Welcome to Los Gatos
A trendy enclave in the foothills of the Santa Clara Mountains
Los Gatos is a pretty Silicon Valley town located close to the hills with beautiful views of the Santa Clara Mountains. Los Gatos has a hip, small-town feel with upscale charm and highly rated public schools. The town’s quaint downtown strip offers trendy shopping and dining with great boutiques and a wide variety of eateries. Los Gatos is a popular hiking destination that offers close proximity to Santa Cruz, and the beach just a 30-minute drive away.
Los Gatos’ housing options include a wide range of styles dating back to the town’s founding in the mid-19th century. Common architectural styles include elegant Victorians, Craftsman homes and mid-century modern properties. There are also many newer properties including single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums. The mountain foothills to the south feature spacious secluded estates with sweeping views over Silicon Valley.
What to Love
- Window-shopping boutiques along Santa Cruz Avenue
- Soaking up the gorgeous views of the Santa Clara Mountains
- Relaxing in Vasona Lake County Park
Los Gatos combines gorgeous mountain scenery with trendy modern amenities and historic charm. Los Gatos is a key part of Silicon Valley. Netflix is headquartered here and is the town’s largest local employer. Numerous other tech firms are also based in Los Gatos. Along with the outstanding employment opportunities these companies provide, Los Gatos boasts some of Silicon Valley’s finest restaurants.
Dining, Entertainment and Shopping
Downtown Los Gatos features an array of trendy shops and restaurants in a quaint village-like area. The Lexington House showcases California’s bountiful produce with an ever-changing seasonal menu of refined cuisine paired with cocktails, craft beers, fine spirits and small-batch wines.
Dio Deka is a first-class choice for Greek food, serving modern reinterpretations of classic Greek dishes in a lavish interior dining space and pretty outdoor patio and courtyard. Dio Deka’s wine list has earned it the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Forbes Mill Steakhouse also offers an exceptional drinks list, including Napa Valley wines and a wide array of whiskies and other spirits. The steaks are the star of the show here — the menu includes certified USDA Prime angus beef, Westholme Wagyu 7-oz. filet mignon, and 12-oz. New York steak.
With three Michelin stars to its name, Manresa is one of the premier dining destinations in California. Manresa’s exceptional farm-to-table tasting menus are crafted by Chef David Kinch using ingredients from some of the region’s finest farms and growers.
Things to Do
Vasona Lake County Park spans a beautiful 45-acre area surrounding the park’s namesake lake. Activities available on the lake include paddle boating, row boating, and fishing for black bass, bluegill, and catfish. The Los Gatos Creek Trail is a scenic walking, jogging, and biking trail connecting Vasona Lake County Park to other green spaces along the path of the Los Gatos Creek urban stream.
Throughout the summer, Music in the Park brings outdoor concerts to Los Gatos’ Oak Meadow Park. Other popular events include a downtown Wine Walk featuring tastings from some of the best local wineries. Los Gatos Certified Farmers Market takes place every Sunday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. all year-round in downtown’s Town Park Plaza. The market’s wide selection of vendors includes more than 40 local farmers and food producers.
Los Gatos is served by several school districts, including the Los Gatos Union School District and Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District. A few of the local educational institutions include:
- Blossom Hill Elementary School, Public, K-5.
- Daves Avenue Elementary School, Public, K-5.
- Louise Van Meter Elementary School, Public, K-5.
- Raymond J. Fisher Middle School, Public, 6-8.
- Los Gatos High School, Public, 9-12.