Belgatos

The Belgatos subdivision consists of 81 semi custom homes on tree lined streets close to Belgatos Park in east Los Gatos. It is a scenic area with the coastal foothills and a tremendous amount of open space close at hand.

The Belgatos subdivision, street view - Westhill at Belblossom

 

Where is Belgatos?

Heritage Grove Surmont Belgatos Belwood of Los Gatos mapped subdivisions

This area consists of just a few streets:

  • part of Westhill Drive (spans the three adjacent subdivisions)
  • part of Belvue Drive
  • part of Belblossom Way
  • the west side of Belgatos Road
  • some on Blossom Hill Road

This area is close to, but not part of, Belwood of Los Gatos. For home owners in Belgatos, is it possible to pay the Belwood dues and enjoy the pool, cabana, etc., as this is in a “Class D” optional membership area.

What are homes like in Belgatos?

Most houses are ranch style, one story houses, and they are very well kept.

I crunched the numbers, and here are the averages:

  • Bedrooms – 4 (3.925)
  • Total bathrooms (includes half) – 3 (2.925) – could be 2.5 bathrooms or could be 3 full baths
  • Average number of stories – 1.35 (55 of the homes are single story, 13 are 2 story, and 2 have 3 levels – either split level or 2 plus basement)
  • Home size – 2427 SF
  • Lot size – 10,476 SF
    • Most lots are fairly level except on or near Westhill. A number of the homes on Westhill are hillside properties with lovely valley views.
    • Some lots on the north side of Westhill or on nearby streets have a sloped lot but not enough elevation for a valley view
  • Year built – 1970 (ranges from 1964-1977 with one exception, which was constructed in 1935)
  • Most have an attached 2 car garage. There are a few with 3 or which have converted the garage to living space – but not many.

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Belwood Annual Halloween Party: Details & Request for Volunteers

Haunted RE Sign

Volunteers are needed for the annual Belwood Halloween party!

The event is scheduled for Sunday October 29th, 2023 in the afternoon. Planning is still underway, so check the HOA’s event page for more information and future updates.

Expect games, costumes, and fun for kids, or get involved as a volunteer to help make this day special. Celebrations will be held at the Cabaña.

Per the September 2023 Bellringer newsletter:

Belwood Halloween party needs your help

Come join the commiee organizing the Halloween party.

Need some help planning the games prior to the event. Day of the event will need some Ghosts
and Goblins to run some kids games for a couple hours, great job for some young teens.

Party is Sunday Oct. 29th in aernoon. This is a Belwood tradion for the lile ones to wear their
costumes and have some fun. It will be fairly low key event with decoraons, food, drinks and
some games for kids.

If can join our commiee or have some ideas you can contact Debbie Gary
debbiegary@comcast.net

Belwood Halloween PartyPast years have run from around 3pm – 6pm or 7pm. Activities have included games with prizes set up on the Cabaña lawn, pizza, snacks, and beverages (non alcoholic) for sale, a costume parade, and a haunted house or Halloween movie.

Help is needed for committee planing, running the games, and set-up / clean-up – it’s a great opportunity to accumulate Community Service hours and get to know your neighbors! If you’d like to sign up as a volunteer, contact Debbie Gary at debbiegary@comcast.net .

Harwood Farms – Suburban Ranch Near Belwood

Horse at Harwood FarmsHarwood Farms horse boarding is right in Los Gatos and conveniently close to trails – and home!

It would be easy to miss this cool horse ranch unless you were walking past it while trekking up the hill to the Ridge Trail entrance at Belgatos Park. This beautiful setting is surrounded by luxury homes on Alerche Drive, Harwood Court, Harwood Lane, and Crider Court.

It’s almost out of place as a bit of rural California in an otherwise residential neighborhood. One hint that it’s ahead is the “horse” sign on Harwood Road near Bacigalupi Drive.  Another is the sight of large parcels with split rail fences in front, suggesting the presence of horses not so long ago. In fact, there were some horses downhill of Harwood Farms when we moved into the neighborhood in 1999.

If you overshoot the ranch when driving by and then turn around, you’ll get a sense of the setting and views from a little uphill.

 

View from Harwood Court - Harwood Farms Horse Boarding

 

While south county has many equestrian centers, Harwood Farms horse boarding is one of just a few in east Los Gatos. If you’ve never seen it, it’s worth checking out!

Recently Clair and I visited and were toured around by Frank, one of the owners of the ranch. We were highly impressed and have updated this article with a few images and info from that visit.

 

Horse stalls at Harwood Farms

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Movie Night Fundraiser for the Los Gatos Ballet

Family Movie Night, October 21st at 6pm

Fun for all ages – incredible setting close to town but with amazing views!

You are cordially invited to the Hocus Pocus Family Movie Night – a fundraiser for the Los Gatos Ballet Foundation. This festive event will begin with themed activities for kids, food and beverages available for pre-purchase, plus a Decorated Pumpkin contest!  Bring your comfy outdoor folding/lounge chairs, blankets or sleeping bags to watch the magical movie, Hocus Pocus. It will be loads of fun and a great chance to meet more of your neighbors!

To learn more click on the following link.
https://losgatosballet.org/community-events/

Click to view the movie night fundraiser info image below larger and in a new window:

2023 Movie night fundraiser under the stars featuring Hocus Pocus

 

Where to purchase tickets and advance orders for food & drink

Tickets can be purchased on the Los Gatos Ballet website.

Los Gatos housing plan update

Housing plan update - the town of Los Gatos has a Seven-Day Public Review of the Draft Revised 6th Cycle Housing Element - person inspecting documentsThe Los Gatos Planning Department sent out the housing plan update, information below. I requested and received permission to repost it here. This is relevant to everyone in town who has any concerns about the California building laws and their impact on new developments, particularly as they relate to the Builder’s Remedy. For our neighborhood, it appears to be connected to the proposed 30 new homes at the Mirassou site.

Housing plan updated: public review of the Housing Element Draft info from the Planning Department

On September 22, 2023, the Town posted online the Draft Revised 2023-2031 Housing Element with modifications in response to the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) Findings/Comment Letter received by the Town on May 30, 2023.

The Draft Revised 2023-2031 Housing Element is available to the public for a seven-day review period prior to HCD re-submittal.  The seven-day public review period runs until 5:00 p.m. on September 29, 2023.  The following items can be viewed on the Town’s Housing Element Update website at: https://www.losgatosca.gov/1735/General-Plan—Housing-Element.

  • Draft Revised 2023-2031 Housing Element – Clean Copy
  • Draft Revised 2023-2031 Housing Element – Track Changes Copy
  • Response Memorandum to HCD’s Findings and Comment Letter

Written comments (including name, affiliation, telephone number, and contact information) can be submitted through September 29, 2023, by 5:00 p.m., by email to HEUpdate@losgatosca.gov or by mail to:

Town of Los Gatos
Community Development Department
110 E. Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030

Additionally, the Housing Element Advisory Board (HEAB) will be meeting on September 28, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. to review and discuss the Town’s Draft Revised Housing Element addressing HCD’s findings/comment letter received by the Town on May 30, 2023.  The agenda and staff report is now available on the Town’s agenda center webpage.

 

Delicious LeLe Cake Cafe

Cappuccino at LeLe Cake CafeWe are fortunate to have LeLe Cake Cafe right in our neighborhood!

LeLe Cake Cafe ambiance and offerings

I’ve been to LeLe twice now, both times enjoying some sort of coffee drink. They were delicious. The photo at the right is from last Sunday, when I had a cappuccino.

The interior is light, stylish, clean, and welcoming. Fresh flowers add a nice touch and are another reminder that this is a boutique shop and not just another chain outlet. The patio area provides a good number of shaded seats. It was uncrowded and very pleasant.

It’s impossible to miss the beautiful pastry temptations or to miss the menu offerings. At some point we’ll go for breakfast or lunch – the food looks amazing.

Service

The staff gets quite busy, but as soon as possible I’ve been greeted and my order taken. Since we wanted to sit outside, I asked if we needed to wait indoors for our coffee drinks or if they’d bring them to us. They kindly did bring our coffee drinks to us.

Location, contact info, and website for LeLe Cake Cafe

You’ll find LeLe at the Walgreen’s Shopping Center at the corner of Blossom Hill Road and Harwood Road, Los Gatos. They are in the space previously occupied by Subway. Rumor has it that they are going to expand into the adjacent suite, too, which would be wonderful. I’m happy that they are successful in this location!

14178 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

(669) 291-6986

Their website is not yet up and running, but here’s the URL – bookmark it for future use: LeLe.cake

30 New Homes at Mirassou School

It looks like there will there be 30 new homes built at the Mirassou School site, which until recently housed Mulberry School, per a recent vote at the Union School District office.

The proposed construction came as a surprise to many of us, but the momentum toward this outcome has been moving along in the Union School District, which owns the property at 220 Belgatos Rd, Los Gatos. After much hard work (unknown as it was to the public), Robson Homes has emerged as the partner.

 

Future site of the 30 new homes to be built by Robson - school field as seen on Belvue Drive, Los Gatos

 

Meeting regarding the proposed 30 new homes

Union School District hosted a special meeting to vote on the agreement between Robson Homes and the district on Friday, August 25th @ 4:30p.m. The vote did go through, and the 30 new homes will be built on the grassy lot per the image below.

How could this go through when the neighbors object?

Right now the town’s housing plan has not been blessed by the state. Builders have an advantage, and can utilize the “Builder’s Remedy” to force through projects that might otherwise not have been permitted. Unfortunately, that isn’t the only state regulation that can push this through despite local opposition. It’s a complex network of laws that appear to make it possible for builders and landowners able to build despite CCRs, zoning laws, and the objection of immediate neighbors.

That said, some of the neighbors are objecting and are gearing up for a legal fight.

What is the objection to these units being constructed?

Neighbors object on several points:

  • The majority of the neighborhood consists of homes on appx 8,000 SF lots to 12,000 SF lots, some larger (almost none smaller). These houses and duet homes will be on postage sized lots.
  • Belgatos Road already has too much traffic with the schools and Belgatos Park.
  • The intersection of Belgatos Road and Blossom Hill Road is dangerous now, as the two fatalities this year underscore. Adding probably 60 new cars coming and going to exacerbate this issue.
  • School crowding has been raised as an issue.
  • I haven’t heard, but would expect that the folks living right next to the school yard’s property line will be unhappy about the loss of privacy, increased noise and shadows, and so on.

Where will the residences be built?

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