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.

Belgatos neighborhood - Westhill at Belvue Dr

 

Public Schools

The public schools serving this neighborhood are Noddin Elementary, Union Middle, and Leigh High School.

 

Neighborhood Perks

In addition to the attractiveness of the community, there are other big draws to this part of town. Among them are the close proximity to Belgatos Park, the Heintz Open Space trails, and all of the connected places to hike, such as the Shannon Valley open space and the Santa Rosa Open Space.

Many residents want to belong to the Belwood cabana, and that is possible in this area with only a year to year commitment.

 

Special concerns for the area?

This is a beautiful neighborhood. Like everywhere, there are particular concerns that home owners need to heed to keep their property healthy and safe.

As of this writing at the end of 2023, we have a strong and urgent need for a traffic signal at Belgatos Road and Blossom Hill Road and for traffic calming measures to slow down speeders on Blossom Hill Road. There were 2 traffic deaths in early 2023 and we need to insure that this never happens again. With the probability of homes being built on the Mirassou School site, many of us hope that the future developer will be installing that signal.

Water issues are often under-appreciated, and they are significant throughout the town – particularly close to the hills. I wrote about this on our Valley of Heart’s Delight blog: What To Consider When Buying a Hillside Home in Silicon Valley. Even if a house is not on a sloped lot, if the hills are nearby, it’s imperative to take the threat of damage from water seriously and to address it per the guidance of experts in the field.

Most of this area is not in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone, however, our entire neighborhood is nestled into the hills where this risk is prominent. Even if it’s not required (since a home is out of the zone), it’s a good idea to do some fire hardening work and to create defensible space around the home as possible.  The Tubbs fire that hit the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa in 2017  is a chilling reminder that the same thing could happen here.

Belgatos and proximity to the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone

 

What do homes cost in the Belgatos neighborhood?

Please check out our Live in Los Gatos page (scroll to the bottom) with all the recent neighborhood home sales on the MLS for the last few months.

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