Los Gatos is a town located in Santa Clara County, California. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 28,592. It is located on the edge of Silicon Valley on the southwest corner of San Jose on the hilly edge of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Homes are mostly upscale, varying from million-dollar cottages in the village itself to large custom homes in the surrounding hills. The town is noted for its many antique stores and upscale but small-town downtown.
Los Gatos is Spanish, meaning the cats. The name derives from the Spanish land-grant that encompassed the area, which was called La Rinconada de Los Gatos, ("the corner of the cats"), where "the cats" refers to the mountain lions that are indigenous to the coastal mountain range in whose foothills the town nestles. The name is normally pronounced in anglicized form, sounding like las gaddis, although one also hears pronunciations truer to the original Spanish, lohs GAH tos.
Web Sites and Links
A Los Gatos ExperienceA multimedia virtual Los Gatos community experience integrating New Media communications technologies
Jikoji Zen Retreat CenterOffer workshops and sesshins and provides facilities for individual and group retreats.
Los Gatos Weekly-TimesArts and news weekly.
St. Luke's Episcopal ChurchIncludes directions and worship schedule, welcoming message and parish history.
Town of Los GatosOfficial municipal web site includes news and events, government and services, employment and volunteer opportunities, information about the community.