Once an agricultural town with many summer cottages, Los Altos is now an affluent bedroom community located about 40 miles south of San Francisco. Los Altos is a residential community that mostly developed between the 1950s and 1970s. Its semi-rural atmosphere is highlighted by roads with broad dirt shoulders and little or no street lighting. The minimum lot size for most homes is one-quarter of an acre.
The seven square mile city prides itself on its small town atmosphere, excellent schools, volunteerism, community spirit and family-oriented annual events such as the Kiwanis Pet Parade, Arts & Wine Festival and Festival of Lights Parade.
Los Altos is served by several small retail areas, as commercial zones are strictly limited to the downtown area (Los Altos Village) and a few small shopping and office parks lining Foothill Expressway and El Camino Real. Its civic center sits in the middle of an orchard, a remnant of those that once covered the area. The tree lined streets of the six block downtown triangle evoke the quaint, village atmosphere of small town America.
Central Los Altos
Made up of two triangles bordering at Springer Road and lodged between North and South Los Altos. All three of these areas run along Foothill Expressway and spread north of it.
Located in unincorporated Santa Clara County, this area is bordered by 280, Permanente Creek, Magdalena Avenue and Foothill Expressway. Residents enjoy hiking the hills of Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. As the name suggests, a defining feature of this neighborhood is the Los Altos Golf and Country Club.
Nestled between Foothill Expressway and Miramonte Avenue, this neighborhood is family friendly with schools and parks within walking distance. Many streets are cul-de-sacs which means kids can play outside without worrying about lots of traffic coming through.
North Los Altos
Bordered by North El Monte Avenue, El Camino and Foothill Expressway, this neighborhood contains a large library, community center, a performing arts center for children and a bustling downtown, all within walking distance.
Old Los Altos
Not far from downtown, Old Los Altos is located behind Foothill Expressway. Contains several parks and a nature preserve.
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