Welcome to Los Gatos / Monte Sereno
Your next home might just be within one of these charming communities
Nestled at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the neighboring towns of Los Gatos and Monte Sereno have lots to offer. Although they share some similar characteristics, these two towns have plenty of distinct qualities that residents can enjoy. Monte Sereno has a population of just over 4,000, making it the smallest town in the county, while Los Gatos has a population of approximately 30,000 people. Although small in population, both of these towns are upscale, recreational, and scenic.
The history of Los Gatos dates back to the 1800s, where it was established by early settlers. The town was officially incorporated in 1887. Established in the early 1900s, Monte Sereno was once a rural agricultural community. Since then, these two neighboring towns have evolved into thriving and exceptional communities.
The architectural styles of homes here range from Tudor-style to Craftsman and ranch-style.
What to Love
- Close access to nature
- A slower, more suburban lifestyle
- A plethora of small-town festival and events
People & Lifestyle
Los Gatos and Monte Sereno are known for their tranquil and laid-back environment. This makes them the perfect place for people who prefer a more easygoing, suburban lifestyle and want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
These neighboring towns offer the best of small-town living. The friendly, small-town environment appeals to individuals from all walks of life. A diverse group of residents— from retirees to young families—have planted their roots here. Residents enjoy the family-oriented communities, close access to nature, and affordable housing prices.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
From dining to shopping to entertainment, living here offers residents plenty to enjoy. Old Town
is located in the heart of Downtown Los Gatos. This historic, walkable downtown district is home to popular retailers, unique restaurants, and local shops. Whether you’re grabbing lunch or shopping ‘til you drop, you can enjoy that all here. Bay Club Courtside
is an active lifestyle resort that offers members lots of amenities: three heated outdoor pools, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and the latest exercise classes to help you get in tip-top shape.
For upscale dining, head over to Manresa
. This renowned New American eatery is a great spot to celebrate special occasions. For brunch and mimosas, try Los Gatos Cafe Uptown
. This popular café has a large menu of homecooked classics.
Things to Do
Los Gatos and Monte Sereno may be small, but that doesn’t mean they’re boring! Vasona Lake County Park and the Los Gatos Creek Parkway
, situated within Santa Clara County, is the perfect place to escape into nature. This expansive 152-acre park offers plenty to do—from picnicking to hiking, jogging, and camping. The Los Gatos Creek Trail
is a 9.7-mile trail that is extremely popular with pedestrians and cyclists. Lexington Reservoir County Park
is a stunning 950-acre park and reservoir just minutes away from the urban centers in Santa Clara County. Here, you can enjoy fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and much more.
When it comes time for the holidays, you don’t want to miss Fantasy of Lights
. This celebrated event has been a part of the community for the past two decades. Enjoy a 1.5-mile drive through an extravaganza of colorful holiday lights and displays.
Los Gatos and Monte Sereno are home to excellent schools. Top educational institutions include: