Birthplace of Silicon Valley
Palo Alto is the Birthplace of Silicon Valley. It is also known for its high quality of life, numerous parks and open space reserves, and a vibrant downtown area. Palo Alto is located in Santa Clara County. It has 67,973 residents.
The median home price in mid-2022 is almost $4 million. The price per square foot is $1,808.
Named After a Coastal Redwood Tree
Palo Alto borders Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. The town is named after a coastal redwood tree (El Palo Alto). Rightly so, the town is filled with gorgeous redwood trees.
In addition to its vibrant downtown area, Palo Alto is a considered a choice destination location for families with children. There are dozens of urban and neighborhood parks, hiking trails, and a municipal golf course. The Community Services Department (CSD) offers many programs and activities. The CSD also runs the Palo Alto Jr. Museum and Zoo. It is a fun place to take the kiddos that is educational as well. To learn more about it, click here.
Furthermore, the Palo Alto City Library is fantastic. The library boasts five branches in Palo Alto alone. The library hosts a number of educational programs that make learning fun year-round.
Palo Alto Style of Homes
The town is proud of its rich architectural heritage. There are many gorgeous homes and buildings. Because of this, the Palo Alto Stanford Heritage is dedicated to the preserving its historic buildings. To learn more, click here.
There are a number of older homes North of Oregon Expressway. This area includes Craftsman and California Colonials homes. No doubt some of these homes date back to the 1890s. South of Oregon Expressway there are many Joseph Eichler-designed or Eichler-style homes. Some of these homes date back to post the World War II era.
The moderate climate, coupled with top tech firms, make Palo Alto a favorite place to call home. Unfortunately, the housing market is driven by laws that restrict new development. Because of this, clearly there is a large jobs-to-housing imbalance.
Home to Top Private University
Palo Alto is also home to Stanford University, the top private university in the country. And because Palo Alto is one of the most expensive college towns in the US, a majority of the students live on campus. Stanford is a member of the Pac-12 Conference and one of the top athletic programs in the country. The Cardinal has produced at least one medalist in every Olympics, in which the U.S. has competed, since 1912.
Top-Rated Public Schools
Palo Alto is well-known for its top-rated public schools too. The Palo Alto Unified School District is the top K-12 school district in California. In addition, it’s the No. 1 school district of 10,000+ students nationally.
The vibrant Downtown Palo Alto area is well known for its tasty cuisine. Palo Alto is a great date night town. It’s a fun place to watch a game too. Palo Alto boasts a Michelin Star restaurant, Protégé, with a number of others mentioned in the latest Michelin guide. There are also a variety of other eateries and diners. We recommend you check out these local restaurants: