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CA Palo Alto Barron Park

Barron Park’s diversity alongside its close-knit, inclusive community make this neighborhood stand out. Each year, it hosts a multitude of festivities celebrating different cultures and traditions, like Holi and May Fete.

Part of what attracts such a diverse crowd of residents Barron Park’s proximity to schools. On weekday mornings, Barron Park’s streets are flooded with Gunn High School students on their way to class. Within the neighborhood are three other excellent public schools: Barron Park Elementary, Juana Briones Elementary, and Fletcher Middle School.

One of the neighborhood’s most desirable features is its access to lush pedestrian and bike paths along two creeks and through Bol and Juana Briones parks, both which feature expansive open spaces and playgrounds. In Bol Park, two unique residents have become city-wide icons — Perry and Jenny, the neighborhood’s communal donkeys who are taken care of by volunteers. In fact, the original pair of donkeys in the 1930s were models for Shrek’s Donkey!

It’s impossibly easy to fall in love with Barron Park’s rural charm. The streets feature an eclectic mix of vintage architectural styles with newer homes sporting a simple, classic Craftsman look, and the entire area retains a peaceful, secluded atmosphere despite being bordered by busy El Camino. Many of the properties here feature abundant fruit trees, a legacy from the neighborhood’s orchard history.

Barron Park is home to many longtime residents, some of whom have lived there since before the area officially became a neighborhood 40 years ago. Now, Barron Park’s neighborhood association is arguably the strongest in the city, bringing in active resident participation on subjects like traffic or the re-development of the neighborhood’s Buena Vista Mobile Home Park.

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