Palo Alto

Palo Alto is arguably the best place to live in Silicon Valley, and very much the most popular, due to its distinctive characteristics like great schools, Eichler homes, and discerning residents. The cityUnknown was founded by Leland Stanford and named after a redwood tree discovered by Spanish explorers. The population of Palo Alto is 64,403, many residents of which are employed by the headquarters of major technology companies such as HP, IDEO, Ning, PARC, Tesla, Skype and VMware. However, though these companies get most of the limelight, the city is also held together by a strong foundation of eclectic local businesses.

Palo Alto was incorporated in in 1894, transforming from a population of blue-collar workers to older, affluent individuals. And they need to be affluent to pay for the median home price of $2.4 million, a cost that the median household income of $117,000 struggles to even pin down. The neighborhoods in the city of Palo Alto, however, are worth it if you ask residents because they are made up of highly involved individuals who also respect privacy, tight-knit groups that help one another, working hard to make each community better as a team.

Adobe Meadow/Meadow Park
Barron Park
The Greenhouse
Charleston Gardens
Leland Manor
Charleston Meadows
College Terrace
Monroe Park
Community Center
Old Palo Alto
Crescent Park
Palo Alto HillsDowntown North
Palo Alto Orchards
Duveneck/St. Francis
Palo Verde
Ester Clark Park
Evergreen Park
South of Midtown
Garland Drive
St. Claire Gardens
Greater Miranda
Triple El
Green Acres
University South
Greendell/Walnut Grove


Palo Alto is a blend of intellect, innovation, culture and natural beauty. It is home to Nobel Prize winners, Silicon Valley CEOs, venture-capital firms, HP and Face book. Stanford University which is also located in Palo Alto, is the leading academic high-technology research center in the nation. Palo Alto offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities for everyone; from the casual walker to those looking for serious hiking, biking, golfing, tennis and other activities. For entertainment, Palo Alto is home to the world-renowned Stanford Shopping Center. For a night out, downtown Palo Alto offers a number of fine cuisine resteraunts and bars around University Ave. The Baylands Nature Preserve, located at the end of Embarcadero Road, offers miles of flat walking trials where one is able to explore the area’s extensive wildlife habitat. Historic preservation is a big part of Palo Alto’s culture, and historic home tours take place a number of times each year. Art lovers shouldn’t miss the many galleries around town or miss out on a visit to the Palo Alto Art Center, a popular venue for Bay Area and local artists.