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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

44 BROADWAY LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 44 BROADWAY, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81805790)
5 beds 3 baths 2,525 sqft $2,985,000
719 University AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 719 University AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81784819)
3 beds 3 baths 1,895 sqft $1,600,000
20000 Wright DR LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 20000 Wright DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81805257)
3 beds 2 baths 1,503 sqft $1,149,000
227 Prince ST LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 227 Prince ST, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81803764)
4 beds 2 baths 1,456 sqft $1,388,000
17572 Bruce AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 17572 Bruce AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81805328)
3 beds 3 baths 1,898 sqft $1,699,000
130 Prospect AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 130 Prospect AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81804441)
4 beds 5 baths 4,102 sqft $4,800,000
235 Los Gatos BLVD LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 235 Los Gatos BLVD, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81804091)
4 beds 2 baths 1,970 sqft $2,438,000
14225 Lora DR 66 LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 14225 Lora DR 66, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81805203)
1 bed 1 bath 816 sqft $539,000
221 Elm Wood CT LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 221 Elm Wood CT, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81805202)
4 beds 3 baths 1,533 sqft $3,800
100 Hilow CT LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 100 Hilow CT, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81805129)
5 beds 3 baths 2,198 sqft $2,620,000
214 Caldwell AVE LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 214 Caldwell AVE, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81805097)
4 beds 4 baths 3,000 sqft $3,150,000
420 Alberto WAY 46 LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 420 Alberto WAY 46, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81805040)
2 beds 3 baths 1,120 sqft $879,000
25322 Hutchinson RD LOS GATOS, CA 95033
Photo of 25322 Hutchinson RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95033 (MLS # ML81791749)
3 beds 2 baths 2,370 sqft $1,499,000
1944 Las Encinas CT LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 1944 Las Encinas CT, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81804922)
3 beds 3 baths 1,953 sqft $1,198,000
140 Foster RD LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 140 Foster RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81804879)
4 beds 4 baths 4,932 sqft $7,995,000

Sold Listings in Los Gatos

16605 Camellia TER LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 16605 Camellia TER, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81803359)
3 beds 2 baths 1,590 sqft $1,700,000
8 Orchard ST LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 8 Orchard ST, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81802940)
3 beds 2 baths 1,562 sqft $1,860,000
124 Charter Oaks CIR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 124 Charter Oaks CIR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81801818)
3 beds 3 baths 1,691 sqft $3,700
244 Belblossom DR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 244 Belblossom DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81801802)
4 beds 3 baths 2,311 sqft $1,730,000
139 El Altillo LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 139 El Altillo, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81800862)
3 beds 3 baths 2,175 sqft $1,375,000
115 Strathmore PL LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 115 Strathmore PL, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81800638)
3 beds 2 baths 1,409 sqft $1,325,000
326 Creekside Village DR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 326 Creekside Village DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81800354)
3 beds 3 baths 1,390 sqft $1,586,000
1606 Hyde DR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 1606 Hyde DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81799773)
4 beds 2 baths 1,854 sqft $1,550,000
143 Cardinal LN LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 143 Cardinal LN, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81800139)
3 beds 3 baths 2,174 sqft $2,515,000
15900 Blossom Hill RD LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 15900 Blossom Hill RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81799960)
6 beds 5 baths 3,216 sqft $2,100,000
255 Los Gatos BLVD LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 255 Los Gatos BLVD, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81799799)
2 beds 2 baths 1,500 sqft $4,500
16971 Placer Oaks RD LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 16971 Placer Oaks RD, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81799742)
5 beds 3 baths 3,185 sqft $2,950,000
115 Yosemite WAY LOS GATOS, CA 95030
Photo of 115 Yosemite WAY, LOS GATOS, CA 95030 (MLS # ML81798729)
4 beds 4 baths 3,250 sqft $4,075,000
830 Cherrystone DR LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 830 Cherrystone DR, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81799485)
4 beds 3 baths 2,146 sqft $6,800
122 Verde CT LOS GATOS, CA 95032
Photo of 122 Verde CT, LOS GATOS, CA 95032 (MLS # ML81799066)
4 beds 4 baths 2,581 sqft $2,420,000

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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