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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 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

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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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/

Home value appreciation in Belwood, Belgatos, and Surmont areas

Priced Out of the Belwood area marketToday I’m working on an article for another blog of mine on the topic of saving for a down payment and residential real estate appreciation in Silicon Valley.  Long story short, right now, home buyers cannot save as fast as the home prices are going up.  For some, the saving effort is to get to 20% down or more. For others, the goal is to buy all cash.  In both cases, though, the danger is getting priced out of the market while the would-be home owner is putting away money.  For people who wanted to buy 2 years ago but decided to wait and save, that now means either not buying at all or buying in less nice home or area than they were targeting.

This is certainly true for home buyers wanting to get into Belwood of Los Gatos and nearby.  Let’s look at our corner of Los Gatos and take a sampling of what has happened since 2000 (a “boom year”) for a typical 2400 square foot house on a typical 9,000 to appx 10,000 square foot lot (in Belwood, Belgatos or Surmont).  For this, we will consider homes sold in 2000 and homes sold within the last 12 months.  I ran the numbers this afternoon on MLS Listings, our local multiple listing service provider.

1-1-2000 through 12-31-2000: a home of about 2400 SF on a 9,000 – 10,000 SF lot averaged a sale price of $860,000 (prices ranging from a low of $750,000 to a high of $950,000).  A 25% down payment would have been $215,000 and the loan amount would have been $645,000, using that average number. Many buyers would have purchased with 20% down, and some with 30% or more, though.

Fast forward to today and the last 12 months leading up to today – approximately 15 years later.

6-9-2014 through 6-9-2015: same sized home and lot averaged a sale price of $1,512,000 (prices ranging from a low of $1,350,000 to a high of $1,660,000).  This does not include pending sales, of course – just those which have closed escrow.

Home prices have almost doubled in that time. Continue reading

Photos of Belwood of Los Gatos & nearby

Enjoy a visual tour through the neighborhood, from east to west: Alerche area, Belwood of Los Gatos neighborhood, Belgatos Park (extensive photos), Belgatos area, and the Surmont subdivision, which includes some view homes.

  • Photo tour of the neighborhood from Alerche to Surmont
    Photo tour of the neighborhood: Alerche, Belwood, Belgatos Park, Belgatos, and Surmont

Belwood, Belgatos, Surmont and nearby area real estate listings and sales

This afternoon I ran the recent listings and sales in the Belwood of Los Gatos, Belgatos, Surmont and nearby areas.  These contiguous east Los Gatos neighborhoods have extremely low turnover, so not surprisingly, there are few sales!!

It should be noted that larger homes on larger lots usually sell for far less on a price per square foot basis – so it’s not really fair to compare a house on an acre with one sitting on a 10,000 sf lot. Additionally, homes in the $2 million plus range are a very different creature than those closer to $1 million in terms of multiple offers and the sale price to list price ratio.  In some cases, though, even these higher end homes get multiple offers and sell for more than the asking price.

Finally, the type in the image below is a little small, but if you click on it, you will get a larger, more readable version.

Belwood area sales as of March 1 2015

Belwood Dolphins Swim Team Registration

Believe it or not, it’s time to register your kids for the Belwood Dolphins Swim Team.  Registration for the 2015 season will be open February 1st through February 28th for RETURNING SWIMMERS AND NEW SWIMMERS.  Please go to the team web site at www.belwooddolphins.com and click the “Registration” tab to register online and to find more information.

If you have any questions about registration, please use the online “contact” form on the Dolphins’ website.
Go Belwood Dolphins!

Racoons wreaking havoc with lawns in Belwood and east Los Gatos

Racoon Lawn Damage in Belwood September 2014 Has your yard been hit yet? For the last month or two, many Belwood and nearby residents have been awakening in the morning to damaged landscaping, particularly front lawns.  One home owner phoned the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police to complain about his vandalized front yard. But this time, it’s not human caused damage.

On several social media sites, neighbors vent that they have been victims of wild pigs or boars.  But that’s not it – at least not for most of us.  Boars do far more destruction and they are further in the hills, though perhaps if you are in the east Los Gatos foothills around Santa Rosa, or in parts of Almaden near open space that could be a risk.

Although sometimes the damage is quite extensive, involving a large percentage of one’s front lawn, the guilty parties are usually hungry racoons.  Crows may be assisting too, but they don’t create problems on as large of a scale.

They are after a meal in the form of tasty lawn grubs.  Grubs find their way into the soil to eat the roots of the grass, and those grubs seem to be the best eating in town for some of the local wildlife.

If that’s not enough,  squirrels like to bury food in lawns, too (someone is giving out peanuts in the shell – the squirrels keep burying them in our lawn – I’ve watched them!).
Racoon attacked lawn October 2014
The first photo is of our family’s front yard and it was taken in early September. The second one is of our next door neighbor’s place, and it was taken about a week ago.

Most of the time, the racoons creep out in the middle of the night, but not always.  A couple of days ago, our hungry hunters came back between about 6pm and9pm.  It must have only barely been dark!

So what can you do about it?

In my real estate practice, recently I showed a home with a lawn grub problem.  The home owners there laid down something like a soft plastic chicken wire atop the lawn and similar landscaping.  It did seem to work in terms of keeping the critters out, but it may not do anything at all for the grubs which are the Siren call to them.

One grub solution is beneficial nematodes.  These are a type of roundworm used to kill the grubs without using pesticides.  This approach may work for some but I’m reading comments online that this has not been so successful for many who’s attempted to quash the grubs this way.

There are anti grub pesticides available as well.  Sunset Magazine advises that the best thing to do is to dig into your lawn and get some of the grub worms to take to your local nursery to identify the culprit, as different treatments will be more successful with one type of grub than another.

No matter how you treat them, you do want to get rid of the grub worms, as a serious infestation will not only be unsightly, but eventually will kill the lawn.

Los Gatos lawn after grub incited racoon attack

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************************* Mary Pope-Handy
Belwood area resident
Realtor
ABR, CIPS, CRS, SRES
Sereno Group Real Estate
214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95030
408 204-7673
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