Stuart Soffer describes his neighborhood as "a 'Leave It to Beaver' neighborhood."
He and wife Susan have lived in their 1954 ranch-style home on Linfield Drive since 1994.
Although remodels are changing the look of many neighborhoods, Mr. Soffer says his neighbors have been sensitive to others' sight lines when they've remodeled -- something that poses a problem in some other neighborhoods.
Linfield Oaks consists of 80 acres bordered by San Francisquito Creek, Middlefield Road, Ravenswood Avenue and Alma Street. The area was developed in the early 1950s by Claude and Ray Lindsay as a planned community with single-family homes, garden apartments, and at the borders, campus-style office space such as Sunset Magazine, Western Headquarters of the U.S. Geological Survey and Stanford Research Institute.
Neighborhood unity is fostered by informal get-togethers and what Mr. Soffer describes as a "cohesive spirit" that they have found to be an unexpected bonus.
"Once a year, in late summer, we have a block party with about 100 people. We even have our own version of Christmas Tree Lane on Sherwood Lane," he says.
The neighborhood is a nexus for many people's interests because of the Recreation Center between Alma and Laurel streets and the proximity to downtown Menlo Park and Palo Alto, he adds, but speed tables have lessened the impact of increased traffic.
Nancy Hosay and Jacob Asher have lived on Linfield Place for nearly two decades. She says that she appreciates the civic awareness in her neighborhood. The neighborhood Internet group allows neighbors to share resources and keep abreast of issues of common concern. It's also a great way to find a babysitter for Saturday night, she adds.
Suzanne Dahling, who, with husband Randall, purchased their Claremont Way home in l964, were one of the first families to buy into the neighborhood, she says.
The neighborhood has had a renaissance of young families.
Another source of neighborhood pride: "The area is so pretty. There are lots of trees and flowers and it's very green," she said.
-- Susan Golovin
CHILD CARE AND PRESCHOOLS: Geokids Day Care Center, 345 Middlefield Road #204, Menlo Park; Burgess After-school Program, Burgess Kindercat Program, Menlo Park Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, Menlo Children's Center, 801 Laurel St. Menlo Park
FIRE STATION: 300 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park
LOCATION: west of Middlefield Road to Alma Street and San Francisquito Creek to Ravenswood Avenue
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Email coordinator: JoAnne Goldberg, 650-327-4716
PARK: Burgess Park, Alma Street and Mielke Drive, Menlo Park
Menlo Park City Elementary School District -- Laurel School, 95 Edge Road, Atherton; Encinal School, 195 Encinal Ave., Menlo Park; Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Ave., Menlo Park
Sequoia Union High School District -- Menlo Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton
SHOPPING: Downtown Menlo Park
MEDIAN 2011 HOME PRICE: $1,295,000 ($1,064,990-$2,300,000)
HOMES SOLD: 17
MEDIAN 2011 CONDOMINIUM PRICE: $640,000 ($515,000-$735,000)
CONDOMINIUMS SOLD: 9