Ventura Homes for Sale
Ventura Homes For Sale | Palo Alto Real Estate
1. Neighborhood Introduction & History
Ventura neighborhood in Palo Alto, bordered by El Camino Real, W. Meadow Drive, Alma Street, and Oregon Expressway, offers more affordable housing than elsewhere in the town. Smaller lots and home sizes, combined with heavy traffic on surrounding streets has made this one of the last areas to be looked at by investors and speculators. Despite these facts, residents of Ventura enjoy their small neighborhood and its proximity to vibrant dining and shopping options, excellent schools, and easy commutes on the CalTrain (California Ave. station) and El Camino. Furthermore, in Ventura, one can purchase a charming single family home for hundreds of thousands of dollars less than a home in other parts Palo Alto and still be able to send your kids to top Palo Alto schools. Looking towards the future, the Ventura neighborhood may go through more changes than other neighborhoods in Palo Alto because of the significant number of smaller older homes offered at affordable prices.
2. Housing types & styles in the Neighborhood
Ventura neighborhood is a cozy mix of single family homes, small apartments, and townhouse complexes interspersed with some commercial establishments. The majority of homes in Ventura were built in the post-World War II era; most were smaller California bungalows on small lots, rather than the sprawling 1950s ranchers seen elsewhere. Today, however, more and more owners are renovating and expanding, despite the smaller lot sizes. However, very affordable (by Palo Alto standards) homes at about 1,000 square feet can still be found… for now! Median home prices in Ventura in 2016 were $1.8 million, compared to $2.2 million for greater Palo Alto. Zillow predicts 94306 home values will increase 3.2% next year (2017), compared to a 2.2% increase for Palo Alto as a whole.
3. Restaurants & Shopping
Ventura is in the heart of commercial Palo Alto. While this means residents may hear more traffic noise or be closer to commercial areas, it also means that shopping and dining are a short walk or bike ride away! The closest shopping area is along California Avenue. Here, locals enjoy delicious dining, nightlife, mom and pop shops and boutiques, and even a weekly farmers market. Downtown Palo Alto and Town and Country Village mall are minutes away and offer an abundance of high-end shopping and dining options. Ventura’s proximity to El Camino Real affords residents a direct connection to all the Peninsula has to offer.
4.Family Lifestyle, Parks & Activities
The Ventura Community Center is a favorite among local families; it features a large playground with benches, swings and play structures. The center is also the headquarters for the PACCC (Palo Alto Community Child Care) and the Sojourner Truth Infant-Toddler Program. A bike boulevard caters to bike commuters and weekend wheelers alike. The police department information facility, neighborhood organizations and daycare centers contribute to the safety, family-friendliness and community feel of Ventura.