[Editor’s Note: The author, Wendy Kandasamy, is the listing real estate agent for the property discussed in the article below. She works for Alain Pinel Realtors.]
I lived in a “Playborhood” long before I heard of this word. I live on Iris Way, which is a micro-community within the Green Gables area of Palo Alto. It is more than a beautifully tree-lined street. It really is truly a community! There are seniors, families with children of all ages, and young professional couples who were drawn to this street because of the charming homes, canopy trees, and close to Duveneck Elementary School.
However, it is the neighbors that are truly remarkable. We look after each other. I open my front doors to let my children out and the neighborhood kids in. Swings in the front yard are a standing invitation for children to just come by. You’ll see bikes and trikes on the driveways. There’s the “Duveneck Parade”, the neighborhood term referring to the children walking to their elementary school, on school days. Although there are block parties, we catch up with our neighbors as we walk with our children or dogs. In the summer, part of the street is blocked off regularly to let the children just play in the streets with neighbors all watching out for every child. There’s a beautiful house on the street on the market right now at 241 Iris Way. This is a rare opportunity to live in a “Playborhood”. We’d love to have a wonderful new neighbor who wants to be a part of our close-knit community.