One of the mid-Peninsula’s prestige addresses, Menlo Park offers a wide range of neighborhoods and ambiences.
pros and cons
· One of the more consistently attractive cities on the mid-Peninsula.
· Superb weather.
· Of the three elementary school districts within its boundaries, two have excellent test scores.
· Downtown is attractive and upscale but has a relaxed feel.
· Wide range of affordability, from entry-level Belle Haven to numerous upscale neighborhoods.
· While post-war ranchers predominate, there’s still a good variety of neighborhood types and architectural styles.
· Upscale areas have attracted a fair amount of new construction, and older homes have often been extensively remodeled and expanded.
· Live in the hills or on the flatlands.
· One of the better townhouse and condo markets, especially in the hills, with a good supply of upscale developments.
· Excellent recreation programs.
· Good network of parks.
· Has benefited culturally, intellectually and financially from its location next to a major university.
· Like Palo Alto, Menlo Park is not a “bang for the buck” town, unless you value the intangibles that come from living there. But there’s no doubt that your money gets you less house and neighborhood than in most other cities. See Neighboring Cities for more affordable alternatives.
· Not a large selection of pre-war homes, and what there is is often modest.
· Compared to most nearby cities, Menlo Park doesn’t have a great selection of affordable condos.
· During rush hour, getting across the city or along El Camino can be difficult. Willow and Sand Hill are bumper-to-bumper.
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Here's how Menlo Park has performed over the past two years. SFR is single-family residence, CID condos and townhomes. These graphs are based on data from the Multiple Listing Service, corrected to eliminate anomalies at both ends of the price range that skew average sales price. The data has also been adjusted to compensate for the often substantial differences in average property size from year to year that can also skew the average.
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