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Old 02-14-2008, 04:13 PM
 
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Could someone please help me? I have been to both of these towns and am looking to buy a house in the area. I am married with 3 small kids. I am trying to understand the subtle differences between the towns. Are there more stay at home moms in one vs. the other? Is one town snobbier? Is one more laid back? Can anyone help? Both places look lovely. It's just difficult to SEE what it's like to live there unless you have experience. You know what I mean? Anyone?
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:00 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Take it from someone who interacts with both Los Altos and Palo Alto kids regularly. The towns are both pretty much cut from the same cloth, but Palo Alto is colored by the proximity of Stanford so it has a lot more life to it. By comparison, Los Altos is very quiet and laid-back.
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Old 02-14-2008, 06:54 PM
 
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Also, never confuse Los Altos with Los Altos Hills. People get mad.
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Old 02-15-2008, 01:52 PM
 
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Default Palo Alto neighborhoods

Palo alto seems to have a lot more going on as far as a downtown. Is there a particular neighborhood that is better for stay at home mom types?
The Southgate neighborhood seemed nice. Can anyone comment?
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Old 02-18-2008, 06:55 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Palo Alto is more "happenen" than Los Altos. My coworker, he has 3 kids also, lives in Los Altos and it's very quiet. There are more things to do in Palo Alto, ie Stanford mall, University Avenue and the surrounding area.

Good luck.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:14 PM
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I lived in Los Altos for a number of years...definitely laid back, and the "downtown" (if you can call it that) pretty much shuts down just after dark. That said, its not like its in the middle of nowhere, and Palo Alto is pretty close, and a nice drive down Foothill.

I do like PA, and would love to live there, we'll see what the future holds.
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Old 03-01-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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Default Which one did you pick?

Hi. I am a stay-at-home mom, moving from NC to Palo Alto or Los Altos with 2 small children. I am in the same spot of trying to decide which town would be best to purchase in. My husband went to Stanford and he knows the area extremely well. I was just curious which town you ended up picking and how you felt since moving there.

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Could someone please help me? I have been to both of these towns and am looking to buy a house in the area. I am married with 3 small kids. I am trying to understand the subtle differences between the towns. Are there more stay at home moms in one vs. the other? Is one town snobbier? Is one more laid back? Can anyone help? Both places look lovely. It's just difficult to SEE what it's like to live there unless you have experience. You know what I mean? Anyone?
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Pick Los Altos and play with my grandchildren who are 3 and 6!! The parents of young children that I have met are the greatest.

The commute to Palo Alto is easy according to my daughter.

Los Altos is still a small town, it is quite likely that your husband will find former classmates. The Mommy (and Nannie) network is strong, play dates fill the calendar.
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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Both towns are good for children, great schools, and are very pricey for real estate (no surprise here). Los Altos has more of a rural or rustic feel, it's smaller in area, and proportionately more residential than Palo Alto (less offices) , but it's not at all remote and very convenient to shopping, stores, other amenities.

I think you have to come and see for yourself personally which you prefer.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Palo Alto is larger than Los Altos and has more housing choices. There are neighborhoods off of El Camino or Alma that don't require a million dollars to buy--although close. In Los Altos not so much.
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