3.5 out of 10

Illinois St, East Palo Alto

37.4788468218184 -122.134609082341
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Shopping Options
Not great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Students


2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5

"Still Scary"

You may have heard the term, "You won't recognize East Palo Alto in five years," but this is generally not spoken by people who live here. It seems that the further off the main drag (University Avenue) you travel in either direction, the less safe the town feels. Illinois Street, being as far east as one can get, is no exception. I live four blocks away, in one of the more residential streets, and truly do not feel completely safe walking here, even in broad daylight.

The town does have some perks: the rumors may be true, as real estate prices have gone up, so it could very well be a good investment opportunity (especially if you have renters). You actually get a decent price per square foot for your money compared to surrounding areas, and some of the homes are quite nice. The investment could be worthwhile for risk takers, but is not recommended for families with children. Even as such, I would still buy closer to University. At least the police station is nearby.
  • Cheap for Silicon Valley
  • Potentially good investment
  • Dirty
  • Potentially dangerous
  • EPA name tag
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Students

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Azalia Dr

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Baines St

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Baylor St

"Standard for EPA"
37.474801249699 -122.138055752099

Bell St

"At the corner of dangerous and gentrification..."
37.4656298226122 -122.141594868568

Capitol Ave

"EPA and traffic"
37.460763478244 -122.140502170981

Fordham St

"Up-and-Coming residential street in a historically rough neighborhood"
37.4782121365238 -122.136916184844

Gates St

"Nicest homes in EPA"
37.4602794905716 -122.131365836381

Kirkwood Ct

"Tiny dead-end side street"
37.4749425446336 -122.145878263684

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