7.2 out of 10

Palm Dr, Palo Alto

37.4413133774735 -122.165626312335
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5

"Am I in a Movie?"

Palm Drive is aptly named - and appropriately placed on one of the most prestigious college campuses in the country. The towering palm trees (which I can only assume account for the name) make this street feel less Silicon Valley and more San Fernando Valley. You may half-expect camera crews to drive by, shooting the latest Hollywood Film, or to see Angelina Jolie step out of a limousine on this perfectly manicured road.

This street is lined with green parks that offer plenty of green space for a picnic or a leisurely stroll. The lawns are well-kept and peppered with trees that seem to be placed apart perfectly at seemingly sporadic but clearly strategic intervals. Bikers will be in heaven, as bike paths abound - as an extension of the sidewalk. That's right, no playing dodge-car!

The side further from Stanford has plenty of parking, although I am not sure what the policies are. The Stanford side offers what is called Parking Lot A, which requires a permit - but only until 4 PM on weekdays (and no permit on weekends). So for those who want to explore the campus without concern of getting a ticket (a common problem in Palo Alto), this could very well be the place to ditch your vehicle on your walking tour.
  • Safe
  • Bike Friendly
  • Clean and Pretty
  • Very expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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