5.7 out of 10

Palo Alto Orchards

37.4063678693108 -122.124824013998
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Medical Facilities
  • Pest Free
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Okay Area"

Like a lot of this area to the south of campus, Palo Alto Orchards is a really nice residential neighborhood. Kind of tiny really, just a handful of blocks with nice, often newer, homes.

There are some apartments on the northern end of this neighborhood that we checked out when we were looking for apartments this summer. The prices were something like this, $1500 for a studio, $2000 for 1 bedroom, $3100 for a 2 bedroom. But you did get a pool for your troubles.

There is a Montessori School at the northern end of the neighborhood where a lot of local parents leave their really young kids when they head off for work every morning. On El Camino there are a couple of hotels, rental car places and a Hobee’s Restaurant. It’s that kind of a scene over by that location.

You definitely have all the conveniences of the suburbs in this area, from supermarkets to chain restaurants like La Salsa (which I love). There is not much in terms of nightlife here, however.

Overall, yet another nice, though not an outstanding Palo Alto neighborhood.
  • Nice Homes
  • Good Schools
  • Relatively Close to Campus
  • Expensive Apartments
  • Traffic
  • Kind of Boring
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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