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My home is Los Altos, California and I have resided there for most of my life.
Los Altos was an independent community dating from the late 1800's, was incorporated officially on July 5, 1952, although they claim July 4 which is not possible because the State government cannot conduct business on that date. It has become considered as a suburb of San Jose/San Fransisco, but it still has a bit of its old small town charm. Once covered by orchards, it is now covered mostly with very nice homes. Excellent restaurants and many interesting small shops can be found, and the neighboring communities offer great restaurants as well. The ethnic diversity of the area is great, offering tastes of the world.
There are community theaters in Los Altos and most of the nearby communities which have launched successful prefessional acting careers.
The scenery in the area is excellent and the outdoor activities available within a fairly short drive are limitless.
There are numerous superb parks in the area, wonderful bicycling areas, serious mountain terrain, and of course, the Pacific Ocean is less than an hour away.
Scuba diving in the Monterey area is about two hours away, but is amongst the most spectacular in the world.
We don't usually get snow, but during the winter, excellent ski resorts are about 4 hours away.
Of course, everyone knows about San Francisco, and it is less than an hour by car to anywhere in the City By The Bay.
Los Altos is the true heart of Silicon Valley, as both Hewlett-Packard and Apple got their starts in garages in Los Altos, although HP's primary/official starting garage is preserved in the next-door-neighbor community of Palo Alto (one garage belonged to Hewlett, the other to Packard).
We have more professional sports teams, symphonies, theaters, museums and activities than any place else with comparable population and area, some of the greatest city parks in the world and some of the most spectacular vista points one is likely to see. There is no place within an hour of a major metropolis in the entire world with the viewing distance offered by Mt. Tamalpais, about a half hour north of San Francisco, except for Mt. Diablo, no more than an hour away. Of course, the times do not include the wonderful hikes or bicycle rides to the tops of these peaks.
Clear days are required, but from Mt. Diablo on a clear day, one can see the Sierra Nevada Mountains, all the way to the peaks, about 100 miles, down the central valley to the north and south approximately 200 miles, the entire San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and too many other things to mention.
I think that, despite the traffic and congestion, that this area is the most wonderful place in the world to live.

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