Los Altos is home to just under 30,000 residents and sits at the northwest corner of Santa Clara County and Silicon Valley. The community was founded in 1906 by a group of Southern Pacific Railroad executives who purchased 140 acres of land between Palo Alto and Los Gatos. By 1908 daily train service had been established with five stops per day in what became Los Altos. Homes quickly sprung up in the new “commuter town.” Facing constant threats of annexation into both Palo Alto and Mountain View, and wanting more control over their local affairs as an unincorporated community, residents voted to become a municipality in 1952.
Without questions, however, the most historically important events to take place in Los Altos occurred in the garage of Steve Jobs’ family home, where he and Steve Wozniak built the first 50 Apple Computers in 1976.
Today, Los Altos is known locally more for its nature preserves, parks and rural-oriented urban planning than it is for high-tech economic development. Some of Santa Clara County’s last remaining working apricot orchards can be found in Los Altos, along with Redwood Grove Nature Preserve and Shoup Park. Sidewalks are discouraged in residential neighborhoods, and lot sizes can be no less than one-quarter acre – both to maintain the city’s rural character.
Together with some of the best schools on the entire region, these attractions make Los Altos one of the most desirable places to live in Santa Clara County.