The area of modern-day Menlo Park has a history of inhabitation dating back thousands of years with various indigenous cultures thriving off of the fertile soil, fresh waters, and abundance of wildlife. The latest of these peoples were the Ohlone Native Americans who were met by the Spanish as early as the mid-17th century. Menlo Park was included in the Rancho de las Pulgas land grant of 1795. The California Gold Rush attracted non-Spanish settlers such as Dennis J. Oliver and his brother-in-law D. C. McGlynn who, in 1854, purchased 1,700 acres of land that was once a part of the Rancho de las Pulgas. In the same year, the pair built a gate with an arch that had the words "Menlo Park" inscribed on it along with the date "August 1854." The entrance of this gate is now the intersection of Middle Avenue and El Camino Real. The San Francisco and San Jose Railroad established a railroad line that ran from San Francisco all the way to Mayfield. The railroad built a station in the area near the arch and named the station after the inscription. You can find that station standing till this day, utilized as the local Chamber of Commerce.
The number one perk potential homebuyers talk about when considering purchasing property in Menlo Park is its proximity to the city of San Francisco, the San Francisco Bay, and San Jose. In San Francisco, you will enjoy visiting attractions like the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge located in Fremont, only 16 miles (27 minutes) away via CA-84 East. If you're into arts and culture, there is the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts located 11 minutes away at 328 Lomita Drive in Stanford. The Cantor Arts Center focuses on contemporary art, boasting a vast selection of collections that include African figurative art, Indonesian collections, Native American art, and many others in over 130,000 square feet of space. Family-friendly attractions are in abundance as well. One example is Children's Fairyland in Oakland, which is only an hour away via CA-84 East and I-880 North. Situated on the shores of Lake Merritt, this amusement-like park sits on 10 acres and offers playsets, small rides, and animals. Additionally, it's home to the Open Storybook Puppet Theater, the longest running puppet show in the United States. The San Francisco Bay Area is also well-known for its thriving nightlife that stays going seven days a week. Some of the night spots residents from Menlo Park have access to are the DNA Lounge located at 375 11th Street, hosting various disc-jockeys with themes that change depending on the night and occasion. You also have the chic Temple Nightclub located at 540 Howard Street which boasts an eco-friendly interactive dance floor and unique decor.
Menlo Park, California, represents the style of architecture that makes the state of California such a coveted place to own property. Single-home plans include Ranch, Italianate, Dutch Colonial, English Colonial, Tudor, Bungalows, Classical, Contemporary, among others. Homes for sale in Menlo Park feature a vast array of amenities such as beautifully landscaped, expansive lots, gas-lit fireplaces, heated bath floors, butler's pantries, gourmet chef's kitchens, wine cellars, to name but a few. Menlo Park real estate ranges in size from two bedrooms, one bath, and 630 square feet to six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and 5,196. Furthermore, Menlo Park offers a selection of condominiums, apartments, and townhomes on the market of various sizes and floor plans. If you're planning on visiting Menlo Park to learn more about the city and its real estate, don't hesitate to contact us today so we can assist you further.
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