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Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Los Altos truly is the essence of serenity. The small town of Los Altos offers quiet urban living set amongst beautiful tree-lined streets, only miles from Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos Hills. Los Altos is home to fewer than 30,000 people and takes up approximately seven square miles.
The enviable ranch style homes in Los Altos are quite spacious and cover lots of about 10,000 square feet each. In 1976, one of these spacious homes became the birthplace of the Apple computer. That year, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne, and a few others built the first 50 Apple computers in Jobs’ garage in Los Altos. They went on to create Apple Computer, Inc. on April 1, 1976.
Though it was once merely a Southern Pacific Railroad stop, the town of Los Altos has expanded to house an entire community of people. Train service came to a halt in January of 1964, and soon thereafter, the track became Foothill Expressway. Since its expansion, the town has gained several unique and appealing traits that make it one of the most popular places to live in California.
Downtown Los Altos, known as the Village, is pretty while maintaining a comfortably low-key, yet quietly upscale atmosphere that matches the ambiance of the rest of the town. The Village hosts several parades throughout the year, including the Festival of Lights, held on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, and the Pet Parade, held on the first weekend of May. Los Altos also embraces culture through its public art, a number of parks and community events. The town also has a history museum, a library and seven different shopping districts.
Education & Jobs Abound
The Los Altos School District provides excellent education for kindergarten through the eighth grade. Students in Los Altos may attend a number of elementary schools and junior high schools, each of which values high level teaching, a positive environment, safety, and engaging, yet challenging curriculum. Los Altos residents may also attend elementary schools and middle schools located in the Cupertino Union School District. Four alternative schooling options are available for students in the Cupertino Union School District. In order to cater to the specific needs of each child, these programs provide emphasis on basic learning skills, group learning, and language immersion in English and Mandarin.
High school students will attend schools in either the Mountain View Los Altos School District or the Fremont Union High School District. Both districts offer quality educational services and a willingness to maintain excellence for all students. The Mountain View Los Altos School District also offers alternative programs, including courses at Foothill College, independent study, and specialized courses in communication arts and technology.
Foothill College, the two-year community college located in Los Altos, offers a multitude of programs in the arts and sciences as well as degrees and units for transfer to a four-year college. Alternatively, students can attend De Anza College, located in Cupertino. Both schools introduce vastly different focuses, covering the goals of every student in the area seeking higher education.
Besides providing a flourishing educational system, Los Altos is a great place to build a career. Businesses of all types present numerous opportunities for employment. Much of the city’s employment stems from the Los Altos School District, Los Altos High School, Coldwell Banker and the City of Los Altos.
Though known for its quiet, homely streets, Los Altos is located in the center of several towns and cities. Highway 85 and Interstate 280 provide easy access to Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mountain View and the Los Altos Hills.
Los Altos Neighborhoods
- Central Los Altos
- Country Club
- Loyola Corners
- North Los Altos
- Old Los Altos
- South Los Altos
- Woodland Acres/The Highlands
Buying a Home in Los Altos
Los Altos boasts some of the most wanted homes, averaging at a selling price of $2,605,000 in 2015. With the town’s large community focus, educational outreach, and alluring landscape, home values in Los Altos have been on the rise. In the past year alone, values increased by approximately 9.5 percent—they are expected to continue to increase over the next year.
2015 Los Altos Year-Over-Year Stats
- Median home prices increased by 9.5% year-over-year to $2,605,000 from $2,380,000.
- The average home sales price rose by 5.8% year-over-year to $2,779,410 from $2,628,130.
- Home sales fell by 2.6% year-over-year to 37 from 38.
- Active listings fell 4.3% year-over-year to 44 from 46.
- Sales price vs. list price ratio fell by 0.2% year-over-year to 111.9% from 112.1%.
- The average days on market rose by 16.0% year-over-year to 11 from 9.