Rancho is a small community in Los Altos bordered by Foothill Expressway to the southwest, Campbell Avenue to the west, South Springer Road to the east, and Covington Road to the north.
Parks in Rancho are conveniently located to the south, including McKenzie Park and the Heritage Oaks Park, while to the north of the community there is Rosita Park. Rosita Park sits right next to Covington Elementary School, is very small and only features an attractive grassy area for relaxation. Heritage Oaks is a beautiful and sizeable park that contains two playgrounds, a paved walking path and a large grassy area for sports or relaxation. Finally, McKenzie Park is small, but wonderfully wooded, and has a playground for kids.
Speaking of schools in the Rancho community area, private institutions include Saint Francis Catholic High School, Canterbury Christian School, Los Altos Christian School and Pinewood School; public institutions, on the other hand, include Mountain View High School, Blach Intermediate and Springer, as well as Loyola Elementaries.
Downtown Los Altos, Loyola Corners and the Rancho Shopping Center are the most popular shopping and dining hubs near Rancho. Downtown Los Altos is full of beautiful, tree-lined streets — six blocks in all — filled with over 150 shops and eateries. Main Street, Plaza Central, Plaza South, and Plaza North are the primarily thoroughfares in this area. Loyola Corners refers to the corners formed by Fremont, Miramonte and Manor Way, inside of which is a large number of shops such as Beauty Gifts, Siloette, Bicycle Outfitter and Cher-Scizzors Salon, in addition to a few dining spots like Tom’s Depot and Cafe Vitale. The Rancho Shopping Center, however, is the defining shopping center of the area of course, and it contains many shops, such as Starbucks, Rancho PIzza, the UPS Store, and more.