Los Altos

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Los Altos Overview

Translated to “The Heights” in Spanish, Los Altos boasts rural roots, having once been home to a rural setting of apricot orchards, vineyards, and ranches. Now grown to over 30,000 residents, this charming city, located at the southern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, extends to about seven square miles. A suburb rich in culture, many Silicon Valley workers are proud to call this city home. Its quaint downtown bustles with offices and shopping areas, while two Foothill Expressway and El Camino Real are easily accessible. The neighborhoods of Los Altos are divided into North Los Altos, South of El Monte, Country Club, and the Highlands/Woodland Acres. Extensive biking and walking trails exist throughout the city and connect to neighboring cities.

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North Los Altos

Showcasing charm, and close proximity to both Palo Alto and Mountain View, North Los Altos, incorporating Old Los Altos, is a quiet enclave of Ranch homes. Situated on the flattest part of the city, most of the properties in North Los Altos are single-story, 2,000 square feet homes on quarter-acre lots, while retirement communities can be found along Los Altos Avenue.

The focal point of this neighborhood has to be the downtown area, affectionately dubbed The Village. Along Main Street reside boutiques, salons, cafés, and mom-and-pop stores. In contrast with Palo Alto, downtown Los Altos basks in a low-key, leisurely atmosphere, making it a great place for a relaxing stroll, with some shopping along the way. Courtesy of Google Co-Founder and Los Altos Hills resident, Sergey Brin, the downtown area is in the process of revitalization, with prospects of new businesses and recreation sprouting up.

Bordering the city of Mountain View is another shopping district in North Los Altos called The Village Court Shopping Center. This area offers unique restaurants, a salon, a postal store, Kidizens (a Lego workshop), office space, and, a favorite among children and adults alike, the Sweet Shop, located along Los Altos Avenue.

Crossing over Foothill Expressway leads straight into Old Los Altos, a part of North Los Altos. This prestigious neighborhood is a blend of stunning estates, some of which are nearly 100 years old. Most homes in this part of the neighborhood reside on lot sizes between 5,000 square feet to 7,000 square feet, and can easily access highly desired Shoup Park. A 3.7 acre wooded paradise, Shoup Park was named after the father of Los Altos, Paul Shoup. Adobe Creek, which separates Los Altos from Los Altos Hills, runs along the park and when dry, makes a wonderful place for children to play and explore.  During hot summer days, the large redwood trees provide plenty of shade for visitors.

Boundaries: 

  • Adobe Creek on the north
  • El Camino Real on the east
  • El Monte Avenue on the south
  • Foothill Expressway on the west

Library: 

  • Los Altos Public Library- 13 South San Antonio Road Los Altos, CA 94022

Parks: 

  • Hillview Park- 97 Hillview Avenue Los Altos, CA 94022
  • Shoup Park- 400 University Avenue Los Altos, CA 94022
  • Lincoln Park- 199 University Avenue Los Altos, CA 94022

Public Schools (state-ranked according to niche.com): 

  • Santa Rita School- 700 Los Altos Avenue Los Altos, CA 94022
  • Almond Elementary School- 550 Almond Avenue Los Altos, CA 94022
  • Gardner Bullis School- 25890 Fremont Road Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
  • Covington Elementary School- 201 Covington Road Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Egan Junior High School- 100 West Portola Avenue Los Altos, CA 94022
  • Los Altos High School- 201 Almond Avenue Los Altos, CA 94022 (#8)

South of El Monte

Central Los Altos, Ranchos, Loyola Corners, and South Los Altos are the four districts that make up the South of El Monte neighborhood. Though distinctly different, each district boasts desirable characteristics, and all convey a sense of community, security, and stability.

Comprised of two connecting triangles is Central Los Altos, defined by its wide and curb-less streets, which are flanked with tall, proud trees, and meticulously kept lawns. Out of the four districts, Central Los Altos has seen the most change, with many of the original Ranch homes having undergone major renovations, or torn down altogether, and replaced by newer homes.

Sandwiched between the two connecting triangles of Central Los Altos are the Rancho and Loyola Corners neighborhoods. Located roughly between Covington Road and Foothill Expressway, the Rancho district and the Rancho Shopping Center developed simultaneously, allowing residents to easily access all of the amenities and fun of a mini-downtown area, without the hustle and bustle. As with the Central Los Altos district, the homes in Rancho are generally single-story Ranch homes on quarter-acre lots. However, unlike Central Los Altos, these homes tend to undergo mostly interior improvements as opposed to full-scale remodels.

Between Miramonte Avenue and Foothill Expressway sits the Loyola Corners district, one of the oldest parts of the city. In the early days of Los Altos, railroad tracks ran south from San Francisco on what is now Foothill Expressway, with a train station at Loyola Corners, allowing San Franciscans easy access to escape the summer fog. Modern-day Loyola Corners still maintains a rustic feel, bolstered by many “mom and pop” shops and local businesses that retain the old, country character of the community’s rich history.

What was once orchards and empty lots has become a neighborhood filled with young couples and children. Most of the homes in the South Los Altos district are mid-century Ranch homes, while a fair smattering of Eichlers, two-story Mediterraneans, and Craftsmans can be seen as well. Residents of this district are very family-oriented and regularly host gatherings and annual summer concerts at Grant Park.  The park also has a community center, which often hosts after-school programs. Residents of South Los Altos are the only Los Altos residents who are divided into two school districts: Los Altos School District and Cupertino Union School Districts.

Boundaries: 

  • El Monte Road on the north
  • Springer, Grant, and Covington on the east
  • Highway 85 on the south
  • Foothill Expressway on the west

Library: 

  • Los Altos Public Library- 13 South San Antonio Road Los Altos, CA 94022

Parks: 

  • Grant Park- 1570 Holt Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Rosita Park- 401 Rosita Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Cuesta Park- 615 Cuesta Drive Mountain View, CA 94043
  • McKenzie Park- 707 Fremont Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Marymeade Park- 1285 Fremont Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Heritage Oaks Park- 1305 McKenzie Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Montclaire Park- 1160 Saint Joseph Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024

Public Schools (state-ranked according to niche.com): 

  • Almond Elementary School- 550 Almond Avenue Los Altos, CA 94022
  • Covington Elementary School- 205 Covington Road Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Springer Elementary School- 1120 Rose Avenue Mountain View, CA 94040
  • Loyola Elementary School- 770 Berry Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Oak Avenue School- 1501 Oak Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Blach Intermediate School- 1120 Covington Road Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Egan Junior High School- 100 West Portola Avenue Los Altos, CA 94022
  • Mountain View High School- 3535 Truman Avenue Mountain View, CA 94040 (#12)
  • Los Altos High School- 201 Almond Avenue Los Altos, CA 94022 (#8)

Country Club

Perched along the foothills of San Antonio Open Space Preserve is the gorgeous Country Club neighborhood. Built on unincorporated Santa Clara County land, this neighborhood was aptly named for the Los Altos Golf and Country Club, which was established in 1923. With original 1940s homes nestled among newer constructions, this neighborhood still retains its original rural and rustic feel.

The Los Altos Golf and Country Club has been a central part of this neighborhood since its founding. The original club members purchased the 700-acre tract, reserved 155 acres for the club, and subdivided the rest into residential plots. Between 2012 and 2013, the club underwent significant remodeling, which resulted in an expanded fitness facility as well as additional upgrades and remodels. Club members and visitors alike are enchanted by the stunning vistas seen from the club’s 18-hole golf course, while residents can also enjoy fairway views, at a slightly higher price than a home without a view. Even without a view, homes in Country Club bask in abundant privacy, offered by the area’s topography.

Boundaries: 

  • Magdalena Avenue on the north
  • Foothill Expressway on the east
  • Permanente Creek on the south
  • Interstate 280 on the west

Library: 

  • Woodland Branch Library- 1975 Grant Road Los Altos, CA 94024

Parks: 

  • McKenzie Park- 707 Fremont Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Marymeade Park- 1285 Fremont Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Heritage Oaks Park- 1305 McKenzie Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Montclaire Park- 1160 Saint Joseph Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve- 22500 Cristo Rey Drive Cupertino, CA 95014

Public Schools (state-ranked according to niche.com): 

  • Loyola Elementary School- 770 Berry Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Blach Intermediate School- 1120 Covington Road Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Mountain View High School- 3535 Truman Avenue Mountain View, CA 94040 (#12)

The Highlands / Woodland Acres

Just south of Permanente Creek and nestled between Foothill Expressway and Interstate 280, is a small neighborhood known dually as the The Highlands/Woodland Acres.

The tall trees lining the streets give just a hint of the rural charm and verdant beauty the Highlands has to offer. Privacy is abundant, with many of the streets gently curving, often leading into traffic-dettering cul-de-sacs. Several of the homes in the Highlands offer excellent views of the San Francisco Peninsula. Though this neighborhood feels removed, the residents are all friendly and plan regular gatherings, or meet up for a day of fun and recreation at the Rancho San Antonio County Park, which, combined with the Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space Preserve, offers 2,300 acres of trails that can be explored on foot, horseback, or mountain bike.

Adjacent to The Highlands lies Woodland Acres. Originally a private farmland, Woodland Acres was subdivided into 120 parcels of approximately half an acre each during the post-war suburban expansion. Recent years have shown renovations transforming older homes to look more modern.

This neighborhood’s close proximity to Foothill Expressway and Interstate 280 allows easy access to commuting routes, which lead to neighboring cities.

Boundaries: 

  • Permanente Creek on the north
  • Foothill Expressway on the east
  • Beechwood Lane on the south
  • Interstate 280 on the west

Library: 

  • Woodland Branch Library- 1975 Grant Road Los Altos, CA 94024

Parks: 

  • Montclaire Park- 1160 Saint Joseph Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Grant Park- 1570 Holt Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Marymeade Park- 1285 Fremont Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve- 22500 Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino, CA 95014

Public Schools: 

  • Montclaire Elementary School- 1160 Saint Joseph Avenue Los Altos, CA 94024
  • Cupertino Middle School- 1650 South Bernardo Avenue Sunnyvale, CA 94087
  • Homestead High School- 21370 Homestead Road Cupertino, CA 95014

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