Originally home to the Ohlone Indians, Los Altos Hills’s first residents were part of a group of Native Americans who inhabited small villages throughout the Santa Clara Valley. Later, Juan Bautista De Anza passed through what was to become Los Altos Hills while making his journey from Monterey to San Francisco in 1776 to establish the Presidio. A year later, the Santa Clara Mission was founded.
An agricultural delight, the area produced millions of fruit trees making the aromatic blossoms known as the “Valley of Heart’s Delight.” Wealthy San Franciscans were then attracted to the area, building summer estates in Los Altos Hills. Some of the mansions are still standing including the Shumate House, the Lohman and Griffin Houses and the Finn Mansion, to name a few. While many changes have taken place in the past, the pleasant country attributes of Los Altos Hills remain.
A very special feature of Los Altos Hills is the Pathway System. 63 miles of paths meander through the hills and valleys of the town. This network provides a valuable recreational asset, allowing for an active lifestyle for walkers, runners, cyclists and equestrians. Maintenance of the Pathway System is a joint effort between residents and city crews, as the populace takes an active role in keeping their pathway beautiful. Additionally, a generous amount of open space has been donated to the Los Altos Hills residents and acquired over the years. The populace can choose from the 50 acres of the Byrne Preserve, Juan Prado Mesa Reserve, Bicentennial Park, the Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District and Hidden Valley on Moody Road, to name a few.
Neighboring attractions and events of San Jose and San Francisco are a quick drive for residents. The family can enjoy the nearby Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, a conservatory of rare and endangered species; the Winchester Mystery House, an architectural marvel with creativity and expense invested in the 160-room mansion; and the San José Flea Market, a town favorite that includes eight miles of corridors of over 2,000 merchants. A culturally influenced community, San José thrives on the arts. The San José Museum of Art, the Tech Museum, the Rosicrucian Museum and the San José Museum of Quilts and Textiles all top the list for weekend fun. Of course, with proximity to the mountains and the ocean outdoor enthusiasts can hike, bike, camp and ski.
Whether it's the exclusive amenities with a country feel, the friendly and active community people or the beautiful natural scenery, Los Altos Hills affords a quality of life second to none.
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