7.0 out of 10

Palo Alto Hills

37.3309976816583 -122.174294118194
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Schools
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Pest Free
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 1/5

"Green Hills for Those with Mountains of Green"

The name kind of says it all: Palo Alto Hills. This is indeed the hilly part of Palo Alto where the richest of the rich can get some space from those millionaires down in the lowlands and hobnob with the their filthy rich neighbors in Los Altos Hills just to the east. I mean, nothing is more gauche than having to rub elbows with someone who may only have made six digits last year. Ick!

This is definitely pool and tennis court territory. Most of the large homes up here have either one or the other (or, of course in many cases both, why should you have to choose?)

And, of course, should you get bored with practicing your serve or taking laps in your pool you can also head over to the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club for some holes of golf as well. So in terms of recreation, they definitely have you covered.

So what does it cost to live in Palo Alto Hills? Well right now you can find about a half dozen homes for sale up in dem dar hills.
On the low end, the cheapest home will run you $3.6 million. What do you get for that sum? You get a 5 bedroom house with 3 decks and your own personal theater so that you don’t have to head into town to catch a movie.

I know what you’re thinking: What a dump!

On the high end, the most expensive Palo Alto Hills home currently on the market is a $7.9 million Mediterranean style home (think Tuscan vacation home). You might as well round up to $8 million I think though—what is $100,000 after all. For $8 mil you can get 1.3 acres, your own vineyard, 3-car garage, 4 bedrooms, 8 baths, a pool, and some pretty impressive Mediterranean style architecture.

What, no home theater?

Of course, in terms of nightlife, or even basic needs, this is pretty much the boonies. You will have to get in your car and trek down to civilization for even your groceries. It’s just you and the other millionaires up here. Pretty nice, but pretty remote.

Put simply, I don’t see the BF and I moving up here any time soon.
  • Beautiful Views
  • Great Mansions
  • Quiet and Secluded
  • Very, Very, Very Expensive
  • Fairly Remote
  • Hillside Problems--Critters and Erosion
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish

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37.2989520725101 -122.163241151979

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