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New Construction in Menlo Park Fair Oaks Neighborhood (Part I)

Kevin Boer, Broker Owner, 3 Oceans Real Estate, Inc. ()

September 26th, 2007 · 1 Comment

As a denizen of Menlo Park’s quaint Fair Oaks neighborhood, I try to keep an eye on the goings-on in the neighborhood. Lately there’s been a rash of new construction. Armed with a camera, and a determination to give Google Maps a test run, I thought I’d give an update.

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This home, on the corner of 8th and Oak Drive, used to be, well, a dump — no other way of describing it. I remember touring it some 18 months back and it looked like a big red country barn that had escaped, perhaps from Modesto. An intrepid local builder named Homer — well known to folks in this neighborhood — bought the home, tore it down, and rebuilt it as a 3000-ish sq ft home, complete with all the trimmings. The home’s layout on the Oak Drive side had to be a bit creative, since Menlo Park is somewhat protective of its trees. Homer finished this project some 8 months ago.

Picture of 500 8th Avenue Fair Oaks Neighborhood Menlo Park CA 94025.JPG

Just down the road, at 535 8th Avenue, some new construction is in progress, and it looks suspiciously like a 2nd-story addition.

Picture of home at 535 8th Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (Fair Oaks neighborhood)

Four streets east, on San Benito Avenue, there is a forlorn-looking, but sizable, empty lot. Given the shortage of land on the Peninsula, it always surprises me to see such things.

Empty lot on San Benito Avenue in the Fair Oaks neighborhood of Menlo Park

Further down San Benito lies another forlorn property, this one with a rather disheveled home on it. Renovation has been on-and-off-going for a while now. This home undoubtedly had boatloads of charm, and will hopefully be restored to its rightful condition.

Old home on San Benito Avenue in Menlo Park, CA

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