Welcome to Los Gatos
Los Gatos is a prestigious Santa Clara County town framed by the Santa Cruz Mountains. Los Gatos is beautifully landscaped with lots of scenic outdoor recreation areas. The town also has a great downtown area with Michelin-starred restaurants, independent retailers, and a happening bar scene. This suburb of San Jose is a major Silicon Valley tech hub, with local employers including the headquarters of Netflix and numerous other high-tech firms.
Los Gatos features a high-end real estate market with an eclectic array of housing options. Downtown Los Gatos combines elegant Victorian architecture with newer townhouses, condos, and single-family homes. There are also many Craftsman homes and distinctive mid-century modern properties. Spectacular private estates rise into the mountain foothills to the south of town.
What to Love
- High-end real estate market
- Highly ranked local schools
- Michelin-starred dining
- Silicon Valley tech hub
People and Lifestyle
Los Gatos perfectly balances open space and outdoor recreation with refined contemporary amenities. The downtown area is among the best in Silicon Valley, with world-class dining and wine cellars showcasing exceptional varietals from nearby premier wineries. Los Gatos also boasts an excellent choice of public schools with high-performing sports teams.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Los Gatos is nestled in the beautiful wine-producing Santa Cruz Mountains. The city’s quaint and charming downtown area features fine dining establishments and wine bars offering the chance to sample some of the exceptional local varietals. Dio Deka
is a stylish Greek restaurant offering mesquite-grilled steaks and flavorful traditional specialties. Manresa
has been awarded three Michelin stars for exquisite farm-to-table tasting courses. Only the finest local ingredients are used in crafting Manresa’s unforgettable dishes. Manresa chef David Kinch’s other Los Gatos dining destination is the New Orleans-inspired The Bywater
. Here you can enjoy skillfully executed Creole and Cajun classics such as po’boys and fried green tomatoes alongside raw bar items and great cocktails. Steamer’s Grillhouse
serves classic American cuisine and seafood specialties in a classy setting. Signature dishes such as Steamer’s Clam Chowder and Steamer’s Linguine with wild blue prawns and fresh Dungeness crab are complemented by handcrafted cocktails. Wine Cellar
features an extensive wine list alongside a menu of New American cuisine prepared with carefully sourced ingredients. This casually upscale Los Gatos favorite has an elegant old-world dining room and sunny outdoor patio.
Things to Do
Los Gatos is surrounded by a gorgeous landscape with numerous nearby county parks and open space preserves. The Los Gatos Creek Trail
is a wonderful outdoor recreation area running through the heart of the community on its path from the Lexington Reservoir to Vasona County Park. The adjacent small city of Monte Sereno rises along the slopes of El Sereno Mountain. Hiking and mountain bike trails ascend El Sereno and offer sweeping summit views at an elevation of 2,580 feet. Another nearby attraction is Montalvo Arts Center
at the landmark 1912 Villa Montalvo. Montalvo Arts Center hosts a diverse lineup of world-class theatrical, musical, dance, and comedy performers in the outdoor Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre and the intimate Carriage House Theatre. The sprawling 175-acre grounds of Villa Montalvo also features beautifully landscaped gardens and hiking trails. Los Gatos is close to some of the region’s finest wineries. These include Testarossa Winery
, Left Bend Winery
, and Perrucci Family Vineyard
Los Gatos offers highly-ranked schools from elementary to high school level. The high school sports teams at Los Gatos High are often competing for Section Championships in multiple boy’s and girl’s sporting events.
School districts serving Los Gatos include the Los Gatos Union Elementary and Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High districts. Highlights include:
- Alta Vista Elementary School, Public, K-5.
- Los Gatos High School, Public, 9-12.
- Hillbrook Elementary School, Private, K-8.
- Los Gatos Christian School, Private, Christian, PK-8.
- Mulberry Elementary School, Private, K-8.
- Stratford School, Private, PK-5.