Los Altos is a city at the southern end of the San Francisco Peninsula (part of the Silicon Valley). The city is located in Santa Clara County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 27,693.
Los Altos is a quiet "bedroom community" suburb serving both San Jose and San Francisco. Most of the city was developed between the 1950s and 1970s. As a former farm town, Los Altos has several unique features. Commercial zones are strictly limited to the downtown area and a few shopping centers and office parks lining Foothill Expressway and El Camino Real. The adjacent town of Los Altos Hills has no commercial zones, post office, or public library, and is dependent upon Los Altos for such services.
Los Altos, by design, strives to maintain a semi-rural atmosphere. Los Altos has no sidewalks except around the commercial zones just mentioned and along the most important arterials like San Antonio Road. Most roads have broad dirt shoulders and little or no street lighting. The civic center sits in the middle of an orchard, a tiny remnant of the large farms which once covered the area. The downtown is a triangle with arterials on all sides that allow most through traffic to bypass Main Street. In contrast, several nearby cities have downtowns that lack adequate bypasses (notably, Palo Alto and Menlo Park). Due to the city's strict low-density zoning, Los Altos has high housing costs.Web Sites and Links
ACCEPT - An Adoption and Counseling CenterFAQs on adoptions, staff directory, and contact information.
Bamboo Garden at Foothill CollegeOffers a photo tour, with in depth information about the fifty species of varieties of bamboo collected in the garden. The garden is maintained by volunteers.
Hidden VillaA 1600-acre farm and wilderness preserve in Los Altos Hills, California, provides a unique combination of programs teaching environmental and multicultural awareness. Farm hosts a hostel, camping, hikes and concerts.