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Los Altos Real Estate
Los Altos real estate was once comprised of summer cottages scattered between farms and orchards, with the original name of Banks and Braes. Like so many Bay Area cities, development really began when a railroad company purchased Los Altos real estate, in this case from Sarah Winchester, and started train service between present-day Los Altos and San Francisco. The city continued to grow after Southern Pacific Railroad began running five daily trains through town in 1908. In 1952, this Silicon Valley neighborhood was officially incorporated and became the 11th city in Santa Clara County.
The 2010 United States Census placed the Los Altos population at 28,976, with a significant majority of Los Altos real estate made up of owner-occupied single-family homes. Situated in the San Francisco Bay Area at the San Francisco Peninsula’s southern end, Los Altos stands out among San Jose suburbs and San Francisco suburbs as a smaller city committed to its reputation as a quiet bedroom community. Unlike many other cities offering Silicon Valley homes for sale, Los Altos keeps a tight rein on commercial zoning, which is one reason Los Altos real estate is in high demand. With commercial establishments limited to downtown and a few small office parks and shopping centers along El Camino Real and the Foothill Expressway, those who choose Los Altos real estate can rest assured they will enjoy a sense of smaller-town living, while benefiting from easy access to arts and culture, dining and shopping nearby.
Families who opt for Los Altos real estate enjoy some of the best public and private schools in the state, many of which boast significant numbers of graduates going on to attend respected universities. This Silicon Valley neighborhood provides an array of well-established sports organizations, including the Bay Area’s largest youth baseball program, along with soccer, basketball, cheerleading and football programs. Los Altos real estate owners also enjoy a history museum, historic homes, parks, and an array of celebrations and events throughout the year, including a pet parade, Halloween festival, fall festival, homecoming parade and farmers’ markets.
Because the city is committed to maintaining its small-town feel, Los Altos real estate owners enjoy the benefits of large residential lots, a sound baffle that reduces noise for homes near the Foothill Expressway and a well-designed street layout allowing residents to avoid the downtown area. Situated in an area totaling just less than 6.5 square miles, all Los Altos real estate is close to shopping, entertainment and dining, but residential neighborhoods are purposely protected to ensure residents will continue to enjoy living in a bedroom community that offers a quiet respite from the nearby high-tech industry. All of this comes together to ensure that Los Altos real estate is always in high demand.