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Fellow Menlo Park residents can spot familiar faces this weekend when CJ and Christina and children JJ and baby Max are featured on Tiny House Nation. The show airs on FYI (772 on Comcast Bay Area) Saturday, June 24 at 6:00 pm PDT. [Note: It is the show’s policy not to use participants’ last names.]

CJ is an attorney and Christina is a family physician. With demanding jobs and two young children, their goal was to escape Silicon Valley tech for what CJ labeled a “forced digital de-tox.” The first step was buying a 20-acre parcel of land in Amador County.

In talking with Tiny House Nation host John Weisbarth and renovation expert Zack Giffin, they asked for help creating a space that will help them reconnect with the stars and give Christina a spa-like space where she can relax. Explained John: “They wanted a place where they could regenerate on the weekends and spend time with the boys.”

The result is a 344 square-foot, tech-free retreat with some innovative features that, in addition to the spa, include a large outdoor fold-out dining table for their extended family. The episode airing on Saturday not only chronicles the building of the tiny house but also its journey to Amador County, which had its perils during a wet and rainy season.

Tiny houses are defined as being structures no larger than 500 square feet. Tiny House Nation was the first of its kind in the tiny living genre and continues to rank as the network’s #1 rated program in the home space.

Photos courtesy of Tiny House Nation

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Rents in Menlo Park remain in the stratosphere

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Menlo posted an average rent of $3,700 in April, according to the latest research by RENTCafé. “It edges out cities like San Francisco or San Mateo, where rents average $3,355 and $3030, respectively,” emails RENTCafé spokesperson Adrian Rosenberg. “Unfortunately for local renters, the prices in Menlo are on the upswing. Average rents have seen a […]

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Menlo Park tops population growth chart among Bay Area cities

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Menlo Park grew more than any other city in the Bay Area, according to a report issued by the state Department of Finance. Its population went from 33,807 in January 2016 to 35,670 in January 2017. The 5.5% increase resulted from multi-family housing development, the report said. Pictured is a Elan Menlo Park, a 146-unit apartment […]

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Learn about Stanford’s Middle Plaza project at community meeting on March 16

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In a press release issued today, Stanford University said there will be a community meeting tomorrow (Thursday, March 16) to provide local residents with the latest information on the plans to turn an 8.4-acre stretch of vacant car lots along El Camino Real in Menlo Park into a mix of housing, offices and retail. Known as Middle Plaza, the […]

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Betty Hilmer shares memories of her adobe house in Atherton

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An adobe house in Atherton? Don’t think pueblo or cliff dwelling. The house that caught Robert and Betty Hilmer’s eye over 50 years ago is a mid-century modern gem. “We happened on it by chance,” Betty recalled, sitting in the family room of a house that’s largely unchanged since they moved in in 1956. “We were […]

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Menlo Park resident Diane Dittmar tackles homelessness through her work at Abode Services

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Editor’s note: In Silicon Valley, soccer parents hold PhD’s, fresh-faced college kids launch IPO’s, and Teslas are parked outside Trader Joe’s. In this world of affluence and innovation, some find themselves literally on the side of the road, homeless.  Into this often overlooked world of homelessness in San Mateo County steps Menlo Park resident Diane Dittmar […]

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LifeMoves in Menlo Park provides services and supportive housing for people who are homeless

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Editor’s note: Today InMenlo is joining other Bay Area media organizations — spanning radio, print, digital and TV — in covering homelessness, a project initiated by the San Francisco Chronicle. We are highlighting the experiences of a homeless family and a homeless man who took advantage of the programs offered by Menlo Park-based LifeMoves, including temporary shelter at Haven House. Last year, […]

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Spotted: Colorfully-painted house, RIP

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There are houses that cheer as you walk or drive by and such was the case on San Mateo Drive where Becky and Tom McDonough lived in the house he’d grown up in. InMenlo contributors Jym Clendenin and Frances Freyberg captured the spirit of the house — and its colorful paint job — in a March, 2014 […]

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Spotted: Graffiti on house slated for demo

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We got quite a few comments on our post about the ongoing demolition of houses in Menlo Park. This house on San Mateo Drive near the bike bridge has its own comments – in the form of graffiti! Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2015

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All in a half day’s work: House no more in Menlo Park

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When a green fence goes up around a 1950s era ranch-style house in Menlo Park locals know it usually means the house is coming down, to be replaced most often with a two-story mini-mansion with basement. But when a green fence went up around a home on the corner of White Oak and Lemon in Menlo […]

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City of Menlo Park announces the availability of funds for new affordable rental housing developments in Menlo Park

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Approximately $7.8 million in Below Market Rate housing funds is available under this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to support the acquisition, rehabilitation or new construction of housing that will provide long-term affordability. The City of Menlo Park intends for this funding to fill the financing gap between the projected total development costs and other […]

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