Palo Alto was established by Leland Stanford Sr. in the 1870’s. Together with his wife, Jane, Stanford founded Stanford University after the death of their 15-year old son, Leland Stanford Jr., who had died of typhoid fever. With this momentum, Stanford proposed to build a new temperance town with the help of the Southern Pacific Railroad and the community was officially incorporated in 1894 as Palo Alto. By 1925, Palo Alto annexed neighboring Mayfield and by the 1950’s the community included several major additions such as the Stanford Shopping Center and Stanford Research Park. Today, Palo Alto is one of the principal cities of Silicon Valley and has been headquartered to prominent high-technology companies including Apple, Google, Facebook, Tesla, Pinterest, and PayPal.
Located in the southwest section of the San Francisco peninsula, Palo Alto is home to more than 7,000 businesses and employs more than 98,000 people. Apple, Whole Foods Market and Victoria’s Secret all opened their first storefront in Palo Alto. Since then, Palo Alto has become one of the most expensive cities in the US and has among the highest educated residents in the country.
Palo Alto borders East Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Stanford, Portola Valley, and Mento Park.
We love Palo Alto for its diversity of architectural eras/styles, top-notch schools, ideal location between San Francisco and San Jose, and vibrant downtown offering world-class dining.
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