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Los Gatos was just named in a list of the “Top 20 Best Suburbs for City-Like Living” in a study sponsored by Storage Cafe. It was one of four Bay Area communities to receive that honor.

These lively suburbs with an urban flair were sifted from 912 cities or towns with populations between 10,000 and 100,000 in 100 of the largest metropolitan areas

Pal Alto #3
Los Gatos #7
Burlingame #8
Menlo Park #16


Here’s the whole list:

Top 20 Best Suburbs list by Storage Cafe

Best Suburbs Criteria

How did these four areas get named to the “best suburbs” list? We know and love these communities, but many others, too, such as Saratoga, Los Altos, and Campbell.

The criteria used, per their article:

  • Residential landscape: housing affordability, new construction and housing diversity (single-family, multifamily homes)
  • Demographics
  • Business environment
  • Shopping and dining amenities
  • Health
  • Education
  • Safety
  • Transportation options
  • Self storage prices and availability as a way to maximize home space

Housing affordability probably should have taken all of the Bay Area cities off the list, so I’m not sure how they – and especially Palo Alto – ranked so highly overall. None of these would be called affordable communities. However, we do have diversity in housing types with plenty of condos and townhouses, senior living communities and senior condos to purchase , and of course varying sizes of domiciles.

Check out all of the details on these communities and see more graphics on their page: Suburbs That Feel Like Big Cities

Love downtown Los Gatos? Read up on a couple of the neighborhoods right “in town” (on this site):

Almond Grove Historic District

Broadway Area Historic District