Los Gatos is a city of just under 30,000 residents that retains a small-town feel thanks to its historic downtown and many Victorian-style homes. Los Gatos means, “the cats,” in Spanish – as the hilly vicinity was named for the many bobcats and mountain lions that early explorers and settlers discovered. Today the big cats are gone, but the city is surrounded by hills and forests and parks, including the El Sereno Open Space Preserve and the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve, as well as walking and mountain bike trails.
The town’s history goes back to the 1850s when small agricultural operations, including flour mills, were established in the area, helping to provision logging operations in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Orchards and other farming operation were built up around the turn of the century, and after World War II the city became a well-known arts haven, it’s most famous residents being John Steinbeck and Neal Cassidy.
Today, Los Gatos is an affluent community, the 33rd wealthiest in the nation according to Forbes Magazine. While geographically part of Silicon Valley, Los Gatos’s only real “high tech” employer is Netflix. Otherwise the town is a place for families to live and relax. Excellent public and private schools, shops and restaurants, clubs and social amenities make Los Gatos one of the most desirable residences in all of Santa Clara County.