"It's a perfect place to raise kids. We have a little private area where they can run and bike, and it's a short walk to the park." He adds, "We're pretty kid-oriented around here. I think the parents just look out for each other."
Palo Alto also has some of the best public schools anywhere.
Sure, the homes are small. If Rianne and Ben decide to have more than two children, he says, they'll consider moving.
But right now they have a more pressing question: what to name their son.
"We're going to take a look at what his face looks like and name him at birth," Ben says. "The name's got to match the face, right?"
• Meadowcreek (Greenmeadow Apartments) can be found on Greenmeadow Way immediately north of Alma Street. Meadowcreek is bordered by Eichler's Greenmeadow subdivision, 270 homes built in phases from 1954 to 1961. The older portion of the neighborhood was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Meadowcreek was not included in the application.
Photos: David Toerge