Linfield Oaks (also known as Middlefield to El Camino on the MLS) is a typical suburban area, replete with manicured lawns and broad California ranchers. This neighborhood is a planned community that was developed in the 1950s and still retains some of that mid-century sensibility.

Stretching across 80 acres, Linfield Oaks is a stand-alone community consisting mostly of single-family homes, apartments, and office buildings, all next to the large and family-friendly Burgess Park, which offers pools, tennis and basketball courts, baseball diamonds, playgrounds, and a recreation center. Linfield Oaks has several two story homes, as well as a few more modern abodes, but for the most part, even after undergoing varying degrees of renovation, homes in this neighborhood have stayed consistent with the area’s overall look. Apartments are low-level, garden-style buildings with generally long-term tenants and are located on the outer edges of the neighborhood. Along Middlefield Road are office campuses for various businesses, including the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the Stanford Research Institute (SRI).

In 2007 and 2008, two new communities rose up in Linfield Oaks. Taylor Morrison developed Morgan Lane, a community of 56 Victorian-style single family homes which ended up selling in the low $1 million range. Summerhill Homes, on the other hand, developed Lane Woods, a community of 32 larger, Craftsman-style single family homes that were priced in the low to mid $1 million range, sold out in 2009.

Streets in Linfield Oaks are wide and winding with plenty of speed bumps, keeping traffic slow and to a minimum. Quiet and peaceful Willow Road bisects this neighborhood, but still allows residents a straight shot to reach Highway 101. Downtown Palo Alto is a short jaunt over the two pedestrian bridges, which cross the San Francisquito Creek and are located on Alma Street and Willow Place.

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. To learn more, please visit: http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov/.

  • Boundaries

    • Encinal Avenue, Oak Grove Avenue, and Ravenswood Avenue on the north
    • Middlefield Road on the east
    • San Francisquito Creek on the south
    • Alma Street on the west
  • Libraries

    • Menlo Park Library- 800 Alma Street Menlo Park, CA 94025
  • Parks

    • Burgess Park- Alma Street and Mielke Drive Menlo Park, CA 94025
  • Public Schools

    • Encinal Elementary School (K-5)- 195 Encinal Avenue Atherton, CA 94025
    • Hillview Middle School (6-8)- 1100 Elder Avenue Menlo Park, CA 94025
    • Menlo-Atherton High School- 555 Middlefield Road Menlo Park, CA 94027
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