Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Midtown Palo Alto: Lifestyle Neighborhood

Midtown Palo Alto CA is a neighborhood that has been near and dear to my family for over 40 years. My son's grandmother lived there in the early 1970's and loved to walk to the local ice cream parlor. Twenty years later we moved to Midtown Palo Alto CA and my son loved to do the same thing.

Midtown Palo Alto CA is the area is bound by Oregon Expressway to Loma Verde Avenue, and from Alma Street to Highway 101. Midtown as shopping, parks and several elementary schools all within walking distance. All these wonderful amenities are what make Midtown Palo Alto CA a lifestyle neighborhood.

Midtown Palo Alto CA has two shopping areas; Midtown Shopping Center, located at Middlefield Road and Colorado Avenue; plus an additional shopping area located at Middlefield Road at Loma Verde Avenue

Midtown Shopping Center use to have three different grocery stores to choose from but with changes in shopping habits and the economy the shopping center now is serviced by Safeway. Piazza's is just a short drive away at Middlefield and Charleston, but is not considered to be part of the Midtown Neighborhood. What Midtown has more of now is places to eat. Mike's Café started the trend of having local dining in the Midtown Area. Café Sophia has become for many the local hang out for food and company in Midtown. I know that I will always run into someone I know at Café Sophia.

The shopping area at Middlefield Road and Loma Verde boasts a new comer to the scene, Philz Coffee. In addition to Philz Coffee, stop by and get a rotisserie chicken from Pommard's Café (get there early as they sell out!) and drop your cleaning off at AJ's. AJ's is committed to offering "Green" dry cleaning services.

Stroll through the neighborhoods and enjoy one of the three parks: Greer Park is a great place to watch a soccer game on the weekend. Hoover Park is a favorite of pre-schoolers and their playgroup friends. Seale Park is tucked away in a quiet corner and a lovely find.

There are five elementary schools El Carmelo, Fairmeadow, Hoover, Ohlone and Palo Verde elementary schools located in the neighborhood, which makes Midtown such a desirable place for those with small children. Ohlone and Hoover are district wide schools and have popular programs that very often require a lottery draw to determine attendance.

If you would like to know more about Midtown Palo Alto or go on tour of the neighborhood please give me a shout! I would love to show you a neighborhood loved by my family for over 40 years!

Carla Dimond

Lifestyle Neighborhood Specialist


650 388-8820

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