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Menlo Park

A vibrant downtown and community-oriented local businesses add to the upscale cultural environment created by nearby Stanford University.

1. Allied Arts/Downtown
2. Central
3. County/Alameda
4. Sharon Heights/Stanford Hills
5. Alpine Road
6. Middlefield to El Camino
7. Felton Gables
8. Menlo Oaks
9. Willows
10. Flood Park/Suburban Park
11. County Area of Fair Oaks
12. Belle Haven

History and Setting-Menlo Park received its official name in 1854 when two Irishmen built a common entrance for their neighboring estates. The tree-studded meadows and gently rolling hills reminded them of Menlough, near Galway, Ireland, and they created an impressive wooden arch boldly lettered with “Menlo Park” to honor their homeland. By the turn of the 20th century, the area offered a temperate summer retreat for San Francisco’s wealthy elite, and a number of large and elegant residences still remain from that era. Today Menlo Park is a primarily residential, upscale community that is also home to unique businesses such as Sunset magazine, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Stanford Linear Accelerator, and numerous venture capital firms.

Attractions-Downtown Menlo Park, just minutes from Stanford University and Stanford Shopping Center, offers a delightful mix of fine dining and shopping, as well as the vibrancy of a college town. Popular locally owned businesses include a large independent bookstore as well as an independent cinema, while the city hosts a variety of free outdoor events throughout the calendar year, including an arts and crafts festival and a summer music concert series. The Menlo Park Civic Center showcases Burgess Park, where 9.31 acres offers fields for Little League Baseball, regulation baseball and soccer, an open play field, two lighted tennis courts, and a children’s playground. Nearby are Burgess Pool, a recreation center, sports center, and a skate park.

Schools-The Menlo Park City School District serves the communities of Menlo Park and Atherton, and includes Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Encinal elementary schools, Hillview Middle school, and Menlo-Atherton High, which is one of the highest-ranking schools on the Peninsula.

Elementary Schools ( and rankings)

•Oak Knoll (K-5) SS 960   GS 10
•Las Lomitas (K-3) SS 943   GS 10
•Laurel (K-3) SS 927   GS 10
•Encinal (K-5) SS 930   GS 10