If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2015 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Sales at a glance]]> Palo Alto saw eight home sales in this week's edition, with the top price coming in at $3,775,000. Read the rest of the real estate numbers below to see how other Palo Alto-area locations compared.]]> <![CDATA[A Fresh Look]]> Is your house full of things you love that don't seem to go together? Does your home lack a pulled-together, cohesive look? When you know your personal style, you'll stop making "wrong" purchases and you'll be able to create harmony in every room of your home.]]> <![CDATA[Building permits in Palo Alto]]> The software development firm Barefoot Networks gets ready to occupy the second floor of 2151 Park Blvd.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales]]> The top sale this edition happened in Atherton on Park Lane. The property was last sold in 1979 for $555,000. The most recent sale happened on July 22, 2015, and brought in more than $10 million. Learn about this home sale and others in this week's list of recent home sales.]]> <![CDATA[Buckets of changes]]> Kitchen pails for food scraps made their way to Palo Alto residents in June, and the service collection began July 1. As residents move their compostable waste from black to green bins, they have experienced some foul moments, but have learned to adjust their habits. ]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> This week includes East Palo Alto Children's Day in the Park on Saturday, Green Fest on Sunday and moth observations on Monday night. Then, plan ahead and attend a compost workshop brought to you by the City of Palo Alto on Sept. 5.]]> <![CDATA[What to know about 'mow and blow']]> When it comes to the value of using a leaf blower, opinions blow in all directions. Gardeners, landscapers and maintenance professional see benefits and damages from using the mechanical tool on residential lawns and gardens. ]]> <![CDATA[Positively Green]]> This past summer I had the incredible opportunity to visit Italy — Tuscany and Sicily. My wife and I had been planning to go for years, and it was the trip of a lifetime. We were in two distinctly different parts of Italy, but we noticed several things they have in common, especially from the perspective of "verdi," which means green in Italian.]]> <![CDATA[Share your water-saving tips]]> By sharing tips, residents can learn more, creative ways to save water. Email your ideas to, and watch in this section for a water-saving tip of the week.]]>