Unique among Menlo Park’s neighborhoods, West Menlo (also known as University Heights) is an unincorporated area governed by San Mateo County. Lots in West Menlo are often modest, averaging around 6,000 square feet, and the homes are modestly sized, too. Consequently, West Menlo can be a relative bargain for Menlo Park buyers compared to pricier neighboring areas.
One major benefit is that San Mateo County’s building guidelines are more lenient than those of Menlo Park. This means you can build a much larger home on a much smaller lot than you would be able to in the rest of the city. These conditions have led to much new construction in recent years, revitalizing the cozy neighborhood of bungalows and cottages with larger, more elaborate houses. Today, the neighborhood’s population balances a mix of long-time residents and young families. Residents enjoy being able to walk to local businesses clustered along Alameda de las Pulgas, forming a type of miniature downtown. Another important factor of West Menlo is its inclusion in the excellent Las Lomitas School District. The neighborhood’s unique character makes West Menlo a superb choice for anyone seeking a low-key, friendly neighborhood with prized schools at a relatively affordable price-point.
- Access to award-winning schools
- More lenient building restrictions
- Modestly sized lots with modest homes
- Unincorporated neighborhood with miniature downtown