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Communities

City of Palo Alto

Palo Alto is a diverse, well-to- do, well-educated community of high-tech
businesses, locally owned companies and over 26,000 homes. The city covers
almost 26 square miles, encompassing the area stretching from San
Francisquito Creek to the north toward San Antonio Road to the south, and
from the San Francisco Bay to the Skyline Ridge.

Palo Alto was created by Leland Stanford Sr. when he established Stanford
University. It is home to nearly 65,000 residents, but during the week,
commuters flock to the area for the many businesses that operate there.
Home to a myriad of well known artists, entertainers, business leaders,
entrepreneurs, politicians, civil servants, writers, scientists and athletes, Palo
Alto is a dynamic community rich in culture and committed to excellence in
every regard. Residents take pride in the their homes, environment, schools,
work and education, values that translate to high cost of housing throughout
its 33 neighborhoods.

Palo Alto, Stanford and the surrounding communities offer activities for all
ages and interests. Stanford campus attractions include Hoover Tower,
Memorial Church, Cantor Arts Center and the Rodin Sculpture Garden, as well
as a central campus that is always jumping with activity. The Gamble Garden,
Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, Museum of American Heritage and Winter
Lodge Ice Skating Rink offer plenty of family adventures. Bustling University
Avenue, Stanford Shopping Center, California Avenue and the Midtown Palo
Alto shopping district present a lively array of shopping and dining choices.
Palo Alto has more than 4,500 acres of parkland and much open space. Nearly
30 neighborhood parks offer an assortment of amenities including children's
playgrounds, picnic tables, playing fields and walking paths, as well as tennis
courts, basketball courts, skate bowls, community gardens, dog exercise areas
and par courses. The Parks and Recreation Department optimizes the use of
these resources by providing a broad range of recreational and educational
activities for residents from preschoolers to seniors.

Highly acclaimed Palo Alto Unified School District Elementary schools include
Addison, Barron Park, Duveneck, El Carmelo, Escondido, Fairmeadow, Herbert
Hoover, Juana Briones, Lucile M. Nixon, Ohlone, Palo Verde and Walter Hayes.
Students move on to David Starr “Jordan”, Jane Lathrop Staford (“JLS”) and
Terman middle schools, and then on to Henry M. Gunn and Palo Alto high
schools. Greendell hosts both a Young Fives program and a Preschool Family
Program.  The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH) School Program is a
unique collaboration between PAUSD and LPCH where fully credentialed staff
provide a quality education to critically and chronically ill children. The Palo
Alto Adult School (PAAS) provides a robust offering of affordable, high quality
education programs to meet the lifelong learning needs of its community.
Palo Alto is also home to a bevvy of private schools: Bowman International
School, Castelleja School, Challenger School, Esther B. Clark School, Gideon
Hausner Jewish Day School, Girls’ Middle School, International School of the
Peninsula, Kehillah Jewish Day School, Keyes School, Meira Academy, Palo
Alto Montessori School, Pinewood School, Sand Hill School, St. Elizabeth Seton,
Stratford School, the Grossman Academy Japanese Language School and the
Palo Alto Chinese School.

The city's flat terrain and many tree-lined residential streets offer peaceful
and safe travels to cyclists and walkers. As many as 9.5% of residents bike to
work, and 4.8 % of residents walk. Two easily accessible Caltrain stops round
out the community’s potential for a dynamic mid-Peninsula lifestyle.