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Menlo Park is located between Redwood City, East Palo Alto, Atherton and Palo Alto. Menlo Park is one of those that many people consider for their new home. Menlo Park is nestled east of San Mateo County and is in the San Francisco Peninsula Bay Area. The 2009 census has the area as having 33,690 people located in the Menlo Park area. The area was once known as “Sleepy Hollow of California,” and still has that small town feel to it.
Menlo Park received its name in 1854 by Dennis J Oliver and D.C. McGlynn who purchased around 1,700 acres in the area. In fact, they named the area after their old home in Menlough on Lough Corrib, County Galway in Ireland. It was in 1863 when the train came through the area that took the Menlo Park name as well. The city was incorporated for the first time in 1874 but dissolved only two years later. It was permanently incorporated in 1927.
One landmark that stands out in the Menlo Park area is the railroad station. This station is one of the oldest in the state that is still delivering passengers. Thus, it is a must see when you come to the area. Along with this, there are several recreational activities that individuals, as well as families, can enjoy. Some of these activities include:
- Adult classes like dance, martial arts, sports and fitness
- Children classes for dance, martial arts, sports and fitness
- Gymnastics centers
- Aquatics center for swimming and classes
- Numerous sports complexes for tennis, soccer, ice skating, basketball, and the like
- There are even enrichment classes that offer theater
- Horseback riding
- Numerous events throughout the year including summer camps, Spanish classes, and musical enrichment programs
The vast preponderance of jobs and industry revolves around companies that are found on Sand Hill Road. Most of these businesses are Primarily venture capital, financial services, private equity, law firm and other professional groups. The top companies in the area, as of 2012, include:
The majority of those who live in Menlo Park are going to use their personal cars, however, as many people walk and bike to their destinations. Public wise, there is the free shuttle service that makes routes throughout the area. In addition, the train station located in Menlo Park is still one of the own commuting methods for those who live here.
For those children who are in the area, they are going to be served by the Menlo Park City School District for the most part. However, some communities are served by the Ravenswood City School District, Sequoia Union High School District and the Las Lomitas Elementary School District. The high school for the area is Menlo-Atherton High School.
There are a few Catholic schools in the area including St. Raymond Catholic Elementary and Nativity Elementary School. There is also the Saint Patrick’s Seminary and University in the area. Along with Menlo College and Menlo Schools, which are prep schools.
The 2000 census has the average household income $82,609. On average, the homes in the area cost around $1,828,371. The average rent in the area is $1,247.
For those who want a small town feel to the area that they live in, Menlo Park may be just what they need. Each neighborhood is considered part of the Menlo Park area. They all offer something for each resident, and they are located close enough for those who wish to commute.
Fair Oaks is a tree-lined neighborhood, in fact, Fair Oaks is known as a community that will help out the neighbor or even bring chicken noodle soup to ensure you feel better. A few facts about this community:
This is a neighborhood known for its parks and recreation in the area. This area is home to many families. This area is home to the Belle Haven Elementary School as well. A few facts about this area:
This area is considered one of the low-income neighborhoods. Single family homes are predominant in this neighborhood. However, things are changing fast for this area, thanks to Facebook been located here. Belle Haven is home to several private schools, along with the Belle Haven School which is public.
For those who are looking for rustic charm, look no further than Menlo Oaks. Those who travel through this area are going to find that almost everything feels as though you are going back into time. There are no bike pathways, and the streets are small. However, each home feels as though they are super private!
This area is one that fosters community. While there is no housing authority over the year, neighbors look out for one another and the area in general.
This area was once all farmland. Thus, there are older homes here, as well as those that are newly built. The clear majority of those who live here are considered younger families that wanted more land to raise their kids on.
Sharon Heights is those who are looking for something that has a bit more of a city feel to it. Sharon Heights is not very far from Intestate 280, this area has a rural feel, but the homes here are more city-like.
University Heights is one of the newer communities that is in the Menlo Park area. Those who live here may be retirees, while next door there may be those families just starting out. There is a huge mix that calls this area home, making it very diverse. In fact, many younger people look at this as one of the more trendier areas.
This area is home to what many people believe to be the architectural area of Menlo Park. There are homes that have the common California appeal to them, while others are utilizing a more Eastern US influence. What most people like about this area is that it is often just a walk or bike ride away from recreational activities.
Park Forest, homes in this area are considered to be influenced by German architecture. And those who go here are surprised that the area does live up to its name with numerous older trees in the area. A few facts to consider:
Downtown Menlo Park is considered to be the area for the best of both worlds, the residences and city feel to this neighborhood make it a top choice of those who are relocating here. It is close to shopping like the Stanford Shopping Center, but also close to those recreational areas as well.