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Menlo Park

Menlo Park

Menlo Park is the best kept secret in the Bay Area. Tucked midst its more well known neighbor Palo Alto and affluent Atherton, it sits right between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of the Peninsula. It holds fast to its small town character, having almost the same population for decades, while it offers a sophisticated and contemporary lifestyle. Being adjacent to Stanford University only enhances that academic atmosphere, as well as offering many sporting and cultural events to the community. Stanford's influence extends also to the business arena, making Menlo Park the home to a preponderance of venture capital firms, SRI International, and many professional services. In fact the international giant Google was born in a Menlo Park garage in 1998. The downtown area around Santa Cruz Avenue boasts charming restaurants, unique boutiques and stores, while the world class Stanford Shopping Center is only blocks away. The town's friendly civic social hub is the popular Café Borrone, next to historic Kepler's Books. Perhaps most alluring of all are the beautiful, tree-dotted neighborhoods in every nook and cranny of the city. There is much to love about Menlo Park.

Harmonizing the romantic history of another century with valuable contributions to modern technology, Menlo Park is a delightful blend of the old and new. In fact, the chamber of commerce selected a home in the 1867 Menlo Park Train Station, distinguished as the oldest station building in continuous use. However, even the celebrated architecture and antiques from yesterday are meticulously maintained in this exceptionally beautiful community. Located about 30 miles from San Francisco, Menlo Park is approximately 20 miles from San Jose and 30 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Known as the “City of Parks,” the community maintains lush parkland in a 20-mile radius offers opportunities for tennis, softball, soccer, archery, swimming, camping, softball, basketball, lawn bowling, hiking, and picnicking. Primarily a city of handsome homes and luxurious condominiums, the community's proximity to Stanford University has resulted in a proliferation of impressive light industry and high-tech facilities that include the Nobel-Prize-winning research center of Stanford Linear Accelerator.