The borders of Old Los Altos are formed by South El Monte Avenue to the southeast, the Foothill Expressway to the northeast, and the Redwood Grove Nature Preserve to the west. Public schools in the area include Los Altos High, Bullis Charter, Egan Intermediate and Covington Elementary, while private institutions are located south of South El Monte Avenue along the expressway: Los Altos Parent Preschool, Pinewood School’s middle and lower campuses, Los Altos Christian School and St. Nicholas Catholic School. Nearly the entire community is made up of parallel avenues: Palm Avenue, Orange Avenue, and University Avenue.
The Village is the best shopping center in the area and it’s just right down the street. It has a long list of boutiques, shops, restaurants and eateries, and here are just a few: Chico’s, Pendleton, Footwear etc., Gourmet Works, Oz Boutique, Peninsula Beauty, Miyo Yogurt, Skate Works, Opa! Authentic Greek Cuisine, Los Altos Grill, Rick’s Cafe, Bella Vita Italian Restaurant, Tour Eiffel and more.
Parks and other outdoor spaces in Old Los Altos include the Redwood Grove Nature Preserve, Lincoln Park and Village Park, in addition to Shoup Park. Lincoln Park is best for walking and relaxing, as it has no features except a long expanse of greenery; Shoup Park is best for teens and kids because it has play areas and a teen center, not to mention an event space for adults; Village Park is also located nearby and features a playground, walking path, and grassy area.