Halloween Party at Belwood of Los Gatos

 

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It’s official – the Halloween party is back!

The September 2022 Bellringer, the community’s newsletter, has announced it. After a two-year hiatus, Belwood is ready to have this family-friendly monster bash yet again. This event is held at the cabana club for members. Date and time TBD, so check the Belwood event page and newsletters for updates or reach out to Belwood’s Events Coordinator, Mary Schepman, by email through hoa@belwoodhomes.org if you have ideas or would like to help.

Info below is from previous years

Halloween fun in the Belwood of Los Gatos Community!

Put on a costume and celebrate Halloween at the Belwood of Los Gatos cabana club, Sunday Oct 27th, 2019 from 3- 6pm. Enjoy games, prizes,  pizza, snacks & the spirit of All Hallows Eve. The featured event will be either a spooky haunted house or a movie, beginning at 6pm. Costumes highly encouraged!

Belwood residents and invited guests only, please. Free admission, donations appreciated.

Learn more at the Belwood Homes Halloween Party event page.

Volunteers needed! Find sign-up information through the link above.

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Jamie Court & Bacigalupi Drive, Tract 5921 & Lots A – D

Adjacent to Belwood of Los Gatos is a small subdivision with 14 homes along Jamie Court and Bacigalupi Drive. Ten homes are in Tract 5921, and 4 are Lots A – D.

Not every subdivision has a name, and that is true for this pocket of Los Gatos.  It would have been great if the builder had labelled it Belwood Foothills or some clever name, but no such luck.

This is a tidy little neighborhood (even if some lawns are a bit brown from drought restrictions) and from here it’s super convenient to get to Noddin Elementary School, Walgreen’s Shopping Center, or the Belwood Cabaña and pool.

The houses were all constructed between 1977 and 1979, so generally about 10 years younger than the Belwood of Los Gatos houses.

 

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Where are tract 5921 and Lots A – D?

Here’s a map that I created to show Belwood of Los Gatos along with the “Class D” membership areas. The small pocket on the right is the subject of today’s post: homes along Jamie Court and part of Bacigalupi Drive.

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This area is not part of Belwood of Los Gatos proper, but is an adjacent community which has optional membership with the Cabana, also known as a Class D membership area. The larger and older Surmont and Belgatos areas are likewise Class D areas.

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Belwood of Los Gatos July 4th Celebration

The Belwood of Los Gatos community is hosting its annual Independence Day or 4th of July celebration and the details are announced on the Belwood HOA website. The neighborhood festivities run from 1 – 5 at the cabaña.  Read all about it on the Belwood HOA site!

The party is open to Belwood residents and their invited guests only. This will be the first July 4th community party since 2019, and it’s a great opportunity for newer residents, especially, to get to know their neighbors.

Please note that since the weather is warm, dry, and windy, the risk of fire danger is high right now.  A sign at Belgatos Park warns that viewing fireworks is strictly prohibited.

facebook heart icon - Belwood of Los Gatos July 4th CelebrationGot Facebook? If so, you might consider “liking” the Belwood Cabaña page on Facebook.  They are great at keeping people updated on neighborhood events (this is not my page, btw).  That’s where I first learned that the holiday is being celebrated in traditional fashion.

Belwood Bingo and Movie Nights Coming Soon

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Another “Bingo and Movie Nights”  is planned for this summer for cabaña members and residents of Belwood, Surmont and Belgatos on Saturday June 26. At 6 pm the music starts, at 7 pm it’s bingo, and the film, Yes Day, starts at 8:15 pm.

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.

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Belwood, Belgatos, Surmont, and Heritage Grove demographic data

City Data Belwood demographics - Belwood, Belgatos, Surmont, and Heritage Grove demographic dataCity-Data shares demographic data by neighborhood. While the maps aren’t always precise, they provide some insights for smaller parts of the town of Los Gatos. Please take it with a big grain of salt – as you view the demographic data data, you’ll find some questionable results (such as the average household size being 16 people here!).

The “Belwood” area map includes all of Belwood of Los Gatos, Belgatos, Surmont, and Heritage Grove. Curious? Check it out at the City-Data Belwood page.

104 Bacigalupi Dr – Belwood of Los Gatos home for sale

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Update: CLOSED on July 10th, 2020 and sold at list price.

Great layout, location, and natural light! The home at 104 Bacigalupi Drive is available now!  The special house enjoys an ideal floor plan featuring an over sized family room which is open to the island kitchen, with both overlooking the gorgeous back yard and the hills beyond.

Facing the street are the separate living and dining rooms, with a full bedroom and bathroom finishing the ground floor. Upstairs are 4 more bedrooms and 2 full baths. The master suite is situated in the back and offers a stunning view of the foothills.

Set near the base of the hills, this lovely house is within the Belwood of Los Gatos community, which features the Belwood Cabaña, pool, basketball courts, bocce ball courts, lawn, picnic tables, and more. It’s just a few blocks to Belgatos Park & open space trails and only 2 blocks to the Walgreen’s Shopping Center, which includes a Starbucks, Mountain Mike’s Pizza, and of course Walgreen’s. A couple of blocks more and you arrive at highly regarded Noddin Elementary Schools. Hiking trails abound nearby!

Quick facts:
5 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
living room, dining room, and huge family room
2344 SF
7773 lot size
Year built 1968
Attached 2 car garage
Central forced air conditioning
Dual pane windows
HOA Dues $580 per year
$1,824,000

 

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104 Bacigalupi Dr – Belwood of Los Gatos home for sale

Large dual pane windows provide wonderful views and oodles of natural light. Central AC keeps the house comfortable on the warmest days. Fresh paint and new or newer floor coverings throughout. Super clean!

The kitchen enjoys an island with gas cooktop, a good sized sink overlooking the back yard, a breakfast bar on the peninsula, and a good amount of storage & counter space. There are wood-looking laminate floors in this part of the home.

 

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The Bacigalupi family of Los Gatos – some history

We happen to live on Bacigalupi Drive in Belwood of Los Gatos, a lovely street you might walk to get to Belgatos Park. A classmate of mine at Saratoga High School was a Bacigalupi and I have noticed that one of the old buildings in downtown Los Gatos is the Bacigalupi Building (it houses Mountain Charley’s, I believe – it is in the La Canada or Hofstra block near the corner of Main and North Santa Cruz).  So I wondered, who were these people with the hard to  pronounce name? (I can say it, but I speak some Italian!)

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The Bacigalupi Family c.1922 – click to visit the Los Gatos Local History Research Collection and see a larger image and info on this family

The Hooked on Los Gatos project was a collaborative project by the Library and History Museum which appears to have since become the Los Gatos Local History Research Collection. This collection includes page after page of online resources, including all the photos in their archives relating to the Bacigalupi clan. Clicking on each image leads to more information.  For instance, here I found information on James A. Bacigalupi, Sr.

I was very impressed to learn that he was the first president of the Bank of Italy, and then worked with A.P. Giannini to form the Bank of America. He may not be the most famous Los Gatan, but he’s certainly a big deal! To the right, this photo features Mr. Bacigalupi with his family, in approximately the year 1922. Click on the image to visit the original photo on the Local History Research Collection page, see a larger image and learn more about the family in this image.

As you probably know, the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake did a great deal of damage to many of the older, historic buildings in downtown Los Gatos.  The La Canada (Hofstra) block was no exception.  The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce reported on its “walking tour” page (which has since disappeared, but thankfully has been archived) after the quake, that block was restored by the Bacigalupi, Farwell, Brady and VanDalsem families, so we can thank them for their continued love of our town and its history. (On a side note, if you’re interested in a Los Gatos walking tour don’t despair! The old walking tour has been swapped with a high-tech model: LOST Gatos the walking tour App.)