Mixing Metals Throughout Your Interior

By Tilu Arora | Design Coordinator Some people remain convinced that mixing metals is a recipe for disaster. One of the most popular recent trends has been to utilize monochromatic design schemes in which silver, nickel, or chrome was the dominant metal. However, that preference is quickly changing as designers are beginning to play with […]

Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation’s Schoolhouse Rocks 5K Photo Gallery

DeLeon Realty sponsored Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation’s Schoolhouse Rocks 5k Run last Sunday, May 21st at Hillview Middle School. Over 3,000 Menlo Park and Atherton residents laced-up their running shoes to run, walk and cheer in support of quality education. The DeLeon team joined the tremendoes group of volunteers and operated a water station and face painting booth. Check out […]

San Francisco Bay Area: America’s Second City

New York City is consistently viewed as the preeminent city in America, and arguably the world. However, the title of “Second City” has been more fluid, in flux from as early as 1890.

Chicago was originally dubbed the Second City to illustrate its status in America. When Los Angeles surpassed Chicago in population in 1984, the informal title of Second City transferred to Los Angeles.

How to Effectively Build Your Dream Home

By: Ken DeLeon, ESQ | Founder The demand to purchase a lot and build a custom home in Silicon Valley is higher than ever before. The three main reasons for this, in declining order, are: The lack of new homes being offered by speculation builders, The large profits these builders make when they do build […]

Infographic: How Brokerages Handle In-House Deals

Going forward, DeLeon Realty will not take commission from both sides of the same transaction. If any DeLeon Realty agent represents a buyer on any DeLeon Realty listing, then we will waive 100 percent of the buyer-side commission.* This policy does not merely apply to agents representing buyers on their own listings, which we still prohibit. […]

Neighborhood Spotlight: West Menlo/University Heights

By David Hall, ESQ. | Senior Buyer Specialist, Menlo Park, Stanford, & College Terrace The University Heights neighborhood of Menlo Park straddles Alameda de las Pulgas (which in Spanish means “Avenue of the Fleas”), connecting Valparaiso Avenue to the north and Sandhill Road to the south. Also commonly referred to as West Menlo, it is an […]

Beyond Simple Seasonality

By Alex Seroff, ESQ. | Listing Specialist With local real estate being one of the favorite topics of conversation in Silicon Valley, it is no surprise that sellers are well aware of the seasonality of the market and optimal timing. However, when working with sellers to determine the listing date for their home, DeLeon Realty […]

Neighborhood Spotlight: Ladera of Portola Valley

By John DeOliviera | Senior Buyer Specialist – Atherton/Woodside/Portola Valley The enclave of Ladera was named to reflect the rich Spanish history of the area; “ladera” is Spanish for hillside. This idyllic community was the brainchild of the Peninsula Housing Association, which was formed in 1944 with the goal of developing a housing cooperative. Today, […]

Birge Clark: Palo Alto’s Architect

By Huy Vu, ESQ. | Senior Buyer Specialist – Palo Alto Born at the end of the 19th century, Birge Clark was able to watch Palo Alto transform from the quiet town it once was to the early stages of the technology center it is today. By the time of his passing in 1989, Palo […]

Michael & Ken Go To College

By Michael Repka, ESQ | CEO & General Counsel Over the years, a number of fantastic teachers and professors have inspired me to push myself, explore varied interests, and maintain a thirst for knowledge. To this day, I owe a debt of gratitude to all of them for the time they devoted to helping me […]