The side-by-side communities of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills are home to some of the Bay Area’s most elite residents. The charming city of Los Altos features a picture-perfect downtown district and a wide range of beautiful homes situated on large lots, creating a rich blend of urban accessibility and suburban leisure. Meanwhile, Los Altos Hills forms an incorporated town that is strictly residential. Instead of businesses, this enclave boasts palatial gated estates nestled amidst rolling hills and majestic oak forests. Many of the mansions include vineyards, equestrian stables, and gorgeous views of San Francisco Bay, evoking a sense of luxurious Mediterranean living.
Because of restricted commercial zoning in both communities, Los Altos hosts more options for shopping, dining, and other day-to-day pastimes. The popular downtown area sports a weekly Farmers’ Market (May—September) and a collection of charming restaurants, high-end boutiques, and corporate offices. The city is split into a handful of large neighborhoods, each of which has quick access to pristine local parks. Housing styles varies from mid-century Ranch-style homes to spacious new builds with Modern Farmhouse flair.
Los Altos Hills compensates for its lack of commercial activity with premier access to several nature preserves and miles of hiking trails that surround its borders. The area’s intense beauty and absence of hustle and bustle make this town an ideal respite for Silicon Valley’s wealthy. However, in spite of its relative seclusion, the northern end of the community adjoins Palo Alto’s southernmost tip, giving residents prime proximity to Stanford University and campuses for Tesla, Nest, VMware, and more.
Both Los Altos and Los Altos Hills enjoy assignment to top-ranking schools; depending on their place of residence, students may be assigned to either Los Altos School District or Palo Alto Unified School District. For even more discerning residents, multiple prestigious private academies are located within easy driving distance.