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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

23570 Mountain Charlie RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 23570 Mountain Charlie RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81769151)
4 beds 5 baths 3,246 sqft $1,650,000
281 De Soto DR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 281 De Soto DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81769052)
3 beds 3 baths 1,528 sqft $1,249,888
14554 S Bascom AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 14554 S Bascom AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81768885)
3 beds 3 baths 1,318 sqft $897,500
17530 Comanche TRL LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 17530 Comanche TRL, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81768884)
2 beds 1 bath 1,184 sqft $785,000
424 Los Gatos Almaden RD LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 424 Los Gatos Almaden RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81768861)
3 beds 2 baths 1,375 sqft $1,350,000
16021 Winterbrook RD LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 16021 Winterbrook RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81768853)
5 beds 5 baths 4,071 sqft $3,900,000
506 N Santa Cruz AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 506 N Santa Cruz AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81768778)
0 beds 0 baths $2,400,000
23050 Old Logging RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 23050 Old Logging RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81768748)
5 beds 5 baths 4,211 sqft $2,190,000
135 Westhill DR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 135 Westhill DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81768721)
3 beds 3 baths 2,160 sqft $1,895,000
15807 Union AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 15807 Union AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81767909)
4 beds 3 baths 2,769 sqft $2,299,000
16450 Aztec Ridge AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 16450 Aztec Ridge AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81768470)
8 beds 10 baths 12,109 sqft $32,000
170 Cuesta De Los Gatos LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 170 Cuesta De Los Gatos, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81768355)
3 beds 3 baths 1,738 sqft $1,675,000
15631 Loma Vista AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 15631 Loma Vista AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81768330)
3 beds 3 baths 2,121 sqft $2,195,000
77 Roberts RD LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 77 Roberts RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81768296)
1 bed 1 bath 792 sqft $747,000
14685 Oka RD 15 LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 14685 Oka RD 15, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81768028)
3 beds 2 baths 1,260 sqft $420,000

Sold Listings in Los Gatos

102 Oakland PL LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 102 Oakland PL, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81753610)
3 beds 3 baths 2,309 sqft $1,295,000
166 Altura Vista LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 166 Altura Vista, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81766599)
3 beds 3 baths 2,203 sqft $1,905,000
19190 Beardsley RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 19190 Beardsley RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81762154)
3 beds 2 baths 1,325 sqft $1,150,000
105 Via Collado LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 105 Via Collado, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81764843)
3 beds 3 baths 2,053 sqft $1,350,000
17095 Crescent DR LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 17095 Crescent DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81764721)
4 beds 3 baths 2,673 sqft $2,699,000
15610 El Gato LN LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 15610 El Gato LN, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81764358)
3 beds 2 baths 1,375 sqft $1,720,000
119 Rio Vista LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 119 Rio Vista, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81764073)
3 beds 3 baths 2,319 sqft $1,585,000
140 Via De Tesoros LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 140 Via De Tesoros, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81763436)
4 beds 3 baths 2,196 sqft $2,310,000
16336 Roseleaf CT LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 16336 Roseleaf CT, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81763428)
3 beds 2 baths 1,933 sqft $1,970,000
22112 Call Of The Wild RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 22112 Call Of The Wild RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81763349)
3 beds 2 baths 1,748 sqft $1,160,000
21496 Beatrice LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 21496 Beatrice, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81763334)
3 beds 2 baths 1,350 sqft $830,000
225 Plaza La Posada LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 225 Plaza La Posada, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81763085)
4 beds 3 baths 2,306 sqft $2,025,000
15405 Shannon RD LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 15405 Shannon RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81762662)
4 beds 3 baths 3,272 sqft $2,364,575
14685 Oka RD 76 LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 14685 Oka RD 76, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81762533)
3 beds 2 baths 1,413 sqft $446,500
340 Penn WAY LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 340 Penn WAY, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81762394)
3 beds 2 baths 1,819 sqft $1,625,000

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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