Characterized by a small town atmosphere with big city amenities, Menlo Park is a hidden gem on the Peninsula. The city strikes a pleasing balance between suburban charm and urban appeal, offering a lively downtown, a strong public school district, plenty of parks, and diverse recreational facilities.
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About Menlo Park
Considered to be among the most educated cities in the United States, much of Menlo Park's activity is centered around the companies on Sand Hill Road consisting of venture capital, private equity, financial services, law, and investment firms focused on technology. Facebook and SRI International are also among the many thriving companies based in Menlo Park. From quaint streets to sprawling homes, Menlo Park has been named among CNN's 15 Best Places To Live for the Young and Rich.
Menlo’s downtown hub is located along Santa Cruz Avenue. The trendy destinations that line the street include ice cream and coffee shops, clothing and interior design stores, dry cleaners, a drug store, an epicurean grocery, and more. The Menlo Park Caltrain Station is positioned just across El Camino Real, immediately adjacent to Kepler’s Bookstore and Café Borrone, one of city’s most beloved outdoor dining venues. The Menlo Park Civic Center is also located nearby, featuring the local library, duck pond, playground, sports fields, skate park, and community pool. The newly constructed Arrillaga Family Gymnasium completes the Center’s incomparable potential for recreational enjoyment.
Home to about 32,000 people, Menlo Park is located just up El Camino Real from Stanford University, two miles west of Palo Alto and about 17 miles northwest of San Jose. It is bordered by the San Francisco Bay to the north and east, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, and Stanford to the south, and Atherton, North Fair Oaks, and Redwood City to the west. This coveted community enjoys easy access to Highway 101, Caltrain, and nearby towns and cities.
For primary schools, central Menlo Park is generally served by the Menlo Park City School District, while the Belle Haven neighborhood and VA hospital are served by the Ravenswood City School District. The Las Lomitas Elementary School District serves the Sharon Heights and Stanford Hills neighborhoods. Menlo Park is part of the Sequoia Union High School District, with all of Menlo Park falling into the boundaries of Menlo-Atherton High School.
Menlo Park offers a broad and diverse selection of classes for children, teens, adults, and seniors. The city is further highlighted by a dozen beautiful parks enjoyed by the many young families that call this quaint city home.