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Waverly Park

Neighborhood transformed from apricot orchards to diverse community

For longtime residents of Waverly Park, the community is remembered as one full of apricot orchards, a local pumpkin patch and regular block parties. The area, bounded by Grant Road, Highway 85 and Sleeper and Bryant avenues, is home to several attractions including the Stevens Creek Trail and Cooper Park.

Gayle Levin has lived in Waverly Park since 2004 and grew up nearby in Los Altos. She resides in the historical Huff House with her husband, Jonathan Gentin, and three kids, Julia, Gemma and Rowan.

Over the years, Waverly Park has changed, Levin noted.

"The community was not as diverse growing up. Now, they say there are 41 languages spoken at Huff," she said.

Another family, the Kaos, moved from Sunnyvale to Waverly Park in 2013. Both New York natives, Steven and Jeanette Kao, find Waverly Park to be a welcoming and safe neighborhood.

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"There are some neighbors who have lived here for 30 years. For us that's a really good sign, because they have stayed here. We love this area. We haven't had any regrets whatsoever," said Jeanette Kao.

Levin also remembers the pumpkin patch, a 15-acre site, which was located off Grant Road and is now the site of a SummerHill Homes development known as the Enclave.

"Julia and I would go on the train, visit the animals, and we would walk to get fruits and vegetables during the summer," Levin said.

Both Levin and the Kaos agreed that safety is one of Waverly Park's many attributes.

Due to the amount of traffic on Grant Road in the morning, Levin and her kids, as well as many other Huff families, bike to school.

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"We bike to school everyday. The cars around Huff are incredibly courteous," Levin said.

Steven Kao explains that safety was one of the key factors in their decision to move.

"You don't have to worry as much about your kids. As a parent one of the biggest things is you want to have that peace of mind and being in a neighborhood like Waverly Park is great," he said.

The Kaos live down the street from Mountain View High School, Blach Intermediate School and Oak Elementary School, where their two daughters attend.

"It is nice to be able to see the marching band or whatever events they have. I can't underscore how great it is to have the proximity of the schools. You have the ability to come back quickly if you need time," Steven Kao said.

Although this flourishing area of Silicon Valley continues to change, the strong sense of community has not.

"We have friends who live on cul-de-sacs nearby where they have lots of block parties. We know our nearest neighbors very well," Levin said.

FACTS

CHILDCARE AND PRESCHOOLS: El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road; Mountain View Parent Nursery School, 1325 Bryant Ave.; Primary Plus, 333 Eunice Ave.; St. Timothy's Nursery School, 2094 Grant Road; YMCA Way to Grow Full-Day Preschool, 1501 Oak Ave., Los Altos (nearby)

FIRE STATION: No. 2, 160 Cuesta Drive

LOCATION: bounded by Grant Road, Highway 85 and Sleeper and Bryant avenues

PARKS: Cooper Park, 502 Chesley Ave.

POST OFFICE: Nob Hill Foods, 1250 Grant Road

PRIVATE SCHOOLS: St. Joseph, 1120 Miramonte Ave.; St. Francis High School, 1885 Miramonte Ave.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Mtn. View-Whisman School District -- Huff and Bubb elementary schools, Graham Middle School; Mtn. View-Los Altos Union High School District -- Mountain View High School

SHOPPING (nearby): Blossom Valley Shopping Center, Miramonte Avenue at Cuesta Drive; Grant Park Plaza; Nob Hill Shopping Center, Grant Road; Downtown Mountain View

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Waverly Park

Neighborhood transformed from apricot orchards to diverse community

by / Palo Alto Online

Uploaded: Wed, Jan 13, 2010, 2:04 pm
Updated: Mon, Jan 23, 2017, 12:28 pm

For longtime residents of Waverly Park, the community is remembered as one full of apricot orchards, a local pumpkin patch and regular block parties. The area, bounded by Grant Road, Highway 85 and Sleeper and Bryant avenues, is home to several attractions including the Stevens Creek Trail and Cooper Park.

Gayle Levin has lived in Waverly Park since 2004 and grew up nearby in Los Altos. She resides in the historical Huff House with her husband, Jonathan Gentin, and three kids, Julia, Gemma and Rowan.

Over the years, Waverly Park has changed, Levin noted.

"The community was not as diverse growing up. Now, they say there are 41 languages spoken at Huff," she said.

Another family, the Kaos, moved from Sunnyvale to Waverly Park in 2013. Both New York natives, Steven and Jeanette Kao, find Waverly Park to be a welcoming and safe neighborhood.

"There are some neighbors who have lived here for 30 years. For us that's a really good sign, because they have stayed here. We love this area. We haven't had any regrets whatsoever," said Jeanette Kao.

Levin also remembers the pumpkin patch, a 15-acre site, which was located off Grant Road and is now the site of a SummerHill Homes development known as the Enclave.

"Julia and I would go on the train, visit the animals, and we would walk to get fruits and vegetables during the summer," Levin said.

Both Levin and the Kaos agreed that safety is one of Waverly Park's many attributes.

Due to the amount of traffic on Grant Road in the morning, Levin and her kids, as well as many other Huff families, bike to school.

"We bike to school everyday. The cars around Huff are incredibly courteous," Levin said.

Steven Kao explains that safety was one of the key factors in their decision to move.

"You don't have to worry as much about your kids. As a parent one of the biggest things is you want to have that peace of mind and being in a neighborhood like Waverly Park is great," he said.

The Kaos live down the street from Mountain View High School, Blach Intermediate School and Oak Elementary School, where their two daughters attend.

"It is nice to be able to see the marching band or whatever events they have. I can't underscore how great it is to have the proximity of the schools. You have the ability to come back quickly if you need time," Steven Kao said.

Although this flourishing area of Silicon Valley continues to change, the strong sense of community has not.

"We have friends who live on cul-de-sacs nearby where they have lots of block parties. We know our nearest neighbors very well," Levin said.

FACTS

CHILDCARE AND PRESCHOOLS: El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road; Mountain View Parent Nursery School, 1325 Bryant Ave.; Primary Plus, 333 Eunice Ave.; St. Timothy's Nursery School, 2094 Grant Road; YMCA Way to Grow Full-Day Preschool, 1501 Oak Ave., Los Altos (nearby)

FIRE STATION: No. 2, 160 Cuesta Drive

LOCATION: bounded by Grant Road, Highway 85 and Sleeper and Bryant avenues

PARKS: Cooper Park, 502 Chesley Ave.

POST OFFICE: Nob Hill Foods, 1250 Grant Road

PRIVATE SCHOOLS: St. Joseph, 1120 Miramonte Ave.; St. Francis High School, 1885 Miramonte Ave.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Mtn. View-Whisman School District -- Huff and Bubb elementary schools, Graham Middle School; Mtn. View-Los Altos Union High School District -- Mountain View High School

SHOPPING (nearby): Blossom Valley Shopping Center, Miramonte Avenue at Cuesta Drive; Grant Park Plaza; Nob Hill Shopping Center, Grant Road; Downtown Mountain View

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