7.3 out of 10

Menlo Oaks

37.4667553887673 -122.167596661373
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Childcare
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Money, money, money"

To paint you a clear picture about Menlo Oaks, the typical resident here ventures through the thin roads weaving around the leafy residential terrain to get to his or her multi-million dollar residence. It is also a rather safe, and as you might expect, affluent neighborhood placed within the many sparse community quarters of Atherton. The neighborhood is a pretty small community, spanning about 0.6 square miles of exclusive residential but awfully expensive terrain. Demographically speaking, the population just exceeds 1,500, most of whom are of white decent (although there is a bit of diversity making up 1/4th the population).

It’s safe to say that Menlo Oak’s residential quarters are firmly gripped in the upper middle-class. For the perspective resident, there are everything from long one-story ranch homes to two-story, estate-like residences. To put it lightly, you have your selection of large, beautiful, dream homes, some of which were even built within the 1990’s. Most properties within the community are pretty astounding. They usually feature well-manicured aesthetics which include deep front gardens, half circle driveways and a couple gates that keep it pretty isolated. Price tags for these homes are pretty steep. In fact, the median household income is around $1.75 million, while typical household incomes circle around a rich $150,000/year. For those with deeper pockets, pricier homes are situated closer to the Menlo-Atherton High School.

For young families, Menlo-Atherton High School is situated along the perimeter of the neighborhood. The institution is considered one of the best secondary schools in the nation and, in turn, has garnered the respect of the community. It is also a relatively safe community, posting a low crime rate for the past decade. For those who wish to commute, the neighborhood is split between US Route 101 and Middlefield Road. Both are convenient options to travel up and down the San Francisco peninsula. Menlo Oaks is also situated just a handful of blocks from the vast San Francisco Bay (just, you know, one of the many other perks of the neighborhood).
Pros
  • Beautiful Homes
  • Leafy Streets
  • Outstanding Schools
Cons
  • No Nightlife
  • Very, Very Expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • 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 3/5
2yrs+

"Lindenwood East"

The best way to think of Menlo Oaks is as an extension of the Lindenwood neighborhood. Really, except for having streets that seems a touch wider than Lindenwood’s, it is pretty close to the feel of that neighborhood. Large, luxurious manor-like houses hidden behind high hedges on leafy streets.

Definitely another hideaway for the rich.
Pros
  • Beautiful Homes
  • Outstanding Schools
  • Leafy Streets
Cons
  • Very, Very Expensive
  • No Nightlife
  • Probably Fairly Snobby
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish

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