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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 68 N Puzzles, page 69 Home Front Al so on lin E M 60 HO GE EN PA OP DE, I GU HOME & REAL ESTATE PA L O A LT O W E E K LY e at w w w .P al o Al to On lin e. co m SUMMER VEGGIES ... UC Master Gardeners will talk about “Summer Vegetables” at their monthly free workshop on Saturday, May 1, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. The workshop, and following demonstration, will deal with planning, planting, watering and harvesting. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners. org. ANNUAL ROSE SHOW ... The Peninsula Rose Society will hold its annual rose show on Sunday, May 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Redwood City Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. The free show includes hundreds of roses on display and a raffle. Information: www.peninsularosesociety. org or 650-369-6859. (continued on page 52) Hollie Halpin plays in Monroe Park with her 16-month-old daughter, Amelia, while her husband, Bill, carries 3-year-old Alex. Monroe Park An eclectic neighborhood centered around a park by Aimee Miles hen Bill and Hollie Halpin decided to leave their home in San Jose for Palo Alto, they searched meticulously for a community where they could settle down permanently and raise their three young children. After scouting local neighborhoods, interviewing residents, and interviewing the police for crime statistics, they settled on Monroe Park. “We wanted a place where the kids could play and meet neighbors, and Monroe circle is perfect for that,” Hollie Halpin said. “The goal was to get into a neighborhood, a school district, a community, and bring the kids all the way through.” Having moved into their twostory, four-bedroom home in midFebruary, the Halpins are still getting to know Monroe Park and its surroundings. The park itself, a small, gently sloping plot marked by a swing-set and a pair of benches, serves as a centerpiece for the neighborhood and is the popular destination of many a late-afternoon and evening stroll. The Halpins, who live nearby, have taken to going there every night after dinner. They often encounter W NEIGHBORHOOD SNAPSHOT other denizens of Monroe Park, who are all too happy to help the couple become better acquainted with the area. Framed by Adobe Creek to the west, El Camino Real to the south, Del Medio Avenue to the east and railroad tracks to the north, Monroe Park is divided along a zigzagging northeast-southwest axis that distinguishes Palo Alto residents from their Mountain View neighbors. As 36-year veteran Linnea Wickstrom puts it, Monroe Park is “a border state.” Wickstrom estimates that approximately 250 houses occupy Monroe Park, with 110 on the Palo Alto side. Small lots typically go for $800,000 to $900,000, while bigger houses often sell for $1.6 million to $1.8 million, said Wickstrom, who is president of the local homeowners’ association. Asked to describe the character of their neighborhood, the word residents most often invoke is “eclectic.” A stroll around the Monroe Drive Veronica Weber HOT DISHES ... Palo Alto Adult School will offer a couple of cooking classes that focus on different ethnic palates: Yannette Fichou Edwards will teach a “Mexican Fiesta” class on Tuesday, May 4, and Ramesh and Bharati Joshi will offer “Indian Cooking” on Wednesday, May 5, both from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Each class costs $50. Delectables include homemade guacamole, tortilla soup, Baja shrimp with green chilis and tequila, and Mexican chocolate cake; or chicken curry, pullae (rice), puri (fluffy bread), chole (spicy garbanzo beans) and aaloo gobi (potatoes and cauliflower). Don’t forget to bring containers for leftovers. Information: 650-329-3752 or www. Veronica Weber GOOD-BYE LAWNS ... Deva Luna, master gardener, landscape designer and horticulturist for EarthCare Landscaping, will teach a class on “Alternatives to Lawns” on Saturday, May 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Luna’s talk will include dozens of ideas, plus pictures to demonstrate. Cost is $31. Information: 650493-6072, or http://lawns. The Halpin family — from left, Alex, Hollie, Amelia and Bill — meet neighbor Jingfen Yang and her 1-month-old grandson, Lucas, while visiting Monroe Park. loop reveals quaint bungalows palm tree providing deliberate, yet nestled beside towering two-story casual flair. Mission-style homes, in a subdued, Nancy and Randy Popp moved to earthy palette of greens, browns, the neighborhood from Mountain beiges and teals. Small details, like View 15 years ago, expecting to only wood-paneled garage doors, bright stay for five — but the neighborhood window frames and rustic roof shin- charmed them, the couple said. They gles, lend each home a distinct and decided to stay and raise their three quietly surprising air. young children in Monroe Park. But carpentry alone cannot account “There’s a mix of new and old, for the quirky aesthetic of Monroe it’s not cookie cutter,” Nancy said of Park, whose well-manicured lawns the neighborhood’s juxtaposition of are a spectacle unto themselves. In housing models. the springtime, vibrant poppies, aza“The neighborhood’s great, people leas, Irish bells and birds of para- are friendly,” said Randy, adding, dise accentuate wrought-iron gates, “The park is a really good neighbor. cobblestone pathways and arched ... It’s a catalyst for social interactrellises. Large firs shade the road- tion.” way, with the occasional cactus or (continued on next page 51) *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ«ÀˆÊÎä]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 49

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