I have lived near the Belgatos neighborhood since 1988. My children have attended the schools (Noddin, Union Middle, Leigh HS). Each school has strong parent participation, high scores, and have great programs. You can check the scores on the State website - http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap/apireports.asp. Union Elementary is the district for the elementary & middle schools, Campbell Union for the high school. But the school experience is not just about the scores. School is much more than test results. Sports, band, drama, clubs, teachers, friends all comprise the school experience. The high school has a very strong AP program.
This neighborhood is bordering San Jose's Cambrian & Almaden neighborhoods. Because it is in a different school district than downtown LG, it has a different feel. Having walked thru the neighborhood since the late '80's, I can personally say that the homes, mostly built in the '60's have continued to be improved, showing a care & concern for the value & condition of the home. The neighborhood also has a cabana club with pool. Families love the swim team experience!
Then walk up to the top of Harwood on 4th of July and see the firework displays from all around the Valley. Enjoy the hilly trails from Belgatos Park.
It's also easy to get around. Close to Hwy 85, not far from Hwy 17. Downtown Los Gatos is only 10 min away.
Buying a home is a series of decisions and compromise. There is no perfect. If there were, then the price wouldn't be perfect. Without knowing you or your family situation, I can't comment to which area would be best for you. And only you can decide what area works best for you. I encourage you to walk around the neighborhoods and get a "feel" for them. I have worked in Los Gatos since 1983. I love the feel, the people, and community of Los Gatos. Yes, the schools in Los Gatos School District score higher than Union School District, but you have to look at what $1.3 buys in that district versus Union School District versus Cupertino Schools. There is no right or wrong decision here, because they are all great areas with strong schools.
Ultimately, a child's academic success is mostly on the shoulders of the parents and their own efforts. I have a feeling your child(ren) will do very well regardless of the schools, because of your care & concern.
All the best,
Alain Pinel Realtors
Linda Baker gave you an excellent answer so I will not duplicate the response. Although the address is Los Gatos it is not Los Gatos Schools. Thus the price is reflective of that. With that said, Belgatos has proven to hold it's value over time, and you will see there is little turn over which speaks volumes to a desirability of a neighborhood.
I think this is a great home, priced well by the sellers and their agent, Dennis Mulvihill. I sold one in that area about 6 months ago, that was bigger for $1.25M but the market has been scarce on homes so prices have shot up. That being said, however, I know my clients adore the area, the local parks,, the lifestyle and the schools, so I think a ringing endorsement from a buyer should add more weight to a future homeowners decision to buy.
Talk with your agent about the pros and cons of the area and the home. If you have not yet selected an agent consider using a rebate agent, like me, to truly maximize your home buying power. When my buyers purchased their home in this price range, they received a tax free commission rebate of about $15,000 to use in moving to and refurbishing their new home.
Allison James Estates and Homes