Green Gables / Duveneck / St. Francis
Green Gables is an aggregation of several sub-area neighborhoods situated both north and south of Embarcadero Road. Also known asDuveneck/St. Francis, the area includes Embarcadero Oaks, Leland Manor, Garland and Triple El. The major appeal of these neighborhoods, featuring quality homes sited along wide tree-lined streets, is their affordability in relation to other areas of Palo Alto.The Green Gables communities are all noted for having friendly neighbors, a tree in nearly every front yard, and entertaining community events that contribute to creating pleasant family livability.
Duveneck/St. Francis is the primary district based on area coverage. Given its adjacency to Crescent Park it’s also no surprise that larger, more luxurious homes are found here. The focal point for the Green Gables communities though is access to great schools from kindergarten through high school. In particular, parents appreciate the opportunity to send their children to Duveneck Elementary School, renowned for its high scholastic excellence and achievements.
Neighbors of Embarcadero Oaks are famous for their Christmas Tree Lane displays during the holiday season.This holiday celebration focused along Fulton Street, a tradition spanning more than 75 years, takes full advantage ofits graceful sycamores and beautifully classic homes. Noted architect Birge Clark designed many of the residences here. The unique central rings and cul-de-sacs streets layout of Leland Manor makes it quite distinct fromother neighborhoods. The result of these roadway configurations is less vehicular traffic and a very peaceful environment.
Garland is a very compact area comprised of a one-block neighborhood that segments off onto four cul-de-sacs. Stately magnolia trees shade the roads and create a graceful visual scene that sets this enclave apart. Homes here are of mid-century design and construction, many of which have undergone interior renovations in recent years.
Single story, mid-century homes designed by Joseph Eichler characterize the Triple El neighborhood. These coveted homes are noted for perfectly blending the indoor-outdoor lifestyle of California. Do take special note of Elsinore Drive in Triple El where rare Chinese Elm trees as old as the neighborhood distinguish the landscape.
The Green Gables communities are very family oriented. You’ll find kids running around and taking advantage of many facilities that are close by – Eleanor Pardee Park, the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo and the Palo Alto Children’s Library to name a few. Getting around is easy too due to low traffic streets that enable residents to walk or bike to everywhere. Residents also enjoy convenient access to Highway 101, making it easy to commute to San Jose, San Mateo and even San Francisco, or to just catch a Stanford sporting event.
Green Gables offers a broad range of home values because of its sub-neighborhoods. Families can more easily find ahome to fit their needs and budgets in a setting that meets their lifestyle goals.
GREEN GABLES / DUVENECK / ST. FRANCIS FACTS
LOCATION: bounded by San Francisquito Creek, Oregon Expressway, Greer, Embarcaderoand Newell Roads
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Duveneck/St. Francis Neighborhood Association – KarenWhite4(at)sbcglobal(dotted)net
POST OFFICE: 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: Edgewood Shopping Center; University Avenue
PARKS (nearby): Eleanor Pardee Park; Rinconada Park
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