What do Steve Jobs, James Franco and Mark Zuckerberg have in common? They’ve all purchased property in the charming California city of Palo Alto. Founded by Leland Stanford at the same time he founded Stanford University, this leafy area offers excellent amenities and a well-connected transportation infrastructure that links to Silicon Valley, San Francisco and beyond. Wasting hours of your time stuck in traffic can become a thing of the past; the city conveniently lies in the Caltrain corridor. With so much on offer, it’s easy to see why Palo Alto frequently makes an appearance on many of America’s “top places to live” lists. Thinking of relocating to Palo Alto? No matter where you’re from, the friendly residents are sure to welcome you with open arms.
|Commute From Downtown Palo Alto Caltrain Station|
|San Francisco||40 min||50 min||32 miles|
|Downtown Burlingame||27 min||28 min||17 miles|
|Downtown San Mateo||25 min||24 min||14 miles|
|Downtown San Carlos||19 min||13 min||7 miles|
|Downtown Redwood City||15 min||8 min||5 miles|
|Downtown Menlo Park||5 min||5 min||1.5 miles|
|Downtown Mountain View||17 min||12 min||6 miles|
|Downtown Sunnyvale||20 min||17 min||9 miles|
|San Jose Diridon||27 min||36 min||19 miles|
Discover Your Dream Neighborhood
With its selection of local facilities, low crime rates, and large Midtown Shopping Center, it’s no surprise that over 10,000 people choose to call Midtown home. Bonuses include the neighborhood’s proximity to Oregon Expressway and Palo Alto Caltrain station, which connects to many stops between San Francisco and Gilroy. There are also lots of parking spaces and dedicated cycling lanes, which makes traveling in and around Midtown a breeze.
University South is a large neighborhood which still maintains a small-town community feel. It borders the Downtown North and Crescent Edge neighborhoods and is near the Caltrain Palo Alto Station. Amenities are plentiful, and you’ll never be more than a few blocks away from a convenience store. Locals love jogging and walking through the pretty Heritage Park, which is also the site of a weekly farmer’s market during the summer months.
Old Palo Alto
Home to Silicon Valley innovators — and a handful of billionaires — Old Palo Alto is perhaps the most exclusive neighborhood in Palo Alto. Boasting leafy avenues, minimal through-traffic, and large lots, houses here do get snapped up quickly — so be prepared to act fast if you find your ideal home. Palo Alto and California Avenue Caltrain stations are both close by while the nearby Embarcadero connects directly to Highway 101.
Incredible Educational Facilities
Palo Alto has 19 schools, including 14 private schools and 5 post-secondary schools. GreatSchools score Addison Elementary School, Terman Middle School, and Walter Hays Elementary School with a 10 out of 10 based on their previous test results. The prestigious Stanford University lies adjacent to Palo Alto and is where over 15,000 students are enrolled in a range of courses. Stanford has its own Caltrain station next to the campus and it’s only used on football game days. With such a high caliber of educational institutions located in the area, Palo Alto is an excellent choice if you have children in the home.
A Foodie’s Paradise
In recent years, Palo Alto has been flexing its culinary muscles, and there is a range of international cuisines available. Food trucks line Palo Alto Square every Wednesday, offering a quick and easy way to sample the delicious local fare. For gourmet fine dining, head to the swanky restaurants located on Emerson Street. Highly-rated eateries in Downtown San Francisco are all readily accessible by a short trip on the Caltrain. With over 4,500 acres of public park space in Palo Alto, there’s always a nearby spot to walk off dinner if you’ve over-indulged!
Considering a move to Palo Alto? Home ownership is a dream come true in the region, and living near the Caltrain rail service can change your whole commute and lifestyle for the better. Here at Keller Williams Palo Alto | @ipoHomes Realtor can advise you on local market trends and help you find discover a perfect home.