About Los Gatos


Downtown Los Gatos

Los Gatos: The best of everything!

Los Gatos is a charming town laying on the foothills of the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains near San Jose California. This charming town has retained it’s historic charm while becoming a trendy destination for foodies, romantic dates and shoppers who love the small boutiques and specialty stores.

Los Gatos townLos Gatos History.
Founded in the mid-1850s, Los Gatos was a logging town with a flour operation, Forbes Mill. A mill building is still standing off Los Gatos Creek and has been preserved and now housing a history museum just off of Main Street.

In the early 20th century, the town became a flourishing agricultural town. Apricots, almonds, grapes and prunes were grown in the area. By the 1920s the Los Gatos area had a local reputation as an arts colony, and that atmosphere has kept is authenticity today.



The name derives from the 1839 Spanish land-grant that encompassed the area, which was called La Rinconada de Los Gatos, (Cat’s Corner). The famous bobcats who live in the Santa Cruz Mountains.The puma project has dozens of trail cameras scattered throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains. Click here for more information.


Recently the Main Street Bridge has emulated the Ponte des Artes bridge in Paris by displaying love locks for anniversaries and engagements.



Los Gatos population in 2010: 29,413

Median Household Income of Los Gatos CA: $116,568

(67.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 9,162 people (31.1%) lived in rental housing units.




  • Excellent Schools. Los Gatos High School has been named California Distinguished Schools, making it one of 218 distinguished middle and high schools in the state. The awards are based on the schools’ API scores, plus programs that are designed to improve student
  • Old Town Shopping Center. Located in the heart of downtown Los Gatos, Old Town Center, on University Avenue at Elm Street, is a lifestyle shopping center offering a peculiar shopping and dining experience. Enjoy a world of retail and dining possibilities, featuring 8 shops and 3 restaurants,
  • Vasona Lake County Park. The 150 acre park and connecting parkway are the most popular of Santa Clara County’s regional park and recreation areas. Pets are welcome on-leash in this Los Gatos neighborhood park, which also includes a fenced off-leash dog run with artificial turf. Open year-round from 8am-sunset
  • Oak Park with its 12-acre park. Featuring children’s railroad and carousel, a grass field, bocce courts, facilities for picnics and barbecues and a play area that features an out of commission USAF T-33 Jet. Picnic and barbecue areas are first-come, first-serve.
  • Sierra Azul Open Space Preserves and bike trails. Overlooking the town of Los Gatos and the south bay, Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve is the District’s largest preserve, encompassing over 18,000 acres.
  • Santa Cruz Mountains. There are more than 80 wineries and vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains, they are also very seismically active, due to the fact that the San Andreas fault runs through the entirety of the range.
  • San Jose Airport. Los Gatos is a quick 20 minutes away from the bustling San Jose Mineta Airport (SJC) and so it’s easy to access.


Los Gatos has a Mediterranean semi-arid climate, getting 25 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 0 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 58.

On average, there are 256 sunny days per year in Los Gatos, CA. The July high is around 86 degrees. The January low is 38. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 52 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.



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Stephanie PerraultA look back on the year that was in Los Gatos by the Mercury News


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