Belle Haven Homes For Sale | Menlo Park Real Estate
Belle Haven Neighborhood | Menlo Park Real Estate & Homes For Sale
The Menlo Park real estate market offers a wide variety of homes for sale- in style, architecture and price. Here is some information about the Belle Haven neighborhood.
Neighborhood Introduction & History
The Belle Haven neighborhood sits east of U.S. Highway 101 and is somewhat isolated from the remainder of Menlo Park. This neighborhood has traditionally been considered the low-income neighborhood of Menlo Park real estate. Recently, however, street beautification projects and a significant reduction in crime have made the neighborhood safer for many residents. The city takes an active interest in Belle Haven and has an impressive number of projects in the works. If you’re looking for affordable housing in a convenient location (with plenty of long-term potential!), Belle Haven could be a good fit for you.
Housing types & styles in the Neighborhood
Belle Haven is mostly comprised of small two- and three-bedroom/one-bath homes, although some now have second baths. A few Newbridge Park homes date from the ’20s, and you’ll also find homes of this vintage in Newbridge just west of 101, but almost all Belle Haven homes date from 1946-53. They were built to be affordable, but many have some charm, too. Several apartments and duplexes in are sprinkled among these single-family homes. Due to its humble origins, home values have remained significantly lower here than in other Menlo Park neighborhoods. Schools also play a role in property values and the Ravenswood K-8 district has low test scores compared to most neighboring districts. Often the price differential for a home in Belle Haven compared to similar homes near Downtown Menlo Park can be as substantial as 70% less.
Restaurants & Shopping
For those living in Belle Haven, the largest variety of shops and restaurants can be found in nearby Ravenswood Shopping Center, Menlo Park, or Palo Alto. MP and PA feature unique and upscale retail shops and restaurants surrounded by tree lined streets. Chains are common here, too, however, affording residents a wide variety of choices. Belle Haven has something to offer, too, however! Thanks to the 1991 expansion of the redevelopment agency, a small shopping center opened at the corner of Willow Road and Hamilton Avenue. Residents also now enjoy restaurants and services at a few intersections along Willow Road. Finally, Facebook hosts a weekly Farmers’ Market in the parking lot of its Headquarters on Sundays.
Family Lifestyle, Parks & Activities
Parks, schools, a library and community centers enhance the Belle Haven neighborhood. Students at Belle Haven School have access to a wide array of enrichment programs, including Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula’s programs, Reading Partners and PlayWorks. Down the street, adjacent to Kelly Park, activities are going on at the Onetta Harris Community Center any night or day of the week. Traditional Aztec dancing, Zumba and karate are only a few of the different classes offered.
Oneida Harris Community Center also offers: Health Clinic, Senior Center, after-school program, basketball league, computer lab, fitness room, children’s and adult classes, and more! Bayfront Park offers nice walking trails while Kelly Park offers a softball field, soccer, swimming pool, basketball court, roller hockey court, and picnic area. Market Place Park, too, has a playground, open grassy field, and walkways. Finally, Belle Haven’s proximity to downtown Menlo Park and Palo Alto affords residents easy access to farmers’ markets, parks, concerts, festivals, nightlife, and a variety of family activities.