6.9 out of 10

I-- 280, Menlo Park

37.4169196746488 -122.212141054041
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5

"Nicer interstate"

If you live in Menlo Park and have any choice at all, I highly recommend taking Junipero Serra Freeway when commuting along the Peninsula. It holds a fraction of the traffic, with exponentially more scenery, than its eastern neighbor (the 101).

This has quite a bit to do with the location - western Menlo Park is far more scenic and residential, with massive homes along the rolling hills. The eastern part of town is filled with businesses - and lots of them - stacked on top of one another. Residences here are smaller, closer together, and are often apartment or condo style - meaning higher population density all around.

Junipero Serra (aka 280) might not quite be the magic bullet to levitate your car above all other traffic, but it does serve as a nice reprieve.
  • Less traffic
  • Great scenery
  • Friendly Bay Area drivers
  • Further from businesses
  • Less consistent cell phone reception
  • Very expensive area
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers

Best Streets in Menlo Park


Sand Hill Rd

"Nice Residential Main Drag"
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Santa Cruz Ave

"Another Nice Silicon Valley Downtown"
37.4385734943181 -122.195381575179
"More garden and isalnd food you must try"
37.4628135095208 -122.160170819185

Menlo Ave

"Nice, Short Downtown Street"
37.4507607422287 -122.183584398606

Bayfront Expy

"There are Better Parks..."
37.4825066451428 -122.163026678704

Unranked Streets in Menlo Park

Kenwood Dr

"Central but residential"
37.4495820326158 -122.179143996993
"Affordable Menlo Park"
37.475871221202 -122.159510821403

Newbridge St

"A Way to Get Home"
37.4743709649528 -122.159289169056

Obrien Dr

"Industrial Road"
37.4749297590732 -122.151509248363
"Best place to live"
37.4340849978919 -122.192337561942

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