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Allied Arts is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Menlo Park.
Allied Arts is located west of El Camino Real between Middle Avenue and Creek Drive which runs along San Francisquito Creek which separates Menlo Park from Palo Alto. One can easily walk or bike to either downtown Palo Alto or Menlo Park or to Nealon Park and Little House, and to Stanford University, Hospital and Shopping Center. The newer enlarged Safeway is right at the corner of Middle and El Camino.
Most of the streets have University names – Yale, College, Cambridge, Princeton and Harvard among others.
A good friend and client of mine who lives in Allied Arts is a MD at Stanford and he roller blades to work most days.
Allied Arts is an “oasis” that seems far away from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley.
A long time Menlo Park institution, the Oasis Beer Garden is located on El Camino near the entrance to Allied Arts. Check it out – get a beer and a burger and throw your peanut shells on the floor. You can also carve your initials into the old wood tables – outdoor seating too!
The Allied Arts neighborhood gets its name from the Allied Arts Guild which was built in 1929 as a place for artists and craftsmen, the Allied Arts Guild is a Spanish-Colonial designed complex with fine gardens and artisan shops.
Many of these original houses have now been replaced by larger two story homes but Allied Arts still retains its unique charming eclectic atmosphere.
The lots in Allied Arts tend to be long and narrow – 50′ wide by 150′ to 175′ deep.
You will often find two newer smaller houses built – front and rear – on one of Allied Arts long narrow lots.
So if you are looking for more “elbow room”, I would suggest central or west Menlo Park, where lot sizes are typically one quarter acre or 100′ x 100′.