Los Gatos, California

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The Town of Los Gatos is an incorporated town in Santa Clara County, California, United States. The population was 28,592 at the 2000 census. It is located in the San Francisco Bay Area at the southwest corner of San Jose in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Homes are mostly upscale, varying from century-old one million-dollar cottages in the downtown area to 10 - 20 million-dollar large custom homes in the surrounding hills. The town is noted for its small, pedestrian-friendly downtown, with many boutique shops, upscale restaurants, and thriving arts community. It is also a preferred destination for antique shopping.

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The name Los Gatos is Spanish, meaning the cats. The name derives from the 1839 Alta California land-grant that encompassed the area, which was called La Rinconada de Los Gatos, ("Cat's Corner"), where "the cats" refers to the cougars that are indigenous to the foothills in which the town is located. The name has been anglicized to /lɔːs ˈɡætəs/ lawss-GAT-əs,[1] although one also hears pronunciations truer to the original Spanish, /loʊsˈɡɑːtoʊs/ (lohss-GAH-tohss). The pronunciation "Lis-Gattis" is often heard by out-of-staters, but is discouraged. The pronunciation "Loss Gattos" is often accepted.

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