Los Altos, which means “heights” in Spanish, is an affluent neighborhood in Silicon Valley that was founded by Paul Shoup, an executive from the Southern Pacific Railroad. Shoup began developing the area in 1906 with a vision of creating a commuting town by linking Palo Alto and Los Gatos. Los Altos’ first commercial building was built in 1908 with trains running to the town five times per day. Fearing the town would be annexed with nearby Palo Alto and Mountain View, Los Altos incorporated in 1956 and became the 11th city in the Santa Clara Valley.
Bordered by Los Altos Hills to the west, Mountain View to the north, Sunnyvale to the east, and Cupertino to the southeast, Los Altos is known for being the birthplace of the first 50 Apple I computers. In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg lived in Los Altos when he scaled Facebook from 200,000 members to 2.5 million members. The population of Los Altos has grown by approximately 3.5% every decade since 1990.
We love Los Altos for its large lots offering spacious homes, outstanding schools, and small-town Main St. (literally) downtown offering shops and dining, plus annual parades and festivals that provide a real sense of community.
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