Los Altos and Los Altos Hills
Los Altos means “the heights” or “foothill” in Spanish. Los Altos and the adjacent community of Los Altos Hills are an affluent bedroom community located at the southern end of the San Francisco Peninsula. It’s a city with great schools, libraries and churches, making it a great family-oriented place to live.
Living in Los Altos
Los Altos is singularly dedicated to “preservation of the rural atmosphere of the foothills.” Commercial zones are strictly limited to the downtown area and small shopping and office parks lining Foothill Expressway and El Camino Real. Los Altos strives to maintain a semi-rural atmosphere as it has few sidewalks. Los Altos’ suburban layout best lends itself to a car, but cycling is also very popular. The Los Altos-Palo Alto bicycle path stretches westward from Los Altos Avenue toward Stanford University and is completely separated from automobile traffic.
The tree-lined streets of Downtown Los Altos evoke the village atmosphere of small-town America. Within the six-block downtown triangle you will find more than 150 shops offering just about everything. Popular restaurants are Los Altos Grill, Esther’s German Bakery, Rick’s Café and Bella Vita Italian.
In 1976, visionaries Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first 50 Apple 1’s in Jobs’ parent’s garage in Los Altos.
Real Estate in Los Altos
It’s common to find a Los Altos Hills resident on the cover of Forbes or USA Today. People who can afford to live anywhere–from reigning home run champion Barry Bonds to Cisco President John Chambers–live quietly in Los Altos Hills. Many Los Altos homes fetch $2 million and higher, putting the city at numbers 24 on the “Most Expensive ZIP Codes in America” list in 2007.
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