Bohlman Paradise: Neighborhood
It's really peaceful. From the east end of my deck, I can see most of Silicon Valley, and hear the low roar of its activity. At the other end, and at ground level, I hear none of it. Bohlman is not a through road, and there's only a mile of road beyond, so traffic is light. The common sounds are the birds and the breeze in the trees. Summer nights are blessed by the crickets, the frogs at Lake McKenzie, and sometimes the family of coyotes. Bobcats are sighted occasionally. Some claim to have seen a mountain lion. See Santa Cruz Pumas for the science studies. The deer love my grass!
It's a relatively close group. Most know each other and look out for each other. You can be a recluse if you want to, but it's not necessary. Several of us have lived here for 20-30 years or more. We gather for parties at least 2-3 times a year. We work together as needed for Neighborhood Watch and negotiations with governments for reasonable, balanced land use policies. Any walk along the road is likely to include a chat with a neighbor. Several new residents have commented that they knew more neighbors after a year here than they did in 10 or 20 years in the valley.
Bohlman Road ends a mile past the property at the El Sereno Open Space Preserve. The dirt road through the preserve provides our emergency egress and also nice hikes through to Montevina Road and Lexington Reservoir, or to Los Gatos. It is open dawn to dusk to pedestrians, equestrians, and bicyclists. One mile before the property is the old Camp Stuart Boy Scout camp. It now belongs to Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation and stands vacant.