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As the home of Stanford University, Palo Alto is known worldwide for being a center of exceptional education. While the renowned university infuses the entire community with an academic vibe, with an endless line of visiting professors, speakers, and political dignitaries, the community’s public schools also rank among the best in the nation. The town is thought of by many as the birthplace of Silicon Valley, with Hewlett-Packard having been founded in a one-car garage in Palo Alto in 1939. The company’s headquarters are still located in Palo Alto today, and the town is home to many prominent technology firms, as well as Tesla motors, makers of the first fully electric sports car. Palo Alto features charming residential streets and leafy boulevards in its variety of neighborhoods.

From the Victorian homes and towering oak trees of Professorville, named for the Stanford professors who originally congregated there in the 1890’s, to the pastoral setting of Barron Park, each area is unique in personality and character. Stanford Shopping Center offers an upscale open air shopping option, while University Avenue serves as the epicenter of Palo Alto’s thriving downtown. Featuring upscale galleries, boutiques, and a variety of high-end shopping, University Avenue also features some of the best dining on the Peninsula. Tamarine’s contemporary Vietnamese cuisine is a personal favorite, but I must also mention Baumé, on California Avenue (the town’s second downtown), the only two-star Michelin rated restaurant on the Peninsula.

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