My wife and I are seriously considering moving to Stanford Cali. We are both under 35 with 2kids. Your thoughts?

Asked by daniel capuia, Portland, AR Thu Apr 28, 2011

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Oggi Kashi, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Thu Apr 28, 2011
Great area to live in with your family. Just buy before facebook goes public.

Oggi Kashi
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Jamaalglenn, Renter, Stanford, CA
Tue Aug 7, 2012

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Abbie Higashi, , Burlingame, CA
Fri Jul 29, 2011
You probably couldn't find a better place. Palo Alto is an amazing city, culturally, socially and aesthetically. It is also home to some of the top schools in the nation - public and private. It is surrounded by equally as desirable cities such as Saratoga, Los Altos, Menlo Park, San Carlos, Burlingame, Hillsborough, Atherton, etc. Equidistant to Silicon Valley and San Francisco (The City, no one actually calls it San Francisco), you are in the heart of one of the most dynamic places in the world.

Education is also of top priority on the Peninsula (Palo Alto and it's surrounding cities in San Mateo County). From academic achievement, social and arts development, test scores, to enrollment, curriculum, and School Board meetings, you won't find a group of more dedicated and involved teaching professionals, parents, and students.
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Sergio Herna…, , Naples, FL
Fri Jul 29, 2011
Stanford is a fabulous place!
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Marcy Moyer, Agent, San Ramon, CA
Mon May 2, 2011
Dan if she does take a position at Stanford she may still be eligible for the stanford housing subsidy which can be used anywhere within a generous radius of Stanford and yes, Palo Alto and Gunn High Schools are loaded with grads whose parents work at Stanford and they get into college at Stanford.
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Rich Iacovet…, , San Jose, CA
Fri Apr 29, 2011
My first thought is congratulations. I think you're going to love it. My second thought is to get pre-approved with a great mortgage consultant who's going to take the time to explain your options, ask you 7 questions to discover what's important to you about buying a house in Stanford, and give you the best advice based on your answers. Like me, you probably believe it's best to know what to expect ahead of time and remove all potential obstacles going forward. That's why pre-approval is so important to do before you start looking at houses. And the best part, the pre-approval process is completely FREE.

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Jonp, , Palo Alto, CA
Thu Apr 28, 2011
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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Thu Apr 28, 2011

Welcome to beautiful California and even more desirable Palo Alto near Stanford. I suggest you meet with a local Realtor so that they can get more information on what you are looking for in a home and neighborhood then they can give you information. That way you can make an informed decision.
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Chris Iverson, Agent, Menlo Park, CA
Thu Apr 28, 2011
Hi Stanford,
I grew up in Glenview and Naperville in the Chicago suburbs and moved here 20 years ago, you won't regret it. As other posters have noted, homes in campus are for eligible teaching faculty only. If you are coming here to teach at Stanford, you are probably already in touch with Faculty Staff Housing (fsh,stanford,edu) which administrates the housing programs at Stanford.

While housing prices are staggering, the climate, recreational opportunities and lifestyle are worth it. No snow!

I specialize in helping faculty who are relocating to Stanford find housing on and around campus. You can learn more about the area and find useful information specific to faculty at my website at:

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Hi, i am trying to enter your website but it is no longer available. Are you still relocating faculty at Stanford?
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Grace Hanamo…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Thu Apr 28, 2011
Hi Stanford and thanks for your post.

As Marcy Moyer has already thoughtfully noted, you may not own any property at Stanford unless you are a qualifying affiliate. You've probably seen some great homes available for sale on Stanford land, but the small print is that only certain people can buy the homes. Also, as Marcy noted, the land is "leased" (kinda like Hawaii), so you can own the home, but never own the land.

Many people who want to live near Stanford University choose to live in the surrounding cities of Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Menlo Park and Redwood City. I might caution you that the prices in these areas are pretty steep compared with Oregon, Illinois. I see that I can buy a 6 bedroom home on 1.56 acres of land in Oregon, Illinois for $449,000--and, unfortunately, you won't find even a 2 bedroom condominium in these areas for this amount of money. Prices for small homes on small lots start at $800,000 in and around Stanford and escalate steeply from there.

As the others have noted, take some time to investigate the area before deciding where to live and how much to spend. You can also see the current listings in the Santa Clara County at the MLS's public portal at This way, you can see all of the homes for sale in Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, and Sunnyvale.

Good luck!!

Grace Morioka, SRES
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Angela White, Agent, Saratoga, CA
Thu Apr 28, 2011
So, do you live in Illinios now? Are you renting in Illinois and plan to rent when you come here? Do you plan to buy as soon as you come out? You may have a little sticker shock over here compared to where you are now. There are options depending upon your circumstances. Are you a faculty member of Stanford University? The Stanford area is a great area to live, work and play. It's close to a lot of the wonderful things to do in this part of California and there are lots of options depending upon your options. I would be happy to talk to you and find out your intentions so I can direct you to the best solutions. Feel free to email me at

Stanford is a sophisticated educated area with lots of interesting events and activities.
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Marcy Moyer, Agent, San Ramon, CA
Thu Apr 28, 2011
All of the homes on Stanford campus are sold to qualifying Stanford affiliates, so if you qualify the campus is a great place to live. There are plenty of young families and the kids get to go to Palo Alto schools. However, the land is owned by Stanford and leased to Stanford affiliates so you own the house, but not the land and can only sell to someone associated with Stanford.
Palo Alto, which surrounds Stanford, is a wonderful place to live and raise a family, but home prices are high, and lots are small. However, since the weather is so great you will spend lots of time outside so the small house may not feel so small. It is very different from the midwest. I suggest you check out to get a feel for the area.

Marcy Moyer
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