Los Altos Ca.

Small Villages in the Heart of Silicon Valley

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Tree-lined streets and small village atmospheres characterize Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. They are located side-by-side in the heart of the world-famous Silicon Valley. Combined, the two have a population of a little over 40,000. Forty miles south of San Francisco, they sit at the eastern edge of San Mateo County.  Many homes fetch $4 million and higher, putting the city at No. 9 on Forbes’ “Most Expensive ZIP Codes in America” list in late 2021.

City of Los Altos

City of Los Altos Hills

Smaller Towns on the Peninsula

A seven-square-mile village, Los Altos is developed with small businesses, schools, libraries and churches. It is mostly residential and strives to maintain a semi-rural atmosphere. The civic center sits in the middle of an orchard, a remnant of those that once covered the area. The downtown is a triangle with arterials on all sides that enable most through traffic to bypass Main Street. If you’re looking to live in a smaller town on the peninsula, we suggest living here.

Village Association

Calendar of Events

Barn Lighting

Los Altos Hills Barn Lighting on Dec. 4

Spend the afternoon in the fresh air at Westwind Community Barn on December 4. Sample cookies and hot cider and/or wine tasting while kids participate in seasonal games, craft tables, face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo. Santa Claus will be available for last minute holiday wish lists and photos. A community countdown to light up the Barn will begin at 5:00 pm. For more: click here

Scientific Claim to Fame

Los Altos may have a legitimate claim to having the first scientifically designed sound baffle in 1970. Santa Clara County undertook a seminal study to calculate the effects of alternate sound wall designs along the Foothill Expressway. The resulting wall brought about the predicted reduction of seven to ten decibels in noise pollution levels experienced by adjacent homes.

Public Schools

The high schools are consistently ranked in the top 1% of high schools nationally. In the MVLA district, 98 percent of the graduates matriculate to college.

School District
Mountain View Los Altos High School District

Restaurant Recommendations

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Los Altos / Los Altos Hills Neighborhood Maps

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