About Los Altos
Los Altos is a city in Silicon Valley renowned for its involvement in the early stages of two large tech companies. The role it played has kept it relevant and as somewhat of a symbol of a typical Silicon Valley city. In 1976 Apple Computers founders, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, built the first 50 Apple 1 computers in Jobs’ garage in Los Altos. Just under three decades later in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg and a few other associates used a home dubbed “Casa Facebook” to scale the social network Facebook from 200,000 to 2.5 million users.
The city was incorporated relatively late in comparison with neighboring cities, which finally occurred in 1952, due to fear of being annexed by Palo Alto or Mountain View. Los Altos has consistently been ranked by multiple publications as one of the most expensive zip codes in the United States. Having been ranked in the top ten several times, this is in part due to the excellent schools and large homes and lots available.
Los Altos is bordered by Cupertino to the southeast, Sunnyvale to the east, Mountain View to the north and to the east, Palo Alto to the north and to the west, and Los Altos Hills to the west. There are three creeks that cross the city that all originate from Black Mountain. Steven Creek, Permanente Creek and Adobe Creek. Main thoroughfares include Foothill Expressway, El Monte Road, San Antonio Road, a short stretch of El Camino and in the southern corner of the city, Interstate 280. Foothill Expressway runs virtually the length of the city and has the majority of Los Altos’ shops and businesses along it.
Downtown Los Altos is directly adjacent to Foothill Expressway, and has numerous shops and restaurants. Grocery stores, banks, gas stations, boutiques, salons, specialty shops and restaurants line the streets in downtown. Main Street is the most prominent road within downtown and has a long history of being the center for shopping for the community. The stretch of El Camino within Los Altos is another option for shopping which has options such as Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats and Wurst-Haus, Chef Chu’s, Whole Foods Market and Residence Inn by Marriot. Another smaller shopping center is located in the Rancho neighborhood, which serves that area for groceries, gas etc.
Los Altos has many restaurants that vary in price, style and culture. There are many high-end restaurants because of the sheer number of wealthy that live in the city. Some of the more expensive and renowned restaurants are Ambience Restaurant, Cetrella, Los Altos Grill, The Sea By Alexander’s Steakhouse and Hiroshi. Fiesta Vallarta on State Street has weekly live music, Sumika’s showcases delicious Tokyo style yakitori cooking. Chef Chu’s, which is a Chinese restaurant located at the intersection of El Camino Real and San Antonio Road, has achieved local notoriety from celebrity appearances such as Justin Bieber and Serena Williams. The food scene within Los Altos is important to the residents and it is very evident with its vast array of choices and quality of all of them.
Los Altos has put many events and organizations in place that ensure many great options for recreation. A Pet Parade occurs every year in May featuring everything from dogs, cats, birds, and even hamsters to horses. The Halloween festival is a local favorite and draws many people every year. The Main Street parade and Los Altos Art’s and Wine festival are also large draws to the downtown area, and are meant to be a fun family events for all to enjoy. The city has a farmer’s market weekly that brings in local produce and commerce to the community. The city has many parks meant for its residents to enjoy, like, Shoup Park, Heritage Oaks Park, McKenzie Park, Montclaire Park, Purissima Park and Rosita Park. One of the nearby nature preserves is called Redwood Grove Nature Preserve.
Schools in Los Altos are generally highly rated and well-funded. The district has on average the highest API (Academic Performance Index) scores in California. Some of the schools listed in the district are Almond Elementary School, Covington Elementary, Santa Rita Elementary, Springer Elementary, Gardner Bullis School, Loyola Elementary School, Oak Avenue School, Blach Intermediate School and Egan Junior High School. Los Altos High School serves the cities children in grades 9-12. Foothill College is a community college located within Los Altos Hills, but is nearby to the community and serves many for a secondary education.
Some of the most expensive homes in the country are located in Los Altos, and nearby Los Altos Hills. The city of Los Altos when it was being planned and built, put measures in place to keep a semi rural feel to many of the streets. For most of the lots in the city, the minimum size is one quarter acre. This allows for larger yards and larger houses than some of the neighboring cities.
There are also many celebrities and important business figures that live in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. To name a few, Barry Bonds, Sergey Brin, David Packard and Adrienne Barbeau. The spread out nature of the neighborhoods and the semi rural atmosphere offer peace and quiet. It has a great location at the base of the Santa Cruz mountains and close proximity to much of Silicon Valley making it an ideal place to live.
Homes for Sale
1 W Edith AVE D223 LOS ALTOS, California
1 Beds 2 Baths 1,090 SqFt
1 W Edith AVE C119 LOS ALTOS, California
1 Beds 2 Baths 1,047 SqFt
73 3rd ST 17 LOS ALTOS, California
2 Beds 2 Baths 1,072 SqFt
889 N San Antonio RD 2010 LOS ALTOS, California
2 Beds 2 Baths 1,124 SqFt 0.034 Acres
5100 El Camino Real 205 LOS ALTOS, California
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,408 SqFt
931 Dolores AVE LOS ALTOS, California
2 Beds 1 Baths 910 SqFt 0.121 Acres
134 Lyell ST LOS ALTOS, California
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,405 SqFt
4880 El Camino Real 42 LOS ALTOS, California
2 Beds 2 Baths 1,189 SqFt
1992 Alford AVE LOS ALTOS, California
3 Beds 1 Baths 1,723 SqFt 0.248 Acres
682 N San Antonio RD LOS ALTOS, California
2 Beds 1 Baths 1,308 SqFt 0.442 Acres
381 San Luis AVE LOS ALTOS, California
2 Beds 1 Baths 908 SqFt 0.154 Acres
966 Acacia AVE LOS ALTOS, California
4 Beds 3 Baths 2,027 SqFt
10594 Creston DR LOS ALTOS, California
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,561 SqFt 0.312 Acres
11721 Putter WAY LOS ALTOS, California
4 Beds 4 Baths 2,602 SqFt 0.256 Acres
172 Hawthorne AVE LOS ALTOS, California
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,557 SqFt 0.169 Acres
1378 Don Kirk ST LOS ALTOS, California
3 Beds 3 Baths 1,985 SqFt 0.229 Acres
1911 Colleen DR LOS ALTOS, California
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,632 SqFt 0.237 Acres
112 Yerba Santa AVE LOS ALTOS, California
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,930 SqFt 0.230 Acres
739 Anderson DR LOS ALTOS, California
3 Beds 2 Baths 1,424 SqFt 0.247 Acres
2051 Robinhood LN LOS ALTOS, California
5 Beds 4 Baths 2,892 SqFt 0.263 Acres
2076 Kent DR LOS ALTOS, California
4 Beds 2 Baths 1,858 SqFt 0.255 Acres
1019 Crooked Creek DR LOS ALTOS, California
4 Beds 3 Baths 2,443 SqFt 0.236 Acres
1560 Wakefield TER LOS ALTOS, California
4 Beds 3 Baths 2,752 SqFt 0.243 Acres
731 Alvina CT LOS ALTOS, California
3 Beds 2 Baths 2,277 SqFt 0.241 Acres