Los Altos

Los Altos

Unique blending of quaint and historic buildings.


Tree-lined streets and a small village atmosphere characterize Los Altos, which is located in the heart of the world-famous Silicon Valley. Just 40 miles south of San Francisco, Los Altos is a residential community served by seven small retail districts. The seven square mile City is developed with small businesses, schools, libraries, and churches.
Incorporated in 1952, Los Altos is a general law city with five elected council members who serve four-year terms. City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Appointed commissions and committees assist the Council in an advisory capacity. The Council-appointed city manager is responsible for the financial and operational management of the city's 130 employees.

Downtown Los Altos is a unique blending of quaint and historic buildings with a friendly, small-town atmosphere. The Downtown Community Plaza hosts events throughout the seasons and beautiful flowers can be found throughout the village. A six-block triangle forms the heart of the business district.
More than 150 shops and boutiques offer an exceptional variety of merchandise. Well known for antiques, art galleries, home accessories, gifts, and items for children, Los Altos is the perfect place for strolling along streets lined with Chinese Pistache trees. Other items found in the downtown include high style fashions, shoes, fine linens, china and kitchenware, furniture, unique children's toys, music and books, children's clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, prescription drugs, photography, stationery and cards, flowers, and gifts in all sizes and shapes.
You can catch the aroma of fresh baked goods and fresh ground coffees in the coffee houses and coffee shops. Delicatessens offer sandwiches, salads, and takeout foods. Popular restaurants featuring a variety of cuisines are interspersed among the downtown shops. Downtown Los Altos has many excellent service businesses such as hair salons, manicurists, beauty and health centers, barbershops, travel agents, and veterinary hospitals. Two supermarkets downtown provide a full array of products.
Professional office space in downtown Los Altos includes law firms, physicians, chiropractic care, insurance companies, optometrists, dentists, accounting firms, title companies, builders, and computer businesses. The town is also noted for a selection of financial institutions and real estate offices.
The Downtown Los Altos Farmers' Market is held every Thursday evening between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm during the months of May through September. The market features locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables and specialty foods. All proceeds from this event benefit downtown maintenance and beautification.
The Los Altos Village Association has been dedicated to promoting and enhancing Downtown Los Altos since 1964. Please call the Village Association at 949-5282 for additional information or click here.
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