Real Estate

Home front: Plant a tree; high-tech sales sign

Also, Palo Alto gives residents a chance to drop off their household hazardous waste

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including an upcoming tree-planting event, a realtor who claims his 85-inch flat-screen TV to market a property is the first of its kind in Palo Alto and where residents can drop off their household hazardous waste.

PLANT A TREE ... Join Canopy, the environmental nonprofit organization, for a tree-planting event on Saturday, May 4. The group will be planting trees and plants along the East Palo Alto pedestrian overpass across U.S. Highway 101 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Canopy will provide all tools and gloves. No experience is required. Those interested should meet in the Home Depot parking lot at 1781 E. Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto. For more information, email

HIGH-TECH SALES SIGN ... Just when you thought Palo Alto's real estate market couldn't get any crazier, one local agent has decided to launch a different marketing technique that's sure to turn drivers' heads. Longtime resident and Keller Williams Realtor Miles McCormick was set to unveil an 85-inch flat-screen TV bolted to the frontgate of a home that faces busy University Avenue on Friday to attract attention to the $15-million property that he's trying to sell. He plans to run a video loop of the property on repeat continuously through the day to provide the public an interior look of the home and grounds that are hidden behind a hedge along the front perimeter facing University Avenue. McCormick claims this is the first time this strategy has been used in Palo Alto. McCormick said he came up with the idea after seeing a similar set up on a high-rise next to a very busy street in Los Angeles. "The mega-video concept is the current version of a brochure box," he said. "This is the epitome of what Palo Alto should be doing." McCormick said he wasn't worried about the screen becoming a distraction. After all, the gate is the same place where he plugs in his holiday lights display every year.

HAZARD WASTE DROP OFF... The city of Palo Alto is hosting a household hazardous waste drop-off day on Friday, May 3, to provide Palo Alto residents the opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted household products such as used or expired medication, paints, solvents, fuels, cleaners, pesticides or other items that contain hazardous substances. Drop-off is from 3-5 p.m. at the Household Hazardous Waste Station, 2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto. This event is for Palo Alto residents only, proof of residency is required. For more information, go to (events calendar).

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