Los Gatos

Los Gatos, a town nestled at the base of the Sierra Azul mountains, is located approximately 60 miles south of San Francisco in southwest Santa Clara County where the Santa Clara Valley meets the lower slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The town is bordered by San Jose to the north and east, Campbell to the north, Monte Sereno and Saratoga to the west, and unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County and Santa Cruz County to the south. Los Gatos serves as a gateway from Silicon Valley to the Santa Cruz Mountains and the beaches of Santa Cruz, leaving behind the urban sprawl of the South Bay Area.



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Average Price $3M
Lowest Price $11K
Highest Price $32.8M
Total Listings 163
Avg. Price/SQFT $1.2K

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However, many of the town's 33,000 residents choose to spend their leisure time locally, which is easy to understand. With 330 sunny days per year and a Mediterranean climate marked by mild average temperatures, Los Gatos' eleven square miles include oak-dotted hillsides, a creek lined with redwoods, and a reservoir.

The Los Gatos Planning Area covers a wide range of terrain, extending from flat valley floors to heavily forested hillsides. Both the valleys and hillsides are interspersed with creeks, streams, and riparian habitats. The sharp contrast between the flat valley floors and steep hillsides creates the town's scenic backdrop.

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History

Los Gatos is one of the oldest communities in Santa Clara County. In 1840, the Mexican government granted Sebastian Peralta and Jose Hernandez a 6,600-acre land patent for a rancho in the area. Early settlers first named the town "La Rinconada de Los Gatos" (Cat's Corner) because of the mountain lions they heard screaming in the night. In 1868, 100 acres of the rancho were chosen as a town site. Los Gatos was incorporated as a town in 1887, and by 1890 the population had grown to 1,652 residents. When Los Gatos adopted its first General Plan in 1963, the town had expanded to about 4,000 acres, or 6.3 square miles, with a population of over 11,750.

The selection of Scotsman James Alexander Forbes to build his flour mill on the banks of Los Gatos Creek in 1854 ushered in an era of Anglo-American settlement and expansion through logging and railroad construction. Some of the grandest homes in Los Gatos date from this time period. By the early 20th century, the excellent local climate had fostered a thriving orchard industry, bringing prosperity that nurtured a bohemian scene attracting writers like John Steinbeck to settle in Los Gatos. The post-World War II aerospace industry that forever changed the Santa Clara Valley also came to Los Gatos, shaping family-oriented suburbs and parks. Some of the town's most beloved traditions, like the annual Children's Christmas/Holidays Parade, emerged during this era. Many artifacts are now displayed at the New Museum Los Gatos.

John Steinbeck wrote in a letter to a friend that his Los Gatos Mountains ranch was “so beautiful that often I am embarrassed to be living here.” Many Los Gatos Mountains residents still feel that way today, as the region remains stunning and prestigious with its majestic estates, quiet hideaways, farms, and ranches across Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.

The summit area between Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties has a colorful history as the site of some of northern California’s most intriguing pioneers and events. Many notable figures left their mark on the land including "Mountain Charley" McKiernan.

The Town of Los Gatos has experienced steady population growth over the past several decades. When the first General Plan was revised in 1971, the Town spanned 9 square miles and had 24,350 residents. By 1984, Los Gatos had grown to about 10 square miles with 27,820 people. Currently, the Town's population is estimated at 33,529 within a 14 square mile area. While growth in the 1970s was largely due to new development, the increases in the 1980s and 1990s were primarily attributed to annexations, infill development, and shifting demographics.

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Los Gatos was originally founded at a distance from other population centers and thus grew as an independent community with residential, industrial, and commercial areas. The town's economy transitioned from wheat farming, milling, logging, orchards, and canneries in the 19th and early 20th centuries to the suburban, high-tech, tourist destination businesses of today. The railroad also played a key role in Los Gatos' growth and development, as it was the terminus or transition point between standard and narrow gauges at various times during railroad operations. Due to its climate and convenient rail access from San Francisco, Los Gatos became an early tourist destination. Now situated in the largest metropolitan area of Northern California, Los Gatos is closely tied to Silicon Valley's fast-paced economy, yet retains a mix of residential, commercial, and light industrial uses, continues to attract visitors, and maintains its small-town charm.

Los Gatos prides itself on being a self-contained community. Over 3,000 local companies serve the residents and attract outside visitors to the town's restaurants, lodges, and diverse shops in a pedestrian-friendly downtown setting. Los Gatos is an inclusive community with residents of all ages, family sizes, and income levels. The town has numerous parks and greenbelt areas, as well as a vibrant historic downtown listed on the National Register of Historic Places - a model for what many communities aim to achieve with their own downtown areas.

The mountains of Los Gatos contain many beautiful neighborhoods. Some of the main neighborhoods include Redwood Estates, Chemeketa Park, Holy City, Aldercroft Heights, Summit Road including Villa del Monte, Lexington Hills, Las Cumbres, Loma Prieta, Skyland, Hutchison Road and Glenwood.

Climate

Los Gatos, California is a Silicon Valley city with a Mediterranean climate characterized by mild, dry summers with daytime temperatures in the mid-70s and cool evenings in the mid-50s. The winters are also mild, with temperatures typically ranging from the low 40s to mid 50s, and rain and fog throughout much of the season. The area receives an average annual rainfall of 18 inches, mostly falling between November and April. Los Gatos, California gets 31 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year. Los Gatos averages 0 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

Los Gatos has its hottest temperatures in July, when the average high reaches 84.5°F. While July is one of the hottest months of the year for Los Gatos, the average high remains cooler than most other places in California. For 7 months of the year from April to October, Los Gatos enjoys pleasant weather with average highs ranging from 70-85°F. The most comfortable months in Los Gatos are October, May, and June.

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Demographics

Education Levels

  • Master's degree or higher 36%
  • Bachelor's degree 38%
  • Some college or associate degree 18%

Racial Diversity

  • White 70%
  • Asian 17%
  • Hispanic 8%
  • Two or more races 4%
  • African American 1%
  • Another race 0%
  • American Indian or Alaska native 0%
  • Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%

Gender

  • Female 51%
  • Male 49%

Age

  • <10 years 9%
  • 10-17 years 13%
  • 18-24 years 5%
  • 25-34 years 8%
  • 35-44 years 12%
  • 45-54 years 18%
  • 55-64 years 15%
  • 65+ years 20%
  • Income

    Median Household Income $166,642 - National $69,021 Household Income Brackets

  • <$25k - 8%
  • $25-$44k - 5%
  • $45-$74k - 9%
  • $75-$149k - 22%
  • $150k+ - 57%

    Median Individual Income $74,932 – National $34,429 Individual Income Brackets


  • <$15k - 16%
  • $15-$34k - 15%
  • $35-$64k - 16%
  • $65k+ - 54%

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Community

75% of residents say there is a good sense of community. What is the most helpful tip for a new resident to know before moving to your area?

  • Get to know your neighbors - 33%
  • Get involved in the community - 17%
  • Look for a more friendly and diverse city/town. - 17%
  • Plan on getting involved in town events. - 17%
  • Volunteering downtown helps you meet new people - 17%

Schools

For the 2023-24 school year, there are 11 public schools serving 6,694 students in Los Gatos, CA (there are 11 private schools, serving 1,686 private students). 80% of all K-12 students in Los Gatos, CA are educated in public schools (compared to the CA state average of 90%). Los Gatos has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in California.

The top ranked public schools in Los Gatos, CA are Blossom Hill Elementary School, Los Gatos High School and Daves Avenue Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.

Los Gatos, CA public schools have an average math proficiency score of 70% (versus the California public school average of 34%), and reading proficiency score of 77% (versus the 49% statewide average). Schools in Los Gatos have an average ranking of 10/10, which is in the top 10% of California public schools.

Minority enrollment is 47% of the student body (majority Asian), which is less than the California public school average of 79% (majority Hispanic).

Alta Vista Elementary School
200 Blossom Valley Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Phone: 408-356-6146
Fax: 408-356-6706

Blossom Hill Elementary School
16400 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Phone: 408-335-2100
Fax: 408-358-1205

Capri Elementary School
850 Chapman Drive
Campbell, CA 95008
Phone: 408-364-4260
Fax: 408-341-7120
Email: lzarate@campbellusd.k12.ca

Carlton Elementary School
2421 Carlton Avenue
San Jose, CA 95124
Phone: 408-356-1141
Fax: 408-356-5993

Cassy Bay Area
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Phone: 650.521.5311
Email: info@cassybayarea.org
Cassy is a non-profit organization that offers free counseling services to students of Los Gatos High School.

Daves Avenue Elementary School
5200 Dent Avenue
San Jose, CA 95118
Phone: 408-335-2200
Fax: 408-335-2245
Email: greenofrls@comcast.net

Lakeside Elementary School
19621 Black Road
Los Gatos, CA 95033
Phone: 408-354-2372

Leigh High School
5210 Leigh Ave
San Jose, CA 95124
Phone: 408-377-4470
Fax: 408-265-7525

Lexington Elementary School
19700 Old Santa Cruz Highway
Los Gatos, CA 95033
Phone: 408-335-2150
Email: strudley@lgusd.k12.ca.us

Los Gatos High School
20 High School Court
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Phone: 408-354-2730
Fax: 408-354-3742

Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District
17421 Farley Road West
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Phone: 408-354-2520
Fax: 408-354-3375

Marshall Lane Elementary School
Marshall Lane School
Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: 408-364-4259
Fax: 408-341-7080

Noddin Elementary School
1755 Gilda Way
San Jose, CA 95124
Phone: 408-356-2126
Fax: 408-358-9807
Email: itok@unionsd.k12.ca.us

Raymond J Fisher, Jr. Middle School
19195 Fisher Ave
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Phone: 408-335-2300
Email: fisherweb@lgusd.k12.ca.us

Rolling Hills Middle School
1585 More Avenue
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Phone: 408-364-4235
Email: Lorrie_Baumgardner@campbellusd.k12.ca.us

Saratoga High School
17421 Farley Road West
Los Gatos, CA 95030

Union Middle School
2130 Los Gatos-Almaden Road
Los Gatos, CA 95124
Phone: 408-371-0366
Link: http://unionms.ca.campusgrid.net/home 

Van Meter Elementary School
16445 Los Gatos Boulevard
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Phone: 408-335-2250

Westmont High School
4805 Westmont Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008
Phone: 408-378-1500

Youth Commission
110 E. Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030
Phone: 408-354-5257

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The Town of Los Gatos departments

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The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce can be found at 10 Station Way in Los Gatos and reached by phone at (408) 354-9300.

Los Gatos is home to charming independent boutiques and popular regional and national retailers filled with must-have fashions, shoes, accessories, home furnishings, toys, beauty products, and unique gifts. Many stores offer extended holiday shopping hours, giving you more time to find the perfect gift or festive outfit. The town also boasts over a dozen vibrant neighborhood centers with diverse shopping, services, cafes and restaurants. Don't miss visiting every center this season to experience all Los Gatos has to offer. Well-loved local restaurants are ready to host celebrations with family, friends or coworkers. Four conveniently located hotels offer out-of-town guests stylish accommodations in the heart of the festivities, or a family stay-cation right downtown.

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