7.3 out of 10

Linfield Oaks

37.4522779437747 -122.167966229663
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Schools
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Pest Free
  • Gym & Fitness
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Singles

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Affluent community well-connected to Stanford"

Linfield Oaks is a well-connected, exclusively residential Menlo Park community. It is a firmly gripped upper middle-class neighborhood located between Middlefield Road and El Camino Real. Moreover, the district is relatively crime free community, and makes for a great place to raise a family. For your commercial needs, Macy’s and a couple other smaller department stores skirt the southern edge. Geographically speaking, the area is very small, spanning only 0.6 square miles and encompasses less than a dozen neighborhood streets. And according to the 2010 US Census, the total population is around 1,500, and is predominately a white community.

For the perspective resident, Linfield Oaks provides a very leafy and somewhat upscale community space. Homes are mixed between sizable one and two-story homes situated on spacious and elegantly manicured properties. And although most homes were built before the 1960’s, there are a couple new housing developments popping up in the northern reaches of the community. If you want to rent, many well-maintained apartment facilities cluster around Waverly Street and Willow Road. For numbers sake, median rents are around $1,750/month, while the average estimated house value is a pricey $1.6 million. Moreover, average household incomes are around $115,000/year, just above the city’s average.

For the most part, the community is known for its location, situated just a couple blocks off the vast Stanford University campus. As a result, it shares much of the school’s community spirit and makes for a well-connected (although still isolated still and quiet) district within Menlo Park. For young families, Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School are just up the street from the neighborhood’s limits. Both schools are well-regarded amongst their community and post high marks across review websites. The area is also nestled next to SRI International, a nonprofit contract research institute that mostly conducts business for the government. For commuters, Linfield Oaks is between convenient Caltrain stops of Palo Alto and Menlo Park (both of which connect residents up to San Francisco and down to San Jose).
Pros
  • Beautiful Homes
  • Nice Apartments/Condos
  • Really Close to Stanford
Cons
  • Very Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Great Leafy Neighborhood"

Leafy Linfield Oaks is one of the really nice residential neighborhoods in Menlo Park. It is the neighborhood just across El Camino and the train tracks from where we live in Stanford Park. It is not so high end that you have a hard time believing that they let you walk right through without even asking you for some ID, but it is high end enough that most people can only dream of living in one of the beautiful Ranch homes here.

These are not your typical, unappealing Ranch homes that make up so many neighborhoods in California. These are wood shingled deals with nicely manicured lawns and a nice old tree in ever front yard (usually with some stones around the base—perhaps to protect them from some kind of tree disease?).

We looked into living in one of the really nice apartments you find on the outskirts of Linfield, like on Waverly, but the only ones we could find were 2-bedrooms and they were way out of your price range, going from $2500 to $4500 per month. Not even close to what we could afford. They are really nice though--the kind of wide open flats with a big open space in between them so they don’t really feel like apartments that much.

I would really have loved to have lived in one of these, had we been able to nail one down. Ah well, perhaps in another life.
Pros
  • Beautiful Homes
  • Nice Apartments/Condos
  • Really Close to Stanford
Cons
  • Very Expensive
  • Hard to Find Free Units
  • No Elementary Schools in Neighborhood
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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