About Midtown

This laidback, family-friendly neighborhood is one of Palo Alto’s most sought-after communities, still offering plenty to do even while being a largely residential area. Midtown is home to lots of parks and coffee shops, as well as very highly rated public schools.

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Quick Facts

Current Prices: $1,099,000 to $5,968,000

Closed Prices: $1,020,000 to $7,300,000

Median Sale Price: $3,616,000

Average $ per sq ft: $1532

Association Fee Ranges: $0 to $555, $360 to $715/mo

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1937 to 2022

Sq. Ft.: 876 to 4818 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 6 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 6 Bathrooms

Getting Around Midtown

Around Midtown

Most homes in Midtown are single-family homes, and the average home here sits on a quarter-acre lot, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. This neighborhood dates back to 1938, and thus no two homes look exactly alike. Transportation is also very convenient from Midtown, with Highway 101 and Oregon Expressway just a couple minutes’ away, and the Caltrain is close by for those who commute to San Francisco.

Midtown offers a great selection of restaurants from brunch spots and coffee shops to authentic international cuisine and American fare. The Midtown Shopping Center also features plenty of small businesses, including some delicious hole-in-the-wall restaurants where you can grab some Thai food or indulge in a gigantic burrito.

Given that the city is named after a coastal redwood tree called El Palo Alto, it makes sense that the neighborhood has tons of foliage. Residents love how green the city is and enjoy spending time in Midtown’s many parks and greenspaces. Greek Park is a go-to among skateboarders, while Mitchell Park houses a community center, library, fenced dog run, and tennis and handball courts, making it a popular recreational area for the community. You’re likely to see residents walking their dogs and chatting with neighbors on any given evening.

Bring out your skates and head on over to the Winter Lodge, an outdoor ice skating facility and the only permanent one west of the Sierra Mountains. Art enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the Palo Alto Art Center, where many local artists from all over the Bay Area come to display their work.

Pick up a cup of Philz Coffee (widely regarded among Bay Area residents as being superior to leading chains) and head over to Hoover Park or Henry W. Seale Park to soak up some sun and play outdoors. Families can strap on their helmets and go for a bike ride at the Baylands Nature Preserve or even around town; Palo Alto is mostly flat and is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the Bay Area.

Locals Love

  • Bike-friendly community
  • Plenty of parks and open space
  • Transportation options like the Highway 101, Oregon Expressway, and Caltrain are nearby
  • Palo Alto Unified School District is ranked among the top in the state

Locals Don't Love

  • Expensive real estate
  • Limited nightlife options

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