Where is Los Gatos California?

If you are new to Silicon Valley, you may be wondering “where is Los Gatos California?”  I’ll give you a quick answer and some visual cues via a map on the town’s location:

  1. In the 9 county San Francisco Bay Area, Los Gatos is located within Santa Clara County, which is considered the “South Bay” region
  2. Santa Clara County’s largest city is San Jose (a city of about 1 million people, in the county of about 1.9 million residents), which Los Gatos borders on the southwest side (San Jose touches the bay at Alviso). Los Gatos is small by comparison, with about 30,000 inhabitants.
  3. Los Gatos is nestled into the base of the coastal foothills, also known as the Santa Cruz Mountains. With the backdrop of the hills, it’s quite scenic.
  4. In town, the zip codes are 95030 and 95032, both of which are shared with the city of Monte Sereno. The Los Gatos Mountains area is unincorporated and is the 95033 zip code (not shown on the map below).
  5. Los Gatos California includes about 10 square miles for the incorporated area  (and many, many more if you are talking about the mountains and zip code 95033). Where is Los Gatos California? Really depends on what you mean, in town, or in the mountains!
  6. Downtown Los Gatos is about 30 minutes from the beach at Santa Cruz, depending on traffic.

The Civic Center for the town of Los Gatos is marked in the map below with the white star in the red circle:

Where is Los Gatos? Map of Los Gatos in relation to San Jose, Palo Alto, and Milpitas

Obviously, the town encompasses far more than the Civic Center location! Here’s a map of Los Gatos by region – sweeping generalizations intended only to provide an overall sense of where to find what.

Regions of Los Gatos: East, West , North, Civic Center, Historic

Downtown Los Gatos runs primarily along Main Street, N Santa Cruz Avenue, and University Avenue, but also part of Los Gatos-Saratoga Road (Highway 9).

Within the town, there are a number of districts and neighborhoods, many of which also have businesses, though they are largely residential.

Town of Los Gatos Historic Districts MapIn the downtown area, there are a number of historic districts in Los Gatos.

East Los Gatos & West Los Gatos: East Los Gatos is generally considered the area east of Los Gatos Boulevard, though some people attest that anything east of Highway 17 would be the east end of town. There are many popular neighborhoods within that area, including Blossom Manor, Vista Del Monte, the Alta Vista Area, Strathmore, and Belwood – Belgatos – Surmont, among others. Please navigate through the menu under “neighborhoods” to explore these and many other areas.

West Los Gatos is generally closer to the Campbell and Saratoga borders and includes Rinconada Hills, the Old Adobe Road area, Los Gatos Woods (townhouse community near Pollard Road) and many others.

North Los Gatos is not as well defined as other area, but generally is close to Lark Avenue.

The Los Gatos Mountains are an unincorporated place in Santa Clara County with a Los Gatos mailing address. This can be a bit confusing, especially since some of this region is over Saratoga or on the far side of the summit and in Santa Cruz County.