Nestled between El Camino Real and the CalTrain railroad tracks is a peaceful neighborhood offering flexible living with a variety of residences, including single family homes, small apartments, townhouse complexes, and mom-and-pop shops. This neighborhood, known as Ventura, is perhaps the likeliest place to find the least expensive home in Palo Alto.

Humble, yet central, Ventura offers a peaceful and convenient setting with close proximity to commuting routes along El Camino Real and Oregon Expressway. Ventura’s ideal location allows an easy stroll to neighborhood stores and delicious eateries, as well as to big chains, like Fry’s Electronics or Boston Market. Residents of this neighborhood enjoy taking a stroll to nearby California Avenue, where a bustling farmer’s market is held every Sunday, as well as a number of boutiques and restaurants are located, including one that just earned a Michelin star.

Homes in Ventura are relatively smaller single-story California bungalows, with a few being newer two-story homes. A charming cottage can be purchased for hundreds of thousands of dollars less than a home in other parts Palo Alto, and still be close to some of the highest-ranked schools in the state.


  • Page Mill Road on the north
  • Alma Street on the east
  • West Meadow Drive on the south
  • El Camino Real on the west

Public Schools

  • Barron Park Elementary School (K-5) (#12 Elementary School in California)
  • Terman Middle School (6-8) (#1 Middle School in California)
  • Gunn High School (#1 High School in California)

(state-ranked according to niche.com)


  • College Terrace Libary- 2300 Wellesley Street Palo Alto, CA 94306
  • Main Library- 1213 Newell Road Palo Alto, CA 94303
  • Children’s Library- 1276 Harriet Street Palo Alto, CA 94301
  • Mitchell Park Library- 3700 Middlefield Road Palo Alto, CA 94303


  • Boulware Park- 410 Fremont Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94306
  • Ventura Community Center- 3990 Ventura Court Palo Alto, CA 94306

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