Overview

Stemming from a long, colorful history, the city of East Palo Alto (commonly known as EPA) now embraces a very promising future. It is a historically significant area that has seen many transitions in both industries and demographics, and today the city is on the cusp of its next dramatic change.

 

A Dynamic Past

The history of East Palo Alto goes back all the way to approximately 1500 BC, when the ancient Ohlone tribe of Native Americans used the site as a temporary settlement. Centuries later, an attempt was made by American settlers to make the area a shipping destination in 1849. Though this effort met no success, a brick factory was installed and operated in the area for a time until farmers and flower-growers reclaimed the land for agricultural use. Urbanization efforts after WWII transformed much of the farmland into residential developments, inducing several waves of demographic changes augmented by the recent arrival of popular commercial developments.

 

Prime Real Estate

Despite being called East Palo Alto, the city is actually directly north of Palo Alto. East Palo Alto is often incorrectly assumed to be part of the city of Palo Alto, even though it has been a separate entity since 1983. Before that, the vicinity was regarded as an unincorporated “island” of San Mateo County, which led to a lack of neighborly unity and organization. Overcoming many cultural and socioeconomic contentions in the past few decades, East Palo Alto is now emerging as a destination for both residential and commercial developers.

 

Growth & Expansion

In recent years, more than a quarter of East Palo Alto has been replaced with new housing and well-known retail establishments, including IKEA, Target, and The Home Depot. Amazon has moved offices into the area, and the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel has been installed in one corner of the city to showcase the area’s potential for gentrification. The neighboring presences of Facebook’s campus and Dumbarton Bridge have also encouraged commuting residents to take advantage of living within the city’s highly central location.

 

Leisure & Recreation

Since East Palo Alto borders San Francisco Bay, the area offers much scenery for residents to enjoy. Direct access to the Baylands trails allows for easy bicycle commuting to nearby companies and abundant recreational opportunities. From the scenic outskirts of the city, residents can see miles of wetlands and natural surroundings with the mountainous Diablo Range looming in the distance. Golf courses, the Palo Alto Airport, and major events at Shoreline Amphitheatre are all easily accessible. Additionally, a weekly farmers market is held in the city, and downtown attractions in both Palo Alto and Menlo Park are a short drive away.

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In just the past several years, East Palo Alto has matured from a metaphorical oddball into an eclectic community abounding with modern potential. Its coveted setting between major tech campuses and premier neighborhoods is redefining the city as a haven for commuters and a hotbed of commercial development. The changes brought on by this transformation may very well position East Palo Alto to become the home for some of Silicon Valley’s most dramatically appreciated real estate.

 

 

Notable Residents—Past and Present

Paul Bradford, former NFL player

KeeSean Johnson, NFL player

Sean T, rapper and record producer

Devin Wyman, former NFL player

 

Population
29,519
MedianFamily Income
58,783

The public schools are among the best in the nation. Graduates from the local high schools attend the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country, with a much larger than average number admitted to neighboring Stanford. Abundant bike paths make it easy for most students to bike to their local schools, giving them a sense of independence that is valued by parents and children alike.

active
1933 pulgas ave,
east palo alto
$13,950,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
active
1062 runnymede st,
east palo alto
$3,300,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
active
1137 westminster ave,
east palo alto
$1,650,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
5Beds / 4Baths / 2596SqFt
active
1137 westminster ave,
east palo alto
$1,650,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
2596SqFt
active
632 montage cir,
east palo alto
$1,448,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
4Beds / 2Baths / 2258SqFt
active
1144 laurel ave,
east palo alto
$1,249,950
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
5Beds / 3Baths / 2170SqFt
active
2272 university ave,
east palo alto
$1,198,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
3Beds / 2Baths / 1430SqFt
active
2276 university ave,
east palo alto
$1,198,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
2Beds / 2Baths / 1590SqFt
active
2284 dumbarton ave,
east palo alto
$998,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
3Beds / 2Baths / 1380SqFt
active
147 verbena dr,
east palo alto
$950,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
3Beds / 1Baths / 1110SqFt
pending
0 weeks st,
east palo alto
$1,880,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
pending
905 oakes,
east palo alto
$1,495,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
4Beds / 2Baths / 2020SqFt
contingent
2118 addison ave,
east palo alto
$1,298,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
2064SqFt
pending
2289 tuscany ct,
east palo alto
$1,195,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
4Beds / 2Baths / 1930SqFt
contingent
475 bell st,
east palo alto
$1,180,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
4Beds / 2Baths / 1580SqFt
contingent
2235 menalto ave,
east palo alto
$1,165,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
4Beds / 2Baths / 1500SqFt
pending
820 weeks st,
east palo alto
$1,148,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
3Beds / 2Baths / 2113SqFt
contingent
231 wisteria dr,
east palo alto
$1,050,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
3Beds / 2Baths / 1150SqFt
pending
475 larkspur dr,
east palo alto
$948,800
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
3Beds / 2Baths / 1020SqFt
contingent
227 wisteria dr,
east palo alto
$899,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
3Beds / 2Baths / 1480SqFt
sold
914 alberni st,
east palo alto
$1,175,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
4Beds / 2Baths / 1790SqFt
sold
448 larkspur dr,
east palo alto
$1,050,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
4Beds / 2Baths / 1480SqFt
sold
2778 xavier st,
east palo alto
$988,750
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
3Beds / 2Baths / 1048SqFt
sold
2528 farrington way,
east palo alto
$949,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
3Beds / 2Baths / 1420SqFt
sold
395 larkspur dr,
east palo alto
$899,988
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
4Beds / 2Baths / 1246SqFt
sold
2278 capitol ave,
east palo alto
$899,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
3Beds / 2Baths / 940SqFt
sold
2791 gonzaga st,
east palo alto
$800,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
4Beds / 2Baths / 1730SqFt
sold
112 holland st,
east palo alto
$799,000
east of u.s. 101 east palo alto
2Beds / 1Baths / 890SqFt
sold
1982 w bayshore rd 333,
east palo alto
$615,000
woodland / newell area
1Beds / 1Baths / 776SqFt
sold
1982 w bayshore rd 334,
east palo alto
$599,000
woodland / newell area
1Beds / 1Baths / 776SqFt