Palo Alto is a vibrant blend of business and lush residential areas with a population of 64,403.  The city is known in some circles as the “Birthplace of Silicon Valley” because of its leading role in cutting-edge technological development.  It is home to the headquarters of Hewlett-Packard, VMware, Tesla Motors, PARC and Palantir Technologies. Sharing borders with Mountain View, Los Altos, Portola Valley and Menlo Park, Palo Alto is alive with a full plate of shopping, dining and entertainment venues.  The residential neighborhoods are exquisitely designed and feature some of the finest homes available in the United States.

Having a resident makeup that’s among the most educated in the country, it’s not surprising that those who live here expect the best educational opportunities for their children.  They’re not disappointed.  Herbert Hoover Elementary School ranked #6 in the state on STAR math and English standards for the 2012-2013 school year.  Addison, Duveneck, El Carmelo and Fairmeadow elementary schools and David Starr Jordan Middle School were given Great Schools highest rating based on test scores, a perfect 10.

Along with the dining, shopping and entertainment choices within the city itself, much more is just minutes away in neighboring San Jose, America’s 10th largest city.  And just 32 miles north is San Francisco, where there’s never a lack of excitement.  Whether it’s great attractions and amenities, or some of the most luxurious homes and neighborhoods in the U.S., Palo Alto delivers in style.

Palo Alto fast facts:

  • Size: 11.3 square miles.
  • Population density: 5,200 per square mile.
  • Palo Alto real estate median sale price – single family home: $2,080,000; condo/townhome: $950,000.
  • Median household income (est.): $119,124.
  • Average high temperature – July, September: 80; average low – December, January: 38.
  • Palo Alto is named after a redwood tree called El Palo Alto that’s located beside San Francisquito Creek in El Palo Alto Park.
  • You can get in and out of Palo Alto by air, rail or bus.
  • Palo Alto has six international sister cities: Albi, France; Linkoping, Sweden; Oaxaca, Mexico; Enschede, Netherlands; Palo, Philippines; and Tsuchiura, Japan.

Is the “Birthplace of Silicon Valley” the right place to look for your next new home?  If beauty, convenience, top-flight education and luxurious living at its finest are values you hold dear, it just may be.