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10 Fascinating And Interesting Facts About Los Altos Hills, California, United States

Los Altos Hills is an incorporated town in Santa Clara County, California, United States. Take a look below for 10 fascinating and interesting facts about Los Altos Hills, California, United States.

1. The population was 8,489 at the 2020 census.

2. The town is known for its affluence and expensive residential real estate.

3. Los Altos Hills is located at 37°22′17″N 122°8′15″W (37.371390, -122.137605).

4. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.8 square miles (23 km2), all of it land.

5. The town is located in a group of small hills. Both the Altamont and Monta Vista Faults pass through the town.

6. The Los Altos Hills ZIP code 94022 appeared on the 2017 Forbes list of America’s most expensive ZIP codes; 94022 was ranked the 3rd most expensive in the United States, with a median home price of $7,755,000. In 2019, a Bloomberg analysis ranked Los Altos Hills the fourth richest town in the United States.

7. Los Altos Hills has a ban on commercial zones, which was upheld by the California Court of Appeal (First District) in 1973. The town’s two retail commercial operations are the book store on the campus of Foothill College and the gift shop on the grounds of the Immaculate Heart Monastery of the Poor Clare Colettines. The town does not have a post office or library, with mail delivery provided from nearby Los Altos.

8. The town’s zoning regulations require a minimum lot size of one acre (4,000 m²), setbacks from the property boundary, and easements for public pathways. Landowners are limited to one primary dwelling per lot, which effectively bans multifamily housing; this ban and the minimum lot size were upheld as constitutional by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1974.

9. The town contracts with Santa Clara County for police and fire services, making it a so-called “contract city” under California law.

10. The town is home to a monastery of the Immaculate Heart of the Poor Clare Colettines.

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