Buena Vista Residents

Who Lives at Buena Vista and Why We Care?

bvresidents02Seldom has a Palo Alto land use issue had the power to move nearly 400 people out of Palo Alto, redefining our neighborhood and city in the process. Yet this may happen to Barron Park. The 86-year old Buena Vista Mobile Home Park (BV) is in the early stage of closure, to be sold by the owner. Continue reading

Stanford Research Study

Study sheds light on Buena Vista children

Research by Stanford professors explores the value of living in Palo Alto

(by Gennady Sheyner/ Palo Alto Weekly / Mar 18, 2014)

Trailer homes at the Buena Visa Mobile Home Park. Photo taken Sept. 12, 2012, by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

Trailer homes at the Buena Visa Mobile Home Park. Photo taken Sept. 12, 2012, by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

While more than a quarter of Hispanic students in Silicon Valley drop out of school before graduation, not a single high-school-age student of the dozens who live in the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park has chosen to go this route.

While children of Mexican immigrants are three times less likely than other children to have good access to medical care, this trend is also conspicuously absent at Buena Vista, a Barron park community where Mexican-American residents make up the largest ethnic group and where residents are now preparing for possible displacement Continue reading

The History of Buena Vista

A History of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park

From auto camp to neighborhood, the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park has an 86-year history

(by Sue Dremann / Palo Alto Online / June 17, 2008)

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This advertisement for the Buena Vista Auto Camp is from the 1930s. (Image courtesy of Beth Bunnenberg and Doug Graham.)

Buena Vista began as a tourist camp for travelers, part of a 5,392-acre property purchased by R.E. Ashley in 1926. A historical photograph of the Buena Vista Auto Camp shows a row of tiny wooden cabins built on raised platforms with narrow spaces built between them, ostensibly for parking, according to Doug Graham a Barron Park neighborhood historian. Continue reading