Community Center is definitely one of Palo Alto’s most family friendly neighborhoods. In fact, most residents will tell you that they chose Community Center because of all its conveniences for raising children. The neighborhood is easy access within a couple of blocks to swimming pools, the children’s museum, library, theaters, Eleanor Park, and of course, Palo Alto schools. The area is so safe and youth oriented that kids are able to walk to their activities, which saves parents both time and gas money. Residents are also happy to be in Community Center because just about every conceivable public service is within a two-block radius, and a five-minute drive gets you to any level and quality of shopping experience you could need or want.
Situated between Middlefield Road and Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto’s Community Center is a close-knit, suburban community with real communal appeal. It comprises a dense residential terrain with a total population of about 2,200. Its perks also include its reasonable proximity to the many happenings of Stanford University.
Though somewhat understated, Community Center’s residential aesthetics surpass most Palo Alto neighborhoods. As you drive along its roadways, you’ll quickly see it’s a clean and quiet neighborhood with wide, orderly streets and well-landscaped properties. In fact, its lush trees tend to canopy over the streets creating a relatively cool and shady neighborhood. Most homes here are rather old, built between 1930 and 1960. They are also mixed between one and two-stories, with visually pleasing house fronts that present strong curb appeal. Residences usually sit on sizable lots by Palo Alto standards, with tended lawns and manicured shrubbery.
While not unexpected, Community Center sits within a desirable and appreciating real-estate market, mostly due to Palo Alto’s fine public school system. The neighborhood includes Walter Hays and Duveneck Elementary Schools, Jordan Middle School and Palo Alto High School. Community Center also offers the Children’s Theater, Walter Hays Kids’ Club and Art Center, all within the community’s recreation center complex. Finally, Community Center is within walking distance to the coffee shops and retail stores of Downtown Palo Alto.
The rate of families moving into Community Center has been increasing in direct proportion the seemingly never-ending growth of Silicon Valley’s tech industry. As a result, bi-annual block parties coordinated by the Community Center Neighbors’ Association have been going on for the past 40 years to welcome new families to the neighborhood. The Association also host other gatherings and events during the year. The sum total of all these amenities makes Community Center in attractive home ownership option for young families.
COMMUNITY CENTER FACTS
LOCATION: bounded by Middlefield Road, Channing Avenue, Newell Road and Embarcadero Road
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Community Center Neighbors Association – pma94301(at)comcast(dotted)net
POST OFFICE: Main, 2085 E. Bayshore Road; Hamilton, 380 Hamilton Ave.
FIRE STATION: No. 3, 799 Embarcadero Road
LIBRARY: Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road; Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Addison, Duveneck and Walter Hays Schools, Jordan Middle School, Palo Alto HighSchool
PARK: Rinconada Park
SHOPPING: Midtown, Downtown Palo Alto
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