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Separated from Palo Alto by 101, East Palo Alto is a lone haven of affordable housing on the bay near Google, Facebook, and Stanford, with a rocky past. Racial attitudes in the 50s and 60s contributed much to the disparities between East Palo Alto and Palo Alto, and had a huge effect on the development of the community as a whole.

Though East Palo Alto ends at the bay on the East, like Alviso it is not considered beach living. Like many other areas around the bay, waste historically was dumped into the bay. While practices have changed drastically, a major waste management facility for the San Mateo County still resides on the East Palo Alto Bayfront. A recovery of the natural beauty of the Bayfront is slowly underway, and though it is still semi-industrial, there are some scenic bike trails. Like all low land near the bay, rising water levels are a risk for flooding in this community.

The real draw to East Palo Alto is its affordability and central location. Still very urban, large shopping strips provide easy access to a number of amenities. Many discount retailers prefer the lower cost of real estate in East Palo Alto, such as Ikea.

Strong community leadership and involvement has improved, and continues to improve, quality of life, education, and safety, though statistics are still behind their surrounding, higher priced, neighbors.

Below please find a live Altos Research chart, showing the market profile of homes for sale – this will give you an idea of what a house might cost there.

Homes for sale in East Palo Alto

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