Menlo Park Homes

December 2021

Menlo Park is a wonderful community with a fun downtown.  Top performing elementary schools. Just blocks away from Stanford Shopping Center and downtown Palo Alto. Click on links to see additional information on the Menlo Park Community and Schools.

The median price of Menlo Park homes jumped 15% during 2021. It appears to be on a consistent trendline over the past 10 years. Prices have appreciated an average of 7.2% since 1998 (CAGR).

Market demand for Menlo Park homes ticked up in 2021. Average Days on Market (red line) remains at historic lows. The Final Sales vs. List Price (blue line) has started to increase after two slower years. Note homes that sell within the first two weeks of going on market can sell for up to 15% over list (see scatter charter below).

The supply of New Listings has increased significantly since 2016. Sales is consistent with recent years. I don’t update this chart until year-end.

Menlo Park single family residences start at $1.0M. Homes in the Menlo Park City School district command a higher price. Homes in the northern areas are more affordable and the east Menlo Park homes the lowest price. 

The $/SQFT varies by size of home. The scatter chart above shows the distribution of $/SQFT and the associated size of the home. Each dot represents a Closed Sale om 2021.

The Quarterly Median Price shows this year’s increase started in Q2.

This Monthly Median Price for Menlo Park homes shows the marked increase starting in September. Keep in mind that the fluctuation may be due to a change in the mix of homes selling in a particular month, not necessarily changes in home values.

Monthly average days on market shows a dramatic acceleration in market demand in Apr-June, reflecting pent-up demand. The spikes are typically in Dec-Jan during the slowest time of the year.

The average final sales price over list jumped in June and September. This reflects homes that sold in the month prior and reported the final sales price after escrow closed, usually 30 days after the sale.

Homes that sell within the first week or two on the market typically sell for well over list price. This reflects multiple offers driving up market values. Dots represent individual home sales in 2021.

The supply of New Listings for homes in Menlo Park jumped dramatically in April. The entire year has been very strong. Note the seasonality with December typically being the low-point during the year.

The Inventory of Active listings has declined significantly from 2019-20, but is still slightly higher than the earlier years.

The number of Sales spiked up in April-June as the supply of listings increased.

Source: The data above is obtained directly from MLSlistings, the multiple listing service (MLS) serving Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The information is deemed to be accurate, however is not guaranteed.