7.2 out of 10


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Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Schools 4/5

"Thriving Atherton community"

Lindenwood is an affluent, firmly upper middle-class Atherton community. For the perspective resident, the neighborhood offers some pretty polished residences and large square footage properties. It’s biggest allurement is its proximity to the vast San Francisco Bay (about a 5-10 minute drive). The district, however, is uncomfortably close to sketchy East Palo Alto and its reputation of crime and suspicious behavior. Geographically speaking, the district is somewhat large, ranging about 1.25 square miles of exclusive residential terrain. Its also a largely white community (over 85%) and is sparsely populated with about 1,500 residents occupying the neighborhood’s limits.

Lindenwood’s residential terrain is heavily woodsy and thriving community. While most homes were built during the expansion period just after WWII, they are rather large in size and very aesthetically pleasing. They offer sizable dream houses and secluded properties which so happened to be covered by the surrounding shrubbery. Moreover, some properties are even gated or protected/hidden behind walls and large fences. Those that live here have some pretty deep pockets. The median household income is a wealthy $165,000/year (but still well below the city’s average), while average estimated house values are a bulky $2 million. If you’re driving through the community, you’ll notice the long and thin winding roads curving around the densely green community quarters.

For young families, Menlo-Atherton High School anchors the southern corner of the neighborhood. It is one of the top secondary schools in the nation by the United States Department of Education and garnered a 4-out-of-5 stars on greatschools.org. For the working class, Lindenwood is huddled close to US Route 101 and the onramp to US Route 84 (which takes commuters across the San Francisco Bay), making for convenient commuting. Also, two Caltrain public transit lines are situated just a couple blocks outside the district.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5

"For the 1 Percent"

This is one of those neighborhoods that is nice to take a walk or jog in just so that you can get a glimpse of how the 1% live. The narrow streets here are so leafy you might be excused for thinking that you are farther south near Santa Cruz. Of course you are actually right at the doorstep of Silicon Valley, in what is obviously one of the most affluent areas in all of the United States and probably in the world.

The homes in Lindenwood, of course, project this affluence. They are large homes, almost manor-like in the appearance with thatched roofs, dormers, and driveways that horseshoe to the front of doors. These are the kinds of places whose guest houses are nicer than most of our homes and which have pools and fountains and gardens in their backyards.

This however is a completely residential neighborhood. If you want groceries or to go to a restaurant or anything like that, you have to go into either Menlo Park or Palo Alto.

So what does it cost to live here? Well there are no rentals in this area and when I looked up home prices I only found one place. It was a nearly 5000 sq. ft. home dating from the 50’s—really beautiful with a big back yard. Price tag: $4.5 million.
Your monthly mortgage payment on a home like this would be $26K. To put that in perspective, my rent for the year will come out to less than that.

Ah, well, one can always dream.
  • Gorgeous Homes
  • Quiet Leafy Streets
  • Great Menlo Park Schools
  • Very, Very Expensive
  • Must Drive For Virtually Everything
  • A Bit Isolaed in Fee

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