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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

Tait LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of Tait, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81753612)
1 bed 1 bath 500 sqft $2,595
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 $1,450,000
336 Creekside Village DR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 336 Creekside Village DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81753561)
3 beds 3 baths 1,390 sqft $5,500
18115 Virginia DR LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 18115 Virginia DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81753523)
4 beds 2 baths 1,767 sqft $799,000
14225 Lora DR 77 LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 14225 Lora DR 77, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81753360)
0 beds 1 bath 786 sqft $498,888
115 Meadowbrook DR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 115 Meadowbrook DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81753356)
3 beds 2 baths 2,580 sqft $1,977,000
14225 Lora DR 85 LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 14225 Lora DR 85, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81753354)
2 beds 2 baths 1,050 sqft $599,000
19051 Overlook RD LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 19051 Overlook RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81753287)
4 beds 4 baths 4,100 sqft $3,495,000
23570 Mountain Charlie RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 23570 Mountain Charlie RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81753037)
4 beds 5 baths 3,246 sqft $1,900,000
16560 Garden LN LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 16560 Garden LN, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81752936)
2 beds 2 baths 900 sqft $3,650
17025 Pine AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 17025 Pine AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81752916)
5 beds 3 baths 2,659 sqft $3,150,000
140 Stonybrook RD LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 140 Stonybrook RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81752909)
3 beds 2 baths 1,938 sqft $2,299,000
105 Casitas Bulevar LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 105 Casitas Bulevar, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81752890)
3 beds 3 baths 2,175 sqft $1,525,000
17915 Foster RD LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 17915 Foster RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81752866)
6 beds 6 baths 6,946 sqft $4,950,000
103 Chippendale CT LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 103 Chippendale CT, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81752863)
4 beds 3 baths 2,421 sqft $1,998,000

Sold Listings in Los Gatos

61 ELLENWOOD AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 61 ELLENWOOD AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81752364)
5 beds 6 baths 3,401 sqft $4,500,000
114 Escobar CT LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 114 Escobar CT, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81749396)
2 beds 2 baths 1,494 sqft $1,200,000
143 Altura VIS LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 143 Altura VIS, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81747964)
3 beds 3 baths 2,053 sqft $1,600,000
16415 Englewood AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 16415 Englewood AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81749010)
2 beds 1 bath 1,261 sqft $2,460,000
110 Via Teresa LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 110 Via Teresa, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81748703)
4 beds 3 baths 2,011 sqft $2,160,000
0 Loma Prieta AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 0 Loma Prieta AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81727331)
0 beds 0 baths $275,000
100 Vista Del Monte LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 100 Vista Del Monte, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81748485)
4 beds 2 baths 1,995 sqft $2,065,000
16520 Bonnie LN LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 16520 Bonnie LN, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81748277)
5 beds 4 baths 3,290 sqft $2,680,000
15680 Winchester BLVD LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 15680 Winchester BLVD, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81747741)
3 beds 2 baths 1,478 sqft $1,875,000
17230 Laurel RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 17230 Laurel RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81747211)
2 beds 3 baths 1,848 sqft $760,000
700 Laurel View RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 700 Laurel View RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81744493)
2 beds 1 bath 1,095 sqft $405,000
185 Altura Vista LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 185 Altura Vista, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81746897)
3 beds 3 baths 2,230 sqft $1,400,000
18400 Overlook RD 55 LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 18400 Overlook RD 55, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81746539)
3 beds 3 baths 2,003 sqft $1,460,000
16345 Los Gatos BLVD 2 LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 16345 Los Gatos BLVD 2, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81746470)
3 beds 3 baths 1,260 sqft $1,130,000
211 Vista Del Mar LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 211 Vista Del Mar, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81745581)
3 beds 3 baths 3,221 sqft $3,600,000

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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