Live in Los Gatos was my first successful blog. Original description: “A blog about Los Gatos real estate, homes, houses, condos, townhomes, housing market, neighborhoods, history, events, businesses, parks, schools, photos, issues, and lifestyle by Mary Pope-Handy, town resident, enthusiast and Realtor.” Also, it’s a place to live, as in “come to live in Los Gatos” (not like in Saturday Night Live).
The back story to Live in Los Gatos: Begun in late 2006, this blog started on the Real Town platform but moved to WordPress in 2014. I built out this blog in 2007 during the Project Blogger competition, which I entered as an apprentice together with my mentor, Frances Flynn Thorsen. We won the nationwide competition and our $5000 winnings were donated to CARE. But more to the point for a Los Gatos Realtor, it did bring me business and within a year or two I was closing some nice sales as a direct result of my writing on LILG.
Number of articles: About 800 between the old and new platforms.
SanJoseRealEstateLosGatosHomes.com (aka the Valley of Hearts Delight blog) – since blogging about Los Gatos took off so well, I decided to experiment and branch out geographically but narrow the topic to more real estate centric. Geographically, the focus is on Los Gatos, Almaden, Cambrian, Campbell, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, and the Los Gatos Mountains (so LG and what’s closest) – but also includes most all of Santa Clara County.
Number of articles: About 860 as of Aug 2015
Move2SiliconValley.com is a relocation website, a resource for people thinking of moving to the Peninsula or South Bay areas or generally to Silicon Valley. Things discussed include area information, cost of housing (mostly to buy but some rental info shared), comparing the cost of homes from one community to the next, traffic patterns, micro climates, schools and more.
Number of articles: about 75
popehandy.com/blog is a blog recently added to my very old website, popehandy.com, which began in around 2000. The popehandy.com site is aimed at the broader Silicon Valley real estate market, so includes area info on San Mateo County and Santa Cruz County as well as Santa Clara County. This blog will also include a focus home Selling a home in Silicon Valley.
New in 2015, this blog has just about 45 articles on it so far
Belwood of Los Gatos is a site dedicated to the Belwood, Belgatos, and Surmont neighborhoods of east Los Gatos, which has about 500 homes in it. Articles added monthly.
Number of articles: about 110
HauntedRealEstate.com – just for fun stories about real estate with (usually) unseen residents.
Number of articles: 118 (usually most active each October)
Mary Pope-Handy on Active Rain website – not too active here anymore.
Number of articles: about 330
Silicon Valley Catholic (new blog in 2011, very few posts)
In a totally different vein, this blog is about being Catholic in Silicon Valley and reflections on a wide variety of related topics. My background and work prior to real estate was in theology and ministry. Still love it. Only a few posts here. (So much that I could write about our wonderful new pope!)