Palo Alto

Lively and all-encompassing.

Welcome to Palo Alto

Lively and all-encompassing
Located in Santa Clara County, Palo Alto is a charter city. Palo Alto translates to “tall stick” in Spanish and was named after the coasted redwood tree. In 2016, it was named the fifth most expensive city in the United States. Home to the headquarters of highly-acclaimed technology companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Tesla, and Houzz makes Palo Alto a highly innovative city. 
Spanish settlers led by Gaspar de Portola first documented Palo Alto in 1769. In 1846, the United States seized Alta California during the Mexican-American War. With the founding of Stanford University in 1885, Leland Stanford Jr established Palo Alto. The city grew exponentially in the years following the end of World War II, and with the establishment of the Stanford Industrial Park in the 1950s, thousands of new residents moved in.
Palo Alto features many different home architectural styles, including Queen Anne, Craftsman, Mission Revival, Streamline Moderne, and Medieval Revival. With so many different housing styles, you’re sure to find a place to call home! A rather expensive neighborhood with a median home value of $2M makes Palo Alto a destination for the well-to-do.

What to Love

People & Lifestyle

Most residents are homeowners, though 45% of locals do rent their abodes. Many young professionals live in the area, though it has its fair share of families and retirees. This dynamic town offers an urban and suburban feel, making it easy to find activities to appease your every desire. Commuting takes an average of 24 minutes, making this a convenient place for those who like spending less time in transport and more time enjoying life!

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Entertainment opportunities include The Stanford Theatre and Landmark Theatres Aquarius Theatre for your viewing pleasure. Check out the Rodin sculpture exhibition at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center for a quiet and educational afternoon. 
Stanford Shopping Center has tons of shops and restaurants to please shoppers and foodies. From Coach to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, you’ll enjoy a day of luxury shopping and delicious eats. Town & Country Village is a center with over 70 restaurants, shops, and services and includes stores Margaret O'leary and Sur La Table
Protege has tasty dishes such as brick chicken and ricotta dumplings. Savor a high-quality steak and sip a Grey Goose peartini at Sundance the Steakhouse. For an unassuming meal, head to Peninsula Creamery Dairy Store & Grill for a veggie scramble for breakfast and a patty melt for lunch.

Things to Do

So many parks, museums, and activities will ensure that you and your family never experience a dull moment in Palo Alto. Keep the kids learning and playing at the Junior Museum & Zoo with the Junior Museum Science Outdoors program, where they can learn about marshlands and the plants and animals that inhabit them!
Spend Sunday mornings at the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers' Market, buying fresh seasonal produce, flowers, pastries, jams, meats, and so much more! Throughout the year, Palo Alto High School puts on student-run performances in their own Paly Theatre. Students have the opportunity to perform in 3 shows and participate in workshops and field trips.
Enjoy a peaceful afternoon taking in the lush surroundings at the historic Gamble Garden. For a rigorous day of mountain biking and hiking, or a relaxing nature trip, visit the 6-mile Adobe Creek Trail To Shoreline Lake Park.


Palo Alto Unified School District is rated #2 best school district in California in 2021 by niche and includes:



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