Overview

Home to an array of prestigious employers and one of the top universities in the world, Palo Alto is considered to be the heartbeat of Silicon Valley. It is centrally located between the metropolises of San Francisco and San Jose, giving it a premier setting imbued with vibrant energy, an extremely well-educated population, and highly acclaimed public schools.

 

Access & Innovation

The city of Palo Alto is over 120 years old, and comprises a heritage rich with history and innovation. Named after a stately 1000-year-old redwood tree, Palo Alto has long been regarded as a birthplace for advancement. It is the site of Stanford University, and it has fostered many high-tech companies and renowned inventors. In addition, the city’s strategic access to freeways, public transit, and three international airports allow it to be a local and global magnet for business and intellectual concerns.

 

Prestigious Yet Humble

Although Palo Alto is one of the most expensive communities in the country, one of the reasons that residents cherish their city is its prolific understatement. Most visitors would never think that its tree-shaded neighborhoods shelter many of the most prominent businesspeople in America, or that its quiet business parks and charming plazas host some of the most powerful companies on the globe. The low-key yet immaculate residential areas are an eclectic jumble of architectural styles and demographic compositions—and it would not be a surprise to discover a billionaire tech mogul lives just down the block.

 

Recreation For Everyone

Enjoying the same temperate climate found throughout much of the Bay Area, the city takes great care to protect its open spaces and parks, dedicating nearly one-third of its 26 square miles to open space. The city also showcases a bustling downtown anchored by University Avenue, with quaint boutiques, popular retailers, and restaurants spanning every culture and budget imaginable. Culture abounds, from the many events featuring world-renowned experts at Stanford University, to art galleries and live theater. The shopping at Stanford Mall is world-class and includes luxury brands like Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, and Burberry, supplemented by a selection of high-end department stores.

 

Excellent Education

The Palo Alto Unified School District supplies residents with some of the best schools in the nation. Graduates from 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 school, giving them a sense of independence that is valued by parents and children alike.

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No city can compare to Palo Alto’s distinguished blend of history, suburban charm, and urban access. The city is every bit as enjoyable a place to live as it is an exciting destination to experience.

 

Notable Residents—Past and Present

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple

Dave and James Franco, actor siblings

William Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard

Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States of America

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple

Jeremy Lin, NBA player

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX

David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard

Larry Page, co-founder and CEO of Google

Condoleezza Rice, former US Secretary of State

Steve Young, NFL Hall-of-Famer and former 49ers quarterback

Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook

Home to Stanford University, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and technology companies, Palo Alto is considered to be the very heart of Silicon Valley. Centrally located between San Francisco and San Jose, Palo Alto is known for its vibrant energy, extremely well educated population and highly acclaimed public schools.

Population
66,666
MedianFamily Income
147,537

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.

  • 23 miles to San Francisco Airport
  • 20 miles to San Jose Airport
  • Between Menlo Park, Los Altos, and Mountain View

Explore our neighborhoods – Palo Alto

Browse our comprehensive neighborhood guides to learn about the most desirable or most up-and-coming places to live across the country.

Important Phone Numbers
& Websites

  • City Official Website
  • Building/Planning
  • City of Palo Alto Utilities — (650) 329-2161

Hospitals

  • Stanford Hospital
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Shopping

  • Stanford Shopping Center
  • Town & Country Village
  • Downtown Palo Alto

Parks & Recreation

  • Destination Palo Alto
  • Building/Planning
  • Shoreline Lake
  • Municipal Golf Course
  • The Baylands

Arts & Sciences

  • Palo Alto Art Center
  • Palo Alto Children’s Theatre
  • Junior Museum and Zoo
active
369 churchill ave,
palo alto
$39,988,000
old palo alto
5Beds / 7Baths / 10877SqFt
active
1500 cowper st,
palo alto
$27,800,000
old palo alto
5Beds / 6Baths / 7930SqFt
active
1995 waverley st,
palo alto
$17,888,000
old palo alto
5Beds / 4Baths / 6265SqFt
active
51 crescent dr,
palo alto
$16,800,000
crescent park
5Beds / 5Baths / 7145SqFt
active
address not disclosed,
palo alto
$15,000,000
palo alto hills
active
address not disclosed,
palo alto
$15,000,000
palo alto hills
active
1039 university ave,
palo alto
$12,500,000
crescent park
5Beds / 4Baths / 5617SqFt
active
435 santa rita ave,
palo alto
$11,000,000
old palo alto
4Beds / 3Baths / 3321SqFt
active
2001 webster st,
palo alto
$9,980,000
old palo alto
5Beds / 4Baths / 5042SqFt
active
995 los robles ave,
palo alto
$9,450,000
barron park
6Beds / 5Baths / 6485SqFt
contingent
976 laurel glen dr,
palo alto
$6,249,000
palo alto hills
4Beds / 4Baths / 6260SqFt
contingent
1820 bryant st,
palo alto
$5,788,000
old palo alto
5Beds / 4Baths / 3487SqFt
contingent
3513 waverley st,
palo alto
$5,298,000
midtown
5Beds / 5Baths / 5292SqFt
pending
3085 alexis dr,
palo alto
$5,000,000
palo alto hills
5Beds / 4Baths / 4555SqFt
pending
1228 cedar st,
palo alto
$4,895,000
community center
4Beds / 3Baths / 2860SqFt
pending
2350 tasso st,
palo alto
$4,398,000
old palo alto
5Beds / 4Baths / 3198SqFt
pending
593 glenbrook dr,
palo alto
$4,350,000
green acres
6Beds / 4Baths / 4358SqFt
pending
2611 alma st,
palo alto
$4,200,000
contingent
270 channing ave,
palo alto
$3,995,000
downtown palo alto
4Beds / 2Baths / 2770SqFt
pending
2991 alexis dr,
palo alto
$3,888,991
palo alto hills
sold
953 roble ridge rd,
palo alto
$7,988,000
barron park
8Beds / 5Baths / 7039SqFt
sold
1136 waverley st,
palo alto
$5,475,000
professorville
5Beds / 2Baths / 2976SqFt
sold
359 embarcadero rd,
palo alto
$5,250,000
professorville
4Beds / 2Baths / 3422SqFt
sold
711 addison ave,
palo alto
$4,798,000
community center
4Beds / 4Baths / 2600SqFt
sold
2782 waverley st,
palo alto
$4,488,000
midtown
4Beds / 3Baths / 2733SqFt
sold
1810 fulton st,
palo alto
$4,188,000
green gables
3Beds / 2Baths / 2270SqFt
sold
855 marshall dr,
palo alto
$3,995,000
south palo alto
4Beds / 3Baths / 3055SqFt
sold
480 hale st,
palo alto
$3,990,000
crescent park
4Beds / 3Baths / 2976SqFt
sold
3855 magnolia dr,
palo alto
$3,479,743
barron park
4Beds / 3Baths / 2701SqFt
sold
325 channing ave 101,
palo alto
$3,248,000
downtown palo alto
2Beds / 2Baths / 1967SqFt