Menlo Park

Welcome to Menlo Park

Small-town charm with the conveniences of a modern urban center. This Silicon Valley suburb has something for everyone.

 

Conveniently located between San Francisco and San Jose, Menlo Park is a small city in San Mateo County directly north of Palo Alto and Stanford. Although its total population is only about 30,000 people, Menlo Park is globally recognized as a central hub for technology and finance. Meta, the multinational technology conglomerate that owns and operates Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and more is headquartered in Menlo Park. The city is also home to Sand Hill Road, an internationally renowned street notable for its concentration of Silicon Valley's top venture capital firms. 

 

Additionally, with the prestigious Stanford University as its backdrop, Menlo Park is recognized as a center of higher education. According to the Huffington Post, Menlo Park ranks among the most educated cities in California, with nearly 70% of residents over the age of 25 holding a bachelor's degree or higher.

 

What to Love

  • Educated community 
  • Vibrant downtown area
  • Convenient location (30 miles to San Francisco, 20 miles to San Jose)
  • Small-town charm
  • Central hub for technology and finance
  • Direct Bay access for recreation and relaxation

 

People & Lifestyle

Menlo Park, characterized by its tranquil ambiance, tree-lined avenues, sprawling parks, and welcoming community, boasts a diverse, forward-thinking, and affluent populace. 

 

Much of the city's development has followed the growth of Stanford University. Menlo Park was incorporated as a city in 1927 and in the mid-20th century, Stanford University faculty and graduates began establishing electronics companies in the area. This laid the foundation for what would become Silicon Valley. In 1972, Kleiner Perkins became the first venture capital firm to establish an office on Sand Hill Road. Their success quickly drew more venture capitalist firms to the now infamous road. In 1998, Google was founded in a Menlo Park garage by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two Stanford students. Meta has had its headquarters in Menlo Park since 2011. 

 

This combination of higher education, finance, and technological innovation has fostered a dynamic community with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. 

 

The city is also popular among families due to its top-rated schools, safe neighborhoods, and family-friendly amenities.

 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

With its beautiful parks, vibrant downtown area, cultural attractions, and recreational opportunities, Menlo Park offers something for everyone to enjoy. 

 

Downtown Menlo Park is a central hub for the community and offers extensive dining and shopping options. Here you'll find a variety of shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. Don't miss the weekly farmers' market for fresh produce and local goods. Also, make sure to mark your calendar for the annual Downtown Menlo Park Block Party, a yearly summer event featuring food, music, and entertainment for the whole family.

 

Fremont Park and Karl E. Clark Park are where you’ll find the annual Summer Concert Series. This fun-filled event brings live music to Menlo Park during the summer months. This is always a fantastic opportunity to have a good time and mingle with locals!

 

Just a short drive from Menlo Park is Stanford Shopping Center, an upscale outdoor shopping mall located adjacent to Stanford University. With its extensive selection of upscale retailers, diverse dining options, and scenic ambiance, Stanford Shopping Center provides a sophisticated and enjoyable shopping experience for all.

 

Things to Do

With its blend of outdoor activities, cultural attractions, shopping, dining, and community events, Menlo Park never falls short of things to do.

 

Menlo Park’s convenient location offers its residents direct access to the bay waters. Bedwell Bayfront Park allows visitors access to scenic views, walking trails, birdwatching, and picnicking. This expansive park located on the edge of the San Francisco Bay is a regular location for Menlo Park get-togethers.

 

Founded in 1928 shortly after Menlo Park’s incorporation as a city, the Allied Arts Guild is a historic complex featuring art studios, shops, a café, and a variety of beautifully established gardens. Meander through the garden oasis as a refuge from our busy world and then enjoy a bite to eat at popular Cafe Wisteria.

 

The Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club is also located in Menlo Park and provides locals and Sand Hill Road workers alike a chance to play a round of golf in a beautiful setting nestled amongst tall redwoods and old oak trees.

 

Schools 

When it comes to public schools, children in Menlo Park, California are served by various school districts depending on where they reside. For primary schools in Menlo Park, students are zoned to either the Menlo Park City School District, the Ravenswood City School District, or the Las Lomitas Elementary School District. In terms of high school education, Menlo Park is part of the Sequoia Union High School District, where Menlo-Atherton High School serves as the main institution. Additionally, certain areas offer the choice to attend Woodside High School. Menlo Park public schools are highly regarded in the area and many families move to Menlo Park with a desire to enroll their children in the local schools.

 

As is typical in many affluent areas, many Menlo Park children attend private schools such as Sacred Heart (Preschool - 12th Grade) or Menlo School (6th Grade - 12th Grade) which are both located in the nearby town of Atherton.

 

Menlo College, a private, four-year liberal arts college focused on business is located in Atherton, California, directly adjacent to Menlo Park. This college was also founded in 1927, the same year that the city of Menlo Park was founded.

 

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