Menlo Park is located north of Palo Alto. Its tree-lined streets give a more laid-back feeling. Despite its low-key appearance, Menlo Park is the center of venture capital activity. Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Draper Fisher Jurvetson are just a few of the well-known venture capitalist firms headquartered on Sand Hill Road. Santa Cruz Avenue is the heart of the community and a great place to shop and dine. Menlo Park is conveniently located in the middle of Silicon Valley with easy access to the highways. Menlo Park offers good public and private schools. With Facebook’s recent move to Menlo Park, the city’s homes are expected to have strong appreciation.
Famous residents include Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn.
Pros: central location, family oriented, mature
Cons: less known internationally