I highly recommend Menlo Park. Menlo Park enjoys all of the culture of Palo Alto, as its next-door neighbor, while being a quiet, family-oriented community with great weather and schools. The commute to Belmont would be about 30 minutes. Resale is very strong.
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If it is not too late, my partner recently sold a home in Encinitas that also was an inherited property and an older home, no repairs made. Encinitas is very unique in that some buyers move into the area due to the school scores and location so the pool idea can become secondary and temperatures are so moderate a pool becomes more of a cost than an enjoyed luxury, depending on what part of Encinitas of course. We can discuss the pricing with you if you are still entertaining the idea. Let us know if we can be further assistance.... more
If you simply have to have a pool, buy a house with a quality recently installed pool and let the seller take the monster loss on the pool installation price. If moving isn't an option, and you just have to have a pool installed at your current home, be able to financially justify investing $10K to $50K into a pool that you'll see virtually no, that's zero, return dollars on your investment. In certain hot humid areas of the country a pool may net you as much as 25% of your investment but elsewhere in the country, in my opinion, you might just as well throw $50K out the window. If it takes a $50K pool investment to make you happy and you can justify throwing nearly all of that money away, go for it.... more