Gorgeous Belgatos view home!

Come home to a stunningly remodeled Belgatos view home, and enjoy sweeping vistas of Silicon Valley from all the main living areas of the home! 211 Westhill Drive, Los Gatos, is offered for sale at $2,288,000 and features 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. 3112 SF of living space: 2856 Square Ft (appx.) + office (appx 256 SF)  on a lot of 13,939 SF. So many extras, such as solar power, dual pane windows, plantation shutters, fan lights, but above all, a scenic setting, a comfortably large house, in a great Los Gatos neighborhood next to Belgatos Park.

Below is a sampling of photos – please see ALL images and detailed info on the virtual tour site:
http://www.tourfactory.com/1838948

Open house schedule:  Sept 9 and 10 from 2 – 4 pm, Wed Sept 13 9:30am – 12:30pm, and Saturday Sept 16 2-4. Please stop by!

Beautiful home with valley views on Westhill Drive in east Los Gatos

This house was thoughtfully designed with the living room, dining room, kitchen, and family room all enjoying the views. The bedroom wing is tucked behind the octoganally shaped living room, and they overlook the yard and pool.

211 Westhill Drive - unique living room with octoganal shape, high ceilings, wood burning fireplace

Beautiful Brazilian cherry hardwood floors grace the living areas, hallway, and bedrooms, creating a clean and contemporary feel to the home.

Spacious formal dining with plenty of function in the elegantly framed built in cabinets.

Plantation shutters, dual pane windows, lovely crown and baseboard provide a timeless feel.

Slab granite counters and stainless steel appliances make for an appealing modern kitchen.

The kitchen is open to the family room and includes stainless steel appliances, slab granite counters, and a vaulted ceiling with recessed lights. Not shown here is the breakfast nook and pantry, which look toward the resort like back yard.

The open kitchen and family rooms are surely the heart of the home.

The heart of the home, the family room is drenched in natural lighting with windows on both sides.

Back yard and pool

Your own private resort! In addition to the pool and patio area, there’s another patio and planting bed area along the right side of the house.  Previous owners had used that area as a sports court. There are many possibilities to utilize that space!

Please see the virtual tour for more details and all photos: http://www.tourfactory.com/1838948

 

Water District removing 89 trees

The San Jose Water District announced that 89 trees will be removed near the water storage tanks in Belgatos Park. The work begins September 5th and should end by the 22nd, and work will run between 8am and 5pm.

Due to the heavy rains last year, some infrastructure needs repairs. With the water district removing 89 trees, there will be the ability to upgrade the water main.  The notice can be viewed below for those who missed it.

San Jose Water District letter regarding tree removal and work at the reservoir in Belgatos Park

San Jose Water District letter regarding tree removal and work at the reservoir in Belgatos Park

Belwood, Belgatos, Surmont neighborhood sales

Neighbors often want to see an update on the immediate neighborhood and sale prices of houses that have sold and closed escrow. Here’s a current snapshot of the real estate market in Belwood, Belgatos, and Surmont (and adjacent to the contiguous neighborhood).

Belwood, Belgatos, Surmont and nearby Los Gatos houses sold year to date in 2017

View photos and get the details on MLSListings.com here:
http://search.mlslistings.com/Matrix/Public/Portal.aspx?ID=7031825234&L=1

In addition to these closed sales, there are 2 in various stages of “under contract”, and there was 1 duplex sold earlier this year, too.

Interested in buying or selling a home in the area? Please reach out to me with an email or a phone call.

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Aerial view of the neighborhood and the nearby foothills

Belwood Bingo and Movie Nights Coming Soon

Belwood Cabana Movie Night

Another “Bingo and Movie Nights”  is planned for this summer for cabaña members and residents of Belwood, Surmont and Belgatos on Sunday, June 23rd, the movie is Moana, and July 15th, with Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

Bring something comfy to sit on – blankets, sleeping bags, lawn chairs etc. Popcorn, cotton candy, and other treats are available for purchase!

For more information, keep an eye on the Belwood HOA website page for bingo and movie nights.

Belwood Cabana June 2016

Vote at the Belwood of Los Gatos Cabaña

Midway through a major election year, voting on a few measures and maybe the presidential primary may not be at the top of everyone’s To Do List.  In the Belwood-Belgatos area, we’re fortunate that our polling place is extremely local – the cabaña at 100 Belwood Gateway.  Stop on by – lines are short and the folks handing out the ballots are very nice.  It’s a good reason to take a few minutes out of your regular day.  And the bonus for all of us is that it’s such a scenic place.

Belwood of Los Gatos polling place

Exquisitely remodeled home & yard for sale in Belwood – 127 Belhaven Drive

127 Belhaven Dr., Los Gatos, CA 95032Looking for a turnkey home and yard with plenty of space?  One with understated style and a comfortable elegance? The home at 127 Belhaven Drive in Belwood of Los Gatos is remodeled top to bottom and move-in ready! It will be on the Multiple Listing Service and ready to be seen on Monday, February 15th., and is offered at $1,650,000.

The house includes 2448 square foot of living space with 5 bedrooms + ground floor office (could be converted to bedroom if needed), 3 full baths (one on first floor), and all the living spaces you could want:  living room, dining room, kitchen with oversized nook, separate family room, and a garge decked out as an entertainment center with a kid-friendly focus.  Throughout the home there’s a perfect blending of traditionally loved items like hardwood floors, crown molding, baseboard,  French doors, plantation shutters, built in cabinets together with much loved contemporary elements like skylights, dual pane windows, recessed and energy efficient LED lights, insulation, an encapsulated crawl space, and of course remodeled kitchen and baths.

With 10,760 square feet, the nearly level lot has room for everything.  The yard has been professionally designed and landscaped and may well steal your heart!  A big sandbox and amazing, custom built playhouse may well seal the deal!  Extra storage in the side yard, a view of the hills from the expansive front porch – what more could you want?

All of this comes just 3-4 blocks from the side entrance of Belgatos Park.  This charming home is part of the Belwood HOA, which provides a lovely cabaña, pool, and community events.  The nearby Harwood Square Shopping Center includes a good sized Walgreens, Los Gatos, Pizza, Starbucks, and more.

Excellent schools, too:  Noddin Elementary, Union Middle, and Leigh High.

Please stop by one of our open house events:

  • Wednesday, February 17th 9:30am to 12:30pm (broker open but also public open house)
  • Saturday, February 20th 1:30 to 4pm
  • Sunday, February 21st, 1:30 to 4pm

Disclosures will be online soon.  Offers due Wednesday, Febrary 24th by 11am please.

Want more details?  Please see the lengthy list of features here:
http://www.valleyofheartsdelight.com/Property/127-Belhaven-Drive-Los-Gatos-California

Or see the Virtual Tour here : http://www.tourfactory.com/1468742

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A walk through Belgatos Park

It’s an unusually sunny, warm winter day here – projected highs are in the low to mid 70s!  This morning my daughter and I walked through some of Belgatos Park, taking in the views from the Ridge Trail.  Here are the images – pretty as they are, they don’t do it justice!

Bacigalupi Drive walking toward side entrance of parkCardboard HillWild Flowers at Belgatos Park in Los GatosClose up view of wild flowers near Cardboard Hill in Belgatos ParkLooking up toward Ridge Trail areaTrail area closed for renovationsUpper Meadow at Belgatos ParkView toward Silicon Valley on Ridge TrailView of the valley from Ridge TrailHills behind Ridge Trail - Sierra Azul rangeView north with Good Sam visibleView of the valley while heading back down the hill

Tall weeds are not a result of the drought

Weeds in Belwood summer 2015With our extensive drought causing many lawns to wither and die, some home owners seem to have given up on maintaining their yards at all. It is as if they’re saying “why bother weeding at all if I cannot have a lush green lawn?”

Those 4-6′ tall weeds are an eyesore, that’s why.  And worse, they infect the neighboring yards as well.

It’s not just one front yard sporting people-sized weeds – it’s a few.  That’s very surprising since the Belwood area usually displays a lot of pride of ownership.Weeding is no one’s favorite pasttime.  When the monsters get to be 4 and 5 feet tall, even chopping them down and leaving the roots would be an improvement both to reduce neighboring properties to infection but also for the neighborhood’s looks overall.

Tall weeds are not a result of the drought and they are not a neccessary part of water conservation efforts. Please be a good neighbor.  Please do not let your front yard become a neighborhood blight.

Belwood, Belgatos, and Surmont home sales in 2015 year to date

Of the homes first listed for sale in the Belwood of Los Gatos, Belgatos, or Surmont subdivisions in 2015 so far, only one did not selll (it was pulled off after a month, which is about the time when a price reduction would likely be getting discussed). One other is currently under contract (contingencies are in place) and five homes have been sold and closed.

Belwood Sales 2015 to Aug 7

 

Overall, houses in this neighborhood have gone pending fairly quickly, with the average days on market being a brisk 9 for the five closed sales.  Homes sold so far are all selling over list price, and the average amount over is about 3% ($38,000).

(There was one other closing on Bacigalupi in January from a sale in December that I did not include since I was looking for sales that were ratified in 2015, but that home had 2448 SF and closed at $1,525,000 fyi.)

The odds are good that you could sell a home in this area without too much trouble in most cases.  In every market, though, there are some homes that don’t sell or do not sell quickly.  To learn more about that situation, please visit my Valley of Heart’s Delight blog and read this article:
http://sanjoserealestatelosgatoshomes.com/why-didnt-my-san-jose-home-sell/

Water conservation and lawn blonding: most neighbors get it

How green is your grass?Two or three days ago, I got a phone call from a home owner in another Silicon Valley city who was interested in selling his house.  “My lawn is a perfect green, both front and back”, he boasted to me.  “My neighbors are letting their lawns get yellow and brown, but not me.  If I get a fine, I’ll pay it, but my lawn will be green.”

You don’t hear a lot of that around here these days, luckily.

In fact, the opposite is true – most Silicon Valley neighbors, including folks in Los Gatos, understand that keeping a lawn perfectly green means that you are squandering a resource (unless you are painting your lawn green or have replaced it with artificial turf). In  other words, due to our very severe and 4 years long drought, most home owners or tenants believe that it is unethical to water your lawn to the point where it is a healthy green.

Blonding lawn in Belwood of Los GatosThat new sense of ethics appears to be helping to get more people onboard.  Having slogans like “brown is the new green” isn’t all that motivating.  But noticing that yours is the only green lawn on the block might cause some (hopefully most) people to get with the program.

There are oodles of rules about when and how much to water.  If you are a San Jose Water Company customer, you can water only twice a week, on set days (homes with even numbered houses, you water Tuesdays and Fridays, after 8pm and before 10am, for 15 minutes per zone max; for odd numbered days it’s Mondays and Thursdays).  You are not allowed to hose down sidewalks, driveways, or cars.  And water is never allowed to run off.  Some of it’s intuitive, but much of it is not.

Get all the San Jose Water Company rules here:
https://www.sjwater.com/news/topic/new-water-conservation-rules-effect

Blonding lawn in east Los GatosYou can report water waste in Belwood, Belgatos, or Surmont to the San Jose Water Company online – see link at the bottom of this article.  There’s even an app, DroughtShame, for photographing and turning in offenders.  Drought shaming is a way of trying to get neighbors to comply – not sure if it works or not, but it does appear that social change, meaning that most people embrace conservation and letting lawns go, does seem to work.

Big thanks to the neighbors who are doing a good job of conserving.  Some of you are ripping out lawn and putting in artificial grass or low water landscaping.  Others are allowing once lush greenery to go “California blonde”, as my husband calls it.   When we walk the neighborhood and see so many lawns which are barely hanging on, we know that a lot of people really do care about the drought and conservation.  No one loves a dead or dying lawn – but it’s a very visible way of doing your part.  Thank you.

 

 

Resources:

Water saving plants on the San Jose Water Company’s website

California water wasters beware: Drought Shaming on the rise    Article on the San Jose Mercury News

You can report water waste for the San Jose Water Company’s service area online:
https://www.sjwater.com/for_your_information/save_water_money/report_water_waste/

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