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Menlo Park View Neighborhoods

Menlo Park is an old fashioned community, where neighbors know each other, block parties are common, and the kids still play out in the street with their friends.  The schools are great, the weather can’t be beat, the downtown is lively and it’s conveniently located between San Francisco and San Jose.

With its close proximity to Stanford University and the Silicon Valley, Menlo Park has always been a popular place to call home.  Downtown offers a great farmer’s market on Sundays, music in the park during the summer, and a Block Party during the summer.  The community center has Burgess Park which hosts holiday parades and has numerous sporting venues, including a new gymnasium three swimming pools.

The lots are typically a quarter to a third of an acre, but the landscaping throughout the city is lush and city, family friendly.

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Atherton is an affluent town rich with history and tradition.  In the early 1900’s, the wealthy families from San Francisco built their summer estates in Atherton, and you’ll find many of the historical artifacts still standing today.

The curbless streets, mature oaks, town hall and private schools are signature landmarks. Most of the town’s lots are on one acre plus parcels, and you’ll find a mix of old and new mansions that grace the pretty, tree-lined streets.

While the Menlo Circus Club is at the center of town; a private swim, tennis and polo club that has been around for more than 90 years, downtown Menlo Park is an easy walk, ride or drive for many Atherton residents.

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Redwood City View Neighborhoods

Located north of Atherton, Redwood City is a diverse community that offers many types of neighborhoods; you can get views of the bay up in the hills, or a central location close to downtown, or a rural feel close to Atherton.

A complete renovation of the downtown offers a new theatre district with many new restaurants and unique shops.  It’s lively at night and you’re bound to run into a familiar face.  The Plaza and Courthouse downtown are historical landmarks.

Redwood City offers two newer, highly-rated, charter schools to compliment the current school district.

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San Carlos View Neighborhoods

San Carlos is a charming city with a quant downtown, lots of parks, good schools and even an airport.  I like to refer to it as a “mini Menlo Park” because of its warm sense of community spirit.

Nestled north of Redwood City and south of San Mateo, you can find a home with a view or one within walking distance to a park or downtown.  Knowing your neighbors and walking to parks is part of the appeal of living in San Carlos.

Laurel Street, which comprises the downtown shops and restaurants, is vibrant and has sidewalk tables for outside dining.

There are many great hiking trails in the hills, and stunning Filoli Gardens is close by, where the filming of the opening scene of ‘Dynasty’ took place.  Filoli hosts an amazing Holiday Boutique as well as garden and mansion tours in the spring and summer.

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Former Governor of California Leland Stanford and his wife Jane founded Stanford University in memoriam to their son, Leland Stanford, Jr., in 1891.  It forever changed the peninsula and established the city of Palo Alto.

Palo Alto has an eclectic mix of neighborhoods, shopping districts, residents and businesses.  You are certain to find a place that suits you, whether it’s on University Avenue – the true downtown of Palo Alto – or just south on California Avenue – or even in Midtown.

There are many places to explore, from a wonderful community center, children’s library and zoo, to the Stanford Campus, which has (next year) an art district that includes the Cantor Art Museum and the Rodin Sculpture Garden; the Hoover Tower (named after President Herbert Hoover who graduated from Stanford in the pioneer class); and hiking up the “Dish” for amazing views of the area and bay.

The schools are outstanding, the shopping outrageous, the sporting events (at Stanford) competitive, and on top of all that, there is the world renowned Stanford Hospital, and a very green environment, be it through nature and environmentally conscience residents.

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Portola Valley View Neighborhoods

Portola Valley is picturesque with views of the hills and seemingly endless trails.  Hiking and biking are second nature to PV residents, as they soak in natural beauty of the area while getting a good workout.

While it feels like you’re out in the country, the town has two interesting and convenient shopping villages.

Most lot parcels are an acre, and surrounded by hills.  Neighbors are friendly, the schools are excellent, and the outdoor living can’t be beat.

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Woodside is a beautiful town with lots of land and a rural, hilly, country feel.  The parcels are large – many 3 acres or more-  and many are “horse properties.”  Woodside has a casual feel and you’ll often see residents in their riding jodhpurs or jeans buzzing around town or riding bikes, and it’s not unusual to see locals on horseback, riding on one of the many trails.

You feel like you’re a million miles away when you’re in Woodside, but you’re not.  Everyone knows their neighbors, shops at the iconic deli and supermarket – Roberts – or grabs a cheeseburger at the bar at The Pub.  Many VC’s seal big deals over breakfast meetings at Buck’s, and the Pioneer Hotel is a great place to grab a beer or dance on weekends.

The natural beauty and views in Woodside are breathtaking.  Woodside offers great schools and you’ll feel relaxed just driving through town.

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Los Altos has a bit of a Menlo Park feel.   Lot sizes are similar and many of the original homes were rambling ranchers, but it has more of a country, rural feel.

Picture acres upon acres of apricot orchids, and that was the original Los Altos land.

Today, the downtown is vibrant but maintains a small-town feel, which is why many call downtown the Village.

If you want more land, with larger acreage and great views, head for the hills, Los Altos Hills.  Most of the area is located west of Foothill Expressway, where you’ll find impressive, stately homes and spectacular views of the hills and bay.

Either way, you can’t go wrong.  The weather is warm, the schools are great, and Los Altos is close to Stanford and Silicon Valley. There are still orchards in and around town and it’s a wonderful place to call home.

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