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Felton Gables Neighborhood | Menlo Park Homes For Sale & Real Estate
Neighborhood Introduction & History
Felton Gables is a small enclave of homes bordered by Encinal Avenue, the railroad tracks, and Holbrook Palmer Park. Felton Gables was named after its original resident, U.S. Senator Charles N. Felton. Senator Felton- a wealthy businessman- built his mansion on this tract in the late 19th century and hosted many VIPs of his day. During the 1930s and 1940s, Senator Felton’s estate was subdivided and sold off. The neighborhood enjoys a broad range of eclectic architectures, the legacy of the original lots being built and sold individually. Zoning restrictions specific to Felton Gables have discouraged many tear-down efforts and have minimized over-expansion of current homes. The neighborhood has a lot of charm and history. The streets are narrow, and oak trees can be found sitting right in the middle of certain roads. Lots are on the larger side, usually about 10,000 square feet, allowing for a bit of a rural, quieter feel.
Housing types & styles in the Neighborhood
With a few exceptions, perhaps the estate’s former guest homes or caretaker’s quarters, Felton Gables dates from the mid-’30s through 1950. Many homes are fairly substantial and have a pre-war, almost east coast feel. Like Palo Alto’s Southgate, there are a surprising number of large, well-built two-bedroom homes. The homes have various architectural inspirations (no tract housing here) and remain largely preserved. New homes are relatively common; however, the neighbors make sure they blend in. Felton Gable is pricey. Large lots, great ambience and generally charming homes place Felton Gables in the same league as other expensive Menlo Park neighborhoods.
Restaurants & Shopping
For those living in Felton Gables, restaurant and shopping options abound in nearby Menlo Park. Menlo Park features many unique and upscale retail shops and restaurants surrounded by tree lined streets. However, chains are also common here, affording residents a wide variety of choices. Separated from El Camino Real by a commercial strip, residents of Felton Gables are within a short walk to a few restaurants and shops. Its proximity to El Camino Real affords residents easy access to the diverse restaurants, shops, and chains along this thoroughfare.
Family Lifestyle, Parks & Activities
For those lucky residents of Felton Gables, a nominal fee will get you a key to the neighborhood’s own private entrance to Holbrook-Palmer Park where one can enjoy 26 acres of grassy fields, historical buildings, tennis courts, and a baseball diamond. Downtown Menlo Park and nearby Palo Alto also offer a wide variety of farmers’ markets, parks, concerts, festivals, nightlife, and a variety of family activities.