Uncovering Sharon Heights
By Audrey Sun
Settled in the hills of Menlo Park, Sharon Park offers an exclusive, upper-middle class, Norman Rockwell-like family-oriented community. The neighborhood is approximately 1.8 square miles of tree-lined streets and verdant terrain, and is often ranked as one of the prettiest neighborhoods in Menlo Park. The undulating topography of Sharon Heights creates a beautiful curvature to its roads. The neighborhood mostly consists of ranch-style, single-family homes, townhouses, condominiums, and apartments. However, we have also seen a lot of new construction, and record sales in the neighborhood.
Famous Sand Hill Road
Just off of interstate 280, Sharon Heights borders Stanford University and the famous Sand Hill Road. The road is home to many large Venture Capital firms, such as Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures, and Sequoia Capital. Sand Hill is still the undisputed epicenter of VC activiity, with nearly half of the nation’s VC funding occurring in the Bay Area.
This exclusive enclave offers many shops and restaurants that are hard to resist – especially Mitsunobu, which is one of my personal favorites. The small and comfortable lunch spot seems unassuming from the outside, but it will surprise people with their authentic Japanese cuisine. The creamy and ultra-fresh uni will melt in your mouth, and the wide selection of nigari makes it one of the top sushi restaurants I’ve been to in the Bay Area. Situated on Alameda de las Pulgas are two classic restaurants, Lulu’s and Dutch Goose, which are perfect options for a quick lunch or happy hour.
In many ways, homes in Sharon Heights have been unfairly overlooked compared to some neighboring areas. With beautiful surroundings and easy access to major Silicon Valley companies, Sharon Heights is an ideal place for a Bay Area lifestyle. Overly exaggerated soil and slope issues with properties may have given Sharon Heights a bad reputation; however, newer construction has overcome these past issues, as the building requirements are much stricter to prevent any new homes having these issues.
From 2017 – 2019, the median sale price in Sharon Heights had a marginal increase, and the inventory stayed the same. With the trajectory of the prices being slow, and days on market increasing, a lot of buyers may find great deals in this area. Sharon Heights presents an outstanding opportunity to get not only a great value, but a wonderfully convenient location in one of Menlo Park’s most beautiful neighborhoods.
One of the reasons Sharon Heights statistics are stagnant is because the active homes there typically have very little exposure in terms of marketing. Many of the homes are advertised mainly on the MLS, and are then automatically syndicated onto sites such as Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin. This charming neighborhood truly deserves more, as it offers a great location to raise a family in Silicon Valley. As the top listing team in all of Menlo Park*, DeLeon Realty is taking an active approach in marketing the homes in Sharon Heights to clients, and our goal is to educate potential buyers on this charming neighborhood.