By Michelle Lee
Menlo Park is highly regarded as one of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious and remarkable cities, drawing in residents and visitors from around the country and around the world. From Facebook’s corporate campus to elite Venture Capital firms along Sand Hill Road, this great city has fueled the growth of some of today’s most successful businesses and the leaders of the 21st century.
However, Menlo Park’s desirability is far more reaching than its thriving corporate environment. On a day-to-day basis, residents love the wonderful community that strikes a perfect balance of location, weather, schools, parks, restaurants, and so much more. The neighborhood of Central Menlo combines some of these great amenities with exclusive and stunning mansions along wide and peaceful city streets. Residents here often share a closeness and affinity for this area, staying close to their roots and hosting frequent social functions and block parties. Although this neighborhood is mostly residential, it is situated only minutes away from prime city centers.
A beautiful blend of mid-century modern homes, updated ranch homes, and newly-constructed mansions located on lots of around a quarter-acre comprise most of Central Menlo. More elite estates on larger lots of a half-acre or more can be found on the north side of the area along affluent Robert S Drive and Hermosa Way, which border and mimic the neighboring town of Atherton. In May 2018, the DeLeon Team sold a home here for over $10 million with multiple offers, and this area continues to be the most expensive neighborhood in all of Menlo Park.
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The eastside boundary of Central Menlo borders vibrant downtown Santa Cruz Avenue, offering residents a unique opportunity to take advantage of all the amenities while living in a more peaceful and quiet setting only moments away. Fine dining at British Bankers Club, Kyosho, and Left Bank offer excellent venues for social gatherings, along with charming cafes, unique shops and bookstores, art and fitness studios, and a central Caltrain station. Free summer concerts and other seasonal festivities are held at Camp Fremont Park, while nearby Nealon Park, Burgess Park, and Lyle Park offer multiple sports fields, dog runs, swimming pools, and more for family-friendly fun and recreation. Allied Arts Guild completes this area with a historic garden oasis, offering locals a break and creative outlet from busy suburban life.
West Menlo and Sharon Heights await on the west side of the area, including local hot spot Dutch Goose, award-winning Mitsunobu at Sharon Heights Shopping Center, and Michelin-star Madera at the 5-star Rosewood Hotel. Nearly 10-acre Sharon Park, Stanford Hills Park, and the Stanford Dish Hiking Trail offer some of the most scenic views in all of Silicon Valley. Esteemed Private Equity and Venture Capital firms are also headquartered here, and both Woodside and Portola Valley are located just across I-280.
Finally, San Francisquito Creek borders the south side of Central Menlo. One of the most overlooked features in this area is the bike path located at the south end of San Mateo Drive and walking trails along the creek that provide residents with scenic strolls and convenient access to Stanford Shopping Center and downtown Palo Alto. All of these attractions are situated no more than 2 miles away from Central Menlo.
Beyond the excellent blend of amenities offered in and around this prime location, this area is also great for young families. Children can attend Oak Knoll Elementary, Hillview Middle, and Menlo-Atherton High which are all exceptional public schools. Parents may also choose both Menlo School and Sacred Heart Schools that offer wonderful private education programs.
Overall, Central Menlo embodies the ambience of an exclusive gated community mixed with remarkable people, centrality to top amenities, and a world of possibilities. With the prevalence of large lot sizes and new modern residences, this area continues to attract affluent buyers and builders with ever-increasing demand and prestige. A high quality of life mixed with great appreciation for space and privacy complete this incredible neighborhood in the very heart of Silicon Valley.
Please contact Michael Repka to learn more information about current and upcoming listings, and gain more insider insight into this true, one-of-a-kind area.