Reflecting the affluence of their owners, most of the homes feature custom landscaping, elegant styling, unique designs, and picture-perfect interiors. The area surrounding Villa Montalvo and the hills off Big Basin Way are punctuated by particularly opulent mansions and estates. West Valley Community College is situated in the heart of town, adding a wealth of wonderful facilities and activities that range from workout rooms to arts and crafts classes.
The charming “old town” district combines with excellent public and private schools, abundant cultural amenities, and superb recreational programs and facilities. As part of the county park system, Villa Montalvo offers an elegant performing arts venue as well as an arboretum. Jazz and pop concerts are regular features of the Mountain Winery. Other leisure attractions and amenities include the Shakespeare Festival, the Hakone Gardens, community theater, and a bevy of lush parks.