1. Residential areas are for living
Commercial zones in Los Altos are strictly limited to the downtown area and small shopping and office parks lining Foothill Expressway and El Camino Real. The idea is clear: keep businesses separate from peaceful living environments, cutting down on both noise and traffic.
2. Among the most expensive homes in the U.S.
The Los Altos real estate market’s median sale price for a single family home is currently $2,058,000. Forbes recently ranked Los Altos zip codes 94022 and 94024 as the 63rd and 66th most expensive in the country. What this means is beautiful, well-kept neighborhoods and unique homes of the highest quality.
3. Parks and nature areas
People who enjoy the outdoors are never bored in Los Altos. There are plenty of parks and nature areas perfect for picnicking, hiking, jogging and enjoying the beauty of real spaces. A partial list is below.
- Shoup Park
- Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
- Redwood Grove Park
- Lincoln Park
- McKenzie Park
- Heritage Oaks Park
- Purisima Creek Canyon
- Village Park
- Hillview Park
4. Safe city
A SafeWise report in November 2013 ranked Los Altos as California’s third-safest city. This ranking came from an FBI crime report as well as SafeWise statistics.
5. Great schools
Schools in Los Altos spend an average of $6,454 per student, compared with the U.S. average of $5,691. Public schools feature a student-to-teacher ratio of about 20:1. Two Los Altos schools were named 2013 California Distinguished Schools.
These are just five things that make living in Los Altos a wonderful experience. If you pay a visit to this city, you’ll surely compile a list of many more.