North Los Altos

North Los Altos is bordered by the Foothill Expressway to the southwest, South El Monte Avenue to the southeast, West El Camino Real to the northeast, and El Monte Avenue to the east. It’s a large community that includes streets like Almond Avenue, Alvarado Avenue, Marich Way, North San Antonio Road — which divides it from north to south — and Cherry Avenue, in addition to Mount Hamilton Avenue, West Edith Avenue and West Portola Avenue. The 2013 median condo price was $945,000, while the median home price was $2,200,000. Los Altos High School and Santa Rita Elementary School are both located within North Los Altos, as is Egan Junior High School. Private schools in the area include Canterbury Christian School and the Los Altos Christian School.

This community offers up three parks to its residents: Lincoln Park, Shoup Park and Village Park. Shoup Park features event spaces, a teen center and play areas. Beside it, however, is the Redwood Grove Nature Preserve. Though not technically located within the North Los Altos community borders (neither is Shoup) it is so close it might as well be considered part of the community. It features a rose garden, hillside trail, observation decks, a boardwalk and picnic tables, not to mention great views of Adobe Creek. Lincoln Park is a great place for North Los Altos residents to bring their dogs, because it is simply long and rectangular — perfect for sprinting after a ball or frisbee.

When it comes to shopping and dining in the area, the San Antonio Center, the Los Altos Village Court and Downtown Los Altos are best. San Antonio Center is ideal when residents need to access big-box stores like Walmart, Safeway and Radioshack. The Village Court Shopping center is a plaza featuring shops and eateries of a wide variety, like Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats, Giulietta Italian Foods, Home Theater and Satellite and the Cassera Brothers Clothiers, not to mention eateries like Su-Dam Korean Cuisine, Oregano’s Wood-Fired Pizza and the Pasta Market Italian Restaurant.