small homes with semi-rural ambience, usually entry-level
Look here if you want a pleasant semi-rural area with great schools.
Overview: An often-engaging hodgepodge of houses located on a narrow strip of land between Alpine and the creek. Homes close to Alpine get plenty of traffic noise but toward the creek it's quiet and beautiful and the birds sing and your neighbor is Stanford Golf Course. Originally a tract of summer cabins named Stanford Week End Acres.
NOTE: This area is governed directly by San Mateo County, not the City of Menlo Park. Menlo Park's police and public works services are not available to Alpine residents. Contact the Menlo Park City Clerk's office at (650) 858-3380 for city services that may be available to Alpine residents for a non-resident fee, such as library and recreation programs. If you think you might be remodeling or expanding your home, contact the County Planning & Building Division at (650) 363-4161 for guidelines before you buy.
Housing stock: This area is nothing if eclectic with its small '20s cabins, modest '50s and '60s ranchers and a smattering of larger homes from the '80s done in a sort of rustic Tahoe style. Sometimes you'll find all of them on the same street.
Lot sizes: Most are 7000 sq.ft. or under. Many ranchers are on rather small lots of 5000 sq.ft. or less. There are a handful of quarter and half acres.
Affordability: Affordability is fair to good for Menlo Park but much depends on lot size and location. Nearer to the creek is pricier because itís prettier and further from Alpine Road traffic noise.
The affordability factor for this area is hard to pin down because of the tremendous diversity of housing types (see Housing stock, below) and locations (is it next to one of the few creeks in this area still in its natural state or next to a busy road?), but figure that it starts around 6.2. Newer and larger homes in better locations can go as high as 10-11.
This information is based on district and other sources but may be obsolete by the time you read this. Verify district boundaries and school availability with district offices.
Amenities: None in immediate area except the Alpine bike path. There are open space preserves nearby at Stanford, Palo Alto, Arastradero and Windy Hill. Convenient to two private swim and tennis clubs, Alpine Hills and Ladera Oaks.
Neighborhoods with similar ambience: An area thatís hard to categorize. Other former summer cabin areas include Los Trancos Woods in unincorporated Portola Valley, the Russell-Santa Maria area in the town of Portola Valley and Woodside Glens in Woodside. Also similar are parts of Emerald Hills and Palomar Park in unincorporated Redwood City and Devonshire Canyon in unincorporated San Carlos. Alpine tract neighborhoods resemble Menlo Park County neighborhoods.
Neighborhoods with similar prices: Again, not enough sales and too much diversity in home type and age, location and lot size to generalize. But it's a safe bet that the tract houses sell for County prices, or perhaps a bit less, and the summer cabins for Los Trancos prices. See an important qualification regarding price comparisons.
Interested in buying a home in the Alpine area or in a similar area? Please contact me at email@example.com.