Welcome To Los Altos
Los Altos is an exclusive area in Silicon Valley with top schools and generously-sized lots. This small Santa Clara County city has a varied landscape with flats and gentle slopes. Bordered by exclusive Los Altos Hills to the west and the Silicon Valley tech hub cities of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and Cupertino from north to southeast, Los Altos has a popular downtown area centered on Main Street with lots of great local shops and restaurants.
Development of Los Altos began in the 1950s, and the community contains many renovated mid-century modern homes. There are also newer properties and stunning custom-built homes. Local zoning requires all lots to be a minimum of 0.25 acres, which means these spacious lots provide the canvas for stunning multi-million dollar masterpieces in eclectic architectural styles.
What to Love
- Generously-sized lots
- Downtown with 150 businesses
- Peaceful residential neighborhoods
- Excellent public schools at all levels
People & Lifestyle
Los Altos offers peaceful residential neighborhoods and convenient downtown shopping and dining. The city has long had close links to the Silicon Valley tech scene. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created the first Apple computers in a Los Altos garage in the 1970s. In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg lived with other developers in a Los Altos home while working on Facebook. Tesla is headquartered just outside Los Altos in neighboring Palo Alto, and countless other major tech firms are within easy reach. Commuters also enjoy convenient access to other communities throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area via I-280 to the south, Route 85 to the east, and El Camino Real (Route 82) to the north. This family-friendly community has highly-rated public schools, neighborhood parks, and numerous youth sports teams and organizations.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Main Street runs through the center of Los Altos’ triangular six-block downtown area. This vibrant commercial hub offers more than 150 restaurants and retailers. Highlights include lively oyster bar and seafood grill Rustic House. This popular restaurant combines a relaxed and convivial vibe with masterfully-executed meals. Los Altos Grill features a refined dining room with a stone fireplace used for slow roasting the restaurant’s signature rotisserie chicken. Other menu favorites include hardwood-grilled tri-tip, barbecued salmon, USDA Prime filet of beef tenderloin, and Texas-style BBQ beef ribs. Los Altos Grill pairs these mouthwatering plates with excellent margaritas and an impressive wine list focused on Californian vintages. The Post uses fresh local ingredients for elevated takes on classic American comfort eats. Specialties include fried chicken with buttermilk waffles, Creole chicken and shrimp gumbo, and pan-seared New York and ribeye steaks. The Post also serves brunch specials Thursday through Sunday, as well as a drinks selection that includes a wide variety of beers, wines, and cocktails. Other Downtown Los Altos businesses include numerous independent specialty stores and a Safeway and Draeger’s Market for grocery shopping. More businesses can be found on either side of El Camino Real at Los Altos’ northern boundary with Mountain View. Chef Chu’s has been a fixture in this part of Los Altos since 1970. Their menu features Chinese specialties such as Beijing- style duck barbecued in a traditional iron-cast oven. You can also grab bubble tea at Teaspoon Los Altos, enjoy German bread, pastries, and homestyle cooking at Esther’s German Bakery, buy excellent quality meats and deli goods at Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats and Wurst-Haus, and shop for groceries at Whole Foods Market.
Things to Do
Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival takes place over the second weekend in July, with dozens of vendors showcasing distinctive artworks in Downtown Los Altos. The festival also features local wines and craft beers, an array of international foods, and free live concerts. The annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony is held in Downtown Los Altos in early December. This festive celebration features a visit from Santa as well as holiday music and free refreshments. Rancho San Antonio County Park spans 165 acres to Los Altos’ south, featuring miles of scenic hiking, bicycling, and equestrian trails alongside staging areas for equestrian and model airplane flying. The county park connects to the sprawling Rancho San Antonio Preserve, which covers an area of almost 4,000 acres and offers trails ascending to the summit of majestic Black Mountain. Los Altos Country Club is a prestigious institution founded in the 1920s. Facilities available to its members include an 18-hole golf course, seven lighted tennis courts, an aquatics complex with three swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a clubhouse with upscale dining areas and many social events,
Los Altos is served by the Los Altos Elementary and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School Districts. All schools at all levels are among the best in the state.
- Covington Elementary, Public, K-6
- Oak Avenue Elementary, Public, K-6
- Bullis Charter, Public, Charter, K-8
- Ardis G. Egan Junior High, Public, 7-8
- Georgina P. Blach Junior High, Public, 7-8
- Los Altos High, Public, 9-12