Los Altos is Mountain View’s small-town neighbor. It’s idyllic and charming with loads of suburban comfort. Mainly residential with small pockets of local shops and restaurants, Los Altos has a hometown that feels like a warm homecoming.

Originally dotted with apricot orchards and cottages, Los Altos grew from an agriculture town into an affluent Silicon Valley community. From early on, the area was a stop on the Southern Pacific Railroad, and to this day is still an ideal area for those who need to commute to any of the Bay Area cities.

Ranch-style homes sit back from wide tree-lined streets in many Los Altos neighborhoods. Los Altos is on the higher end of the price range for peninsula towns, giving it an affluent feel paired with a tight-knit community.


What to Love 

  • Amazing events put on by the community
  • Breathtaking views from Rancho San Antonio Open Space
  • Local shops and family-owned restaurants abound in The Village

People & Lifestyle 

Los Altos is one of the best towns for families thanks to its exceptional schools, family-friendly shops and restaurants, and abundant places for kids of all ages to play. The majority of residents here commute to one of the neighboring cities for work, made easy by the access to Mountain View’s CalTrain stop as well as multiple freeways. But it’s coming home to the friendly and suburban atmosphere that makes Los Altos special.


Dining, Shopping & Entertainment 

Los Altos protects its residential areas with strict limits on commercial zones. As a result, the Downtown area known as The Village is the best place to find local shops and restaurants all in one place.

There are a number of charming boutiques in The Village that make it a desirable shopping destination. Maria's is a European home goods store frequented by many San Francisco designers. Papillon is a women’s clothing boutique that’s long been a trendsetter in lifestyle fashion for the area.

Restaurants are just as abundant here. If you’re in the mood for fresh seafood and an incredible atmosphere, check out Rustic House. Los Altos Grill has classy, down-home American dishes, and The Post is a great brunch spot with a menu full of delicious comfort food. The Village Pantry is a quaint cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and coffee all week.


Things to Do in Los Altos

One of the reasons Los Altos is a wonderful place for families is because of its many events catering to children of all ages. Things to learn and places that families will love abound in this charming town.

The events of Los Altos are as charming as the town itself. Every December, residents come out in droves for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival takes place every September, and Los Altos History Museum hosts events throughout the year, including a youth STEM festival.

Shoup Park has a trail to the Redwood Groves, and Rancho San Antonio Preserve has amazing hiking trails. The preserve also has Deer Hollow Farm, where children can learn about animals and the environment on a working historical farm. Go golfing or enjoy the swimming pools and tennis courts at the historic Los Altos Country Club, which has been a staple of the community for close to 90 years.



Los Altos is home to several excellent schools, and every school in the Los Altos School District has a nine ranking. Top educational opportunities include:


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