7.2 out of 10

Sharon Heights

Ranked 2nd best neighborhood in Menlo Park
37.4262499389495 -122.209549481065
Great for
  • Schools
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  •  
  •  
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Students

Reviews

4/5
2yrs+

"One of Menlo Park's Most Exclusive Enclaves"

Nestled in the hills of West Menlo Park, the Sharon Heights neighborhood offers its residents a lovely respite from the hustle and bustle typical of Bay Area living — just off Sand Hill Road and a stone’s throw from Interstate 280 and Stanford University.

Developers Duncan McDonald and Mark Radin began building the residential neighborhood in the 1960s. Now Sharon Heights features a variety of homes, many of them ranch-style, single-family residences, as well as townhouses, condominiums, and apartments.

Established in 1961, the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club borders the community and features a premier golf course, pool, tennis center, and dining.

And a shopping center with a Safeway supermarket, drugstore, gas station, and popular Starbucks is located just off Sand Hill Road on Sharon Park Drive, near the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Neighborhood kids have access to several great schools, both public and private. Through eighth grade, children attend the highly ranked Las Lomitas Elementary School District, which in 2013 earned a state Academic Performance Index score of 958 out of 1,000. Menlo-Atherton, the local high school, also performed well, scoring an impressive 819.

Nearby private schools include the Phillips Brooks School, Trinity School, and Menlo School.

Want to live in this picturesque community of rolling hills and leafy trees? It’ll cost you.

In November the median sale price of Sharon Heights single-family homes for sale jumped 53 percent to $2.8 million, from $1.8 million a year earlier, according to MLS data. During that same period, the number of homes on the market shot up 66.7 percent in November compared with November 2012.
Pros
  • Sunny Weather
  • Very Leafy and Green
Cons
  • Very, very expensive
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Affluent and leafy neighborhood essentials"

Sharon Heights is an almost exclusive residential, upper middle-class community nestled deep into the woodlands of Menlo Park. It is made up of about 5,000 residents (largely white) and spans about 1.8 square miles of leafy residential terrain. If you’re driving around the community, you’ll pass through the long, curving roads that venture around the hilly geography. For your shopping needs, Sharon Heights Shopping Center straddles the eastern corner of the neighborhood. The plaza hosts most of your typical neighborhood essentials and quick shopping needs.

For the perspective resident, you have a lot to look forward to. For the most part, homes are long and somewhat sizable, stretching along quiet residential streets. Many residences have a rather old style house front (built within 1960’s), but others have been revamped in the last decade or so. Properties are relatively large and bushy, with nicely trimmed landscaping making for an aesthetic community space. For those with deeper pockets, there are more sizable, two-story homes situated around Campo Bello Lane. Price tags for these residences are pretty pricey, circling around $1.75 million. And according to the 2010 US Census, the median household income in the district is around 125,000/year. Community renters also have a couple options, but you really just have your pick of beige, middle-of-the-road condos/apartment housing clustered along Sharon Road

The area also encompasses the private Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, a beautifully maintained 18-hole course and clubhouse. Elsewhere, Slac National Accelerator Laboratory takes up most of the local commerce. The company, which focuses on high energy physics and radiation research, is located just adjacent to the community. The district’s commercial also provides a moderately sized commercial plaza complete with many neighborhood essentials. This includes a market, a drug store, a handful of somewhat trendy and family oriented restaurants with a huge parking lot. And finally, La Entrada Middle School is located within the neighborhood’s limits. According to local review sites, its one of the best schools around.
Pros
  • Quiet and Secluded Feeling
  • Very Leafy and Green
Cons
  • Very, very expensive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Condo Hideaway"

Sharon Heights is another one of those hideaway neighborhoods tucked up into by the Stanford Linear Accelerator. It’s basically condo city up here, with a mix of 1960’s condos and more contemporary units.

But don’t let the fact that these are condos make you think that you can find some deals on rent up here. Actually, the rental situation is pretty terrible. A one-bedroom condo here will run you upwards of $2000/month. You can basically multiply the number of rooms by $1000 and then add extra $1000 to that for good measure. It is about as bad as it gets in terms of rents.

In terms of the actually selling price of these same types of condos, you can get some pretty intense variation—largely depending on whether the condo is on the market due to foreclosure. On the bottom end of things, one the cheaper looking 1960’s style condos will start at about $200K. That doesn’t sound too bad, and once you clear into the non-foreclosures you will find condos approaching and passing the $1million threshold.

You can actually find a condo here for $1.4 million.

What do you get for that in a condo? Basically it is all about location, location, location. This is a very leafy area that gives you the feeling of being miles away from it all. There are even some homes up here that basically look like mansions. Overall, it is a nice place to live, but it is it really worth the astronomical prices?

I’m not sure I could justify paying that much just of a condo.
Pros
  • Very Leafy and Green
  • Nice Condos
  • Quiet and Secluded Feeling
Cons
  • Very, very expensive
  • Too many condos
  • Hillside Animal Problems
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers

Unranked Streets in Sharon Heights

I-- 280

4.5/5
"Beautiful Drive"
37.4189076555839 -122.217135043991
"close to everything... convenient and nice. quiet place to live"
37.4256669343352 -122.195852761682

Unanswered Questions in Menlo Park

Best Neighborhoods to Live In

Best Cities to Live In

Tell everyone what you love about your neighborhood!

Leave a Review

Have a question?

How are schools? Is the area safe? What about public transit options?" Why not ask our community of locals!

Ask Now

Selling or Renting Your Home?

Maximize the selling price of your home by sharing what you love about your suburb to increase its appeal...

Leave a Review

Corporate Relocation Manager?

Enable your employees to share local knowledge in a private, trusted environment with those relocating... while building community.

Learn More