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City of Monte Sereno
Post Office and City Hall in Monte Sereno
Post Office and City Hall in Monte Sereno
Official seal of City of Monte Sereno
Location in Santa Clara County and the state of California
Location in Santa Clara County and the state of California
Monte Sereno, California is located in the United States
Monte Sereno, California
Monte Sereno, California
Location in the United States
Country United States
State California
County Santa Clara
Incorporated May 14, 1957
 • Total 1.66 sq mi (4.30 km2)
 • Land 1.66 sq mi (4.30 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
515 ft (157 m)
 • Total 3,479
 • Density 2,096/sq mi (809.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 408/669
FIPS code 06-48956
GNIS feature ID 277610

Monte Sereno (Spanish for "Serene Mountain") is a city in Santa Clara County, California, United States. The population was 3,479 at the 2020 census. The city is located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 10 miles (16 km) southwest of San Jose, and is bordered by the town of Los Gatos to the north, east, and south, the Santa Cruz Mountains to the southwest, and the city of Saratoga to the northwest. The city is named for the 2,580-foot (790 m) El Sereno Mountain, upon the slopes of which the southern portion of the city is built. The community is entirely residential with no commercial zoning and 99% single-family housing. It 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 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. Its first Mayor was Retired Vice Admiral and former U.S. Director of Naval Intelligence, Thomas B. Inglis.

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.

Beat generation figure Neal Cassady lived in a Monte Sereno ranch house in the 1950s. Painter Thomas Kinkade lived in Monte Sereno in the later years of his life, which is also where he died.


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

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), all of it land. Saratoga-Los Gatos Road (State Route 9) runs through the city.

The El Sereno Open Space Preserve is immediately south of the city and covers the top and portions of the flanks of El Sereno mountain.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 1,506
1970 2,847 89.0%
1980 3,434 20.6%
1990 3,287 −4.3%
2000 3,483 6.0%
2010 3,341 −4.1%
2020 3,479 4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census


The 2010 United States Census reported that Monte Sereno had a population of 3,341. The population density was 2,068.4 people per square mile (798.6/km2). The racial makeup of Monte Sereno was 2,698 (80.8%) White, 14 (0.4%) African American, 12 (0.4%) Native American, 464 (13.9%) Asian, 0 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 28 (0.8%) from other races, and 125 (3.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 162 persons (4.8%).

The Census reported that 100% of the population lived in households.

There were 1,211 households, out of which 433 (35.8%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 917 (75.7%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 59 (4.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 26 (2.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 14 (1.2%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 8 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 178 households (14.7%) were made up of individuals, and 87 (7.2%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76. There were 1,002 families (82.7% of all households); the average family size was 3.05.

The population was spread out, with 816 people (24.4%) under the age of 18, 156 people (4.7%) aged 18 to 24, 487 people (14.6%) aged 25 to 44, 1,235 people (37.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 647 people (19.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.

There were 1,287 housing units at an average density of 796.8 per square mile (307.6/km2), of which 1,090 (90.0%) were owner-occupied, and 121 (10.0%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.4%. 3,030 people (90.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 311 people (9.3%) lived in rental housing units.


As of the census of 2000, there were 3,483 people, 1,211 households, and 1,024 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,158.7 people per square mile (835.3/km2). There were 1,237 housing units at an average density of 766.7/sq mi (296.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.61% White, 0.17% African American, 0.06% Native American, 12.29% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.06% from other races, and 2.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.59% of the population. In the city 604 people are foreign born, 6.7% from Asia, 3% from Europe, and 2.7% from other North American countries.

There were 1,211 households, out of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.0% were married couples living together, 4.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.4% were non-families. 12.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 27.8% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 32.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $154,268, and the median income for a family was $156,706. The unemployment rate in 2015 was 3.7%. Males had a median income of $100,000+ versus $41,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $76,577. About 3.1% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable events

Christmas decorations

A dispute between two neighbors over extravagant Christmas decorations gained Monte Sereno attention in national news. For years, Bonnie and Alan Aerts of Monte Sereno had showcased elaborate holiday displays in their front yard, costing as much as US$150,000. The displays attracted large masses of visitors, resulting in great traffic around the normally quiet cul-de-sac of four houses. Neighbors Le and Susan Nguyen protested, and, in late 2003, the city council voted 3-2 (Nesbet, Brodsky, Wright for; Garner, Baxter against) to pass an ordinance regarding "regulation of special events," [1] [2] which would require permits for such displays. In 2004, on the first Christmas season for which the law was effective, the Aertses declined to apply for a permit, which would allow the Aertses' holiday display to be active only for 12 hours in a 72-hour period and would require a 30-day waiting period before a new 72-hour permit could be applied for. Instead, they erected a huge, 10-foot-tall Grinch on their lawn, who swayed from side while singing "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch". The Grinch's outstretched arm pointed conspicuously at the home of the Nguyens. [3]

The spectacle gained mention from the Associated Press and NPR.[4] The Aertses and the Nguyens also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a late night talk show.

Padgett lawsuit

City in Turmoil in 2019

In February 2019, newly elected Council Member Shawn Leuthold successfully led an effort to change how Monte Sereno would select its mayor in the future, arguing that the City was violating the law in election years by choosing the Mayor for the next year, prior to the seating of the newly-elected council members. In March 2019, the Council went a step further and removed Mayor Curtis Rogers from his position as mayor, and then appointed the then-current Vice Mayor Rowena Turner as Mayor with Council Member Liz Lawler being appointed as Vice Mayor (with Council Members Turner, Lawler, and Leuthold voting for the changes and Council Members Javed Ellahie and Rogers voting against). Upon being removed as Mayor, Council Member Rogers resigned. The Council appointed Daniel LaBouve to fill the vacancy. During the course of the remainder of the year, most of the City staff resigned: Finance Officer Sue L’Heureux, City Attorney Kirsten Powell, Building Official Rob Queirolo, and City Manager Terry Blount. The City staff also decided to unionize for the first time in Monte Sereno's 60-year history. In April 2020, Andrea Chelemengos, City Clerk for the prior two decades, resigned.

City Operations

In the year 2020, Monte Sereno hired a new City Attorney, City Manager, City Clerk, and Finance/Administrative Officer. Monte Sereno adopted a labor agreement with employees, worked extensively on new infrastructure and facility improvements, adopted a new budget format, and adopted finance and pension paydown policies. In addition, Monte Sereno adopted a Telework policy for employees. Monte Sereno granted funding to West Valley Community Services for COVID-19 housing relief, and granted funding for the Disaster Aid Recovery Team (DART). The Monte Sereno Youth Commission began its efforts to establish a Social Justice Award Program. The Monte Sereno Building and Planning Departments began implementation of an online building permitting software application. City Council voted to commit funding for the remodel of the old U.S. Post Office space located at City Hall into a Community Room which will also be used as an Emergency Operations Center and a Community Resource Center. A new Community Newsletter titled "The Peaceful Mountain Monitor" was established as well as a new City website.

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