John Steinbeck once wrote in a letter to a friend that his Los Gatos Mountain ranch was “so beautiful that often I am embarrassed to be living here.” Many Los Gatos Mountain residents feel that way even today, as this Santa Clara County (and Santa Cruz County) location remains beautiful and is one of the area’s most prestigious addresses with many lovely homes—from majestic estates to quiet hideaways or farms and ranches.
Located just on the edge of the town of Los Gatos, the Los Gatos Mountains offer a mountain-retreat feel but many areas with close proximity to all city conveniences. Lexington Reservoir is a wonderful location for recreation and reflection and there are peaceful spots throughout the area for hiking, biking and leisure. Nestled under the forested tops of the Santa Cruz Mountains, it’s no wonder that the Los Gatos Mountains are so desirable.
Residents enjoy upscale shopping and exquisite dining, both just moments away. Many parts of these areas are within either the Los Gatos Union School District or the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District.
Los Gatos Mountain Neighborhoods
There are many distinct areas within the mountians. Some of the main areas or neighborhoods in the mountains include the following:
- Redwood Estates (upper and lower)
- Chemeketa Park
- Holy City
- Aldercroft Heights
- Summit Road area (including the Villa del Monte area)
- Lexington Hills (close to the reservoir)
- Las Cumbres (hills over Saratoga)
- Loma Prieta (part of Almaden Valley)
- Glenview (near Scotts Valley)
- Hutchison Road
Many Los Gatos home buyers look at the mountain area and wonder why it is so much more affordable – or at least why you get so much more home for the money. I wrote about this on my Move2SiliconValley blog and you can read about that here:
What about living in the Los Gatos Mountains (or Santa Cruz Mountains)?
Below please find a live Altos Research chart, showing the median list price of homes for sale – this will give you an idea of what a house might cost there.
Homes for sale in Los Gatos Mountains
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