LOS ALTOS HILLS
Recognized as one of the most exclusive communities in California – and the United States, for that matter – Los Altos Hills is unique in many ways compared with its sister cities in Silicon Valley. An incorporated town (in 1956), not a city, Los Altos Hills has no zoning for commercial or industrial activity. There is no library, telephone exchange or post office. The minimum allowed lot size for homes is one acre. As a strictly residential community, Los Altos Hills residents enjoy shopping, entertainment, recreation and services such as library and post office in neighboring cities like Los Altos and Cupertino. Fewer than 8,000 people live in Los Altos Hills, and it is among the wealthiest communities in the U.S. It is governed by a mayor and council, with numerous committees reporting on issues such as education, environmental initiatives, finance and investment, parks and open space.
Though small in resident numbers, Los Altos Hills and adjacent cities with school districts serving this town provide an outstanding and dynamic education for children in all grades. Two examples of this are Los Altos High School and Georgina P. Blach Intermediate School, both honored as 2013 California Distinguished Schools.
Without question, Los Altos Hills is a unique and ultra-high-end community where you can experience just about everything life has to offer. With immaculate homes, lovely neighborhoods and plenty of activities just minutes away in neighboring cities including San Francisco and San Jose, after you move here, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do so years ago.
Los Altos Hills fast facts:
- Size: 8.8 square miles.
- Population density: 900 per square mile.
- Los Altos Hills real estate median sale price – single family home: $2,769,500.
- Median household income (est.): $173,570.
- Average high temperature – July, September: 80; average low – December, January: 38.
- Yuri Milner, a Russian venture capitalist whose portfolio includes investments in Facebook, Twitter, Groupon and 360Buy.com, bought a Los Altos Hills home in 2011 for $100 million.
- The town’s Pathway System is made up of 85 miles of trails and paths that wind through and connect most of the community.
- In 2000, Silicon Valley’s largest home to date was built in Los Altos Hills. It contained 18,000 square feet of interior space, but was actually much larger with a huge below-ground area that was not part of the county’s square-footage assessment.
If you’re seeking a truly exclusive living experience, gentle weather year-round and easy access to all that Silicon Valley has to offer, maybe it’s time to come home to Los Altos Hills.