Hi Crusoe and thanks for your post.
Personally, I love both the Town of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills areas! Having lived in Los Altos, I know that the denizens of the town are highly educated, family oriented, health minded individuals whose varied backgrounds and differences work to make an extremely vibrant community. You won't experience anything quite like Los Altos in other communities--from the community parade to the Christmas pageant to the small farm museum--and this is what makes the town such a highly desired community as well as great place to live and, if you can't live there, to visit.
Los Altos Hills is as varied and different as is the Town of Los Altos. I represent buyers in this area, and no two houses are alike in this section of town. The hills can definitely be "hilly" with lots that have great views but little areas where children can run, but there are plenty of lots that are mostly flat or all flat from which to choose. Most of Los Altos Hills will attend Los Altos schools, and parts will be in the Palo Alto school district--but both districts are excellent. You need only decide which schools work best for your family members. Since the children have no yet attended school, you can be flexible regarding school districts.
As to which areas are more desirable, it depends, again, on what school district you prefer and also your price range. LAH homes range in value from the high $1 million to the upper $8+ million range, with most of the homes for sale landing in the range between $2.5 and $4 million in price. There are several very good homes that I can think of right off the top of my head that would be PERFECT for a family with a 4 and 5 year old--but, of course, everything depends on your housing budget.
If you're interested in buying a home in this area and would like assistance locating a desirable area or learning more about what's available, give me a call and I'll be happy to help. Remember, our company provides buyers with rebates equal to as much as 1.5% of the sales price (some restrictions apply) without any loss in service or expertise! And for homes in the LAH area, a rebate of this size can be substantial. Give me a call if you have any questions as I'm actively working with buyers in the LAH area now!
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