Los Gatos

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Los Gatos, CA

Los Gatos, CA is one of Santa Clara County’s oldest communities. It is located in the southwest corner of San Jose in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The sharp contrast between the valley floor and the hillsides provides the Town’s picturesque background.  Homes are mostly upscale, varying from century-old one million-dollar cottages in the downtown area to 10 – 20 million-dollar luxury estate homes in the surrounding hills.  Today, the Town population is estimated to be 30,497 in a 14 square mile area.  The town is noted for its small, pedestrian-friendly downtown, with many boutique shops, upscale restaurants, and thriving arts community.  Downtown Los Gatos is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the model of what communities strive to achieve in a downtown.  The town of Los Gatos encompasses the zip codes 95030.

Town of Los Gatos History

 Originally named ” Cats Corner.”

Los Gatos, CA

In 1840, Los Gatos was originally named La Rinconada de Los Gatos (Cat’s Corner) by early settlers due to the screams of mountain lions prowling in the night.  The Town was incorporated in 1887, and by 1890 the Town’s population had grown to 1,652. When the first General Plan was adopted in 1963, the Town had grown to an area of approximately 4,000 acres, or 6.3 square miles, with a population in excess of 11,750.  While most of the growth through the 1970’s was due to new development, most of the growth in the 1980’s and 1990’s was due to annexations, in-fill development and changing demographics.

Originally developed at a distance from other population centers and therefore evolved as an independent community having residential, commercial and industrial areas.  The economics of the Town have changed from the wheat farming, milling, logging, orchard and cannery businesses in the 19th and early 20th centuries to the suburban, high tech, visitor destination businesses of today.

Miniature Train at Vasona Park

Los Gatos, CA

The railroad also played a major role in the growth and development of Los Gatos.  The climate and easy access by rail from San Francisco made Los Gatos an early tourist destination.  Today, the Town is s closely tied to Silicon Valley and its fast paced economy.  Los Gatos, however, retains a mix of residential, commercial and light industrial uses, still attracts visitors, and continues to retain its small town image.

Date Added:  January 10, 2018
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