Los Gatos / Monte Sereno

Welcome to Los Gatos/Monte Sereno

Relaxed communities close to Silicon Valley with upscale homes and natural landscapes
 
Los Gatos and Monte Sereno are two adjoined communities in Santa Clara County, Calif. Residents of both areas call downtown Los Gatos their downtown. The communities are situated approximately 11 miles southwest of San Jose and are bordered by Saratoga to the north. This quintessential suburb offers its residents a strong sense of community off the beaten path of the rest of Silicon Valley.
 
The town of Los Gatos is located at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains; it is picture-perfect. Originally known as the Valley of the Heart's Delight, Los Gatos was built by San Franciscans coming down to escape their city life on the weekends. Glen Ridge and The Almond Grove neighborhoods are predominantly dedicated historic communities, with opulent homes built at the turn of the century. The town lies just removed from the hustle of Silicon Valley, making it a great escape from the more congested communities along the Peninsula. The geography of Los Gatos is visually stunning, situated in an amphitheater of mountains and hills, with the hills rising high above the town center. Los Gatos is part of the South Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, mainly known for its high-tech companies primarily located in California, including Los Gatos-based tech giants Netflix and Roku.

What to Love

  • Close to major cities, highways, and San Jose International Airport
  • Excellent California climate and many outdoor activities
  • Upscale dining and shops
  • Quality schools and thriving businesses

Local Lifestyle

Los Gatos and Monte Sereno are beautiful cities with rolling hills and large parks. Residents enjoy a warm climate year-round and participate in many outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, and camping. The communities are set just outside Silicon Valley with access to large tech companies and serve as a reprieve from the busy city life.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

From Michelin-rated restaurants to longtime burger joints, Los Gatos has a stronghold on the Bay Area dining experience. The city is home to David Kinch and his two restaurants, Manresa and The Bywater, and the upscale cafe Manresa Bread. Manresa is designed with the foodie in mind. The Bywater is an upscale creole and cajun eatery with a raw bar, cold cocktails, and unique vintage decor. 
 
The newest hotspot comes directly from Barcelona — Teleferic offers authentic Spanish cuisine and indoor and outdoor dining in Los Gatos Old Town. Steamer's Grillhouse is a sophisticated, relaxed restaurant serving American dishes and seafood. The Lexington House is a chic, modern dining option that features seasonal menus with California cuisine and artisanal spirits. Italian Brothers Restaurant is a white-cloth restaurant that serves authentic Sicilian dishes with fresh and imported Italian ingredients. For old-fashioned fun, The Happy Hound of Los Gatos is a longtime local favorite and trendy counter-serve eatery serving old-fashioned hot dogs, burgers, and milkshakes.

Things to Do

New Museum Los Gatos displays beautiful art and engages the community in art history through exhibits, educational programs, workshops, and events. St. Joseph’s Hill Preserve has 273 acres of protected land that starts just outside the downtown district of Los Gatos, and the trailhead is just at the bridge on Main Street. The preserve offers hiking, dog walking, biking, horseback riding, and many stunning mountain views. 
 
Vasona Lake County Park is 152 acres and is one of the most popular parks in Santa Clara County. The park has a beautiful lake surrounded by mature trees, grass, and mountains. Visit Vasona for its open lawns, picnic areas, and water activities like paddle boards, fishing, and hiking trails. Adjacent to the Vasona is Oak Meadow Park, with its famous Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and Carousel.

Schools

Los Gatos Union School District is a kindergarten through eighth-grade system that serves more than 3,000 students in the Los Gatos and Monte Sereno communities. The iconic Los Gatos High School is part of the Los Gatos Saratoga Joint School District, and residents of both communities can apply to attend school there. There are also some schools in the Los Gatos area from Campbell Union School District
 
Private schools in and around Los Gatos include:
 

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