Facebook has invested in the area but it still has a lot to go. Its absolutely a good investment.
All the best,
Coldwell Banker Menlo Park
This should give you a snapshot of the kinds of crimes that are being reported, as well as the rate of crimes that are being reported. Growing up in Palo Alto, I do have to say that I thought about the area in much the same terms as East Palo Alto but you do have a nice proximity to everything that Menlo Park has to offer. You can ride a bike to downtown Menlo Park or downtown Palo Alto or Stanford. So it's a great location for proximity to cool and beautiful places.
http://www.EricaNelsonEstates.com (nation-wide foreclosure listings)
To the potential Belle Haven home buyer-- this area has and always will be a place of community, not unlike any other city, i say if you really want to know what our area is like travel over and ask a longtimer. Do i love my city YES! believe me when i say no big box store can make a city and no amount of research will give someone that has not lived here the wisdom to make a sound judgement about MY neighborhood. I end this with welcome to the neighborhood.
-Proud and Concerned East Menlo Park Resident