For those who love the outdoors, the Foothills is a paradise. The Westwind Barn and Byrne Preserve, a Pathways trail system that crisscrosses through the town, and the stunning vistas of the San Francisco Bay, it’s the perfect place to appreciate nature. The area’s rich history prevails in its rich, rustic details, despite being in the midst of a valley that has seen incredible growth and a loss of open space.
Outdoor recreation like biking and horseback riding is very common in the Foothills and throughout most of the Peninsula. Cyclists are regularly seen in their monumental effort of climbing some of the narrow and steep, main roads in the community, like Page Mill, Moody, and Altamont.
It’s easy to get a sense of the small-town America feel with sprawling mansions alongside single-story Ranch houses. In the Foothills, one property will have horse stables, while its neighboring property will be a gated estate, using its hilly property to grow vineyards. Needless to say, these homes offer privacy and seclusion, while being custom-built and varied in design, with Colonial-style homes side-by-side with Mediterranean architecture. There’s hardly a lack of new construction throughout the Foothills.
Bordering Palo Alto Hills is Foothills Park, with 1,4000 acres of open space, and home to breathtaking Boronda Lake. On the south of Foothills Park, of of Moody Road, is an organic farm dubbed Hidden Villa, which is located on 1,600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. South of Foothills Park, off of Moody Road, you will find Hidden Villa, an organic farm. Hidden Villa is located on 1,600 acres of open space in This farm reaches out to its community by offering programs, such as summer camps for children, and programs educating the community on the basics of farm life. A Catholic monastery is also tucked away in the Foothills on Natoma Road.
Yet another asset of the Foothills neighborhood is Foothill College. A two-year community college offering many associate degree programs, Foothill College is part of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Additionally, Foothill College’s architecture and design have received many accolades from the architecture community.
Most of the Foothills neighborhood falls into the prestigious Palo Alto Unified School District.
- Arastradero Road and Page Mill Road on the north
- Interstate 280 on the east
- El Monte Road and Moody Road on the south
- Moody Road, Foothills Park, Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club on the west
- Los Altos Public Library, 13 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos
- Woodland Branch Library, 1975 Grant Road, Los Altos
- Foothills Park, 3300 Page Mill Road, Los Altos Hills
- Esther Clark Park, Old Adobe Road, Palo Alto
- Shoup Park, 400 University Avenue, Los Altos
- Lincoln Park, 199 University Avenue, Los Altos
- Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, 22500 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos
- Gardner Bullis School, 25890 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills
- Lucille Nixon Elementary, 1711 Stanford Avenue, Palo Alto
- Egan Junior High School, 100 West Portola Avenue, Los Altos
- Terman Middle School, 655 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto
- Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos
- Henry Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto