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Alert from Mulberry School Regarding Dark Blue Van Near Belwood

My friend Kirstie Leary, who’s one of the owners of InsideLG.com, shared with me the notice from Mulberry School on Harwood Road today:

A white male in his 50s, driving a dark blue van, has been seen approaching young children in the Clovis Avenue-Harwood Road neighborhood, on the other side of Blossom Hill. Specifically, the man was seen driving down Clovis Avenue, and stopped near the corner at Amby Drive yesterday. He approached girls while playing in the leaves in front of their own house, indicating that he wanted to take their picture because they were so cute. When the man was approached by the parent, he took off in a hurry down the street. 

There was reportedly a large teddy bear in the front passenger side of his van, which had the appearance of a work vehicle. The van was dark blue, about 10 years old, with an extension ladder on the roof. 

The incident was reported to the police because it was suspicious and scary. Please call 911 if you see suspicious activity.

Please take a moment to share with your child what to do if approached by strangers. Working together to create a plan of how to handle such a situation can be most helpful for everyone.

Please keep your eyes open and call 911 if you see something suspicious!

School crossing guard on Blossom Hill Road may be cut

In case you’re not getting the Belwood Home Owner’s Association emails, here’s something that came across my email over the last couple of days:

This week, the SJPD is doing a pedestrian count for crossing Blossom Hill Rd and Harwood during school hours (7:30 AM and 1:00 PM). Please walk as much as you can across Blossom Hill Rd (to Noddin) and help save our crossing guard, Dorothy. If they don’t see many people walking and using the intersection, they’ll cut the funding for that post and many children will be forced to cross a very hectic intersection without any crossing guard assistance.

Belwood, Belgatos and Surmont Real Estate Market Trends & Statistics 1-1-2011 to 11-1-2011

What’s happening in the real estate market in the Belwood, Belgatos and Surmont areas of east Los Gatos? Today I did some research on the MLS for 2011 year to date in this part of 95032.

In the image below, after I completed my work I realized that one of the “actives” is actually on the San Jose side of Blossom Hill Road (the low price home at just under $500,000 – it is a short sale by the way).  The numbers tell us that in general a 4 bed, 2 bath home in average condition (that is, partially updated but not “fully remodeled”) is worth just about $1,000,000.

Belwood, Belgatos and Surmont Real Estate statistics 1-1-2011 to 11-1-2011

I find the “sum” number to be unhelpful but the minimum, maximum and average sales prices (including the cost per square foot) to be extremely useful.

Let’s stop a moment and just look at what’s closed so far in 2011 – 10 homes – about 1 home per month on average (very, very low turnover).

Status Address Price DOM Beds Baths SqFt Lot Size
sold & closed BELHAVEN DRIVE $1,199,000 59 6 3 2,448 10,000
sold & closed BELHAVEN DRIVE $1,175,000 123 4 2 2,500 10,625
sold & closed BELWOOD GATEWAY $1,050,000 29 6 3 2,448 10,530
sold & closed BELCREST DRIVE $999,000 7 4 2 2,131 10,000
sold & closed OLD ORCHARD DRIVE $975,000 10 4 2.5 2,159 11,934
sold & closed BACIGALUPI DRIVE $960,000 8 4 2 1,748 10,000
sold & closed WESTHILL DRIVE $949,950 7 4 2.5 2,076 10,998
sold & closed BELBLOSSOM WAY $900,000 7 4 2 2,259 10,000
sold & closed BELCREST DRIVE $899,000 17 4 2 1,960 10,769
sold & closed BELBLOSSOM WAY $875,000 25 4 2 1,748 9,877
Average $998,195 29.2 4.4 2.3 2147.7 10,473.3

Next – how long does it take to sell these Los Gatos homes?

Days to Sell on Average Months of Inventory in Belwood, Belgatos and Surmont neighborhoodsActive to Pending Sold Ratio for Belwood, Belgatos and Surmont areas

As you can see, often there are far more homes available (or listed for sale on the MLS) than are selling.  This is typical for all of Silicon Valley but of course to differing ratios. It’s a red hot seller’s market when homes are selling as fast as they’re listed. In most markets, though, some percentage of homes never does sell – it’s a bit like the “bell curve” applied to home selling. Some sell fast and for top dollar, some sell in a month or two, and some either sell only after a prolonged marketing time or not at all.

With extremely low inventory and low turnover, it’s almost a crap shoot as to how fast a home in these east Los Gatos areas will sell. If there’s no other competition and the property is (1) fully remodeled and (2) priced aggressively, it will sell fast. If not, it’s anyone’s guess – but definitely worse if more homes are for sale.

Want to sell your Surmont, Belgatos or Belwood home? Please contact me – I live here too and will do my best to get you the best price for your property!

Controlled burn near Morgan Hill creates smokey skies in Silicon Valley

Yesterday Jim and I attended the Los Gatos Creekside Sports Park kickoff celebration (will nearly touch Vasona Lake County Park and is just off of University Avenue) and as we often do, drove east on Blossom Hill Road to get home.  Straight ahead of us, hanging over south San Jose and Santa Teresa and extending north, was a huge and darkened cloud.  Smoke? Smog? Rainclouds?

We drove up Harwood Road and to the top of Harwood Court to get a better view of it.  It did look like it started in south San Jose or further south than that.  Some hikers were trekking up the challenging hill and we asked them if they knew if it were a fire. “Can’t smell it,” one replied “so it must be smog – just awful!”  Smog, though, tends to dissipate from side to side and not hang together so tightly as what we saw.

Controlled burn east of Morgan Hill on Oct 18 2011 created smoggy skies in San Jose

View from Harwood Court in Los Gatos of the smokey skies created by the Cal Fire "controlled burn" in south county

 

We flipped on KLIV, the San Jose based AM radio station (channel 1590) that best covers local news & traffic, and learned right away that it was a controlled burn.  This morning I googled the fire and learned that it’s a 2 day burn at part of Henry Coe State Park, overseen by Cal Fire, with more scheduled for today.

The Morgan Hill Times reports that “The prescribed burn is part of the ‘Western Zone Complex’ controlled fire in the remote area of the park. The fire will take place on the Middle Ridge Trail off Hobbs Road, about eight miles northeast of Morgan Hill, according to Calfire fire prevention specialist Chris Morgan. “

Halloween in Surmont, Belgatos and Belwood of Los Gatos

Westhill Cemetery

"Westhill Cemetery"

It’s mid-October and little ghosties, Jack-o-Lanterns, grave stones, witches, over sized spider webs and other trappings of Halloween have begun to appear in the Surmont, Belgatos and Belwood neighborhoods of east Los Gatos.  There’s no shortage of the “Halloween Spirit” – so to speak – in this corner of town!  It sure is fun to see.

What’s your favorite haunt in the hood?

If you’d like to share your photos of ultra cool Halloween decorating, I’d be very happy to post them here!  Whether it’s effects that show up on October 1st or October 31st, we’d love to share them with the neighbors!

As the month goes on, I will add images of local streets, yards and homes where the decor is noteworthy.

Here’s one of my very favorites – a great little ghost western style town up the street from Jim & me.

Great halloween decor on Bacigalupi Drive

Great halloween decor on Bacigalupi Drive

And another one with some serious spider webbing:

Belwood spider webs for Halloween

Belwood spider webs for Halloween

And yet another with quite a few ghosts – this one on Westhill Drive’s Belgatos area.

 

Westhill Drive ghosties, goblins and webs

Westhill Drive ghosties, goblins and webs

Sereno Group Pumpkin ContestMeanwhile, if your not-so-haunted house has children who’d like to participate in a pumpkin decorating contest, I’d like to invite you and them to dive into the project asap.  My real estate brokerage, Sereno Group, is hosting its annual pumpkin decorating (not carving) contest and the DEADline is this Friday, October 21 at 5pm.

Read all about the contest on my Live in Los Gatos blog.  Hope to see loads of the spooky, cute, funny, and outrageous creations next week!

 

 

 

Cardboard Hill in Belgatos Park: Remember to Clean Up After You Play!

“Cardboard Hill” is a much beloved spot in Belgatos Park, but sometimes it looks more like “big trash hill” when the cardboard sledders neglect to clean up after themselves.  Pack it in, pack it out! This is true for all the wonderful parks and trails in Los Gatos.

Here are a few shots from a couple days ago – typical fun on a sunny September afternoon.

About a half dozen kids gather to slide down "cardboard hill" at Belgatos Park in Los Gatos

About a half dozen kids gather to slide down “cardboard hill” at Belgatos Park in Los Gatos.

What goes up with some work comes down with some fun at Cardboard Hill.

What goes up with some work comes down with some fun at Cardboard Hill.

Sliding down "cardboard hill" at Belgatos Park in the Belwood neighborhood of Los Gatos.

Sliding down “cardboard hill” at Belgatos Park in the Belwood neighborhood of Los Gatos. Continue reading

Meeting for Belwood Gateway between Harwood and Bacigalupi to further discuss speed hump and its location

Two speed bumps for Belwood Gateway were planned to be installed after the August Los Gatos Town Council Meeting (which followed a May 11th traffic calming meeting at the Belwood Cabaña and a vote of the affected neighbors).

The first speed hump, which was not contested, will be placed fairly close to the community pool in the area between Belblossom and Bacigalupi on Belwood Gateway.  It appears that this has the resounding endorsement of the folks who live nearby.

The second speed hump did not seem to enjoy the same unanimous approval (despite the vote).  The next one, along the stretch of Belwood Gateway between Bacigalupi Drive and Harwood Road, left some Belwood of Los Gatos homeowners feeling that the process wasn’t done right, that the voting should have been teased out a little differently, and that perhaps a better resolution to the speeding and volume of traffic could be found.  That resulted in another meeting, which happened earlier this evening.

Speed hump meeting on Belwood Gateway

Todd Capurso, the Los Gatos Director of Parks and Public Works, is very good about meeting with residents to discuss concerns, ideas, feedback etc. and this was no exception.  Residents who live along the block of Belwood Gateway where the second speed bump or hump was to go (about 15 households in all) were notified of a meeting that took place tonight at 7pm in front of one of the homes. (I was notified so that I could keep the rest of the community updated via this and my other blog, LiveInLosGatos.com. Jim and Bella, our aging black lab, walked me over and then after meeting a few neighbors, continued on their walk while I stayed back to see what was decided.)

Only about half of the households had members show up for this informal discussion.  One neighbor who was in favor of the traffic calming speed hump asked a couple of times why the meeting was even called since the vote was clearly in favor of this measure.

Speed hump meeting question: "why are we discussing this when we already voted?" Continue reading

Home for rent on Belwood Lane

UPDATE:  TAKEN!! 

I’ll leave this info up as “market info” for those wondering what rents may be going for in the area.  Most of Belwood, Belgatos and Surmont consists of houses on 10,000 or more SF lots so these will obviously be more expensive but this provides part of the range just the same. For people moving to the area from outside of Silicon Valley, it’s helpful information.

My friend Grace Keng of ReMax has a 2 bedroom, 1 bath 850 square foot duplex for rent on Belwood Lane.  It is offered at $1650 per month. If interested, please contact Grace at grace (at) gracekeng.com or phone her at  (408) 799-8887.

How’s the Belwood, Belgatos and Surmont real estate market?

How’s the local real estate market in east Los Gatos?    Homes here are in a very active price point for Los Gatos generally, as well as for Los Gatos with Union schools.  (You can also view homes for sale in our area here on BelwoodOfLosGatos.com under the “real estate” tab – or just use this link.)

Homes for sale, pending and sold/closed in the last 30 days in Belwood, Surmont and Belgatos neighborhoods:

Right now there are 5 houses for sale in Belwood, Belgatos and Surmont.  Of them there are 4 “regular sale” properties available and one short sale in the neighborhood (2 on Westhill, 1 on Belhaven, 1 on Belblossom and the short sale on Belwood Gateway).  One home, which was very affordably listed at $875,000, is sale pending.  Additionally, a bank owned property or REO (real estate owned by the bank) is under contract.

How long have they been listed for sale?  The two on Westhill just came on the market within the last few days.  Two of the five have been available for about 60-70 days.

You can read the MLS info on each of them on my ValleyOfHeartsDelight blog.

How are prices?  Four neighborhood homes have closed escrow in the last 30 days, with prices ranging from $975,000 to just under 1.2 million.

Months supply of inventory: To figure the months of inventory, you simply divide the actives by the solds (from the last month).  We have 5 available and  4 which have closed – so 1.25 months of inventory.  That looks pretty good but if you live in the area you know that these things tend to come in waves and just a month ago we had “infinite” months of inventory. So don’t get over excited about this and price your home too high – if houses are priced appropriately, they are selling.  If not, they are sitting.

Below are live charts and graphs from Altos research for the 95032 zip code. They will automatically update themselves each week, so even if this post appears “old”, the info below will always be current!

Information on the 95032 Zip Code Area Real Estate Market

Charts and graphs by Altos Research using active listings

90-day stats for Single Family properties in
LOS GATOS, CA 95032 as of September 14, 2018
Median List Price:$2,637,884Average List Price:$3,186,554
Total Inventory:41Price per Square Foot:$973
Average Home Size:2,702Median Lot Size:11,698
Average # Beds:4.07Average # Baths:3.61
Homes Absorbed:6Newly Listed:6
Days on Market:53Average Age:41

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