Ventura, Palo Alto


Situated between Page Mill Road and West Meadow Drive, and El Camino Real and Alma Street, Ventura has the feeling of a secluded Palo Alto neighborhood, yet it is still near shopping and restaurants on California Avenue and El Camino Real. And, for the musically inclined, Gryphon Stringed Instruments sits on the corner of Park Boulevard and Lambert Avenue.

Ventura’s layout of primarily one-story cottages came to fruition mostly after World War II, with the GI Bill offering lower interest rates for returning veterans.

Changes to the neighborhood have brought several apartment buildings and the occasional two-story home to the area.


CHILDCARE AND PRESCHOOLS: Country Day Little School, 3990 Ventura Court; Heffalump Cooperative Nursery, 3990 Ventura Court; Leaping Lizards Nature Awareness Preschool, 650-858-0355; Sojourner Truth Child Development Center, 3990 Ventura Court

FIRE STATION: No. 5, 600 Arastradero Road

LIBRARY: Mitchell Park branch, 4050 Middlefield Road (temporary location during construction)

LOCATION: bounded by Oregon Expressway, Alma Street, West Meadow Drive and El Camino Real

PARK: Boulware Park, 410 Fernando Ave.; Ventura Community Center, 3990 Ventura Court

POST OFFICE: Cambridge, 265 Cambridge Ave.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Barron Park Elementary School, Terman Middle School, Gunn High School

SHOPPING: California Avenue, Charleston Center, El Camino Real

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