Community Center is a neighborhood that lives up to its name. Children are often seen playing outside together, residents regularly host book club meetings, and block parties are fun-filled, annual affairs.

By virtue of its central location, Community Center is one of Palo Alto’s most vibrant, as well as socially, and culturally active neighborhoods. Swimming or tennis lessons are offered at Rinconada Park; fun events are held within walking distance at the Lucie Stern Community Center; and community entertainment is provided at the Children’s Theatre. Whenever children feel restless and trapped at home, parents can take them on a fun and educational excursion at the Junior Museum and Zoo. The Zoo houses more than 50 species of animals and hands-on science exhibits. Further, Community Center is conveniently located to Downtown Palo Alto, where residents can enjoy an evening stroll to a nice restaurant, or catch an old Hollywood movie at the Stanford Theater.

This mix of family fun and urban amenities keep the housing demand fairly strong, even during the worst economic downturn.

Unique to Community Center are little pockets of four homes, which rest on sub-standard lots and have shared driveways leading from the street. Because of the small lot sizes and building restrictions of the city, the homes in this neighborhood tend to be original, dating back 70-90 years, with varying degrees of renovations. These cottages may have a ceiling on their value but are usually sold fairly quickly because they are a better alternative to buying a condo or townhouse for about the same price but without the HOA dues.


  • Channing Avenue on the north
  • Newell Road on the east
  • Embarcadero Road on the south
  • Middlefield Road on the west

Public Schools

  • Walter Hays Elementary School (K-5) (#4 Elementary School in California)
  • Duveneck Elementary School (K-5) (#5 Elementary School in California)
  • Addison Elementary School (K-5) (#10 Elementary School in California)
  • Jordan Middle School (6-8) (#3 Middle School in California)
  • Palo Alto High School (#5 High School in California)

(state-ranked according to niche.com)


  • Main Library- 1213 Newell Road Palo Alto, CA 94303
  • Children’s Library- 1276 Harriet Street Palo Alto, CA 94301


  • Rinconada Park- 777 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto, CA 94303

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