Belle Haven’s claim to fame is that it is located on the border of Facebook’s sprawling headquarters. It’s rather ironic that this neighborhood that was established as affordable housing for the working class during the Great Depression now resides next to one of the most valuable companies in the world. However, Belle Haven’s proximity to Silicon Valley gold may be misleading in regard to home prices; its location bordering Highway 101 isn’t ideal, which has discouraged many developers from upgrading the homes of the neighborhood. Consequently, its legacy of modest homes remains mostly intact.
The neighborhood is much more diverse, in terms of both housing and ethnicities, than most other Peninsula communities. Homes include a mix of single-family houses, apartments, and duplexes, while residents include established African-American, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander ethnic groups who have settled in the area over the last few decades. Nowadays, of course, the population has been further diversified by the recent influx of Facebook employees. Within the borders of Belle Haven are multiple parks and a community center, and residents are nearby the recreational trails of the Baylands. Due to its exceptional location, healthy stock of amenities, and relatively affordable prices, Belle Haven is a neighborhood positioned for extremely positive growth.
- Next to Facebook’s headquarters
- Diverse housing and ethnic population
- Includes parks and a community center
- Affordable housing during the Great Depression