Living in Green Acres is as idyllic as its name. Once covered by boundless orchards, this pedestrian paradise is a harmonious blend of city and rustic living.
Green Acres consists of three regions — Green Acres 1, Green Acres 2, and Palo Alto Orchards. Although all three regions border the busy Arastradero Road, they manage to remain peaceful and quiet with minimal vehicular traffic. Because all schools are within close proximity, many parents and kids are often seen strolling or biking to school.
During school hours, crossing guards are on standby to help kids safely cross Arastradero Road. As added safety, Palo Alto has reduced the number of car lanes to only three lanes and added some turn lanes at the center, although this can cause traffic backups.
Most homes in Green Acres are traditional ranch style or American bungalows, dating back to the post-World War II suburban boom. Because Green Acres was once a tract housing development, most homes in this area are fairly modest in size, between 1,600 square feet to 1,800 square feet While the neighborhood has seen a few tear downs in recent days, many residents are reluctant to follow the trend towards replacing old homes in fear of losing the community’s country-living charm.