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PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA

What makes a city desirable can be many things:  proximity to jobs, lively downtown, near a university, great weather, excellent restaurants, outstanding public schools, parks, great amenities like hospitals, and shopping. Palo Alto offers the best of all of the above and is considered the most desirable of locations on the Peninsula and in all of Silicon Valley.

Jobs

The garage office was born in Palo Alto only five blocks away from its main downtown street of University Avenue.  367 Addison Avenue is the location where William Hewlett and David Packard started their company, Hewlett-Packard, an American multinational information technology company, in 1939.  Since then other major companies have made their homes in Palo Alto.  Several companies are located on University Avenue, while many others are more South along Page Mill Road.

Downtown

Lively downtown?  They don't get better than the tree-lined sidewalk shopping street called University Avenue!  What makes University Ave. even more unique is that the shops cater to the upscale taste and university crowds as well, because Stanford University is so close by.  Just in case University was too far North, Palo Alto has a second "downtown" on California Avenue where the host a lovely farmers market on Sundays and other shopping and good restaurants can be found.

University

Speaking of Stanford University, boasting the most highly selective undergraduate program in the United States, Palo Alto is its home.  Not only is it a fantastic school, but the grounds are an absolute pleasure to visit, along with their plentiful museums and a computer forum with over 100 technological affiliates.

Weather

Great weather? Yes!  Palo Alto's average high temperature is a very mild 70.3 degrees fahrenheit or 21.27 degrees celsius. Average low temperature is 46.8 degrees or 8.33 degrees celsius.  Average annual rainfall is 16.18 inches or 41.09 centimeters.  Palo Alto is a fantastic place to plan outdoor activities year-round.

 
 
 
 

Restaurants

We locals sometimes refer to Palo Alto as San Francisco South when it comes to restaurants.  Scattered throughout Palo alto, but mostly along University Avenue, El Camino Real, or California Avenue, you'll find multinational restaurants to suit every taste and budget.  

Public Schools

Palo Alto is home of Silicon Valley's most sought after public schools from elementary through high school.  Often we Realtors hear homeowners make the choice to live here using the great public schools as their number one reason why.

Parks

From people parks to dog parks, Palo Alto has plenty of gorgeous places to spend outside in nature. Along with its thirty-six parks, Palo Alto also has nature preserves right along the bay and up into the redwoods of the upper Santa Cruz Mountains.  

Hospitals

Palo Alto hosts Stanford Hospital, one of our nation's most prestigious hospitals, ranking number nine by US News, 13 in Adult Specialties, #3 in California and #1 in the San Jose Metro.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is also in Palo Alto, and ranks #13 nationally for children's specialties.

VA Palo Health Care System is a general medical and surgical hospital also located in Palo Alto and serves our service members.

Shopping

There are few shopping experiences more pleasurable than Stanford Mall.  With year-around flowers adorning the outside walks, Stanford Shopping Center hosts high end retailers such as Tiffany & Co., Bloomingdale's, Burberry, Cartier, Coach, Kate Spade, Neiman Marcus, Tommy Bahama, and more.  Restaurants in the mall include Fleming's Steakhouse, P.F. Chang's and other more casual restaurants.

Palo Alto is the nucleus of Silicon Valley and the most sought-after city to live in locally.  It's obvious the many reasons why.