Palo Alto

Houses wonderful attractions like the Stanford Memorial Church and the Cantor Arts Center.

Welcome to Palo Alto

A charming community with the promise of education, cultural diversity, and fun
 
Palo Alto is an urban charter city nestled in the southeastern area of the San Francisco Peninsula. Often referred to as the “Birthplace of the Silicon Valley,” it offers its 68,500 residents a dynamic economy and a wealth of job opportunities. Companies like Hewlett-Packard, Ford Research and Innovation Center, and Skype are a few of the 7,000 businesses that provide over 100,000 jobs in the city.
 
 While the city is a global leader of technological advancement, it still offers its residents a small-town feel with the verdant, tree-lined streets and a short drive from downtown. Residents can enjoy food and entertainment with ease by heading down to the Stanford Shopping Center or strolling down University Avenue. Settled between Interstate 208 and Highway 101, residents can find themselves anywhere from the Half Moon Bay State Beach, to San Francisco with minimal travel.
 

What to Love

  • A bustling, dynamic economy with plenty of job opportunities
  •  The lively downtown area with shopping, food, and entertainment
  • Convenient commute to San Francisco

 Local Lifestyle

The Palo Alto area is a cosmopolitan haven offering a plethora of museums, restaurants, and entertainment to choose from. The proximity of Palo Alto University and Stanford University keeps the area bustling, along with the mere number of technology companies in the area. Stanford University, ranking among the top universities in the world, houses wonderful attractions like the Stanford Memorial Church and the Cantor Arts Center.
 
Residents can find nature close by, as they are surrounded by the very trees the city is named after. The rolling hills of the Baylands Nature Reserve and the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve are also only a stone’s throw away to provide a quiet, picturesque getaway when needed.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Palo Alto offers its residents many options when it comes to food and things to do. True Food Kitchen is known for healthy meals and designer cocktails. The highly-rated Evvia Estiatorio Mediterranean Restaurant is light Greek-inspired fare suitable for both date and family-friendly occasions The Stanford Shopping Center is an open-air mall that has a diverse spread of shops and eateries, including Apple, Bloomingdale’s, and Taro San Japanese Noodle Bar. If high-end shopping is your particular mood, you can head to Coach, Cartier, or Hermès.
 
Similarly, University Avenue in Downtown Palo Alto is lined with shops like the famous ice creamery Salt & Straw, and the stationary store Letter Perfect. It’s a great place to go for a first date, as you can stop by the historic Stanford Theatre and check out a movie and the neoclassical Persian and Moorish architecture.
 

Things to Do

Whenever the season, there is something to do in the lively city of Palo Alto. Residents can plan a meal and gather ingredients at Gilman Street’s Farmers’ Market every Saturday — buying fruits and vegetables at their seasonal peak. Or they can wait for the Annual Palo Alto Festival of Arts where over 150,000 attendees flood downtown to enjoy crafts, art, street entertainment, and food.
 
If you’re hoping for something less crowded, you can head down to the Baylands Nature Reserve where there are 1,940-acres of undisturbed marshlands. The tidal and water habitats have made the area one of the best spots for birdwatching on the west coast. You can also bike or hike the 15-mile trails on the land and enjoy the serene landscape before heading back into the suburbs.
 

Schools

Palo Alto Unified and Ravenswood City Elementary are the two districts in Palo Alto. Combined, they offer over 32 schools to the city’s residents. When considering academic performance and equity, the schools in Palo Alto are exceptional.
 

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