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About Los Gatos


Location 

The Town of Los Gatos is nestled at the base of the Sierra Azules, and is located approximately 60 miles south of San Francisco, in the southwestern portion of Santa Clara County where the Santa Clara Valley meets the lower slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Los Gatos is bounded by the City of San Jose to the north and east; the City of Campbell to the north; the Cities of Monte Sereno and Saratoga to the west; and unincorporated County of Santa Clara and the County of Santa Cruz to the south.

 

The Los Gatos Planning Area encompasses a wide variety of terrain, ranging from flat topography at the edge of the valley floor to densely wooded hillsides.  Both the valley and hillsides are interspersed with creeks, streams and riparian habitat.  The sharp contrast between the valley floor and the hillsides provides the Town’s picturesque background.

 

History

 

Los Gatos is one of Santa Clara County’s oldest communities.  In 1840, the Mexican government granted a land patent for a 6,600 acre rancho to Sebastian Peralta and Jose Hernandez.  Los Gatos was originally named La Rinconada de Los Gatos (Cat’s Corner) by early settlers due to the screams of mountain lions prowling in the night.  In 1868, 100 acres of the rancho was selected as a town site.  The Town was incorporated in 1887, and by 1890 the Town’s population had grown to 1,652. When the first General Plan was adopted in 1963, the Town had grown to an area of approximately 4,000 acres, or 6.3 square miles, with a population in excess of 11,750.

 

At the time the first General Plan was revised in 1971, the Town had grown to an area of 9 square miles with a population of 24,350.  In 1984, Los Gatos covered ap­proximately 10 square miles and had a population of 27,820 persons. Today, the Town population is estimated to be 30,497 in a 14 square mile area.  While most of the growth through the 1970’s was due to new development, most of the growth in the 1980’s and 1990’s was due to annexations, in-fill development and changing demographics.

 

 

The Town originally developed at a distance from other population centers and therefore evolved as an independent community having residential, commercial and industrial areas.  The economics of the Town have changed from the wheat farming, milling, logging, orchard and cannery businesses in the 19th and early 20th centuries to the suburban, high tech, visitor destination businesses of today.  The railroad also played a major role in the growth and development of the Town, Los Gatos was either the terminus of the railroad or the transition point from standard to narrow gauge at more than one time during the railroad’s operation.  The climate and easy access by rail from San Francisco made Los Gatos an early tourist destination.  Today, the Town is situated within the largest metropolitan area of northern California, and is closely tied to Silicon Valley and its fast paced economy.  Los Gatos, however, retains a mix of residential, commercial and light industrial uses, still attracts visitors, and continues to retain its small town image.

 

 

Los Gatos prides itself as a self contained community. Over 3,000 businesses serve the residents and act as a destination point for visitors who are attracted to its restaurants, hotels and variety of shops within a pedestrian oriented downtown setting. The Town is also an inclusive community with the full mix of ages, family sizes and incomes.  Los Gatos has many parks and greenbelt areas, as well as a vibrant downtown area.  Downtown Los Gatos is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the model of what communities strive to achieve in a downtown.

Los Gatos Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Los Gatos

18303 BLACK RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 18303 BLACK RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81775871)
5 beds 8 baths 9,200 sqft $5,500,000
18690 Blythswood DR LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 18690 Blythswood DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81775860)
5 beds 6 baths 8,000 sqft $7,800,000
224 Jackson ST LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 224 Jackson ST, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81775856)
4 beds 4 baths 3,105 sqft $2,890,000
14316 Mulberry DR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 14316 Mulberry DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81775855)
2 beds 1 bath 1,200 sqft $3,000
600 Pennsylvania AVE 27 LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 600 Pennsylvania AVE 27, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81775851)
2 beds 2 baths 1,440 sqft $1,248,000
30003 Summit LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 30003 Summit, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81775729)
3 beds 1 bath 2,100 sqft $785,000
125 Alerche DR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 125 Alerche DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81753847)
3 beds 3 baths 2,275 sqft $4,300,000
184 College AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 184 College AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81775638)
4 beds 3 baths 3,481 sqft $2,699,000
23637 Sky View TER LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 23637 Sky View TER, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81775583)
3 beds 3 baths 1,838 sqft $1,299,000
23900 Santa Cruz HWY LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 23900 Santa Cruz HWY, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81764519)
3 beds 2 baths 1,966 sqft $799,900
23900 Santa Cruz HWY LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 23900 Santa Cruz HWY, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81764991)
0 beds 0 baths $799,900
22142 Call Of The Wild RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 22142 Call Of The Wild RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81760820)
4 beds 3 baths 2,273 sqft $1,250,000
223 Belgatos RD LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 223 Belgatos RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81775275)
4 beds 3 baths 2,079 sqft $1,875,000
15810 Los Gatos Almaden RD LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 15810 Los Gatos Almaden RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81775236)
3 beds 2 baths 1,218 sqft $1,078,000
20899 Aldercroft HTS LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 20899 Aldercroft HTS, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81775204)
3 beds 3 baths 1,806 sqft $1,049,000

Sold Listings in Los Gatos

18051 Idylwild RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 18051 Idylwild RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81774105)
4 beds 2 baths 2,328 sqft $1,860,000
16386 Hilow RD LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 16386 Hilow RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81773973)
5 beds 5 baths 3,483 sqft $3,995,000
16521 Englewood AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 16521 Englewood AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81773480)
5 beds 3 baths 3,976 sqft $3,680,000
832 Lilac WAY LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 832 Lilac WAY, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81772262)
4 beds 3 baths 2,914 sqft $2,775,000
200 Loma Alta AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 200 Loma Alta AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81772077)
4 beds 3 baths 2,122 sqft $2,700,000
691 Bicknell RD LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 691 Bicknell RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81771584)
3 beds 4 baths 3,231 sqft $2,560,000
24124 Schulties RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 24124 Schulties RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81771518)
2 beds 2 baths 1,462 sqft $836,000
65 Ellenwood AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 65 Ellenwood AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81771281)
3 beds 2 baths 1,638 sqft $2,750,000
120 College TER E LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 120 College TER E, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81770731)
3 beds 3 baths 1,529 sqft $1,400,000
435 Alberto WAY 15 LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 435 Alberto WAY 15, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81770618)
3 beds 3 baths 1,448 sqft $1,150,000
159 Longmeadow DR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 159 Longmeadow DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81770435)
4 beds 4 baths 4,079 sqft $4,325,000
20333 hebard RD e LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 20333 hebard RD e, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81770415)
1 bed 1 bath 700 sqft $800
20333 hebard RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 20333 hebard RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81770411)
1 bed 1 bath 600 sqft $800
20333 Hebard RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 20333 Hebard RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81770375)
2 beds 3 baths 1,200 sqft $2,200
447 Alberto WAY C129 LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 447 Alberto WAY C129, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81770368)
2 beds 2 baths 1,008 sqft $600,000

Los Gatos School Data

Los Gatos School Districts

Lakeside Joint
K-5
http://www.lakesidelosgatos.org
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District
K-2, 9-12
http://www.lgsuhsd.org
Los Gatos Union Elementary School District
K-8
http://www.lgusd.org
Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary
PK-8
http://www.loma.k12.ca.us

Los Gatos Schools

Rolling Hills Middle School
5-8, charter
Lakeside Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.lakesidelosgaots.org
Los Gatos High School
9-12, public
http://www.lghs.net
Blossom Hill Elementary School
K-5, public
http://bh.lgusd.org
Daves Avenue Elementary School
K-5, public
http://daves.lgusd.org
Raymond J. Fisher Middle School
6-8, public
http://rjfisher.lgusd.org
Lexington Elementary School
K-5, public
http://lex.lgusd.org
Louise Van Meter Elementary School
K-5, public
http://lvm.lgusd.org
C. T. English Middle School
6-8, public
Loma Prieta Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.loma.k12.ca.us/domain/30
Alta Vista Elementary School
K-5, public
http://altavista.unionsd.org/home
Hillbrook School
PK-8, private
http://www.hillbrook.org/
St. Mary Elementary School
PK-8, private
Los Gatos Christian School
PK-8, private
http://www.lgcs.org
Mulberry School
K-5, private
http://www.mulberry.org/
Eitz Chaim Academy
K-8, private
Mulberry School
K-5, private
http://www.mulberry.org/
Yavneh Day School
K-8, private
http://www.yavnehdayschool.org/
Rainbow of Knowledge
PK-6, private
http://www.rainbowofknowledgeschool.com
Stratford School
K-5, private
https://www.stratfordschools.com/find-your-campus/los-gatos
Los Gatos-Saratoga Juhsd Adult Education Program
n/a, public
Highland Institute for Better Education
K-12, private
Lead Center
K-9, private
Yavneh Day School
PK-8, private
http://www.yavnehdayschool.org
Liber Community School
PK-12, private
http://www.libercommunityschool.org

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