Midtown is a charming neighborhood that, true to its name, is located smack dab in the middle of the Palo Alto. Although the midtown area is frequented by loyal patrons of its stores and restaurants, the neighborhood is hardly what one would call metropolitan. The houses are sturdy yet humble, at least compared to their Old Palo Alto counterparts just across the Oregon Expressway. The pastel hues of the home exterior evoke a sense of calm suburban bliss. Indeed, Midtown is widely considered a model residential area, with its equally divided lots and bike-friendly streets. It also boasts a relatively low price range for Palo Alto—houses in Midtown typically begin around the one million mark, making it a good entry level neighborhood for first-time home buyers or investors.
The stores and restaurants are collectively known as the Midtown Shopping Center, which is one of the neighborhood’s most convenient assets. The center is situated along Middlefield Road and includes staples such as a Starbucks and a 24-hour Safeway. There’s both a CVS and a Walgreens for your pharmacy needs and various restaurants to ensure that you’ll never go hungry in Midtown. Como Esta and Sancho’s Taqueria provide some of the best authentic Mexican food this side of the border, and the Breakfast House is a brightly colored haven of everything from hamburgers to French toast.
Another excellent advantage of the Midtown neighborhood is Hoover Park, where residents gather for birthday parties, sports practices and casual afternoon outings alike. Hoover Park encompasses over four acres of playground and grassy field, making it an ideal destination for families. While the kids can bounce from swingset to jungle gym to basketball court, the dogs can play in the fenced dog park and the parents can take a break on the grass or one of the many picnic tables. Just a few blocks away from Hoover Park is the Palo Alto Community Child Care Center, which serves children from infancy all the way into elementary school. Education is a high priority for all Palo Alto citizens, and kids who live in Midtown might attend Fairmeadow, Ohlone, or El Carmelo Elementary School. Middle schoolers typically go to Jane Lanthrop Stanford Middle School and high school students attend either Palo Alto High School or Henry M. Gunn High School, both of which are highly acclaimed.
Midtown inhabitants love the centrality of the location, and the houses themselves have a classic, yet modern feel that suits almost everyone. Amenities like the Midtown Shopping Center and Hoover Park have transformed the neighborhood into even more desirable real estate. Overall, Midtown is a high-quality yet affordable place to live, especially for families and those hoping to start them.