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Green Acres

Take time to drive through the Green Acres neighborhood and you’ll immediately see that the “green” is likely accredited to the lovely, mature trees that line its streets and populate the yards of its residents. In fact, much of Green Acres used to be orchards.

Transitioning from its agrarian past, Green Acres was created in phases and is in reality two neighborhoods in one: Green Acres I south of Arastradero Road was developed first in the 1950s, followed shortly afterwards by Green Acres II north of Arastradero Road. Despite this roadway division neighbors here feel united in this quiet enclave. Residents of Green Acres openly comment on how safe they feel in their cozy and friendly neighborhood. The communal atmosphere of Green Acres is one of the many attractions luring new residents looking to move into the area.

In recent years, due to the growth of Silicon Valley and Palo Alto in particular, Green Acres has become ethnically diverse, welcoming many families of Chinese, Indian and other descent. Beyond the area’s lush environment, families are drawn to the neighborhood because of its highly sought-after school district. Resident are pleased and proud to have Juana Briones Elementary, Terman Middle and Gunn High School available for neighborhood children.

The Green Acres Improvement Association works to bring neighbors together at through events. An annual Christmas fete, Easter egg hunt, plus frequent block and potluck parties play an essential role in building community and a sense of belonging. Ask anyone who lives in Green Acres and they’ll tell you that they love the neighborhood and look forward to welcoming new neighbors.

While Green Acres is a distance away from downtown Palo Alto and activities on the Stanford campus, many here see the separation as a benefit. The neighborhood, though distance from much of the city’s action, is still very convenient. Plus it assures Green Acres a tranquil setting. Its location also gives residents more choices for shopping. Downtown Palo Alto, Stanford Shopping Center or to the San Antonio Center in Mountain View are all within a few minutes easy driving distance.

Green Acres is very much a neighborhood of hard-working, intelligent and interesting peoplewho are committed to their community. Neighbors here are politically active as a group, concerned about the increase in development of the area and leading Palo Alto in the undergrounding of utilities. It served as the pilot district for undergrounding and is the model for other areas. Traffic is increasingly bothersome issue, but Green Acres continues to be very quiet in relation to other neighborhoods in Palo Alto. Residents still feel they can walk and jog comfortably on its streets.

The residential aesthetics of Green Acres consist of a newer trend of homes set against a traditional, mid-century California theme. As a result, a recent influx of many younger families, which has pumped liveliness into an otherwise reserved neighborhood.

LOCATION: Green Acres I: Arastradero Road to Glenbrook Drive, Los Palos to Pomona avenues; Green Acres II:
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Green Acres I – a2sklar(at)aol(dotted)com; Green Acres II Betsy Allyn – 650-493-8859
POST OFFICE: Cambridge, 265 Cambridge Ave.
FIRE STATION: No. 5, 600 Arastradero Road
LIBRARY: Mitchell Park Branch, 3700 Middlefield Road
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Juana Briones Elementary School, Terman Middle School, Gunn High School
SHOPPING: El Camino Real, San Antonio Shopping Center, Downtown Palo Alto, Stanford Shopping Center
PARKS: Juana Briones Park; Terman Park

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