Menlo Park Real Estate Market Prices, Trends and Forecast 2024

Among the towns and cities that constitute the core of Silicon Valley, few come with the luxury and elegance found in Menlo Park. Situated in the easternmost corner of San Mateo County, extending from the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the shores of San Francisco Bay, Menlo Park sits at the heart of one of the world's most vital, affluent regions for technology and innovation.

Menlo Park is the de facto hub for a unique real estate landscape, sharing boundaries with Palo Alto and Stanford University to the south and the ultra-luxe Atherton community to the north. It's a place where luxury meets opportunity, and it's a highly sought-after destination for buyers and sellers seeking some of the San Francisco Peninsula's most extraordinary real estate.

Renowned as home to a bevy of tech and venture capital firms, including Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, Menlo Park boasts one of Silicon Valley's top residential real estate markets.

Menlo Park is characterized by its exceptional community aesthetics, including its highly bikeable layout, proximity to outdoor recreation, and commitment to sustainability. But the city's outstanding real estate scene proves the primary draw for those relocating to or upgrading within Silicon Valley. With a roster of homes to fit practically every lifestyle, it's little wonder that a continuous influx of high-net-worth individuals begin and end their home search in Menlo Park.

What does that marketplace look like now that we’re a few months into 2024?

Read on as we examine Menlo Park's current market trends and look at what lies ahead in the coming months for buyers and sellers in this unparalleled luxury enclave.

Market prices and trends

In 2023, Menlo Park real estate had an up-and-down year, thanks mainly to economic uncertainties. Among them was a sharp rise in mortgage rates for a 30-year fixed-rate loan, which threatened to top 8% for much of October. Key data points for December 2023 and past year include:

New Listings

December saw only four new single-family listings, a stark contrast to 11 in the same month the previous year. Throughout 2023, there were 350 new listings, down 9.3% from 386 in 2022.


The number of sales in December dropped to 13, a 35% year-over-year decrease. The total sales for the year were 270, marking a 9% decline from 2022.

Median Sales Price

In December, the median sales price was $2,194,000, achieving 98% of the asking price. This represents a 12% decrease in median price year-over-year, with the asking price percentage dipping marginally by less than 2%. The average median sales price in 2023 was $3.3 million, up 5.8% from 2022.

The total sales volume for the year was about $963.3 million, with an average sales price of $3,567,805, indicating a 3% increase despite the total volume falling short of 2022's $1 billion mark.


The inventory at the end of December was low, with only 13 homes available, amounting to half a month of inventory.

While Menlo Park's real estate market saw decreases in listings and sales, it still experienced an increase in median and average sales prices, reflecting the market's desirability and overall competitiveness.

Menlo Park forecast for 2024

In 2024, buyers and sellers in Menlo Park's real estate market must navigate an evolving landscape. The Federal Reserve's predicted easing of interest rates will take time to unfold. Those looking to cut a deal should prepare for movement up and down before realizing significant reductions. Expectations are that mortgage rates may drop to 6.5% towards the end of the year, and more optimistic predictions even call for a drop in the range of 6%.

Factors influencing the market

Inventory levels and home pricing trends are critical elements to watch. Broader market predictions suggest an increase in available homes and potential price adjustments. However, among Silicon Valley's most desirable and pricey locations, Menlo Park's market doesn't always follow conventional wisdom. With the ongoing demand for homes, sellers still control the market by a sizeable margin. This high demand will likely support strong home prices, sustaining low inventory levels, even if softer interest rates encourage more homeowners to sell.

Advice for buyers

Buyers should prepare for a Menlo Park market that often eschews national and regional trends. The market's competitiveness means serious buyers must be ready to seize opportunities as they arise. Maintain your financial readiness. Monitor economic and interest rate trends closely and stay current on new listings, including engaging a trusted local agent who can bring you off-market deals. View purchases in Menlo Park as long-term investments. If acquiring a property at an initially higher interest, refinancing the loan when rates fall is always an option.

Advice for sellers

Selling a home in Menlo Park in 2024 is all about timing. Monitoring interest rates, buyer demand and low inventory levels allows you to maximize your home's value by listing it at the most opportune time. Price and prep your home to cast a wide net, yet one that draws in the individuals most likely to purchase your home at a premium. Seeking professional guidance from a local real estate partner can help bolster your home's market position and ensure you get the most from your sale.

Want to learn more about the Menlo Park real estate market?

If you're interested in buying or selling or want to learn more about Menlo Park's luxury real estate market, contact Marc Hayden Bryman today to start your real estate journey in one of Silicon Valley's most spectacular locales.

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