Welcome to Los Altos
Los Altos is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most desirable suburbs, with incredible public schools, luxury living, and lots of restaurants and shops to enjoy. The area is calm and diverse, offering its residents a comfortable and pleasant place to call home.
The area began as an agricultural town known for its apricot orchards and was originally known by the name Banks and Braes. When a Southern Pacific Railroad developer arrived in town, he saw a need to link together Palo Alto and Los Gatos, therefore creating the commuter town of Los Altos. The Los Altos area expanded dramatically between the 1950s and 1980s and is known for being the former home of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Today, Los Altos is a thriving Silicon Valley bedroom community that working professionals and their families love to call home! The area offers gorgeous luxury estates, including single-family homes that reach well into the millions. These homes range from sprawling estates to comfortable ranch homes, all with fantastic high-end renovations.
What to Love
People and Lifestyle
Los Altos is frequently ranked as one of the best suburbs to live in, and one of the best places to raise a family, in all of California. This is likely due to the employment opportunities and fabulous school system. There are also plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the surrounding natural beauty!
Families love the tranquility and great education that Los Altos provides. The area is also popular with retirees, likely due to the pleasant climate and opportunities for healthy living. Of course, young professionals also enjoy the proximity to a wide variety of Silicon Valley and Bay Area workplaces.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Los Altos boasts a thriving downtown area that’s filled with fun things to see and do! It’s the perfect place to enjoy a meal with friends or browse unique and interesting boutiques.
Shop for home goods, clothing, or gifts for your loved ones at the trendy Therapy Store boutique. Lovers of European goods will enjoy browsing the selection at Maria’s, which sells curated vintage goods from France, Italy, and England.
Los Altos Grill is the perfect place to enjoy a comfortable dinner with friends in a cozy, inviting dining room. Their menu features classic American fare like burgers, chicken sandwiches, and house-smoked salmon.
Things to Do
There are plenty of fun things to do in this fantastic San Jose suburb! From annual events that build community to stunningly beautiful outdoor recreational areas, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.
Located in Los Altos’ thriving downtown area, the Los Altos Farmers' Market is the perfect place for a family day out! Grab a bite to eat from a food truck or enjoy a gourmet takeout meal when the market opens on Thursdays.
Take a walk along the scenic Rancho San Antonio Preserve, an open space that encompasses almost 4,000 acres and connects to a 165-acre park. It’s the perfect place for jogging, hiking, or just enjoying nature! You can also get in tune with nature at Hidden Villa, an organic farm that provides educational experiences, hiking trails, and even a summer camp!
Los Altos is zoned to several primary and middle school districts, which include the Los Altos School District and the Cupertino Union School District. High school students typically attend schools within either the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District or Fremont Union High School District, both of which are well-regarded. Local private schools include:
Pinewood School: K-6, college preparatory school
Canterbury Christian School, K-6, Christian school
Waldorf School of the Peninsula, K-12