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View of Belwood of Los Gatos Neighborhood from Harwood Court in Los Gatos

A couple of days ago I was visiting a beautiful home for sale on Harwood Court during the Realtor tour or “broker’s open house”.  We have hiked the trail from Belgatos Park up to the Santa Rosa Open Space Preserve, which goes just past this house, and I’d always been curious about it.  Also, we live not too far below that area in Belwood, so it’s fun to see the neighborhood view from way up top.  I took a photograph off one of the back balconies (the view was stunning) and thought my Belwood & Belgatos neighbors might enjoy seeing it too.

Can you make out any landmarks?

View of Belwood of Los Gatos from Harwood Court, Los Gatos

Near the top, just left of center, you can see a whitish splotch – those are the buildings in the Wallgreen’s Shopping Center.  A little to the right of them and a little closer to where the pic was taken you might be able to distinguish some tall vertical green lines.  Those are some Italian Cypress trees growing across the back and side yards of a home on Jamie Court, just off Harwood Road.

And here’s a view over the top of Belwood, downtown San Jose, the east foothills and into the rest of Silicon Valley. Unfortunately it was a little hazy/smoggy that day – but lovely nonetheless!
View from Harwood Ct Los Gatos

Of course, you don’t have to see an open house to enjoy a similar view. Go hiking in Belgatos Park or through the trails at the Heintz Open Space Preserve (or cheat and just drive to the top of Harwood Road or Harwood Court!) and take in the beautiful Santa Clara Valley.

Los Gatos Pizza has been remodeled

If you haven’t been to our neighborhood pizzeria, Los Gatos Pizza, the new remodel is a great reason to pop by (rather than get it by delivery)!

They’ve added a lot more flat screen TVs, improved the lighting and seating and de-cluttered the walls, making the restaurant more upscale feeling.

Remaining are, of course, the salad bar, the pool table and a few games.  The pizza is still the best around!

Los Gatos PizzaHere’s a photo I took last night but it doesn’t do it justice. The store’s website has the old look featured in a photo from a different angle (from the entry), if you want to compare it.

Details on location:

Los Gatos Pizza
in the Walgreen’s Shopping Center
Harwood Road and Blossom Hill Road
14080 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032
408 358-5545

Belwood, Belgatos, Surmont area pet issues

Please keep your dogs off my lawn - it is not a potty (one of two signs in Belwood of Los Gatos)Belwood, Belgatos and Surmont – we have a problem.

It’s your pets and where they do their doo doo.

People in Los Gatos love their pets.  Not all of them – residents or pets – are well behaved, though.

One neighbor of ours in Belwood who recently planted new sod in his front yard got tired of locals allowing (encouraging?) their pets to relieve themselves on his newly laid lawn and put up two signs telling them not to do it.

Another neighbor, on another street, placed graphic “no pooping” signs along one side of the yard because not only were pooches defecating there, but their owners were not cleaning up after them, either.

Dogs are usually on leashes, so it’s hard to say that their owners don’t know any better.  But what about cats who are allowed to roam freely and do what they want and where they want?  Their messes become everyone’s problem too – the owners just don’t have direct knowledge of it.

We have this issue in our front yard, where a neighborhood cat seems to love to return again and again, and the stench from its markings can be unbearable – especially early in the morning when stumbling out to get the newspaper.  (Maybe it’s to taunt our black lab, who can’t get at the cat?)  Jim periodically uses some nasty sprinkles from a company called Predator Pee (not making this up!) to keep the felines away. It works, but it, too, is smelly.  Wouldn’t it be nicer if cats only stunk up their own yards?  (Aren’t cats safer if kept indoors, too?) Continue reading

Spring Hail in Belwood

Don’t like the weather? Wait a minute or two!

Today change has been the name of the game  As I write this post, the sun is shining and the wind is but a small breeze.  But a couple of hours ago the hail was pounding down and it lasted for several long minutes.

Hail in Los Gatos: Happy Spring!

The first photo is upclose – you can see that the hail is not large, but it did come down with a ferocious, pounding drive.  The next image gives a better sense of the quantity – the ground was white with fallen hail!

So much hail it looked like snow next to the rose bushes in our side yard. (Los Gatos March 21 2011)
We live on the far eastern end of Los Gatos in the Belwood area. Not sure if downtown Los Gatos got the same hailstorm. Anyone care to fill me in?

A few days ago, this series of storms caused the Los Gatos Creek to overflow.  To read about that, please visit Alastair Dallas’ blog, “All Things Los Gatos“.

Paving in Belwood of Los Gatos

Paving Belwood – video and post with still photographs

The following video was shot by my husband, Jim Handy:

Road Work Ahead sign on Bacigalupi Drive near side entrance to Belgatos Park in Los Gatos (Sept 2010)For the last week or two, road construction crews have been busy in the Belwood of Los Gatos, Surmont and Belgatos neighborhoods (and other parts of east Los Gatos too). We have received notices on our front porch about road closures, paving dates for various roads and when we can and cannot park on the streets.

As the roadwork began, first the manhole covers were reworked.  That involved removing the paving immediately adjacent to each one, which was a loud job.  Next crosswalks were rubbed out  of existence by a noisy grinding machine, bots dots got scraped away, several stretches of sidewalks and driveways were pulverized into large chunks of concrete (seemed onto to happen where the driveway went over the sidewalk for some reason).

See more photos in rest of article Continue reading

Spring blossoms at neighboring Heritage Grove

Heritage Grove is the newest subdivision in east Los Gatos and it’s immediately adjacent to Surmont on the west side, off Blossom Hill Road (main street is Regent).

Each spring there are magnificent blossoms arising on the young trees that form a small orchard park between Blossom Hill Road and the Summerhill built houses of the community. I hope you enjoy the photo slide show I created of them.

BelwoodOfLosGatos.com

This website is provided by Mary Pope-Handy, a Belwood resident and real estate agent.

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For the HOA site,
and phone numbers for the Cabana or HOA, please visit
BelwoodHomes.org


************************* 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
Mary (at) PopeHandy.com
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