SF. This is a very scenic area as the hills are nearby. Properties there sell upwards of $3 million, often $4 million (if not much, much more).
Kennedy Estates consists about two dozen large, estate quality homes primarily along Forrester Road or just off of it on Leotar Court. Most of the houses are 2 story and were built in the 1980s or 1990s, but a few are newer or older than that. There’s a broad range of home size, from 3500 SF to over 8,000 SF, but the majority of houses are between 4,000 SF and 6,000 SF. Most lots are 1-2 acres, and most are hillside (as Forrester runs at the bottom of a little valley). Because it’s a small valley, this area can get quite toasty in summer, as few of the coastal breezes make it through. These luxury properties all enjoy central air conditioning, of course. If you want to live in Kennedy Estates, you’ll probably need to budget $4 million or more to purchase a house there.
Why are Kennedy Meadows and Kennedy Estates in east Los Gatos neighborhoods so popular?
First, of course, they are not far from “town” and they enjoy the highly regarded Los Gatos Union School District Continue reading