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Palo Alto

Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose.

Welcome to Palo Alto

In the heart of Silicon Valley, this city features a celebrated blend of business and residential living.
Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose, Palo Alto, with its mixture of mid-century, Mediterranean, and modern homes is perhaps best known as the “birthplace of Silicon Valley.”
Home to many prominent cutting-edge technology companies and a neighbor to the illustrious Stanford University, one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions, this city features many historic areas, a vibrant shopping district, and diverse cultural attractions.
Filled with great parks, recreation, hiking trails, and art centers, Palo Alto is also known for its top-rated schools and more than 30 different quaint neighborhoods — all with their own distinct style and flair.
More than 125 years old, the city is named after a majestic 1,000-year-old coastal redwood tree found along San Francisquito Creek, where early Spanish explorers settled. Today, Palo Alto offers a blend of business and residential areas anchored by a vibrant downtown. Tree-lined streets and historic buildings reflect the California heritage here, and more than 69,000 residents call Palo Alto home. There are nearly 100,000 jobs within its borders.

What You’ll Find Here

  • Home to many prominent cutting-edge technology companies
  • Filled with great parks, recreation, hiking trails, and art centers
  • Known for its top-rated schools and quaint neighborhoods

The Community

Inhabited by forward-thinking individuals who are either employed by a cutting-edge technology company or significantly influenced by their commitment to creating a better tomorrow.

Neighborhood Feel

Great parks, vibrant shopping, and diverse cultural attractions.

The Lifestyle

This well-heeled suburb is home to many affluent tech types, but there is also a strong student population here.

The Market

Everything from homes, condos, and apartments is available, making Palo Alto readily accessible to all.

You’ll Fall in Love With

The culture, which is evident in attractions like the Computer History Museum, Stanford Theater, and The Dish, a radio telescope in the Stanford foothills built in 1961 by the Stanford Research Institute. Additionally, the city, which operates a regional airport and provides its own fire, police, and emergency services, has been recognized nationally for its innovation and management.


Palo Alto is home to many excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
  • Duveneck Elementary, K-5, named one of the top three best public schools in California 
  • Palo Alto High School, 9-12, known locally as "Paly,” this public comprehensive high school is one of the oldest high schools in the region. The school's property is adjacent to Stanford University, which provided the land for the school.
  • Gunn High School, 9-12, established in 1964, Gunn High School was named after Henry Martin Gunn, who served as the Palo Alto superintendent from 1950 to 1961.
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