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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

26700 Loma Prieta WAY LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 26700 Loma Prieta WAY, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81706565)
4 beds 6 baths 7,733 sqft $2,888,888
20301 Bear Creek RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 20301 Bear Creek RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81706463)
5 beds 3 baths 2,284 sqft $1,149,888
17224 Debbie RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 17224 Debbie RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81706446)
3 beds 3 baths 2,290 sqft $1,198,000
15800 Los Gatos Almaden RD LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 15800 Los Gatos Almaden RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81706397)
2 beds 2 baths 1,015 sqft $950,000
103 Farm Hill WAY LOS GATOS, CA 95032
3 beds 2 baths 1,184 sqft $1,450,000
18706 Bear Creek RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 18706 Bear Creek RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81706333)
4 beds 4 baths 3,600 sqft $10,000
16374 Lavender LN LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 16374 Lavender LN, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81706301)
5 beds 3 baths 2,727 sqft $2,750,000
18612 Decatur RD LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 18612 Decatur RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81706273)
6 beds 8 baths 7,348 sqft $8,000,000
48 Whitney AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 48 Whitney AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81706235)
4 beds 4 baths 3,435 sqft $3,450,000
407 University AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 407 University AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81706230)
2 beds 1 bath 784 sqft $1,495,000
16766 Farley RD LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 16766 Farley RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81706191)
4 beds 4 baths 3,170 sqft $2,815,000
22015 Hutchinson RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 22015 Hutchinson RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81706166)
4 beds 2 baths 2,591 sqft $1,365,000
147 Altura VIS LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 147 Altura VIS, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81706128)
3 beds 3 baths 2,203 sqft $1,398,000
109 Louise CT LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 109 Louise CT, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81706108)
6 beds 3 baths 3,988 sqft $3,188,000
213 Edelen AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 213 Edelen AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81706099)
4 beds 3 baths 1,975 sqft $2,595,000

Sold Listings in Los Gatos

121 El Porton LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 121 El Porton, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81705573)
3 beds 3 baths 1,630 sqft $1,400,000
108 Bungalow TER LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 108 Bungalow TER, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81703752)
4 beds 3 baths 1,899 sqft $1,190,000
172 Altura VIS LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 172 Altura VIS, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81702535)
3 beds 3 baths 2,203 sqft $1,475,000
17045 Pine AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 17045 Pine AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81702401)
0 beds 0 baths 6,000 sqft $2,450,000
17301 Clearview DR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 17301 Clearview DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81702226)
3 beds 3 baths 2,046 sqft $2,500,000
118 Via Collado LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 118 Via Collado, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81701769)
2 beds 2 baths 1,443 sqft $1,520,000
16345 Los Gatos BLVD 3 LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 16345 Los Gatos BLVD 3, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81701643)
3 beds 3 baths 1,260 sqft $1,350,000
18400 Overlook RD 48 LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 18400 Overlook RD 48, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81701047)
3 beds 3 baths 1,676 sqft $1,350,000
18630 Farragut LN LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 18630 Farragut LN, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81700926)
6 beds 3 baths 3,509 sqft $3,000,000
24123 Mountain Charlie RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 24123 Mountain Charlie RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81700611)
4 beds 4 baths 2,981 sqft $1,400,000
16597 Topping WAY LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 16597 Topping WAY, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81700519)
5 beds 5 baths 3,575 sqft $3,250,000
14567 Eastview DR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 14567 Eastview DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81700428)
4 beds 5 baths 4,039 sqft $3,400,000
101 Casa Grande LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 101 Casa Grande, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81700394)
6 beds 3 baths 3,090 sqft $2,265,000
95 Church ST 2304 LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 95 Church ST 2304, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81687251)
1 bed 1 bath 1,059 sqft $1,200,000
21640 Bear Creek RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 21640 Bear Creek RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81699907)
2 beds 2 baths 2,344 sqft $930,000

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
http://www.lgsuhsd.org
Los Gatos Union Elementary School District
K-8
http://www.lgusd.k12.ca.us
Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary
K-8
http://www.loma.k12.ca.us/district

Los Gatos Schools

Rolling Hills Middle School
5-8, charter
http://www.campbellusd.org
Lakeside Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.lakesidesd.k12.ca.us
Los Gatos High School
9-12, public
http://www.lghs.net
Blossom Hill Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.bh.lgusd.k12.ca.us/
Raymond J. Fisher Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.rjfisher.lgusd.k12.ca.us/
Lexington Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.lex.lgusd.k12.ca.us/
Louise Van Meter Elementary School
K-5, public
http://www.lvm.lgusd.k12.ca.us/
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’s Elementary School
K-8, private
Los Gatos Christian School
PK-8, private
http://www.lgcs.org
Mulberry School
K-5, private
Eitz Chaim Academy
K-8, private
Mulberry School
K-5, private
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
http://www.stratfordschools.com
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
Liber Community School
PK-12, private
Mulberry School
K-5, private

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