Palo Alto is one of the world’s great centers for technology and innovation, where everything seems to happen. Professorville, with its picturesque tree-canopied streets and enchanting and eclectic architecture, is among the very best neighborhoods of Palo Alto, and an important heritage site to greater Silicon Valley. Professorville is a highly coveted area, providing a high quality of life for residents, as well as being close to shopping, meeting places, and award-winning restaurants in Downtown and Town and Country. Close to top-rated schools, and Stanford University, residents enjoy the opportunity to stay connected to the pulse, while still maintaining a sense of seclusion and privacy.
The neighborhood was initially developed by Stanford professors in the late 19th century, building many houses that resemble East Coast architecture. This led towards the architectural mix of Victorians, Craftsmans, and Colonial Revivals that the Professorville is known for.
In 1975 Professorville was nominated as a national historic district with most homes attaining a level of historic designation, which maintained the rich origins of the area, and preserving landmarks such as the Hewlett-Packard (HP) Garage; considered by many as the birthplace of Silicon Valley. This status came with large set of building restrictions, which makes it very hard for home buyers do major remodeling not to mention building a new home in Professorville.