If you’re longing for a small town lifestyle that’s in close proximity to a dynamic urban center you will find it in the Crescent Park neighborhood of Palo Alto. Elegant homes set on broad, verdant lots with wide, tree-lined streets are the hallmarks of Crescent Park. The neighborhood has managed to retain the unique character of mixed architectural styles, including many old-fashioned homes that have been remodeled on the inside while preserving their traditional exteriors. Crescent Park truly is a neighborhood that proudly showcases the charm of older houses.
Residents take advantage of many out-of-door pursuits. You’ll find fitness buffs intermingling with families on the green expanses of nearby parks or out and about on neighborhood streets that accommodate about 1,800 one-of-a-kind designed homes, ranging from bungalows to craftsman to colonials. In particular, neighbors are drawn to the demonstration garden planted on a plot of land adjacent to Eleanor Pardee Park. Created by master gardeners from the UC Extension program, the garden is a quiet oasis with dirt paths that meander through?carefully manicured beds. The gardeners have focused on two distinct areas of interest.One is thewater efficient garden that highlights conservation through use of regional plants that require little water.The other is the edible garden where fruits and vegetables currently in season are featured. Both of these gardens are open to the public.
Crescent Park is bordered by San Francisquito Creek – a natural resource that brings both pleasure and concern since floods have caused property damage in the past. The Crescent Park Neighborhood Association actively works to secure installation of flood-control mechanisms designed to minimize flood impact on the neighborhood. But, even though floods happen, residents truly love the creek area.
While Crescent Park is a tranquil, Rockwellesque neighborhood, its most important benefits for families are the activities for the children who live here and accessibility to top ranked schools. You’ll see kids playing in the street, walking to school and riding their bikes to the Children’s Library. Eleanor Pardee Park is also a magnet for neighborhood children. The 9.6 acres park is the second largest neighborhood park in Palo Alto and includes two children’s playgrounds, a picnic area with barbecues, walking paths and grassy playing expanses. When it’s time for class, Crescent Park is served by great schools nearby – Duveneck Elementary, Jordan Middle and Palo Alto High.
Ask any resident of Crescent Park and they’ll tell you that they value most the neighborhood’s friendliness and sense of community.
CRESCENT PARK FACTS
LOCATION: bounded by San Francisquito Creek, Newell Road, Channing Avenue and Middlefield Road
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Crescent Park Neighborhood Association, nhbeamer(at)yahoo(dotted)com
POST OFFICES: Hamilton, 380 Hamilton Ave.; Main, 2085 E. Bayshore Road
FIRE STATION: No. 3, 799 Embarcadero Road
LIBRARY: Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Duveneck Elementary School, Jordan Middle School, Palo Alto High School
SHOPPING (nearby): The Willows Market; University Avenue; Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center
PARKS: Eleanor Pardee Park; Hopkins Creekside Park
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