Welcome to Menlo Park
Menlo Park is an exciting Silicon Valley tech hub with a happening downtown. Nestled between Redwood City and Palo Alto on the San Francisco Bay shoreline, Menlo Park is home to Facebook’s headquarters and the venture capital hub of Sand Hill Road. The city is also located close to the world-famous Stanford University. This educated and affluent city also boasts great schools.
Menlo Park is composed of a variety of distinctive neighborhoods with a wide-ranging real estate mix. Renovated mid-century single-family homes and traditional Californian ranches are some of the city’s most common housing styles. Other homes range from cozy bungalows and stylish apartments to spectacular custom-built properties and luxurious estates.
What to Love
- Variety of distinctive neighborhoods
- Facebook and other high-tech businesses
- Sand Hill Road venture capital firms
- Happening downtown area
People & Lifestyle
Menlo Park is one of Silicon Valley’s most important tech hubs. Facebook is headquartered at a sprawling campus on Menlo Park’s San Francisco Bay shoreline, which employs around 15,000 workers. The dozens of venture capital firms headquartered on Sand Hill Road have provided billions of dollars in funding to countless Silicon Valley start-ups and tech firms. As well as offering unbeatable tech and finance employment opportunities, Menlo Park provides its residents with a relaxing small-town lifestyle with an eclectic array of downtown shopping and dining options.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Menlo Park’s tree-lined downtown streets feature some of the finest restaurants in Silicon Valley. The refined brasserie Left Bank serves a seasonal menu of delicious Southern French cuisine alongside strong cocktails and a curated choice of French and Californian wines. Trellis offers classic Northern Italian dishes in a beautifully designed space featuring an outdoor patio decorated with real grapevines.
Café Borrone is another European-inspired highlight with a menu of eclectic breakfast plates and gourmet lunchtime salads and sandwiches. Café Borrone also boasts an impressive choice of artisanal espresso beverages alongside local craft beers and premium wines. Dutch Goose is a favorite gathering place among the Menlo Park tech crowd for after-work drinks. This laidback sports bar pairs a dozen craft beer taps with elevated bar eats, including certified Angus burgers.
Other Menlo Park standouts include The Refuge for mouthwatering pastrami sandwiches and Belgian beers, Sultana for flavorful Turkish-oriented Mediterranean eats, and Stacks for hearty American comfort eats at breakfast and lunch. Alongside this exceptional array of eateries, Menlo Park is also a hotspot for boutique shopping. Trendy independent retailers in the downtown area include the hip clothing boutiques Alys Grace, Angela, and Gitane.
Things to Do
Menlo Park is an active community where many residents get around town on foot or by bike. A popular trail for hiking and jogging runs from the Stanford University campus to the 1960s radio antenna of the Stanford Dish.
Sharon Park is a picturesque greenspace in the Sharon Heights neighborhood featuring a lake, landscaped slopes, and natural woods. The adjacent Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club offers an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and five-star clubhouse facilities in a secluded area among soaring pines and redwoods.
9-acre Burgess Park provides many more recreational amenities at the edge of the downtown area. Facilities here include a pool complex, skateboard park, athletic fields, tennis courts, and a gym. Every Sunday, the year-round Menlo Park Farmers’ Market features vendors selling organic local produce, fish and crabs sourced for Half Moon Bay, and a variety of specialty prepared foodstuffs.
Menlo Park is served by the Menlo Park City Elementary and Sequoia Union High school districts. A few notable local schools include:
- Oak Knoll Elementary, Public, K-5
- Hillview Middle, Public, 6-8
- Sacred Heart, Private, K-12
- Menlo-Atherton High School, 9-12