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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

451 Alberto WAY D152 LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 451 Alberto WAY D152, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81715735)
3 beds 2 baths 1,452 sqft $799,000
15110 Shannon RD LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 15110 Shannon RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81715724)
5 beds 6 baths 4,380 sqft $2,895,000
17745 Ogallala Warpath RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 17745 Ogallala Warpath RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81715580)
2 beds 2 baths 1,650 sqft $949,000
243 Via La Posada LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 243 Via La Posada, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81715567)
4 beds 3 baths 2,365 sqft $2,399,000
21520 Betty Ann CT LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 21520 Betty Ann CT, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81715537)
3 beds 3 baths 2,008 sqft $1,399,000
400 Montclair RD LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 400 Montclair RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81715501)
5 beds 3 baths 2,803 sqft $2,498,000
14225 Lora DR 25 LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 14225 Lora DR 25, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81715442)
1 bed 1 bath 816 sqft $599,888
21384 Aldercroft HTS LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 21384 Aldercroft HTS, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81715378)
4 beds 4 baths 2,812 sqft $1,299,000
19160 Beardsley RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 19160 Beardsley RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81715372)
2 beds 2 baths 1,800 sqft $990,000
755 Blossom Hill RD LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 755 Blossom Hill RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81715341)
2 beds 2 baths 1,824 sqft $1,899,000
16766 Farley RD LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 16766 Farley RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81715273)
5 beds 4 baths 3,170 sqft $2,698,000
3995 Bear Canyon RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 3995 Bear Canyon RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81715253)
0 beds 0 baths $425,000
22075 Old Santa Cruz HWY LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 22075 Old Santa Cruz HWY, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81715245)
3 beds 2 baths 1,484 sqft $1,000,000
100 Tait AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 100 Tait AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81715236)
1 bed 1 bath 600 sqft $2,695
16084 Greenridge TER LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 16084 Greenridge TER, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81714886)
0 beds 0 baths $998,000

Sold Listings in Los Gatos

21495 Aldercroft Heights LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 21495 Aldercroft Heights, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81710488)
3 beds 3 baths 2,600 sqft $1,001,000
600 Pennsylvania AVE 32 LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 600 Pennsylvania AVE 32, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81710016)
2 beds 2 baths 1,466 sqft $3,650
17850 Kiowa TRL LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 17850 Kiowa TRL, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81709820)
2 beds 1 bath 1,882 sqft $1,100,000
20049 Beatty Ridge RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 20049 Beatty Ridge RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81709523)
2 beds 3 baths 2,476 sqft $1,037,000
217 Altura VIS LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 217 Altura VIS, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81704321)
3 beds 3 baths 2,053 sqft $1,650,000
105 Alerche DR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 105 Alerche DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81708779)
4 beds 3 baths 3,094 sqft $2,724,400
111 Ohlone CT LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 111 Ohlone CT, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81708658)
3 beds 3 baths 2,258 sqft $2,440,000
184 Villa AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 184 Villa AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81708050)
3 beds 3 baths 1,400 sqft $2,500,000
533 San Benito AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 533 San Benito AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81708036)
4 beds 4 baths 2,428 sqft $2,800,000
758 Solita CT LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 758 Solita CT, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81706564)
3 beds 2 baths 2,300 sqft $2,295,000
1610 Elwood DR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 1610 Elwood DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81707880)
3 beds 2 baths 1,840 sqft $1,598,000
439 Alberto WAY A207 LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 439 Alberto WAY A207, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81707878)
2 beds 2 baths 1,136 sqft $705,000
219 Escobar AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 219 Escobar AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81707448)
3 beds 2 baths 1,218 sqft $1,285,000
339 Oak Meadow DR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 339 Oak Meadow DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81707371)
3 beds 3 baths 2,840 sqft $2,448,000
420 Alberto WAY 39 LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 420 Alberto WAY 39, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81707118)
2 beds 2 baths 1,032 sqft $900,000

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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