Los Altos is a prestigious, private Silicon Valley community that has been ranked among the nation’s most expensive zip codes and most affluent communities. Growing out of a rural landscape of orchards in the latter half of the 20th century, Los Altos has preserved a semirural atmosphere with a civic center set in an orchard and downtown arterial roads designed to funnel traffic away from its idyllic Main Street. The road layout also provides convenient access to other Silicon Valley tech hubs, making Los Altos an ideal commute.
Homes within this sought-after community have a minimum lot size of one-quarter of an acre. The eclectic real estate mix ranges from charming mid-century modern and elegant contemporary single-family homes to breathtaking modern architectural masterpieces exhibiting the very finest design inside and out.
There are numerous shops and restaurants in the Los Altos Village, a triangular six-block downtown stretch flanked by the Foothill Expressway and San Antonio Road. Try the woodfired rotisserie chicken and house-smoked salmon at Los Altos Grill, sublime Greek cooking at Opa! , and delicious Italian dishes at Pompeii Ristorante. To Los Altos’ north, the San Antonio Center features big-box retailers, such as Kohl’s and Walmart, along with great restaurants, such as authentic Chinese cuisine at Chef Chu’s.
Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade is a beloved local tradition that sees the city light up to mark the beginning of the holiday season beginning at 6 p.m. on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. In July, the Los Altos Art & Wine Festival showcases the work of talented artists and craftspeople from across the nation, plus free live music performances and wines from the finest local wineries. A Farmers’ Market brings fresh produce, food trucks, and arts-and-crafts stalls to downtown Los Altos each Thursday evening from spring through fall. Special events and educational programs are held at the Los Altos History Museum, which displays permanent and limited-time exhibitions of the people and events that have shaped the north Santa Clara Valley.
Local public schools include Almond, Covington, Oak Avenue, Santa Rita, and Springer Elementary Schools, Egan Junior High School, Georgina P. Blach Middle School, and Los Altos High School.
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