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Welcome to Menlo ParkMenlo Park technically was founded by a pair of Irish immigrants in the mid-1800s, when they bought a tract of land and on a gate hung a sign that said “Menlo Park.” Menlo was the name of their hometown in County Galway, Ireland. Now well into its second century, this is a thriving city of 32,000 and was ranked 15th by CNNMoney on its “Best Places for the Rich and Single” list.
The classy yet playful urban atmosphere caters to people who like to do things, and there’s plenty to do in Menlo Park. Fine restaurants, great shopping destinations and a selection of vivacious bars and nightclubs keep both residents and visitors entertained all year. A community that places a high value on eco-friendly practices, Menlo park offers both luxury and convenience to those seeking the best life has to offer.
Residents here are among the most educated in the country, with close to 70 percent having earned advanced academic degrees. Children attend schools that foster this kind of high performance and success. Three of those schools – Hillview and La Entrada middle schools and Oak Knoll elementary – received Great Schools perfect 10 scores based on test results.
Menlo Park is home to both the old and new. Facebook’s headquarters is here, for example, while across town, California’s oldest operating train station, Menlo Park Station, serves passengers daily. As new children learn to play in gorgeous, tree-shrouded neighborhoods, marks on the world are being made by older Menlo Park “children” like Joan Baez, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, and Google cofounder Sergey Brin.
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What does Menlo Park hold in store for you? With its exciting nightlife, lush neighborhoods, proximity to vibrant San Jose and San Francisco and a standard of living that’s rarely matched throughout the country, you just may find that this is the ideal place to build a beautiful life.
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In 1917, a section of Menlo Park was home to training grounds for the National Guard’s 41st Division, serving troops from Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho and Washington. Abandoned in 1919, the camp left Menlo Park with its first streets along with water and gas services. Today, the Oasis Beer Garden and Palo Alto’s MacArthur Park restaurant occupy former Camp Freemont buildings.
This historic train station at 1120 Merrill Street was built in 1867 and run originally by the Southern Pacific Railroad. Victorian ornamentation was added in the 1890s. In 1974 it appeared on the National Register of Historic Places and was named a California Historical Landmark in 1983. The station today provides full train services.
Operated under the U.S. Geological Survey, the Rock Magnetics Laboratory studies historical magnetic field variations of the earth and the magnetic properties of rocks and archeological materials. This data helps scientists better understand active volcanoes and ancient earthquake deposits and other potential hazards to life on earth.
A group of local golfers used empty rolling hills to manifest their vision of a stately golf course and country club. The club opened in 1962 and has seen regular enhancements over the years. It is consistently ranked as one of the top golf and country clubs in the Bay Area.
The San Francisquito Creek area in Menlo Park is thought to be the terminus point of the Portola Expedition of 1769, which was the first Spanish (or any European) exploration of California and led to the region’s Spanish colonization. After becoming the first team of European explorers to discover the San Francisco Bay, the expedition concluded in the vicinity of the creek before heading south to San Diego.
Stroll through Sunset’s magnificent gardens on self-guided tours, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The gardens are part of the magazine’s Western living lab and are used by editors and staff to determine how their ideas work in a real setting.
If you love to cook and eat international cuisine, Menlo Park has your supply headquarters: Nak’s Oriental Market. A downtown staple for more than 40 years, Nak’s specializes in delicious food products from Japan, the Netherlands, India, China, Germany, Thailand and other far-away places. A very popular shop with the locals.
Are you into cycling? Check out the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition’s page of routes and paths, listed by city, county and region.
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