Leland Manor

BWhouselargertractLarger post-World War II tract homes, usually mid-range. Look here if you want a prosperous-looking rancher neighborhood close to Community Center and schools.

Boundaries: Seale, Barbara, N. California, Middlefield. Map boundaries are approximate due to my limitations as a map maker. Neighborhood boundaries may be subjective. Boundaries and other information on this Web site should be verified before being relied upon.

Overview: Leland Manor has much of the quietly affluent rancher ambiance of Central Menlo. Somewhat like nearby Crescent Park Addition but further from 101 and usually on a slightly larger scale. Well-located, close to the community center and sought-after schools.

Housing stock: Most are spacious 3- and 4-bedroom ranchers built from 1946-51, although a handful were built in 1939-41 just after the area was annexed to Palo Alto. Leland Manor was an upscale development by the standards of the time and has remained so. Virtually all homes are at least 1800 sq.ft. and many are well into the 2000 sq.ft. range. All have at least two baths and often three. They’re well-built homes, almost all single-story traditional ranchers. Despite breaking ground just before World War II, there’s no pre-war architecture here; in fact Leland Manor may have been Palo Alto’s introduction, at least on a large scale, to the new “ranch-style” home. A few of the Eichlers common to post-war Palo Alto are also here but they’re large customs, not the small tract homes the builder was known for. Joe must have found these jobs convenient since he was building some of his earliest developments just on the other side of Embarcadero about this time.

Affordabilty: A great location plus generally big homes and lots keep prices up.

Lot sizes: Most range from 8000 to 14,000 sq.ft., with a handful of half-acres. Lots are the typical post-war configuration, broad and deep.

Schools: Palo Alto Unified School District, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto CA 94306. Main number (650) 329-3700.

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School attendance boundaries are subject to change and schools are subject to availability. Verify enrollment with the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Amenities: Main Library, 1213 Newell Rd. (650) 329-2436. Arts Center, 1313 Newell Rd. (650) 329-2366. Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Rd. (20 acres): adult theatre, children’s theatre, adult pool, children’s pool, children’s museum, play area, tennis courts, picnic areas, restrooms. Also includes Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd. (650) 463-4900. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St. (650) 329-2134.

Shopping: Convenient to Town & Country Village, University Avenue and Edgewood Shopping Center.

Neighborhoods with similar ambience: Central Menlo and North Los Altos.

Interested in buying in Leland Manor or in a similar area? Please contact me at jfyten@cbnorcal.com.

copyright © John Fyten 2004-14

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