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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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?" (more…)

Traffic Calming Measures in Belwood – An Update

Summer was busy and I managed to miss the end result of the voting done in June over the speed bumps (or humps) and the traffic triangle that was proposed at Harwood and Belwood Gateway.  This week I emailed Todd Capurso the Los Gatos Director of Parks & Public Works, and he got me updated in no time.  In case any of you neighbors also blinked and missed the upshot, I thought I’d post it here.

This subject was addressed at the town council meeting on August 15th and the results of the voting were written up in advance.  Read all about it here:

http://losgatos.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=874&meta_id=93994

Todd tells me that “the residents on the block between Harwood and Bacigalupi have requested that I come back and meet with them because some of them do not want the speed-hump that was proposed (and passed) for their block”  so there will be some ongoing discussion there about whether to add it or not.  Stay tuned!

Many thanks to Todd Capurso for updating me on this topic.

Traffic Calming Vote

Traffic calming issues on Belwood Gateway which impact neighbors on nearby streets have been the recent conversation in this part of Los Gatos. As a followup to a recent traffic calming meeting meeting, residents on Belwood Gateway, Bacigalupi Drive and others were recently asked to vote on a proposal to block traffic from going through from Belwood Gateway to Almond Blossom. Homeowners on Bacigalupi Drive and Harwood Road are concerned that this would cause a tremendous increase in traffic and speeding, so are trying to prevent it.

We are awaiting the results of the vote. (Interestingly, it was “one vote per household” but certainly in some homes not all of the residents agreed on how to vote….)

This has been an eye-opening experience as many of us did not know, until recently, what the procedure was for getting the town’s attention regarding areas with too much speeding.

Traffic Calming Meeting for Belwood Gateway

If you live near Belwood Gateway, be sure to attend the traffic calming meeting at the neighborhood cabana on Wednesday, May 11th from 6:30 to 8pm. Be on time as the agenda and discussion periods are chronological and all of it will be relevant to our neighborhood traffic patterns.

If you’d like more information, call the Los Gatos Parks and Public Works Department at 408 399-5770.

See you there!