Details: 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2-car garage, 2640 square feet
The contrast of the pristine white trim against rich wood-shingled siding on this custom home’s façade is delightfully striking on a sunny day. The picket fence, archway entrance, and cherry blossom in the front yard complete the package of exterior charm.
Step inside and see how the quality of design continues. Of first note is how the home feels nearly as sunny inside as out. This is a product of four skylights, an abundance of broad windows, and recessed lighting in almost every room.
A tour through the home showcases freshly refinished oak floors, exquisite crown molding, and rooms flowing easily from one to the next. A highlight on the open main-floor living space is the joined kitchen and family room. This epicenter of the home is where family and friends will gather: It could be for an evening chat by the fireplace, or a Sunday barbecue with the sliding glass doors wide open to the spacious back deck, patio, and manicured lawn.
The kitchen incorporates soft blue granite counters against stark white custom cabinets. And the large center island adds to the already copious counter space. A private guest room with bath and a second half bath complete the first level.
Time to retire for the night? Upstairs is the handsome master suite and two large, sunny bedrooms. The master, with geometric ceiling lines, is smattered with windows. It offers two walk-in closets and a perfectly equipped bath: double sinks over marble counters and floors. A soak in its spa-like tub will often be in order. A second bathroom serves the two additional bedrooms upstairs.
The thoughtful design, charm, and style of this home, along with its perfect location, make it ripe for rich living.
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Home to more than 10,000 street trees, numerous venture capital firms, and social media giant Facebook, Menlo Park packs a lot into its 9.8 square miles. The city offers residents a lovely place to live, amid tree-lined neighborhoods and a friendly community. Check out our selection of Menlo Park homes for sale.
The city of 32,881 got its name from two Irishmen, who in the 1850s posted a wooden sign that read "Menlo Park" outside their massive estate. When the railroad came to the area a decade later, officials spotted the sign and gave the station the same name.
Menlo Park incorporated twice, first in 1874 and then in 1927, and remained a primarily rural community until World War I, when some 43,000 soldiers trained at Camp Fremont.
Today the city borders Redwood City, Atherton, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Stanford University, as well as San Francisco Bay. Its populace is quite educated, with 70 percent of people older than 25 having at least a bachelor’s degree, according to United States Census Bureau data.
The Menlo Park City and Las Lomitas Elementary school districts attract many young families to the city. In 2012, both districts earned upward of 940 of a possible 1,000 on the state's Academic Performance Index. The city also offers 13 parks and a wide array of recreational activities.
According to Forbes magazine's 2012 list of America's Most Expensive ZIP codes, the median price of a home in Menlo Park is $1,434,863. Of the city’s 13,085 housing units, 56 percent are owner occupied. The median household income is $111,244, according to census data.
In 2011, Facebook moved its headquarters from Palo Alto to Menlo Park. Other businesses and agencies with a strong presence in the city include SRI International, Tyco Electronics, and the venture capital firms of Sand Hill Road. The independent bookstore Kepler’s Books has been a local institution for decades, and numerous stores and restaurants line Santa Cruz Avenue, the city’s main shopping street.