Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
Why does the name for this lovely town translate into “The Cats” It matters not. Nestled within its wooded and open hills and flatlands is one of the South Bay’s more desirable residential communities. Combining an historic downtown with beautifully restored structures and quiet streets with handsome modern homes, Los Gatos also has vigilant civic leaders who are dedicated to controlling growth and emphasizing quality of life. The opening of Highway 85 to Cupertino and other Silicon Valley cities has softened the commute to major employment centers.
Public schools are among the state’s finest, even garnering top honors nationally. Just one of fifteen local parks, the family-oriented Oak Meadows-Vasona Park is a point of pride for the entire county. Concerts, golf, tennis, miles of trails for hiking and biking, bocce courts and athletic programs combine with clubs for racquetball and swimming to offer a diversity of leisure activities.
The quant Old Town district serves as a focal point for community life, a commercial center, the scene of holiday tree lighting, caroling, and a kid’s parade. Any time of the year, an old-fashioned carriage ride is a good way to relax and enjoy the ambiance. The town maintains a year-round farmer’s market, historical museums, first-rate restaurants, concerts under the stars–and supports its own newspaper.