Monte Sereno, California

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Monte Sereno (from Spanish monte, hill, and sereno, serene) is a city in Santa Clara County, California, USA. The population was 3,483 at the 2000 census.[1] The city is located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 10 miles southwest of San Jose and is immediately northwest of Los Gatos. The city is named for 2249 ft. El Sereno mountain upon whose slopes the southern portion of the city is built. The community is entirely residential, with no commercial zoning and 99% single-family housing, and is an upscale Silicon Valley bedroom community. Monte Sereno shares the 95030 ZIP code with the Town of Los Gatos. Many municipal services are provided under contract by the city of Los Gatos.



The Monte Sereno area was part of the 1839 Alta California land grant of Rancho Rinconada de Los Gatos. The city incorporated on May 14, 1957 to protect its semi-rural atmosphere.

John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men in a wooded home at 16250 Greenwood Lane in what is now Monte Sereno [3]

Beat generation figure Neal Cassady lived in a Monte Sereno ranch house in the 1950s.[4]


Monte Sereno is located at 37°14′17″N 121°59′22″W / 37.238194°N 121.989475°W / 37.238194; -121.989475.[5]

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