The City of Los Altos, incorporated in 1952 is seven square miles with seven distinct commercial areas. The city incorporated to preserve the rural atmosphere and small town feel and to prevent annexation from neighboring cities. The commercial districts are bustling neighborhood retail areas, characterized by tree-lined streets and a village atmosphere. Los Altos celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2012 and since 1952 has successfully preserved its rural roots, maintained spacious lot sizes for single-family homes and established policies for commercial development.
The mission of the City Council, staff, commissions, committees and volunteers is to foster and maintain the City of Los Altos as a great place to live and to raise a family. Los Altos, with its beautiful neighborhoods, award-winning schools, 40+ acres of parks and open space and friendly commercial areas, is an exceptional place to call home and conduct business.
Los Altos Hills is a residential community nestled in the scenic foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Once a rural agricultural area, the community has become one of the premier residential areas in Silicon Valley. Over the years, the population has grown and land use patterns have changed. The farmhouses, cattle ranches and orchards of the past have become today’s private homes, riding stables and vineyards. The community has gradually urbanized over time but still retains a semi-rural atmosphere, with large size lots and expanses of open space, as envisioned by the Town’s founders. The Town is characterized by rolling hills, valleys, creeks and wildlife. Many properties have sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, Santa Clara Valley and the coastal mountains to the west.
DOWNTOWN LOS ALTOS
Downtown Los Altos is a unique blending of quaint and historic buildings with a friendly, small town atmosphere. The Downtown Community Plaza hosts events throughout the seasons and beautiful flowers can be found throughout the village.
More than 150 shops and boutiques offer an exceptional variety of merchandise. Well known for antiques, art galleries, home accessories, gifts and items for children, Los Altos is the perfect place for strolling along streets lined with Chinese Pistache trees. Other items found in the downtown include high style fashions, shoes, fine linens, china and kitchenware, furniture, unique children's toys, music and books, children's clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, prescription drugs, photography, stationery and cards, flowers and gifts in all sizes and shapes.
You can catch the aroma of fresh baked goods and fresh ground coffees in the coffee houses and coffee shops. Delicatessens offer sandwiches, salads and takeout foods. Popular restaurants featuring a variety of cuisines are interspersed among the downtown shops. Downtown Los Altos has many excellent service businesses such as hair salons, manicurists, beauty and health centers, barbershops, travel agents and veterinary hospitals. Two supermarkets downtown provide a full array of products.
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