Palo Alto, California

Considered part of the Oakland, CA Barony:

Character History:

WoD History:

Palo Alto was once part of the San Francisco Palatinate, but was taken by the Anarchs in the early 1980s. The Anarch control of Palo Alto was just an extension of Oakland and was controlled by Oakland's Baron. With San Francisco sealed behind a mystic barrier, Palo Alto only has to worry about Camarilla incursions from San Jose, CA in the South.

Palo Alto (IPA: [pælo ælto], from Spanish: palo, "stick" + alto, "high" - ie tall tree) is a city in Santa Clara County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, USA, named for a tree called El Palo Alto. The city is located at the northern end of Silicon Valley, and is home to Stanford University and several successful high-technology companies, such as Hewlett-Packard. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 58,598.

The northern half of Palo Alto, north of Oregon Expressway, is filled with elegant homes, some of which date back to the 1890s but most of which were built in the first four decades of the 20th century on tree-lined streets. South of Oregon Expressway, in the southern half of Palo Alto, the houses, including many Joseph Eichler-designed or Eichler-style houses, were primarily built in the first 20 years after World War II.

While the city contains homes that now cost anywhere from $700,000 to well in excess of $10 million, much of Palo Alto's housing stock is rather lower middle-class in the style of mid-century California suburbia, and would not be so expensive were it not in such a desirable location. Palo Alto neighbors Stanford University and is in the heart of Silicon Valley. It also has highly rated public schools, a high quality of life, and a vibrant downtown.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 License.