Menlo Park, CA Real Estate Market

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q2 2021. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2019 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more about Scout's Real Estate Data

Menlo Park, CA Housing Market Trends

With 34,698 people, 11,906 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $1,961,133, Menlo Park house prices are not only among the most expensive in California, Menlo Park real estate also is some of the most expensive in all of America.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Menlo Park, accounting for 56.32% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Menlo Park include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 26.95%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 9.71%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 6.88%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Menlo Park are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 56.12% owning and 43.88% renting.

At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Menlo Park's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 62.31% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Menlo Park include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 22.83%) and housing constructed between 2000 and later ( 8.36%). There's also some housing in Menlo Park built before 1939 ( 6.50%).

Menlo Park Home Appreciation Rates

Appreciation rates for homes in Menlo Park have been tracking above average for the last ten years, according to NeighborhoodScout data. The cumulative appreciation rate over the ten years has been 60.93%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide. This equates to an annual average Menlo Park house appreciation rate of 4.87%.

Over the last year, Menlo Park appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Menlo Park's appreciation rate has been -8.09%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Menlo Park were at 2.87%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 11.99%.

Relative to California, our data show that Menlo Park's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 90% of the other cities and towns in California.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Menlo Park differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Menlo Park - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Menlo Park real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values

 

Median Home Value:
$1,961,133

Menlo Park, CA HOME PRICES

> $982,000
79.8%
79.8%
$736,001 - $982,000
8.4%
8.4%
$491,001 - $736,000
5.4%
5.4%
$392,001 - $491,000
1.5%
1.5%
$294,001 - $392,000
1.9%
1.9%
$196,001 - $294,000
1.2%
1.2%
$98,001 - $196,000
0.3%
0.3%
$49,001 - $98,000
0.2%
0.2%
$0 - $49,000
1.2%
1.2%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES
Value Relative To State

Very High for Nation

Very High for CA

Value Relative To Nation

Number Of Homes And Apartments:
11,906

Menlo Park Appreciation Rates

 
Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
CA*
Compared To
America*
Latest Quarter:
2021 Q1 - 2021 Q2
Last 12 Months:
2020 Q2 - 2021 Q2
Last 2 Years:
2019 Q2 - 2021 Q2
Last 5 Years:
2016 Q2 - 2021 Q2
Last 10 Years:
2011 Q2 - 2021 Q2
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2021 Q2
106.53% 3.43%
2
8
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership

 

Average Market Rent:
$4,222 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners
56.1%
56.1%
Renters
43.9%
43.9%
Vacant
8.6%
8.6%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Housing Market Details

 

Age of Homes

2000 or Newer
8.4%
8.4%
1970 - 1999
22.8%
22.8%
1940 - 1969
62.3%
62.3%
1939 or Older
6.5%
6.5%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Types of Homes

Single-Family
56.3%
56.3%
Townhomes
6.9%
6.9%
Small Apt. Buildings
9.7%
9.7%
Apt. Complexes
27.0%
27.0%
Mobile Homes
0.0%
0.0%
Other
0.1%
0.1%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES

Home Size

No Bedroom
4.9%
4.9%
1 Bedroom
13.7%
13.7%
2 Bedrooms
27.8%
27.8%
3 Bedrooms
28.8%
28.8%
4 Bedrooms
18.7%
18.7%
5 or more bedrooms
6.1%
6.1%
0.0% 100.0%
% OF HOMES