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Starting at $2,688
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Parker Palo Alto
1094 Tanland Dr
Palo Alto, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,688
2 Bedrooms
$3,416
3 Bedrooms
$5,019
Recently refurbished apartments with granite counters, hardwood floors and private balconies. Next to Greer Park, with access to the 402 and 101 freeways. Downtown Palo Alto and Stanford Shopping Center offer plenty of shopping options.
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Starting at $3,071
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Southwood
2850 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,071
2 Bedrooms
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Near Stanford University, within walking distance of parks, shopping and public transportation. Newly-renovated one- and two-bedroom apartments with hardwood floors, patio/balconies and walk-in-closets. Pool, tennis court and clubhouse. Small pets welcome with fee.
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Starting at $3,200
Updated 5 hrs ago
Palo Alto Place
565 Arastradero Rd
Palo Alto, CA
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1 Bedroom
$3,200
2 Bedrooms
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Situated conveniently close to Stanford University, this Bay Area apartment complex features gourmet kitchens, private terraces, spacious ceilings and stainless steel appliances. Community benefits include 24-hour maintenance, online portal, clubhouse and pool.
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Starting at $2,425
Updated 6 days ago
Curtner
327 Curtner Ave
Palo Alto, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,425
A comfortable, beautiful place to come home to at the end of the day, this development provides a series of approachable amenities. Units offer recent renovations, double storm windows, hardwood floors and tall ceilings.
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Starting at $2,595
Updated 6 days ago
Wellsbury
3085 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,595
2 Bedrooms
$3,795
This recently remodeled series of units boasts a comfortable air for relaxing. Apartments feature spacious, open floor plans, large closets, extra storage and new carpet.
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Starting at $5,000
Updated 2 days ago
860 Lytton Ave
860 Lytton Ave
Palo Alto, CA
2 Bedrooms
$5,000
Starting at $10,000
Updated 2 days ago
124 Lois LN
124 Lois LN
Palo Alto, CA
4 Bedrooms
$10,000
Starting at $3,850
Updated 3 days ago
110 Ferne AVE
110 Ferne AVE
Palo Alto, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,850
Starting at $7,000
Updated 4 days ago
2160 Middlefield RD
2160 Middlefield RD
Palo Alto, CA
3 Bedrooms
$7,000
Starting at $5,800
Updated 5 days ago
110 Waverley ST
110 Waverley ST
Palo Alto, CA
2 Bedrooms
$5,800
Starting at $6,000
Updated 6 days ago
612 Palo Alto Ave
612 Palo Alto Ave
Palo Alto, CA
3 Bedrooms
$6,000
Starting at $3,000
Updated 6 days ago
2571 Alma ST
2571 Alma ST
Palo Alto, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,000
Starting at $4,650
Updated 7 days ago
2599 Waverley St.
2599 Waverley St.
Palo Alto, CA
2 Bedrooms
$4,650
Starting at $8,900
Updated 7 days ago
104 Byron St
104 Byron St
Palo Alto, CA
3 Bedrooms
$8,900
Starting at $3,600
Updated 8 days ago
3146 Middlefield Rd
3146 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,600
Starting at $3,600
Updated 8 days ago
164 Wisteria Dr
164 Wisteria Dr
Palo Alto, CA
Studio
$3,600
Starting at $6,500
Updated 2 months ago
2650 Birch ST 205
2650 Birch ST 205
Palo Alto, CA
3 Bedrooms
$6,500
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Starting at $3,100
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Madrone
111 N Rengstorff Ave
Mountain View, CA
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1 Bedroom
$3,100
2 Bedrooms
$3,456
All new apartments in the heart of Silicon Valley. Apartments have hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and walk-in closets. Short trip to the Stevens Creek Trail, which is great for walking, hiking and outdoor workouts.
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Starting at $3,661
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Domus on the Boulevard
2650 W El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,661
2 Bedrooms
$5,083
Located along Highway 82 and close to N San Antonio Road. Luxury apartments with hardwood flooring, designer kitchen appliances and patio or balcony. Pool, pool table, gym and garage available to residents.
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Starting at $3,505
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Avalon Towers on the Peninsula
2400 W El Camino Real
Los Altos, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,505
2 Bedrooms
$4,580
3 Bedrooms
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Bright apartments with easy access to Route 101. Granite countertops and maple kitchen cabinetry. Hardwood floors. Walk-in closets and extra storage. Community garden, coffee bar, fire pit. Doorman and elevator.
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Starting at $4,080
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Sharon Green
350 Sharon Park Dr
Menlo Park, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,080
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Peaceful community located on 17 acres of green property in the heart of Menlo Park. Close to Stanford University. Apartments feature private patio/balcony, fireplace, walk-in closets and hardwood floors.
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Starting at $3,000
Updated 22 hrs ago
21 Willow Road Unit 2
21 Willow Road Unit 2
Menlo Park, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,000
Starting at $5,895
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1055 Rilma Lane
1055 Rilma Lane
Los Altos, CA
3 Bedrooms
$5,895
Starting at $2,450
Updated 2 days ago
21 Waverley Ct
21 Waverley Ct
Menlo Park, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,450

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City GuidePalo Alto

"A remarkable thing about the Silicon Valley culture is that its status structure is so based on technical accomplishment and prowess." (-Jaron Lanier)

Once a sleepy college town, Palo Alto has transformed itself into the tech capital of the country. Stanford University is still here, but the big names attracting most people to this city are Facebook, Apple and Paypal. You might have been the smartest person in your class growing up, but in the middle of Silicon Valley you'll probably just blend into the crowd. This city is home to the most educated population of any United States city, and it certainly shows.

Having trouble with Craigslist Palo Alto? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Finding Housing in the Heart of Silicon Valley

Each workday, the population of Palo Alto doubles as commuters come to the city to work. It's not because people in California love to drive; Palo Alto is one of the most expensive cities in the United States.

What it will cost you The average median rental price is approximately - well, HIGH - per month and competition for any apartment rental is high. Even if you're prepared to squeeze into a studio at an apartment complex, you should be prepared to fork out around well over $,1000 for the privilege.

What you'll need Be ready to plunk down a deposit once you've found an apartment for rent that you can afford. Landlords will expect that your annual salary is at least three times the amount of your yearly rent, so be ready with proof of income. For a successful apartment search, you'll also need rental references and good credit.

When to start looking Once you have a job offer or acceptance letter, start your apartment search. Everyone's looking for a deal on an apartment for rent in Palo Alto, including those commuters itching to move into the city limits. If you have limited time to do an apartment search, try an apartment complex for hassle-free rentals. Most complexes welcome residents who are new to the city.

Neighborhoods in Palo Alto

There's no shortage of small, family-friendly neighborhoods in Palo Alto. Most community members prize their ability to walk their kids to school and bike to work. Just like a small town, you'll also be expected to know your neighbors, so choose your community wisely. If you're single, you may want to consider renting a house with roommates instead of looking for an apartment for rent. Being flexible during your apartment search is essential when moving to Palo Alto.

Adobe Meadow/Meadow Park: If you're looking for the reincarnation of Mayberry, consider an apartment rental in the Adobe Meadow and Meadow Park area. You can send your little nippers to school riding their bicycles, but you better brush up on your baking skills. Rumor has it that residents greet new neighbors with cookies, so you better be ready to return the favor once you settle in. $$$

Barron Park: Developed as a 62-lot subdivision in 1925, Barron Park has the variety of homes and architectural styles that you'll find are common in older neighborhoods. You're also close enough to Stanford or downtown to bike over. Be honest though -- you're probably considering Barron Park to be near the Bol Park donkeys. If you do decide to look for an apartment for rent in the area, it's best to make friends with Niner and Perry, who are the neighborhood's real stars.$$$$

Charleston Gardens: Wedged between the busy streets of Middlefield, East Charleston and San Antonio, Charleston Gardens is a tiny island of small town living within the bustling city. Even if you can't tell I.M. Pei from Frank Lloyd Wright, you'll still appreciate the immaculate condition of many of these mid-century modern homes. Don't care about architecture? Charleston Gardens is also close to Highway 101, which makes travel a breeze. $$

Charleston Meadows: Have trouble meeting the neighbors? Charleston Meadows' neighborhood association hosts block parties and ice cream socials to keep its small town atmosphere. Its relatively inexpensive housing also attracts young families. $$

College Terrace: New Stanford grad students and their families often end their apartment search at the appropriately named College Terrace. However, if you're looking for a place to party, try another neighborhood. College Terrace is known for its proximity to public schools and child care, not bars and nightclubs. $$$

Community Center: Sick of trying to entertain your kids? Community Center attracts parents who love that their children can bike to community swimming pools, the library, the children's museum and Eleanor Park without adult supervision. $$$$$

Crescent Park: Stately homes and large trees are the defining characteristics of this pricey neighborhood near Eleanor Pardee Park. If you're a birdwatcher, you may also be drawn to the neighborhood and its many feathered inhabitants. $$$$$

Downtown North: Downtown North used to be the place for young professionals and students living the single lifestyle. Close to Caltrain station and the supermarket, it was perfect if you didn't want to own a car. Recently, traffic-restriction through the neighborhood has made this place a little quieter and has attracted more families. $$$$

Greenmeadow/Greendell/Walnut Grove: Ranch homes may make this neighborhood look more midwestern than Californian, but the average home price is downright reasonable for the area. $$$

Mayfield: Home to the Palo Alto Baking Company, Mayfield was once its own town. Palo Alto annexed it years ago, but Mayfield has managed to keep its mix of diverse backgrounds, income levels and ages. If you need a budget-friendly place within Palo Alto, an apartment complex may be the solution.$

Midtown: During the dot-com boom, residents struggled to keep retail spaces from being priced out of the neighborhood. Their dedication paid off, and the shopping district of this neighborhood still has plenty of places for you to buy a book or a coffee. $$$

Old Palo Alto: Residents say that Old Palo Alto is the crown jewel of the city. Encompassing historic buildings and the Gamble Garden, this neighborhood boasts significant prestige. $$$$$

Professorville: Hundred-year-old Victorians mark this area as Palo Alto's oldest residential neighborhood. It's easy to walk to downtown from Professorville, but don't park here. Due to rude commuters, city streets are often filled with cars. $$$$$

University South: Ready to stroll the eight blocks from your apartment complex to your class at Stanford? If you can afford it, you'll be in one of the most vibrant areas of the city. $$$$$

Thriving in Palo Alto

If you can get a job and an apartment rental in Palo Alto, you already have the envy of your peers. However, if you'd like to enjoy your time here, it's important to know the basics of Silicon Valley living.

Getting Around Did you get that great apartment rental near work? Great. Now all you need is a bicycle for your daily commute. Even if you have the cash to spend on a great car, you're living with a bunch of people who prize the environment. Not convinced? Just consider that Silicon Valley employers will expect you to pull some all-nighters -- so a bike ride to work may be the only exercise you'll get during the week.

Dating Around Many men have complained about the lack of single women in Palo Alto. If you're striking out in the dating department, broaden your search to the nearby city of San Francisco. Even if you're not interested in finding someone new, San Francisco has a vibrant culture that's worth exploring.

Working Life Don't assume everyone's a tech geek. Palo Alto used to be a commuter town and creative haven, and you can still find plenty of artists, writers and musicians who are drawn to the city's progressive values.

If you want to live near some of the richest and smartest people in the country, it's time to move to Palo Alto. You'll pay for the privilege of living in this tech mecca, but the energy of the city may inspire you to greatness.

Rent Report
Palo Alto

April 2018 Palo Alto Rent Report

Welcome to the April 2018 Palo Alto Rent Report. Palo Alto rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Palo Alto rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Palo Alto rents increased significantly over the past month

Palo Alto rents have increased 0.5% over the past month, and have increased moderately by 3.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Palo Alto stand at $2,510 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,150 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in December of last year. Palo Alto's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 2.9%, as well as the national average of 2.0%.

    Rents rising across cities in California

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Palo Alto, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in California, all of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 2.9% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

    • Looking throughout the state, San Francisco is the most expensive of all California's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $3,060; of the 10 largest California cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Sacramento experiencing the fastest growth (+6.8%).
    • Oakland, Anaheim, and Fresno have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (6.6%, 6.0%, and 5.0%, respectively).

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Palo Alto

    As rents have increased moderately in Palo Alto, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Palo Alto is less affordable for renters.

    • Palo Alto's median two-bedroom rent of $3,150 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.0% over the past year compared to the 3.0% increase in Palo Alto.
    • While Palo Alto's rents rose moderately over the past year, the city of Portland saw a decrease of 0.6%.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Palo Alto than most large cities. For example, Dallas has a median 2BR rent of $1,100, where Palo Alto is more than two-and-a-half times that price.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    City
    Median 1BR price
    Median 2BR price
    M/M price change
    Y/Y price change
    San Jose
    $2,050
    $2,570
    0.9%
    3.1%
    Sunnyvale
    $2,260
    $2,830
    1.3%
    4.3%
    Santa Clara
    $2,150
    $2,690
    1.3%
    4.8%
    Mountain View
    $2,060
    $2,580
    1.1%
    4.4%
    Milpitas
    $2,310
    $2,900
    0.7%
    2.6%
    Palo Alto
    $2,510
    $3,150
    0.5%
    3%
    Cupertino
    $4,120
    $5,160
    2.3%
    5.7%
    Campbell
    $1,900
    $2,380
    0.4%
    0.1%
    Los Gatos
    $2,330
    $2,930
    -0.1%
    -0.1%
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    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

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