Whether you come for an afternoon or for a lifetime, Los Gatos leaves an impression. It’s one of Silicon Valley’s most desirable addresses, a reflection of the Santa Clara Valley’s pre-tech past and the gateway to the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s a tight-knit community of approximately 30,000 people and a popular day trip destination whose scenic downtown shopping, dining, and nightlife draws visitors from Silicon Valley and beyond. Los Gatos real estate offers its residents the best of small-town charm and big-city sophistication, making it rise to the top among the most sought-after places to live in the Bay Area.
Located at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Los Gatos offers its inhabitants a wealth of outdoor recreational options. The town’s proximity to the mountains means access to open space, hiking, and mountain biking trails. Those wishing to hike without leaving town can opt for the Los Gatos Creek Trail, which begins at Lexington Reservoir, passing through downtown and wending its way through the popular Vasona Lake Park during its 9.7-mile journey to San Jose. Los Gatos is close to local wineries and only 30 minutes from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and small mountain town getaways like Ben Lomond and Boulder Creek.
But why leave town when there’s so much to do at home? Los Gatos’ historic, pedestrian-friendly downtown features restaurants to satisfy the widest variety of culinary needs, excellent boutiques, bars, and the picture-perfect Town Plaza Park, a Redwood-ringed green space that hosts bands during the summer and a Sunday farmer’s market year-round. The Town Plaza is one of 18 permanent parks located within Los Gatos’ town limits. Every August, the Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes art and music festival draws a crowd of over 10,000 residents and visitors who fill the town’s streets, restaurants, and shops.
Though its population numbers only 30,000 there are almost as many ways to live in Los Gatos as there are residents. You can live in a rustic pre-war cabin, shaded by redwood trees, or a stately Victorian on a flat block near downtown. The city has multiple historic districts adjacent to downtown, with homes ranging in size from “rustic weekend cabins” to “early land grant estate.” Away from downtown, you can live in a condominium or a sprawling estate; you can enjoy easy freeway access or live so far removed from civilization that the only noise at night is made by crickets.
Homes here can fetch impressive prices — a real estate brokerage survey found Los Gatos to be the fifth-most expensive city in the U.S. to purchase a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home — and the local market is traditionally quite strong. The presence of Netflix, which employs some 1,500 workers in a complex located near Vasona Park and La Rinconada Country Club, only adds to the pool of well-compensated workers looking for a place to put down roots.
Borne of humble, at times rowdy roots as a late 19th-century logging and mill town, Los Gatos has evolved into the epitome of upscale Americana, a place where locals enjoy a friendly, small-town atmosphere without sacrificing any of the amenities they’d find in a large city. With highly-rated schools, a year-long slate of community events and activities, excellent local dining, shopping, nightlife, parks, and access to hiking and biking trails, Los Gatos offers a package that not even its biggest rivals atop the Silicon Valley housing market can match.
Reflected from 2020 Statistics.
Population with 39.5% growth.
Median Resident Age
Employed Population with 5.1% growth
Median Household Income with 0.3% growth
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