Menlo Park is an affluent community with a small-town atmosphere that offers pleasant neighborhoods, excellent schools, and a convenient mid-Peninsula location. The city is known for being home to Facebook and the many venture capital firms along Sand Hill Road. Residents love Menlo Park for its quiet atmosphere and community feel. Many neighborhoods are within walking distance of the downtown area and numerous local parks.
This forward-thinking city is known for its progressive attitudes and green policies--in keeping with the city’s influential mix of tech and venture capital firms. Residents are typically closely connected to these major local industries, resulting in a highly-educated and affluent local populace. For example, almost 15,000 employees work at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters. Nearby Stanford University is another source of youthful energy and bold, world-changing ideas.
Menlo Park luxury real estate ranges from $1.15 million to just over $10 million, with the median being $2.6 million. The community has over a dozen unique neighborhoods that stretch from east of Hwy 101 to Hwy 280. Menlo Park neighborhoods include:
Menlo Park’s vibrant, tree-lined downtown along Santa Cruz Avenue is full of unique boutiques, home décor stores, cafes, and restaurants. Local grocery stores include Draeger’s Market, Safeway and Trader Joe’s. The upscale stores of Stanford Shopping Center are also located less than a mile away.
For a small town, Menlo Park offers a surprisingly robust and diverse array of restaurants. Notables include Flea Street Cafe’s sophisticated, locally sourced fare, Parisian cafe Bistro Vida, al fresco dining at Trellis, the chic courtyard bar at the Park James Hotel Oak + Violet, Michelin-starred Madera at Rosewood Hotel on Sand Hill.
Cafe Borrone is a popular spot for business breakfast or lunch, The Refuge is an excellent gastropub, Dutch Goose is a sports bar known for its burgers, beers, deviled eggs, Left Bank is a buzzing French brasserie, and excellent Mediterranean dishes can be found at Galata Bistro, Sultana, and Piccolo Ristorante Italiano. Stylish modern Asian fare can be located at Fey, Gombei, and Koma Sushi.
Menlo Park’s schools are located within several school districts, including the excellent Menlo Park City and Las Lomitas school districts.
With a wide assortment of local shops and restaurants as well as numerous parks, living in Menlo Park offers residents a small-town feel.
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