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“Charming diversion”
Review of Professorville

Professorville
Ranked #22 of 41 things to do in Palo Alto
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Owner description: Many of Stanford's first professors resided in the well-preserved Victorians in this Palo Alto neighborhood.
Reviewed 24 May 2014

Probably all university towns more than 50 years old have neighborhoods where professors tend to cluster together (and not university housing). Stanford's professors, even from the beginning, were obviously well paid since the homes in this neighborhood are large (not mansions), striking, architecturally diverse, and most have pleasant gardens surrounding the home. There's really no destination point. One just parks the car, gets out, and strolls around for awhile, imagining quieter days with quiet streets where professors gathered in the evening for cocktails and a pipe. There are neighborhoods in the areas with true mansions (think Atherton), but this is worth an hour of your time.

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Reviewed 18 April 2014

Great afternoon walk to see the real Palo Alto. Plenty of sidewalks, shade trees over the streets, and well kept, brown Berkeley style homes. Emerson Street is a good place to start.

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Reviewed 1 December 2013

This is a neighborhood next to Stanford that has some interesting old houses. Streets are named for colleges in the US. Worth a 20-30 min. drive through

Thank Marcia K
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Beautiful homes, plus the garage where HP was founded is located there. There is also a house designed by Greene and Greene, and the Bonnet House by Julia Morgan.

Thank Karen W
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Professorville is simply an older part of Palo Alto in which the early professors owned homes. Some of the homes are marvelously preserved examples of early nineteenth century building. Originally built for poorly paid professors, this section of Palo Alto is now one of the most expensive. That is, if you can't afford 2 million, don't inquire.

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