Welcome to Palo Alto
Palo Alto is a name recognized far and wide as the headquarters of many high-profile companies. Companies ranging from Hewlett-Packard, Google, and Facebook to Tesla and PayPal were founded here, though some of them are now headquartered in other towns. Palo Alto continues to thrive as the beating heart of Silicon Valley, but it’s so much more than that. It's a peaceful, beautiful city for professionals who want to balance their careers with a high quality of life.
The city of Palo Alto was founded in conjunction with Stanford University in the late 1800s. In 1925, Palo Alto incorporated the nearby town of Mayfield, which is why Palo Alto has the two distinct commercial areas of University Avenue and California Avenue.
Palo Alto is full of diverse architecture, from Queen Annes’ towers and gables to Spanish-style homes to sleek modern houses with large windows. One of the most expensive U.S. cities to live in, Palo Alto is well worth the price tag for the culture, opportunity, and community that come with calling it home.
What to Love
- Proximity to Stanford University
- Abundant parks spanning from Foothills Park to Baylands Nature Preserve
- Incredible dining and shopping on University and California Avenues
People & Lifestyle
As the birthplace of industry-defining technology companies, Palo Alto leans into the entrepreneurship and creative minds of its residents. However, it’s not all work and no play here. Surrounded by beautiful parks and rich with food and culture, Palo Alto is the ideal city in which to perfect your work-life balance.
Between Stanford University and those who move here for work, Palo Alto is one of the most highly educated cities in the U.S. Thanks to short commutes and plenty of things to do after work and on the weekends, it’s also a great place to raise a family or build a life as a young professional.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Palo Alto may be best known for the way it fosters technology companies, but it’s also home to abundant shopping, Michelin-starred restaurants, and incredible coffee shops.
Town and Country Village is an outdoor shopping plaza where you can find brands such as Sprout, Cotelac, and Scandia. Every Saturday morning, the Palo Alto Farmers’ Market takes place Downtown. The Farmers’ Market prides itself on curating the best of the best and has vendors like Full Belly Farm, Little Sky Bakery, and The Mulberry Guy.
There is no shortage of delicious dining in Palo Alto. Make your way down University Avenue, and you’ll find favorites such as Ramen Nagi (Japanese), Bird Dog (Californian), and Ettan (Indian). The quieter but still vibrant California Avenue has gems such as Protege (New American), Palo Alto Sol (Mexican), Terun (Italian), and iTalico (Italian). For some caffeine, visit Verve Coffee Roasters or ZombieRunner Coffee.
Things to Do
The life part of work-life balance is easy to embrace in Palo Alto. The city is full of amazing events, learning opportunities, and places to enjoy the great outdoors.
This vibrant Bay Area city hosts many annual events, including the Annual Holiday LEGO Show. Year-round, the Museum of American Heritage hosts lectures, a summer concert series, and various cultural events. The Lucie Stern Community Center sees many live performances, such as the incredible shows put on by the Palo Alto Players.
Play a round at Bayland Golf Links or Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club, which has a challenging 18-hole course with spectacular views. Swim laps or send the kids to swim camp at Rinconada Pool. Mitchell Park is the home to the original Magical Bridge Playground, which is heralded as the nation’s most innovative and inclusive playground.
Palo Alto is home to many excellent schools for all ages. Top educational opportunities include: