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Palo Alto

This charming and affluent city, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, is home to Stanford University and offers a great quality of life to all of its residents.  The demand for homes is very strong, as Palo Alto offers an unmatched combination of great weather, excellent job opportunities, fabulous public schools, and beautiful neighborhoods.


1.    Palo Alto Hills
2.    Green Acres
3.    Barron Park
4.    South Palo Alto
5.    Midtown
6.    Ventura
7.    College Terrace
8.    Old Palo Alto
9.    Green Gables
10.    Crescent Park
11.    Community Center
12.    Professorville
13.    Downtown

The city stretches from the San Francisco Bay to Skyline Ridge in the coastal range of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Palo Alto has over 30 parks and 1,400 acres of open space preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains that is reserved for the sole use of Palo Alto residents.

Leland Stanford Jr. established the City of Palo Alto at the same time he established Stanford University (named in memory of his deceased son) and was incorporated in 1894.  The residents of the city are among the most educated in the country.  Many of Stanford University’s first faculty members settled in the Professorville neighborhood of Palo Alto.  The area is now a registered national historic district. Palo Alto is home to Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) and was the home of the late Steve Jobs (Apple Computer).

Palo Alto serves as a central economic center in Silicon Valley and has more than 7,000 businesses.  The Stanford Research Park on Page Mill Road is the home to many major high-tech companies including Hewlett-Packard, Tesla Motors, and VMware.  The population of the city was 64,403 as of the 2010 census.

The world-renowned Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital are located next to Palo Alto.  The Palo Alto Medical Foundation also serves the community.

The public school system (13 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 2 high schools) has been recognized both on state and national levels.  Standardized test scores are very high at most of the schools.  The two high schools, Gunn High and Palo Alto High, are highly regarded for their advanced classes.