Palo Alto Real Estate and The Community of Palo Alto

Dawn’s intimate knowledge of the community makes her an expert in Palo Alto Real Estate!

A charming blend of old and new, the 100-year-old town of Palo Alto is strategically located between San Francisco and San Jose. Its mature, tree-lined streets and variety of architectural styles offer a distinct appeal to its residential neighborhoods. Named after a 110-foot majestic coastal redwood, Palo Alto was recently awarded the distinction of the #1 place to live by, a national website ranking the overall quality of life in small and mid-sized American cities.

Anchored by its vivacious downtown that balances small town approachability with an urban atmosphere, Palo Alto is a melting pot of tradition and innovation. It seamlessly blends business and residential neighborhoods with open space and parklands including the Baylands Nature Preserve, the Stanford Dish Loop and 34 city-owned parks. Historic and modern architecture coexist side-by-side in the four varied and vibrant shopping centers which offer theatres, galleries, speciality shops, national chains and an exceptional variety of restaurants, coffee shops and cafes. Public displays of art are liberally sprinkled throughout town, including Palo Alto’s ‘Avenue of the Arts’ along California Avenue and Stanford’s Rodin Sculpture Garden, the third largest collection in the world.

Known as the birthplace of the Silicon Valley, the garage where Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett started it all is a private museum and historical landmark. In the spirit of innovation, Palo Alto’s 700-acre Stanford Research Park is home to over 150 leading-edge companies that continue to play a key role in technological advances.

With its blend of tradition, innovation, culture and charm, Palo Alto offers a diverse and stimulating atmosphere for residents and businesses alike.




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Explore information about Palo Alto schools, API scores and the correlation between well performing schools and associated real estate costs.

With 16 public and 60 private schools, Palo Alto schools rank an impressive 10 on the Great Schools index and the district is among the top 10 in the state.  The district values creativity and strives to foster a life-long love of learning. It champions the arts, encouraging students to become involved in dance, music, drama and visual arts programs. With a rich, varied curriculum and a community that values education, Palo Alto schools continually exceed the API score of 800, with their 2013 scores averaging 932. Nestled in the heart of Palo Alto is the 8,180-acre Stanford University, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious private institutions.