Set against the Sierra Azul mountain range, Los Gatos has always been a town for the independent spirit, because the town itself, since its founding, was self-sufficient. Being so far from the nearest hub of San Francisco — approximately 60 miles south — it had to establish its own industrial, commercial and residential areas. What is great for current residents is that they still get to remain intimately connected to Silicon Valley, yet enjoy the small town atmosphere that has been preserved in Los Gatos. Los Gatos has everything residents of all types could want. The community is particularly diverse in regards to types of residents, who differ in income, family size and age. From the greenbelts and parks to the bustling downtown center, Los Gatos delivers.
Originally named La Rinconada de Los Gatos, or Cat’s Corner, Los Gatos developed form a land patent granted by the Mexican government for a 6,600 acre ranch. It grew to 100 acres in 1868, incorporated in 1887 and amassed a population of 1,652 by 1980. Fast forward to 1963 and the town had grown to 4,000 acres and a population of 11,750. These numbers increased to 24,350 in 1971, 27,820 in 1984 and 30,497 as of present day.
For those interested in remaining grounded by history, you can’t do much better than the Los Gatos Historic Commercial District. The National Register of Historic Places includes this area, which the Register notes contains half of the 19th-century commercial center of Los Gatos, in addition to its first commercial intersection. Here residents can take a trip back in time and admire architectural styles ranging from Art Deco, to Richardsonian Romanesque, to Queen Anne, not to mention all the types of styles that acted as architectural transitions, such as Mission Revival and Romanesque Revival. The combination of entertainment, dining, impeccably kept homes and unique history make Los Gatos a perennially popular area of Silicon Valley.
Welcome to the Caroline Dukelow neighborhood information portal.
Neighborhoods are an ever-evolving group of homes and residents that come together to form a community over time. These communities are the original “social network” where people come together to support one another in a particular geographic area and where the residents tend to share common values and lifestyles. The value of any particular home depends not only on the lot size and square footage of the home, but its proximity to schools, shopping and other residents in the area.