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Lenore and A…, Real Estate Pro in Vista, CA

Is East Palo Alto the same as Palo Alto?

Asked by Lenore and Alex Wilkas, Vista, CA Mon Jul 23, 2007

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I am sure that as a long term Realtor in the Burlingame, 15 minutes drive from both Cities in question, you know the answer to this question. Could you clarify the reason behind it, please?
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9 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 23, 2007
Artur Urbans…, Real Estate Pro in Burlingame, CA
I applaud Arturs response as the question is odd coming from a local Realtor that is unless you were just trying to enlighten the general audience of the differences. Palo Alto is one of the most desireable places in the country to reside and the real estate price tags reflect that. In 1992 East Palo Alto racked up 42 homicides, the most per capita in the country. That has changed dramatically since then with the help of some large retail developments and local/federal law enforcement however there is still progress to be made. No, they are not the same. Follow this link to learn more:
4 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 13, 2007
They are two different cities, not two districts of one city.
As a real estate market, East Palo Alto is known for high crime rates, problem tenants, rent control, and an unfriendly city government that always sides with tenants - regardless of the situation.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 9, 2008
Two different cities. Fyi, East Palo Alto is ghetto :)
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 23, 2007
East Palo Alto and Palo Alto are separate cities and are located in different counties to boot.
One might be suprised to know that over the past 10 years or so, property values have increased over 200% in East Palo Alto while in Palo Alto they have increased over 100%. East Palo Alto has been hurt by the sup-prime mortgage crisis which effects lower cost areas more than higher cost areas. There is also a portion of East Palo Alto that is west of HWY 101. I bought my first home in that area in 1980. Average price now in East Palo Alto is around $500,000 and inventory is high. Average price in Palo Alto is about $1,800,000 and inventory is low.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 19, 2008
They are in two different world and separated by 101. East Palo Alto is attempting to clean up their area with newer housing and the recently built shops, i.e. Home Depot and Ikea. It has not gone as well as planned with vacancies coming up.

Palo Alto is a different breed of city with a lot of old money.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 23, 2007
Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in Danville, VA
Two entirely different cities in two different counties that share name similarity only. San Francisquito Creek acts as a natural divider between the two. PA is Santa Clara county whereas EPA is San Mateo county.
East Palo Alto was formerly known as Ravenswood which still is referenced in the school district by the same name.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 20, 2007
People new to the Peninsula think that East Palo Alto and Palo Alto are similar in housing and demographics. It is a common misconception unless one knows our local communities. Besides residing in two different counties, there are and always have been major differences in these two cities.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 13, 2007
No. They are two different cities. In fact, although they border each other, they are in two different counties as well. The border is essentially the 101 freeway. There is a very small portion of EPA on the west side of the freeway. EPA also has the Home Depot & Ikea shopping center at University and 101 as well as the new Four Seasons hotel and class A office park on the same intersection.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 23, 2007
Mario Pinedo,…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
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