Overview

No place epitomizes Silicon Valley living quite like Menlo Park. Located just north of Palo Alto and Stanford University, the city is both a world-class financial center and a suburban haven, blending the presence of cutting-edge companies with charming commercial districts and relaxed yet sophisticated neighborhoods. Those who live in Menlo Park cite the friendliness of its people and the attractiveness of its central location as characteristics that drew them to this city. 

 

A Compelling History

The name “Menlo Park” originally belonged to the estate of two local Irish settlers in the 1850s. With the introduction of the railroad to the area, the name was borrowed from the estate and applied to the new railroad station during the Civil War era. What once was a simple commuter stop grew into a successful community for businessmen and, over the next century, Menlo Park was expanded and developed into its current geographic size. Gradually, the city has earned prestige as one of the most affluent and educated residential areas in America.

 

Variety & Access

Several neighborhoods comprise Menlo Park, showcasing a variety of home styles ranging from modest Mid-Century Modern Eichler-built homes to sprawling new luxury homes on expansive grounds. Depending on the neighborhood, residents may even be able to enjoy larger lot sizes and more privacy than in adjacent Palo Alto.

 

Downtown Menlo Park is a refined, vibrant commercial zone just blocks away from dynamic Downtown Palo Alto, giving residents prime access to some of the best shopping, dining, and entertainment around. The city’s variety, access, and relative privacy are a few reasons why many regard Menlo Park as a better bargain than neighboring Palo Alto.

 

Business Powerhouse

Menlo Park is perhaps best known for Sand Hill Road, a vast stretch of land that is renowned as home to venture capitalists and firms of private equity, finance, and law. The concentration of power there has caused many to liken Sand Hill Road to Silicon Valley’s version of New York City’s Wall Street. Facebook, SRI International, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are all headquartered in Menlo Park, emphasizing this gracious city’s savvy business acumen.

 

Educational Emphasis

As one might expect of a city so close to Stanford University, education is a priority for Menlo Park residents, and nearly 70% of them hold college degrees. In addition, the public school system hosts several award-winning schools, and the campuses of many exclusive private academies are concentrated in or around the city. 

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Though Menlo Park is admittedly one of the more expensive addresses on the Midpeninsula, it offers virtually the same proximity to high-tech companies and world-class destinations—and oftentimes even larger lot sizes—but at a more reasonable price than Palo Alto. The convenient, neighborly location and mix of suburban comfort and urban amenities make Menlo Park a top contender as a home for well-heeled Bay Area residents. 

 

 

Notable Residents—Past and Present

 

Lindsey Buckingham, musician (Fleetwood Mac)

Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants MLB player

Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson, professional soccer players and World Cup champions

Jerry Garcia and Bob Weird, musicians (The Grateful Dead)

Jack Herrick, founder of wikiHow

Josie Maran, supermodel

Bob Melvin, MLS player and manager

John Naber, Olympic swimmer

Stevie Nicks, singer and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac)

Ariel Rittenhouse, Olympic diver

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

Population
34,549
MedianFamily Income
132,928

The public schools are among the best in the nation. Graduates from the local high schools attend the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country, with a much larger than average number admitted to neighboring Stanford. Abundant bike paths make it easy for most students to bike to their local schools, giving them a sense of independence that is valued by parents and children alike.

active
625 hobart st,
menlo park
$6,800,000
central menlo
5Beds / 5Baths / 4968SqFt
active
1015 monte rosa dr,
menlo park
$6,500,000
sharon heights / stanford hills
4Beds / 5Baths / 4140SqFt
active
1131 hobart st,
menlo park
$5,998,000
central menlo
6Beds / 6Baths / 5430SqFt
active
1700 bay laurel dr,
menlo park
$5,895,000
central menlo
5Beds / 2Baths / 3693SqFt
active
1290 bay laurel dr,
menlo park
$5,750,000
central menlo
4Beds / 2Baths / 1880SqFt
active
960 lassen dr,
menlo park
$5,495,000
sharon heights / stanford hills
3Beds / 3Baths / 3570SqFt
active
193 willow rd,
menlo park
$4,980,000
menlo oaks area
4Beds / 5Baths / 3931SqFt
active
1330 university dr 82,
menlo park
$4,250,000
allied arts / downtown
3Beds / 2Baths / 2970SqFt
active
5 brent ct,
menlo park
$4,198,000
sharon heights / stanford hills
4Beds / 4Baths / 4500SqFt
active
743 roble ave,
menlo park
$3,988,888
allied arts / downtown
4340SqFt
pending
1740 oak ave,
menlo park
$6,988,000
central menlo
7Beds / 5Baths / 5415SqFt
contingent
1224 n lemon ave,
menlo park
$4,550,000
central menlo
6Beds / 4Baths / 4144SqFt
pending
10 elmwood pl,
menlo park
$4,000,000
menlo oaks area
4Beds / 3Baths / 3040SqFt
pending
723 college ave,
menlo park
$3,749,000
allied arts / downtown
4Beds / 2Baths / 2680SqFt
pending
323 pope st,
menlo park
$3,488,000
willows / o'conner area
4Beds / 3Baths / 2540SqFt
pending
415 lemon st,
menlo park
$3,450,000
central menlo
3Beds / 3Baths / 2400SqFt
pending
485 arbor rd,
menlo park
$3,198,000
central menlo
4Beds / 3Baths / 2160SqFt
pending
401 oak ct,
menlo park
$3,195,000
willows / o'conner area
4Beds / 3Baths / 3010SqFt
pending
130 pineview ln,
menlo park
$2,888,000
central menlo
3Beds / 2Baths / 2330SqFt
pending
233 arden rd,
menlo park
$2,875,000
felton gables
sold
1177 johnson st,
menlo park
$10,850,000
central menlo
5Beds / 5Baths / 6611SqFt
sold
1745 bay laurel dr,
menlo park
$5,295,000
central menlo
4Beds / 3Baths / 3283SqFt
sold
6 palm ct,
menlo park
$5,188,000
central menlo
5Beds / 4Baths / 3205SqFt
sold
755 hermosa way,
menlo park
$4,500,000
central menlo
4Beds / 2Baths / 1810SqFt
sold
1150 hidden oaks dr,
menlo park
$4,495,000
central menlo
6Beds / 4Baths / 4125SqFt
sold
773-775 partridge ave,
menlo park
$3,850,000
allied arts / downtown
4512SqFt
sold
1175 hermosa way,
menlo park
$3,798,000
central menlo
3Beds / 2Baths / 2410SqFt
sold
605 oak knoll ln,
menlo park
$3,675,000
central menlo
4Beds / 3Baths / 2810SqFt
sold
16 nancy way,
menlo park
$3,125,000
central menlo
4Beds / 2Baths / 2830SqFt
sold
839 paulson cir,
menlo park
$2,998,000
middlefield to el camino menlo park
3Beds / 2Baths / 2363SqFt