Welcome to Los Altos
With natural beauty, modern convenience, and a quaint downtown fondly known to locals as “The Village”
As with other cities located on the western borders of Silicon Valley, Los Altos works to maintain a rural-suburban community.
A quick stop on the Southern Pacific Railroad, Los Altos remained mostly undeveloped until after World War II. Originally, the community was primarily an agricultural town, with summer cottages and apricot orchards, which can still be seen in downtown today—a tribute to its past. Since then, growth has been moderate, and deliberate planning has ensured that much of the city’s original character has remained.
An abundance of trees frame many of the neighborhoods, creating secluded enclaves. It provides a beautiful contrast to the convenient shopping districts and the more bustling parts of Silicon Valley just blocks away. Unlike the business vibe of other South Bay communities, Los Altos has a more homey, village feel.
Housing is similar to that of other midpeninsula towns and city. The architecture is diverse, and there is a style for everyone. Two popular designs include ranch and craftsman homes.
What to Love
- Mature trees throughout the entire community
- Commitment to young families and youth
- Incredible schools, public art, and easy residential living
Innovative, Beautiful, and Modern
The basic demographics of Los Altos are varied, ranging from young professionals and growing families to retirees. It’s not uncommon to see mothers and fathers pushing strollers downtown, passing by older couples sipping coffee at sidewalk cafes.
But don’t let that image fool you. Los Altos is also a city of innovation. The schools are competitive, the general population highly educated, and everyone is motivated.
Befitting a community in the middle of Silicon Valley, Los Altos played a significant role in the evolution of modern technology. It’s the place where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first 50 Apple 1 computers.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Los Altos is unique among the more rural regions between San Francisco and San Jose in that it has seven distinct commercial districts.
Most notable among these is the quaint
(fondly known as “The Village”), which looks as though it came straight out of central casting. There are wide sidewalks filled with tables and chairs for leisurely talks, well-maintained and architecturally appealing storefronts, and the perfect mix of over 150 practical and impractical shops. In addition, you can enjoy many fine restaurants and bars, such as
Los Altos Grill
On the other side of town, sharing a border with Mountain View, is the shopping center
. The local favorite Chinese restaurant,
, is right across North San Antonio Road. For groceries, there’s a
Whole Foods Market
just two blocks away. Other popular shopping areas are
Rancho Shopping Center
. Thursdays feature the village Farmer's market well attended by families from Los Altos & Los Altos Hills.
These are an array of popular annual festivals.
The Festival of Lights Parade
, for instance, is a favorite way to celebrate the holiday season, while the
Kiwanis Pet Parade
Arts & Wine Festival
are highly anticipated summer occurrences.
Things to Do
Recreation is an integral part of life in Los Altos, particularly for the area’s youth. The city operates several gyms, a community center, and three youth centers. There are also plenty of parks with tennis courts and baseball and soccer fields.
Appealing to both adults and kids is the free
Los Altos History Museum
. The museum rotates various exhibitions and offers educational opportunities to provide an interactive experience for its visitors.
Los Altos also demonstrates its commitment to the arts through the 25 sculptures and art installations that make up its public art displays throughout the city.
And whether you’re staying overnight, just passing through, or making Los Altos your permanent home, visit
Enchanté Boutique Hotel
. A French-style chateau, the hotel invites its guests to “find a little bit of Paris in the heart of Silicon Valley.”
School districts serving Los Altos are the
Mountain View School Districts
up to 8th grade.
Mountain View - Los Altos High School Districts
for high school.