Greater Miranda

The Adobe Meadow and Meadow Park neighborhoods, nestled just east of Middlefield Road between East Meadow Drive and Charleston Road, and divided by Adobe Creek, have garnered a reputation as Palo Alto’s “sleepiest” neighborhoods.

Perusing the streets that branch from Louis Road, the only bridge across the creek, the cyclists, dog walkers and playing children outnumber motorists. On a blustery day, salt from the nearby Baylands can be picked up in the air, and humming traffic noise is muffled by the rustling canopy overhead.

The homes, a mix of Brown and Kauffman developments and Eichlers, are characterized by innovative use of color and landscaping; house exteriors appear in bold apple greens, creams, browns, natural wood, and in one case, purple with periwinkle trim. City trees, planted in yards rather than sidewalks, serve as centerpieces in neat lawns and gardens. Houses are largely one-story, with few exceptions, such as Ortega Court.

The former site of an elementary school, Ortega Court is now an

larger, more expensive homes. The cul-de-sac bears vestiges of schoolyard days, such as the path that runs between the court and school’s former playground, Don Jesus Ramos Park.

Ramos Park, a 4.4-acre spread of grass, picnic tables, and play structures, still serves as a gathering place for families as well as the community, and is the host location of the annual Adobe Meadow neighborhood block party, held Labor Day weekend.

Originally held on a section of Corina Way, the annual party was opened to the entire Adobe Meadow neighborhood in 2005, and moved to the park the following year. The party serves a dual purpose of uniting the community and maintaining the neighborhood association’s presence. The neighborhood association gave “sleepy” Adobe Meadow a voice, and united over issues of neighborhood concern.

A similar attitude prevails in Meadow Park, the smaller of the two neighborhoods, edged by Adobe Creek, Bibbits Drive, Charleston Road and Grove Avenue.