The name Green Gables conjures up images of lush, mature landscaping, towering trees, and pretty pitched rooflines. When you drive into this community, you’ll be pleased to find the name is not misleading. Green Gables is a picturesque, charming, community-oriented neighborhood in the heart of Palo Alto. It was developed in the 1940s and 1950s by renowned architect Birge Clark and modernist Joseph Eichler. During that time Green Gables was named “Subdivision of the Year” by Architectural Forum magazine and celebrated by House Beautiful magazine as a shining example of contemporary, affordable single-family homes. Clearly, outstanding design has staying power.
The single-story homes in the large Green Gables neighborhood are bold and beautiful. So are the surrounding spaces. Towering sycamore, Chinese elm, and live oak trees are ideal for classic holiday lights displays that enchant the community each November and December. In summer, the moonlight is the ideal backdrop for quiet backyard barbeques and sidewalks on which locals walk their dogs and enjoy leisurely strolls. Here, you will hear no roaring semis or shrill railroad whistles. Instead, you’ll drift off to sleep listening to songbirds and cicadas. Cul-de-sacs and welcoming sidewalks beckon residents outdoors to bask in the natural beauty of this swath of Palo Alto.
Technically, when you mention Green Gables to locals, they may ask you “which one?” Most residents in these parts consider Green Gables an umbrella community for the smaller developments of Triple El, Duveneck/St. Francis, Embarcadero Oaks, Leland Manor, and Garland. Whatever you call it, call it convenient. The Baylands Nature Preserve, Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course, and hike and bike lanes on Embarcadero Road are all within moments of Green Gables real estate. It’s central location is one of the main reasons living in Palo Alto is so popular, and Green Gables is right in the middle of all Palo Alto has to offer including shopping, dining, culture, and big business. Over the holidays, Green Gables’ Fulton Street (aka Christmas Tree Lane) draws crowds of visitors every year.
Homes in Green Gables make wonderful residences and smart investment properties. Stanford University and Silicon Valley entrepreneurship provide a stable foundation for long-term equity building in Palo Alto real estate, including Green Gables. Thanks in part to the sub-areas under the Green Gables umbrella, home values range from affordable to estate-level. Whether you are looking for a home in Green Gables, own a rental home there and are tired of dealing with tenants yourself, or are interested in finding an investment property in Green Gables and a property management firm to handle all the details, contact us. Silicon Valley Property Management Group provides reliable Silicon Valley property management services so you don’t have to be bothered with the red tape and hassles of owning a rental property.
David currently is the broker/owner of Silicon Valley Property Management Group (SVPMG) which manages 150+ client properties on the San Francisco Peninsula.Trust, transparency, and performance guarantees are the foundation of SVPMG. David challenges anyone to find a PM company that offers services similar to the extensive education, customer service, and performance guarantees provided by SVPMG.
David also provides consulting for his clients on property development feasibility, construction, and complex real estate transactions.
David has authored a published law review article, two real estate books, and over 120 real estate blog articles.
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