You set a certain budget for your house hunt — and you can’t go a penny over it. But what if you want to expand your search a wee bit beyond a specific neighborhood? We decided to play the comparison game by exploring what you can buy for a certain dollar value in various California neighborhoods with a series called “Cali Comparables”. We’re crisscrossing the Golden State to give you an idea of how far your dollar goes in certain areas.

We don’t need to tell you that the Silicon Valley housing market is still red-hot. Menlo Park is at the center of all of this heated demand — but that doesn’t mean you can’t find some amazing luxury deals if you’re looking. This week, we’ve set our budget at a healthy $4 million to see how much house can we buy. Spoiler alert: it’s all about new construction. Let’s explore!

101 Hillside Ave| Menlo Park, CA 94025 | $3,942,500

This newly constructed modern-inspired craftsman home in West Menlo Park gives you a winning combination of privacy, a view and sleek lines. If you have an eye for details, you’ll appreciate the handcrafted stairwell railing, crown molding, base boards, exotic wood fireplace mantle and laundry room shelving. An open concept kitchen invites entertaining throughout the dinning area, family room and into the enclosed sunroom, which feeds into the large wrap around backyard. The backyard is wow-worthy with treks decking, hard scape as well as grassy area for play. Other pluses for this five-bedroom, 4-bath home: plenty of room with 2,818 square feet, a mud room, a master bedroom with dual walk-in closets, fireplace and private balcony and an over-sized garage with plenty of room for two cars and workbench. And if you have a family, this fact might really send you over the edge — the home is located in the acclaimed Las Lomitas Elementary School District.

 

2098 Manzanita Ave| Menlo Park, CA 94025 | $3,798,000

Another newly built home in the desirable Las Lomitas School District: this transitional-style 2,591-square-foot home impresses with exquisite architectural design, both inside and out. A light-flooded chef’s kitchen features custom-built cabinetry, large center island and top-quality appliances. The first floor feels open and inviting with sophisticated entertaining spaces, plus a large guest room with full bath. The second floor brings another level of privacy with three bedroom suites, including a large and sumptuous master suite with a walk-in closet, high ceilings and French doors that open to a private balcony. And of course, the best part is, you can move right in!

2167 Gordon Ave| Menlo Park, CA 94025 | $3,950,000

This thoughtfully designed, transitionally-inspired Craftsman residence beckons with four bedrooms and three and a half baths — all set in an open, light-filled floorplan spanning 2,608 square feet. Ideal for everyday living and entertaining, the interiors convey warmth and casual refinement with modern touches like a great room and open kitchen concept, wide plank European Oak floors, Carrera marble countertops, Virginia Mist granite, state of the art stainless steel appliances and a large sliding door that opens to a Connecticut Bluestone patio overlooking a beautiful backyard. Other features include a downstairs bedroom/office with en-suite, three separate bedrooms upstairs and a master bedroom with vaulted ceilings, a large walk-in closet and spa-like bath with a rain shower head and shower that opens to a bathtub. Also located in the Las Lomitas Elementary School District, this house is a must-see.