Neighborhood Spotlight – Los Altos’ Country ClubMay 1, 2015
Many buyers overlook one of the most beautiful areas of Los Altos—the Country Club neighborhood. Either because of the relatively hilly and windy streets or the area’s location on the west side of Foothill Expressway, this area does not always appear on everyone’s radar screen. It is definitely worth a look!
The area is named for the private Los Altos Golf and Country Club, which was built in 1923 and has recently undergone a fantastic renovation. The club features golf, tennis, aquatics, a fitness center, and great dining venues. Although elegant, the club retains a warm charm that echoes the character of many of the homes in the area.
This neighborhood is nestled between Foothill Expressway and I-280, south of Magdalena Avenue and north of Permanente Creek. Perched along the foothills of the San Antonio Open Space Preserve, the area enjoys access to many hiking and recreational activities. It has been developed on unincorporated Santa Clara County land, which means homes here are subject to slightly different building regulations when compared to homes in other parts of Los Altos.
The neighborhood is a blend of charming homes built in the 1940s and stunning, newer constructions. Given the large lots, often in excess of one half-acre, we expect that this area will see steady appreciation in the foreseeable future. However, some homes do experience vehicular noise due to the proximity of Foothill Expressway and Route 280.
Children living in the Country Club area attend Loyola Elementary and Blach Intermediate, both with great API scores, and Mountain View High, which has a competitive API score. Although Mountain View High’s API ranking is a step below those of Los Altos High and Palo Alto’s Gunn and Paly, we are forecasting upward movement by Mountain View High over the next five years. Additionally, there are many great private school options located near this area, including Pinewood, St. Simon, and the Waldorf School of the Peninsula.
Another feature that many of my buyers like about this area is its excellent location. The neighborhood has easy access to Routes 280 and 85, and it is near both the shops and restaurants along Foothill Expressway and the charming downtown area of Los Altos.
If you are interested in beautiful and convenient homes with above-average appreciation potential, you may want to check out the Country Club neighborhood of Los Altos.