If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2017 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Edible enigmas]]> While Silicon Valley was once known as the largest fruit production and packing center in the world, feijoas, and other unusual fruit, like loquats and guavas, are still barely known.]]> <![CDATA[Home front: succulent care and culture; healing herbs]]> A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including classes on caring for succulents and growing herbs.]]> <![CDATA[Home sales]]> A complete list of homes for sale on the Midpeninsula.]]> <![CDATA[Real Estate Matters: Surprise price rebound may be due to pent-up demand, wet winter]]> After a soft 2016, Palo Alto's property market took a surprising upturn in the first half of 2017. Based on Multiple Listings Service data, as of July 5, the median price of all homes sold in Palo Alto in the first half of 2017 reached another historical high - $2.6 million.]]> <![CDATA[Home front: fabric flowers, thinking of adding on?]]> A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a two-day workshop on making fabric flowers and leaves and a workshop on remodeling your home or building an addition.]]> <![CDATA[Building permits]]> A list of building projects approved by the city of Palo Alto.]]> <![CDATA[Fairmeadow's friendliness draws people in]]> With its Eichlers and meandering circular cul-de-sacs, Fairmeadow is an easy neighborhood to get lost in, in a good way.]]> <![CDATA[Home front: waste-free party; cool your yard]]> A roundup of tips including how to get free party packs that will benefit the environment and how to create shade in your backyard. ]]> <![CDATA[Local realtors rank nationally in real estate sales]]> Six teams of local Realtors as well as 17 individual agents ranked among the top 250 sellers nationwide this year, according to Real Trends, a private communications company that publishes "The Thousand" list each year.]]> <![CDATA[Do-it-yourself party favors]]> If you're hosting a little girls' birthday party, a summer fiesta, a tea party or maybe a bridal shower, you could make your own headbands and give them as favors.]]> <![CDATA[Zapping mosquitoes away]]> With summer heat, mosquitoes are more annoying than uninvited guests at barbecues and backyard parties. It is advisable to learn how to choose from mosquito-eliminating products available rather than jumping to the first high-tech looking electronic bug-zapping devices.]]> <![CDATA[Cuesta Park]]> Named after the lush park that anchors the neighborhood, Cuesta Park is a mix of single-family homes and apartments facing narrow tree-lined streets along Mountain View's western edge near Los Altos.]]> <![CDATA[Reading the tea leaves]]> Many beneficial herbs grow like weeds in Palo Alto's dense adobe soil such as purple-green mint leaves, fennel,chamomile flowers or sweet lemon verbena that can be used for a relaxing up of tea.]]>