This Menlo Park neighborhood is situated on what used to be the estate of Senator Charles Norton Felton. Made up mostly of single family homes that were originally built in the 1930s and 40s, this historic neighborhood has been able to retain much of its original look and character. Vintage-style homes line quiet streets well appreciated by the families that live here, often for generations. Life in Felton Gables has a lot to offer residents and investors alike. Close to Stanford University, Silicon Valley, and easy commutes to San Francisco or San Jose make it a very desirable location.
Looking around at the 115 homes that replaced the senator’s estate, one thing that does stand out is how these homes have been remodeled and gentrified throughout the years. Most homeowners seem to have avoided the extreme make-overs able to strip away the charming character of the neighborhood. Instead, the Felton Gables real estate market retains its mix of Craftsman, Tudor and traditional ranch-style homes. There are also villas, cottages and the occasional home with a bit more of a contemporary feel to it, but not jarringly so.
Another aspect of this neighborhood that helps it to maintain its character is the somewhat insular nature of the way it is laid out. In general, this isn’t a neighborhood you pass through on your way to somewhere else. It is an out-of-the-way sort of place, making it a favorite for families raising children. There’s not as much traffic here as other Menlo Park neighborhoods so parents feel safe letting children ride their bikes to the nearby recreation areas. Older neighbors feel comfortable walking, whether they’re going to chat with a friend or taking a stroll through the park.
Holbrook Palmer Park is nearby, attracting residents of all ages to its wide green spaces. There’s a gate that leads right into the park from the back side of the neighborhood that residents can use for a small annual fee. There’s plenty of room for sports, picnics and other leisure pursuits at this well cared for neighborhood park. The local schools are top-quality with the added advantage of being nice and close to home for those living in the Felton Gables neighborhood.
All in all, this neighborhood offers an attractive and comfortable lifestyle. It is an active community, with annual summer and autumn celebrations and an involved homeowners association. The high speed rail system may eventually pass through or near Felton Gables, adding ease of commute to this neighborhood’s many charms. Buying a home as an investment in Felton Gables offers the advantages of having rental property in a place that people want to make their home for the long-term.
Families often hang on to homes here. It’s not uncommon to see parents of college aged kids downsize by moving into a smaller home but still keep the family home. Many of these parents decide to rent the homes out, with the help of Silicon Valley Property Management Group, until their kids are ready to take over the family home and raise families of their own. Contact us to learn more about how using Menlo Park professional property management services can protect the value of your rental properties.