Monte Sereno is a small, lovely city in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains located on the western edge of Silicon Valley in Santa Clara County. Monte Sereno is home to fewer than 3,500 residents and is named for nearby El Sereno Mountain. The community traces its roots back to settlements in the 1839 Los Gatos land grant, and has variously been part of Los Gatos, Santa Clara and Jan Jose “addresses.” Despite rival claims by neighboring localities, it is in the actual city of Monte Sereno that John Steinbeck wrote both The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men.
The City of Monte Sereno is located between Los Gatos and Saratoga, and describes itself as “an all-residential community … known for its rural character and wooded hillsides as well as its magnificent estates.”
While Monte Sereno itself does not maintain any of its own parks or recreational amenities, it works closely with both Los Gatos and Saratoga so that facilities in these close-by municipalities can be available for use by its residents. Residents of Monte Sereno are served by either the Los Gatos or the Campbell Union schools, as well as the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department.