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The birthplace of Apple Computers is a thoroughly suburban city that boasts lots of parks and great schools.
Studio / 1 BR
45% Complete
2,990
2 Bedrooms
56% Complete
3,697
3 Bedrooms
90% Complete
5,950
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete
6,600

Good For
  • Empty nesters / Retirees
  • Families
  • Nature lovers
  • Professionals

 

What's around
  • 17 Schools
  • 178 Shops
  • 102 Fitness options
  • 71 Restaurants
  • 9 Grocery stores/markets
  • 16 Banks
  • 4 Nightlife options

 


PUBLIC TRANSITAverage

WALKABILITYPoor
Safety

Los Altos has a below average violent crime rate and a below average property crime rate compared to other cities in the United States.

  WHAT’S LIVING IN Los Altos LIKE?

Though it's located in Cupertino today, Apple Inc was born in Los Altos in the garage of Steve Jobs’ parents. While it was an unassuming middle class town back then, today it's considerably more affluent -- though it still retains a quiet and laid back atmosphere. It's a family-oriented residential community that covers a large swath of land bordering Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and Cupertino.

While Downtown Los Altos has some interesting sights such as a typewriting store and some great eats to be had, there’s not a whole lot in the way of activities. There are plenty of parks to spend time with family and friends, but young people will struggle to find much to do (though you're not far from more exciting cities in the Valley).

Los Altos is often described as peaceful and sleepy. Commercial zones have been restricted to limited areas such as downtown, so apart from the commercial corridors it's thoroughly suburban and is a popular place for families and retirees.

Though there are a number of neighborhoods within Los Altos, it can really be broken down into two section: North and South. The feeling in North Los Altos can be best compared to Palo Alto, with upscale homes that cost well north of a million dollars with a medium home price of $2.7 million. South Los Altos borders Cupertino and retains its quiet suburban feel. The houses are less extravagant -- mostly smaller, older ranch-style homes -- and housing prices are significantly lower than in the North. There are plenty of apartments to choose from throughout town if you're not looking for a house.

Los Altos schools consistently place in California State’s highest test scores for K-12 many schools are recognized as California Distinguished Schools. 

A car is necessary to get around, although families will enjoy walkable access to the great public schools in Los Altos for their children.

Los Altos is bordered on the north by Mountain View, on the east by Sunnyvale and Cupertino, on the south by Los Altos Hills, and on the west by Palo Alto.

Los Altos Silicon Valley City Image

 

Local Flavor   Los Altos LOCAL schools

K-2 GRADES
Pinewood Private-Lower Campus School
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.25 mi
K-7 GRADES
Creative Learning Center
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.32 mi
3-6 GRADES
Pinewood Private - Middle Campus
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.35 mi
PK-5 GRADES
Ventana School
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.38 mi
K-6 GRADES
Springer Elementary School
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.39 mi

 

Local Flavor   Los Altos Local Flavor

Cetrella
Cetrella 400 MAIN ST, AT FIRST STREET, LOS ALTOS, CA 94022 MAP
http://www.sundancethesteakhouse.com

This Mediterranean and Californian fusion restaurant offers a classy dining experience in a quiet atmosphere. Great for a date night!

Los Altos Farmer's Market
Los Altos Farmer's Market STATE STREET & 2ND STREET, LOS ALTOS, CA MAP
http://www.cafarmersmkts.com/los-altos-farmers-market

In Los Altos on a Thursday evening? Drop by downtown and stop in at the Farmers’ Market. You'll find live music, great food, and a huge selection of produce to choose from.

Los Altos History Museum
Los Altos History Museum 51 S SAN ANTONIO RD, LOS ALTOS, CA 94022 MAP
https://losaltoshistory.org

If you want a taste of early California history and Los Altos, this is a small, pleasant museum to visit. It also hosts events throughout the year.

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