Los Altos

Its smaller scale downtown is a walkable six-block triangle featuring anything.

Welcome to Los Altos

This peaceful community provides respite in the middle of Silicon Valley
 
Los Altos is located in Santa Clara County and lives up to the Spanish origins of its name meaning “The Heights”. Just 40 miles south of San Francisco, the city is home to high-end residential areas with breathtaking mountain views. If luxury is what you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Los Altos. The tree-lined streets and quiet atmosphere make it a great place to call home, whether in a single-family home, condominium, or townhome. While the city is mostly residential, there are a number of retail areas to do your shopping and dining. Its smaller scale downtown is a walkable six-block triangle featuring anything from top-notch restaurants to a hardware store.
 
Los Altos oozes with cool California vibes while maintaining a quaint village atmosphere. There are a few weekly Farmers Markets held downtown April through October with a large selection of locally grown produce, food, and live music. If hiking is your thing, there are a wide variety of trails from moderate to more difficult with scenic views for all ages. The Los Altos History Museum makes local history come alive with excellent displays and interactive programs offered free to the public.
 

What to Love

  • Quick and easy commute to Silicon Valley 
  • Exceptional open space preserves and hiking areas include grasslands, wildflowers, and forests of redwood, fir, and oak. 
  • Walkable tree-lined downtown featuring unique shopping & dining venues 
  • Averages 263 sunny days a year 

Local Lifestyle

Los Altos is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and offers a respite from the fast-paced work world. Right out your back door is “The Great Outdoors” where residents can get recharged by exercising or relaxing in the lush scenery. The Hidden Villa is a treat for all ages providing hands-on educational experiences featuring farm animals, hiking, and sustainable farm practices. Every month there are planned activities and events downtown such as First Friday with fun in-store activities and free refreshments. Holidays are especially festive downtown with the Los Altos Holiday Stroll, Easter Egg Hunt, and The Saint Paddy’s Beer stroll. These events are planned specifically to give residents an opportunity to get together as a community.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

There’s no need to leave Los Altos to discover fine dining. For fresh seafood in a casual venue, check out the Rustic House Oyster Bar and Grill. To satisfy your sweet tooth, Satura Cakes is the place to enjoy their Japanese-inspired European-style cakes. Their mission is to make nothing ordinary, just the finest cakes, baked goods, chocolates, coffees, and teas in the world.
 
The Rancho Shopping Center provides customers with shady walkways, storefront parking, and a variety of retail shops, salons, personal services, and cafes. Stanford Shopping Center is just about 20 minutes away and offers upscale open-air shopping and dining in Palo Alto. It features over 140 specialty stores and large department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Macy’s.
 
Many of the downtown events include live music and entertainment for all ages. Live theater is hopping in Los Altos with musicals, dramas, comedies, and youth theater offered year-round. The Los Altos Stage Company is a thriving neighborhood playhouse offering many opportunities to create and celebrate the arts in Los Altos.
 

Things to Do

There’s always something going on in Los Altos. A favorite annual event is the Kiwanis Pet Parade held every spring. Hundreds of children with pets – dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and even worms – have a blast participating in this one-of-a-kind parade. 
Downtown comes alive in July with the annual Arts & Wine Festival which features works of artists, craftspeople, local wine, live music, and a Family FunZone with children’s rides, activities, and entertainment. 
 
The Los Altos Golf & Country Club is a private club with all the amenities–golf, tennis, swimming, dining, and more. Members will enjoy the charm of the clubhouse as well as outdoor activities against the backdrop of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
 

Schools

Los Altos has two public school districts with high rankings as well as several top-notch private schools: 
 

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