Felton Gables is a small pocket of single family homes bound by Encinal Avenue, the railroad tracks, and Holbrook Palmer Park. Felton Gables was named after its founding resident, U.S. Senator Charles N. Felton. A wealthy businessman, Senator Felton built his mansion on this tract in the late 19th century and hosted many luminaries of his day.
During the 1930s and 1940s, Senator Felton’s private estate was subdivided and developed into 115 homes. The homes had various architectural inspirations and remain largely preserved, mostly due to area-specific zoning restrictions, which have discouraged many tear-down efforts and have minimized over-expansion of current homes.
Narrow streets play host to tall, proud oaks which have made their home in the middle of certain roads. Lots are on the larger side, usually reaching about 10,000 square feet, which allows for a bit of a rural, quieter feel. Holbrook Palmer Park, although located across the Atherton border, adjoins this neighborhood, and residents have special access via a private gate for a nominal fee. This park offers 26 acres of grassy fields, historical buildings, tennis courts, and a baseball diamond.
Felton Gables does have two ongoing issues that buyers should be aware of when considering a home here. First, due to its proximity to Encinal Elementary, traffic along Encinal Avenue can be a gridlock, especially during school drop-off and pick-up times. This can make getting in and out of the neighborhood difficult and walking to and from school hazardous.
For a few of the Menlo Park neighborhoods, including Felton Gables and Linfield Oaks, the city council of Menlo Park has debated on the status of a high-speed railway system running from San Francisco to San Diego, and the potential effects it could have on these areas. A decision on how and where the railway may cut through certain areas has not yet been reached.
Homeowners in other parts of Felton Gables will still be affected by the high speed rail construction, but to a lesser degree and with little threat to their homeownership. To learn more, please visit: http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/.