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Palo Alto has about three dozen neighborhoods, with distinct names, layouts and vibes.

Yet across them all, their residents often use the same words to describe their chosen homes. Whether it's Palo Alto Hills or Fairmeadow, residents describe their neighborhoods as "serene," tight knit," and "friendly."

Homebuyers are impressed by neighbors who befriend them even before they've actually bought a home. New neighbors are touched by offers of rides, meals or invitations to block parties. From Greenmeadow to Barron Park tradition prevails, whether it's the Fourth of July or just a fall weekend. Many longtime residents celebrate as younger families move in, spicing up their streets with tricycles and children's laughter. Others appreciate the way the world is drawn to Silicon Valley and how neighbors' faces reflect that world.

This 2018 edition of Our Neighborhoods is peopled with anecdotes about what it's like to live in various parts of town.

Maps of the city show the location of each neighborhood. Fact boxes provide information about schools, shopping, parks, libraries, fire stations and other nearby amenities.

You can download neighborhood maps or learn about other Midpeninsula neighborhoods by visiting Neighborhoods in Los Altos, Mountain View, Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside are profiled there.

At times, neighbors have to band together to protect the look of their streets, to keep too many two-story homes from being built, or too many cares from parking on their streets. But at the end of the day, when they are walking their dogs, going for runs or driving home from work on their oak, magnolia or sycamore-lined streets, they realize, in the words of one resident, "you don't just have a house, you have a home."

The stories of the people and the neighborhoods they live in make up Palo Alto, and you can read about them all in the most recent Neighborhoods publication or through the links below.

The Neighborhoods publication, like Palo Alto itself, is ever-evolving. If we've missed your neighborhood, or if you have additional tidbits about your neighborhood you'd like to share with the Weekly, please let us know.

- See more at: Palo Alto Neighborhoods


Adobe Meadow/Meadow Park

Barron Park

Charleston Gardens

Charleston Meadows

College Terrace

Community Center

Downtown North

Duveneck/St. Francis

Esther Clark Park

Evergreen Park


Greater Miranda

Green Acres


The Greenhouse


Leland Manor/Embarcadero Oaks/Garland



Monroe Park

Old Palo Alto

Palo Alto Hills

Palo Alto Orchards

Palo Verde


San Alma

South of Midtown


St. Claire Gardens

Triple El

University South


Walnut Grove

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Posted by Henry Zwang
a resident of another community
on Dec 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I am proud to be Al Pepper's cousin, also formally from Brooklyn, and I am now living in Los Angeles. I knew Al and his brothers (Herman and Ralph) and his sister (Ann) and being cousins we saw each other regularly in Brooklyn as kids and teen-agers until we all went our ways as adults. Bless you Al for being there when this great country needed you. I remember you vividly.
With much respect and love - your Cousin, Henry

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Posted by deedee
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Thanks Reading Tree for all the books.

Vanier Elementary School

Web Link

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Posted by Ralph Hansen
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Steve wrote an interesting piece BUT he only mentions Miller the first historian and Steiger the latest. There were a few more who contributed to the cause.

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Posted by Andrew Wolkstein, Col., retired
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 3, 2016 at 12:02 pm

I would like to comment on Officer Green's Award, well deserved!.
I am honored to have known Officer Green prior to his moving to California.
DuJuan, is a brother of mine earned on the battlefield of Baghdad Iraq.
He deserves your praises, as I praised him and all the brothers and sisters who sacrificed for our freedom.
Thank you Officer DuJuan Green, well deserved!!

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