Located in the northwestern region of Santa Clara County, this historical charter city established through the founding of Stanford University is synonymous with several high-technology companies based in the area as well as a highly educated population and remarkably high cost of living. The term 'Palo Alto' originates from a coastal redwood tree called 'El Palo Alto'.
Geographically, Palo Alto is found southeast of the San Francisco Peninsula region and borders cities including Mountain View, Los Altos, Portola Valley and Menlo Park.
Historically, the saga between the former township of Mayfield and the development of the community surrounding Stanford University, deemed as 'University Park' or College Terrace, caused the annexation and incorporation of what is the city of Palo Alto today. Annexations continued through the late 1970's as the region grew incorporating west of the Foothill Expressways, Arastradero Preserve, Barron Park and the marshlands bordering the bay.
Notable style of homes found in this area include older Craftsman homes, which often date back to the late 1800's as well as modern Eichler-style homes from the first 20 years following the second World War.
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