Barron Park, Palo Alto – Where Country Meets Surburbia
Barron Park is the one Palo Alto neighborhood with the greatest range of types of construction and architecture all with a rural to suburban atmosphere. Many people are attracted to Barron Park because there is so much diversity in the housing stock. Barron Park is improving every day with newer homes being constructed with a Craftsman flair. This neighborhood might be for you if you enjoy a slightly slower pace of life with a well-regarded community association and friendly neighbors who make an effort to become your friend.
The Barron Park neighborhood is bounded by Chimalus Drive on the north, El Camino Real on the east, Georgia Avenue on the south, and Miranda Avenue on the west. In the 1920s the Barron Estate was sub-divided into what is today commonly called Barron Park, Palo Alto. There are no sidewalks, curbs or gutters, and this gives it a rural or country feel not felt anywhere else in Palo Alto. Barron Park is not the trendy, urban neighborhood you find in North Palo Alto or Professorville, but this relaxed, rural atmosphere is appealing to many families and recent purchasers.
In the 1950s there were several tracts of homes built in Barron Park which also helps make it a complex combination of older 1920s homes with large lots mixed in amongst tract homes. There are also two city parks in Barron Park – Cornelis Bol Park and Juana Briones Park.
Barron Park Residents are Very Proud of their Neighborhood and Its Varying Texture
Barron Park neighborhood is a vast collection of older (started in the 1920s and tracts were built in the 1950s post-war) and newer homes on the peninsula. As early as the 1920s small homes began popping up in Barron Park. Due to their age a lot of these homes have been or are currently being renovated and improved. Many Barron Park homes were originally built with one bathroom as this was the common construction method of the day. Today many homes are large and upgraded with all the new bells and whistles found with modern architecture and construction.
Barron Park lots sizes are not uniform as they vary from 5,000 sq. ft. to over 1 acre and everything in between. There are many 1/4 acre and and ½ acre lots.
Donkeys in Barron Park?
The Barron Park neighborhood contains Bol Park which has two unique tenants; Niner and Perry who are the official Barron Park donkeys. See the donkey’s website at http://www.barronparkdonkeys.org/. The organization is a non-profit run exclusively by volunteers. The Barron Park donkeys have been adored and loved by many generations of Barron Park residents since 1936. It is said that Perry was the model for “donkey” in movie “Shrek.”
Barron Park Homeowner’s Association Was Formed in 1926 and is Still Going Strong
The Barron Park HOA greets new owners with a welcome greeting package. The BPHOA has implemented many resident friendly components over the years like bike lanes, Neighborhood Watch programs, and a community activity schedule. BPHOA can be found at http://www.bpapaloalto.org/
Barron Park Public Education Schools Are Top-Shelf
Like all Palo Alto residents Barron Park school-aged kids are able to attend top-notched public schools in the Palo Alto Unified School District. Barron Park Elementary (K-5), Terman Middle School (6-8) and highly sought after Gunn High School are the schools assigned to Barron Park proper. Impressively families move from all over the state of California to come to attend Palo Alto public schools. [Boundaries for school attendance are always subject to change and schools are subject to availability. Please verify enrollment and availability with the Palo Alto Unified School District].
Barron Park Properties Are Solid Long-Term Real Estate Investments As Palo Alto Is Consistently Ranked as One of the Most Desirable Cities in the U.S.
Barron Park is primarily made up of owner-occupied properties, however its location makes it great place for real estate investors looking for long-term buy and hold strategies. This is true even with the historical context and the challenges the City of Palo Alto presents for improving Barron Park homes. It is important for a rental property owner to consider hiring an experienced property manager who knows the intricacies of Palo Alto government and restrictions and can help an investor get through any governmental hurdles. With the help of a professional property manager an owner can achieve a healthy long-term growth in equity and obtain an above average return-on-investment.
Obvious as it sounds Palo Alto thrives as Stanford University continues to remain a world class university. The city, including the wonderful neighborhoods like Barron Park surrounding it, will continue to grow and prosper and get even better over time. This will include a steady increase in equity and rental rates.
Barron Park Properties Are Amazing Long-Term Real Estate Investments For Rental Property
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David Roberson, Esq.
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.
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David has authored a published law review article, two real estate books, and over 120 real estate blog articles.
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