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    How About Them Veggies?
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    Really Worth Almost $1M? 1 more image

    by AlbuqRay Updated Dec 29, 2005

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    This was one of the last vacant lots in my cousin's area. It had been used as a neighborhood kids' park and garden. However, the owner decided to sell it recently and got $950,000. It really is a small lot (maybe 50 x 100 feet).

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    Made from a Caboose? 3 more images

    by AlbuqRay Written Dec 29, 2005

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    Many of the small houses where the servants used to live are still there. The ones in these pictures are within walking distance of the Stanford golf course. Don't believe that they are not expensive though. Currently the average cost per square foot for a house in Menlo Park is $714! It is very common for someone to buy one of these old small houses (just to get the land), tear down all but one wall (so that it is considered a "remodel"), and build a big house worth several million dollars on a tiny lot. Some of the houses look like they were built from railroad cabooses. When my cousin added on to her house, it turned out to be made of two wooden Army barracks. One of the bigger original houses was from the Sears catalog. It is actually really nice.

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    by rwlittle Written Jan 29, 2006

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    Left Bank calls itself an authentic French brasserie. It does have that feel to it, though the feeling isn't captured perfectly...must be something about all the wait staff and the chefs speaking Spanish, not French! ;)

    We went a few weeks ago, for lunch. Service was great, and the portions were pretty large. I had the plat du jour, which included dessert...very filling.

    The place has a bit of a romantic feel to it...could be a great Valentine's Day date place!

    Favorite Dish: I've only eaten there once...give me a little time here!

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    by AlbuqRay Updated Dec 29, 2005

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    The JZ Cool Eatery is on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park. It is owned by the same people who own the Cool Cafe at the Cantor Center for Visual Arts on Stanford's campus. Within walking distance of the farmers' market, it makes a good stop after you have done your shopping. Use the back door if you are coming from the farmers' market. Most of the seating is at long tables.

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    by AlbuqRay Updated Dec 30, 2005

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    The first trains from San Francisco started in 1863. A round-trip ticket from San Francisco to Menlo Park cost $2.50 and a one-way ride took 80 minutes to cover the 29 miles (the stagecoach took four hours and only went to Redwood City). The current Menlo Park train station opened in August 1867. It was one of the earliest rail stations in California. It is located about 11 blocks northwest of the historic redwood, El Palo Alto. Today, a Caltrain roundtrip to fare zone 3 (Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Stanford, California Avenue, San Antonio, Mountain View or Sunnyvale) costs $10.50. Depending on the type of service, the one-way trip now takes 36-53 minutes.

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    by Mark_12 Updated Apr 26, 2005

    If you are travelling light, the best way to get to Menlo Park (and many other cities) from SFO is to take BART light rail to the Millbrae Caltrain station and transfer to Caltrain. BART leaves right from the SFO terminals. Be sure to have small bills and change available for the BART and Caltrain ticket vending machines. You must buy BART tickets to get through the gates. Caltrain tickets must be bought at the stations but are checked by conductors on the train. Northbound Caltrains run on the bay-side (east) set of tracks while southbound trains run on the mountain-side (west) set of tracks. Note that not all trains stop at every station (some are express).

    Here's the website: http://www.caltrain.org/

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    by AlbuqRay Updated Dec 30, 2005

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    The Menlo Park area not only has top notch medical care for people, it also has first class health care for their pets. Scout's House recently had its grand opening. It is located across the street from the train station (just northeast of El Camino Real on Santa Cruz Avenue).

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