Spanish for serene hill, Monte Sereno is located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Named for El Sereno Mountain whose slopes its southernmost tip is built on, Monte Sereno is an oasis of beauty nestled between Saratoga and Los Gatos. Entirely residential, there is no commercial zoning in Monte Sereno and its housing is comprised mostly of single-family homes. The small-town feel, with no sidewalks or streetlights, laid way for John Steinbeck to take up residence while writing some of his most famous novels. There is plenty to keep local residents active, with neighboring towns offering quaint shops and fine dining. The pristine natural beauty of the Santa Cruz Mountains serves as the town's backyard, and hiking, biking and outdoor odysseys are available for all nature enthusiasts. This upscale bedroom community offers much sought after peace and tranquility.