Silicon Valley is not just the tech capital of the world. It’s also where some of the nation’s most expensive real estate lives. Alas, there are still deals to be found. With a budget under $5 million, we found two distinct properties that offer the epitome of the Silicon Valley lifestyle: spacious homes with outdoor spaces and proximity to the area’s renowned schools.

65 Maple Ave | Atherton, CA 94027 | $4,475,000

This refined two-story residence in Atherton unites Cape Cod elegance with California casual. Boasting four bedrooms plus a detached studio with a full bath, the thoughtfully updated home is move-in ready for immediate enjoyment. Detailed millwork and wood beams define the main spaces, offering a memorable living and entertaining experience. A formal living and dining room elevate the floorplan. A luxury kitchen comes equipped with designer stainless steel appliances, a large peninsula bar, and a breakfast nook for casual dining opens to the inviting family room. There is also a wonderful indoor/outdoor flow off the family room, which easily facilitates year-round entertainment. A stunning first-floor primary suite offers access to the outside and an expansive spa-like bath. There are so many delightful features in this home, including new landscaping, roof, gutters, and downspouts, plus new exterior painting. A desirable location means you will also have close proximity to the Atherton library and Holbrook Palmer Park, just minutes to Stanford University and Downtown Menlo Park, and schools within the excellent Menlo Park School District.

230 O’ Connor St | Menlo Park, CA 94025 | $3,995,000

Located in Menlo Park, with a prime location near Menlo Park schools, this contemporary-meets-transitional new build from 2018 will delight families looking for a move-in ready home made for entertaining. Spacious and bright interiors are flooded with natural light via skylights, windows, and glass doors opening to the outdoors. The entry leads to a formal living room with a fireplace and formal dining area. The gourmet kitchen commands attention with Thermador appliances and a generous waterfall Quartz center island with seating areas. From there, you’ll discover a spacious family room with a cozy fireplace, vaulted ceilings, a comfortable entertainment area, and convenient access to the backyard. Four total bedrooms include a desirable main level guest bedroom with an ensuite bath. On the second floor, there are three other bedrooms, including a spacious primary retreat suite with vaulted ceilings and large picture windows. An upstairs laundry room and additional built-in cabinets for storage complete this level. A fenced backyard beckons with an amazingly large lawn area, plus perimeter fruit trees and a BBQ area.