Green Acres

BWhouselargertractLarger post-World War II tract homes, usually mid-range. Look here if you want traditional ranchers on lots a bit larger than average for South Palo Alto.

Boundaries: El Camino Real, Arastradero (to Clemo), Clemo/Amaranta, Georgia. Map boundaries are approximate due to my limitations as a map maker. Neighborhood boundaries may be subjective. Boundaries and other information on this Web site should be verified before being relied upon.

Overview: One of the more pleasant tracts of South Palo Alto, quiet and out of the way. Built mostly during the second wave of post-war home building in Palo Alto after 1950, their relative newness and conventional rancher design make these homes functional and appealing to the mainstream buyer. Walking distance to Gunn High School is another big plus for those with kids.

Housing stock: Eichler-haters take note: Green Acres is untypical of South Palo Alto in that it has almost no contemporaries. And because it was one of the last large areas developed, many homes have at least two baths. North of Arastradero the housing is almost uniformly 3/2s or larger, dating from the mid-’50s, often on generously-sized lots. Two streets in this area, Georgia between Hubbartt and Gunn, and Cherry Oaks are real anomalies for South Palo Alto with their large 4/2.5s from the late ’60s and early ’70s.

On the other (south) side of Arastradero are two neighborhoods. Next to Terman Middle School is an area similar to Green Acres north of Arastradero but a few years older, dating from 1950. Again, all are at least three-bedroom/two-bath on generous lots, and many homes have an additional bedroom and bath.

Also south of Arastradero but closer to El Camino is Palo Alto Orchards, developed at the same time as Green Acres but with smaller 2- and 3-bedroom/1-bath homes on smaller lots. Many have since been expanded and there’s some new construction.

Lot sizes: With the exception of Palo Alto Orchards, lots in much of this area are slightly larger than the average South Palo Alto lot. Many are in the 8-9000 sq.ft., with a handful of quarter acres.

Schools: Palo Alto Unified School District, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto CA 94306. Main number (650) 329-3700.

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School attendance boundaries are subject to change and schools are subject to availability. Verify enrollment with the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Amenities: Juana Briones Park, Arastradero (3.5 acres): play area, tot lot, picnic facilities, lawn. Terman Park Library, 661 Arastradero Rd. (650) 329-2606.

Shopping: Plenty of shopping along nearby El Camino Real.

Neighborhoods with similar ambience:

Orchards: Much of South Palo Alto plus Mountain View and Sunnyvale west of El Camino, entry-level Cupertino and most of post-war Santa Clara, Campbell and West San Jose.

Green Acres: Menlo Park’s Linfield Oaks and the prosperous tracts of Los Altos east of Grant, as well as midrange Cupertino.

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