Menlo Park: Palo Alto’s Little Brother

Menlo Park (MP) is a quiet little city of 32,000 which packs a powerful punch.  Menlo Park is located in the northeast quadrant of Silicon Valley and is nestled comfortably between Palo Alto, Atherton and Redwood City.   Portions of Menlo Park run along San Francisquito Creek and the World Famous El Camino Real splits the city in half.  CNN, the Cable News Network, ranked Menlo Park in the Top 15 of the “Best Places For The Rich And Single.”  This is probably due to the high per capita income and the incredibly large number of college educated adults who populate Menlo Park and surrounding communities.  Stanford University and the hub of Silicon Valley just south of Palo Alto and Menlo Park create a dynamic divergence of education, high-tech, and purchasing power.  These factors combine to drive people from all over the world to come to this area.

Who Does Business in Menlo Park These Days

Menlo Park started out as a sleepy little bedroom community with very few companies at the turn of the century.  Today it is a robust and vibrant economic engine which makes up a significant cog in the Silicon Valley employment engine.

Although Facebook is probably the most famous company which calls Menlo Park home it is home to several venture capital firms located along the famed Sand Hill Road Venture Partners corridor.  Some of the well-known Menlo Park companies include, Accel- KKR, Acclarent, Inc., Andreessen Horowitz, Band of Angels, Be Inc., Benchmark Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, BlueRun Ventures, CGNET Services International, Cogniance, Divvio, Draper Fisher Jervetson, Facebook, Foundation Capital, Fox Paine & Company, Gerard Publishing, Geron Corporation, GGV Capital, GI Partners, Greylock Partners, High Gear Media, Homestead Technologies, Investus Capital Partners, Jaxtr, Kepler’s Books, Khoshla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Leadspace, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Lucid Inc., Mayfield Fund, Menlo Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, NanoIntegris, New Enterprise Associates, Noventi, Paglo, Pano Logic, PGP Corporation, Raychem, Redpoint Ventures, Robert Half International, Sequoia Capital, Signet Solar, Silver Lake Partners, Spectrum Equity, SRI International, Sunset Magazine, Sunset Books, Tenaya Capital, TouchWave, Tricky Software, Tyco Federal Credit Union, U.S. Venture Partners, Venrock, WebChat Broadcasting System, Willow Garage, Zembly, and Zong Mobile Payments.

Menlo Park Real Estate and Neighborhoods

Menlo Park has many similarities to Palo Alto both in demographics and characteristics.  Menlo Park neighborhoods include Allied Arts & Downtown, Central Menlo, West Menlo, Sharon Heights & Stanford Hills, Stanford Weekend Acres, Linfield Oaks, Felton Gables, Menlo Oaks, Belle Haven, North Fair Oaks, Flood Park, and The Willows.  For those interested in purchasing a home in Menlo Park or surrounding neighborhoods don’t hesitate to contact me so I can show you all of the latest available properties and off-market opportunities. or 1-650-464-3797.

Shelly Roberson


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