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CA Menlo Park Linfield Oaks

Developed largely in the 1950s, Linfield Oaks is sensibly upscale, has a genuinely friendly community, and stands apart as perhaps one of the best bangs for your buck when it comes to living in Central Menlo Park. The 80-acre neighborhood is sectioned off between El Camino and Middlefield Road, lined by office spaces including the US Geological Survey and Stanford Research Institute (SRI). According to Nextdoor, Linfield Oaks is currently home to an estimated 2,200 residents.

Perhaps its best asset is its well-manicured, cohesive neighborhood aesthetic — think mostly wood-shingled Ranchers and a smattering of contemporaries with several two-storied homes. The neighborhood as a whole is characterized by bright lawns and leafy shading. Most of the properties were built in the 50’s as part of a planned community. They’re spacious single family homes, ranging from 1,600 to 2,000+ sq. feet built on large lots that range from 7,500 sq. feet up to the rare half-acre.

Since the 1950-60s, there have been only a few new developments in Linfield Oaks, which gives the neighborhood a unified appeal. The exceptions are Morgan Lane and Lane Woods, built and sold in 2007-2009. Morgan Lane comprises of 56 Victorian-style single family townhouses with an intense family appeal — the community organizes children-oriented activities like annual Halloween parades and Easter egg hunts. Lane Woods consists of larger, Craftsman-style homes that originally sold in the $1 million range.

Linfield Oaks is in a prime location — it’s just a short walk to both Menlo Park and Palo Alto downtowns. It’s relatively close to Stanford and offices spaces along Middlefield Rd and El Camino. The neighborhood is also directly next to Burgess Park, a community hub featuring a family-friendly recreation center, multiple athletic fields and tennis courts, a pool, and a library. For families raising children, the neighborhood is close to Sacred Heart Preparatory and Menlo Atherton High School, and is part of the K-8 Menlo Park School District and 9-12 Sequoia Union High School School District, both ranked well among state-wide public school programs.

The neighborhood’s location is also a factor in its affordability, which is relatively good compared to other neighborhoods in Central Menlo. Properties east of El Camino tend to lean on the affordable size. Compounded with Linfield Oaks’s proximity to the noisy Caltrain tracks and the thick commuter traffic (mitigated by city-installed speed bumps) along Willow Road, which bisects the neighborhood, home prices can be relatively affordable.

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