Palo Alto, CA


Palo Alto is known as the birthplace of Silicon Valley and that unique heritage is proudly on display, with the Computer History Museum just down the street from Google’s world headquarters and countless other tech companies all over town. The restaurant scene rivals that of nearby San Francisco, with many small, independent eateries serving up some of the best food in the Bay Area. Residents have access to dozens of options for outdoor recreation, including the gorgeous hiking and biking trails through the surrounding nature preserves, several golf courses, and easy access to San Francisco Bay. Bicycling is a popular mode of transportation around Palo Alto, with many bike-friendly routes around the city. Palo Alto is famous as the home of Stanford University, and the campus is one of the most dominant landmarks in the area. City residents enjoy many perks from living so close to this major college, particularly the academic community, sporting events, and art exhibits. The art scene extends off-campus to places like the Allied Arts Guild, Palo Alto Art Center, and Cantor Arts Center. Parents will find plenty of activities for young children too, such as the Palo Alto Community Theatre and the Junior Museum & Zoo.

8 Neighborhoods in Palo Alto, CA

  • Downtown North

    An outgoing vibe emanates from the Downtown North neighborhood. Downtown North provides an energy like no other in Palo Alto. Still, locals enjoy being part of a tight-knit community focused on safety, communication and most importantly: fun. Palo Alto has one of the best public school systems in California, houses Stanford University, and has some of the most delicious dining and exciting shopping opportunities in the Bay Area. The placement of the city provides convenience for commuters to San Jose 24 miles to the Southeast or San Francisco 32 miles to the Northwest.

  • Evergreen Park

    The Evergreen Park neighborhood of Palo Alto lies just 35 miles south of San Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley. A pleasant walk takes you to the main campus of Stanford University. Traffic islands, street barricades, and one-way streets create a calm and quiet oasis for the condos and houses for rent along its tree-lined residential streets.

  • Midtown/Palo Alto

    Palo Alto is one of Northern California’s most desirable cities. Close proximity to Stanford University and several high-tech companies make the city ideal for up-and-coming professionals. The Midtown area houses a mix of residential and commercial properties with beautiful tree-lined streets perfect for walking.

  • Outer Palo Alto

    Residents of Outer Palo Alto benefit greatly from exposure to cultural and academic amenities thanks to the very prestigious Stanford University. The large campus area consists of dozens of academic buildings, wonderfully landscaped green spaces, student housing and a modest area of residential houses and apartments.

  • Palo Alto Orchards

    At one time, the Palo Alto Orchards neighborhood was rich with fruit-bearing trees. These days, the only remnant of the area's agrarian past is the name. The serene, family-friendly neighborhood of cul-de-sacs and tree-lined streets was built around the end of World War II. The first residents of the area were post-war veterans and their families. Today, Palo Alto is one of the most affluent and well-educated cities in the nation.

  • St Claire Gardens

    Stepping into the St. Claire Gardens neighborhood of Palo Alto, California might feel a bit like you walked onto the set of the 1998 film, "Pleasantville." The 1950s facades on the neighborhood homes largely remain intact, giving the area a retro feel.

  • University South

    Like most of Palo Alto, the University South neighborhood centers around Stanford University. Located just blocks to the north of the campus, the neighborhood holds plenty of apartment housing as well as well-kept older houses that sit under old trees, helping to create a laid-back atmosphere in the suburban community, but keeps just a bit of an urban feel.

  • Ventura

    Found a little more than three miles south of downtown Palo Alto, this neighborhood has apartments and houses for rent tucked in quiet, palm tree-lined streets surrounded by many things to see and do.