Los Gatos, which means “the cats” in Spanish, gets its name from a Spanish land grant in the mid-1800s. The quaint town garnered a reputation in the early twenties as an artist’s colony filled with musicians, painters, and bohemians. John Steinbeck wrote “The Grapes of Wrath” in Los Gatos. Other luminaries lived there, including the violinist Yehudi Menuhin, and the actresses Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland, who starred in “Gone with the Wind.”
Los Gatos lies southeast of Saratoga. This quaint city is another smaller community of about 30,000 residents, located right in the Santa Cruz Mountains’ foothills.
You’ll enjoy the rolling hills, tree-lined streets, and small-town feel of this relaxed neighborhood. Downtown Los Gatos offers plenty of shopping, restaurants, bars, and charming downtown Victorian-era architecture.
While not a startup-based community like many of its neighboring cities, Los Gatos is the home of Netflix, employing over 1,500 people. Those considering a move to Los Gatos can find various housing types, from single-family homes to townhomes and condos.
Miles and miles of mountain bike trails line the hills surrounding the town. Vasona Lake County Park features a small lake for watersports. Several other extensive parks and nature preserves offer ample outdoor space for other recreational activities.