Small-town charm meets metropolitan convenience in historic Los Gatos. Nestled below the Santa Cruz mountains, Los Gatos “The Cats” got its name from the cougars and bobcats that roamed its rolling foothills in 1840. Today, the picturesque town serves as a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of nearby Silicon Valley for its 30,000 residents – many of whom are employed by one of the several tech companies that call Los Gatos home.
If you’re looking to unplug, Oak Meadow and Vasona Park offer a myriad of ways to enjoy the great outdoors Explore the scenic vista trails on foot or bike, picnic in one of their lush grassy knolls, or head to the lake for pedal boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, and more. When you’re ready to kick back, take a ride on the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, a 5-car passenger train powered by a 1905 steam engine locomotive, or check out the W.E. Mason Carousel, originally built for the 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exposition. Itching for a road trip? Santa Cruz is a short drive away with its landmark beach boardwalk.
It’s rare to find a suburban enclave with serious epicurean chops, but Los Gatos delivers with curated coffee shops, tasting rooms, and fine dining establishments – including the Michelin three-star restaurant, Manresa. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the beguiling downtown stretch also features Queen Anne buildings, independent boutiques, a year-round farmers’ market, and an Art Deco-style theater.
The heart and soul of Los Gatos lies in its inclusive, family-oriented community. Top-rated schools, widely-attended community events, and a safe environment make Los Gatos a wonderful place to settle down and raise a family.