Welcome to University Heights and West Menlo Park
Spacious greenery, upscale benefits, and friendly neighbors
Palatial homes on generously sized lots line the friendly streets of University Heights and West Menlo Park. A very involved community and many local neighborhood icons within walking distance have served as pleasant gathering spots and local watering holes for decades. Everything one could ever need is a stone's throw away while still relishing in a traditional small-town aesthetic. A quaint central business district is located along Alameda de Las Pulgas, or “Avenue of the Fleas,” translating to mean a tree-lined street named after the native peoples.
The Dutch Goose is a neighborhood icon and a great spot for delicious burgers, creamy deviled eggs, and a wide selection of ice-cold brews. Several flat-screen televisions, a heated patio, and a wide variety of daily specials make for particularly popular meet-ups every month of the year. Traditional interior Mexican cuisine accented by fresh California ingredients is the specialty of Lulu‘s on the Alameda. Since 2005, Lulu‘s has offered casual and delicious Mexican essentials such as carne asada, enchiladas, and seafood tacos, with several gluten-free options available. Another longstanding favorite for quick yet consistently delicious classics is Lutticken’s. Since 1981, this deli has been a stable source for fresh sandwiches, also featuring a full coffee bar with over 25 different brands, various beers, and wine. In the evenings, the After 5 restaurant serves a bit heartier of a menu consisting of soups, pasta, sliders, and more. Exquisite, upscale California cuisine with an emphasis on fresh farm-to-table, organic ingredients is the specialty of Flea Street Cafe. A Michelin Guide honoree, Flea Street provides a truly intimate and inviting aesthetic to accompany food serving as a living work of art. On weekends, the oysterette, a rotating selection of oysters served at the bar, is not to be missed, in addition to miso-marinated black cod, ricotta chive gnocchi, and melt-in-your-mouth short ribs.
A rich sense of community is abundant throughout University Heights, best demonstrated through holidays and regular free time on the weekends. From the decked-out homes to completely closed-off neighborhood streets, Halloween is one of the most highly anticipated holidays in the neighborhood. Elaborate light shows, animatronic displays, spooky parties, and lively parades make for one epic spooky season looked forward to by residents of every age. Other more quiet days throughout the year are simply spent wandering the scenic neighborhood streets. Mature trees, ample sidewalk space, and dedicated bike lanes provide excellent opportunities for cycling, dog walking, and generally enjoying the quiet scenery of Northern California‘s natural beauty.
Adjacently located to Stanford University, local children are zoned to top-ranked public schools, such as Menlo Atherton High School. A rigorous curriculum has placed MAHS within the top 10% of California public high schools and afforded students access to a wonderful STEM program. Notable alumni include Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, among several Olympic and professional athletes.