The City of Good Living
Surrounded by wooded hills, Portola Valley is a pristine and picturesque town. It is located just west of Stanford University and has just 4,568 residents. It features an extensive trail system, scenic roads, open space and natural views. All of this contributes to one’s feeling of being in the country, as do architectural guidelines that stress “blending in.”
The median sold home price in 2024 is $3.5 million and the price per square foot is $1,600.
What Makes Portola Valley Unique
Portola Valley has a good balance between modern development and pastoral quiet. Nineteen hundred acres of permanent open space exist throughout the town. Residents continue to treasure the town’s environmental and historic heritage. A little history: residential development did not begin until after World War II. The town quickly incorporated to preserve the beauty of the green and gold valley astride the world-famous San Andreas Fault.
The town government is specifically staffed by a multitude of volunteers with the goal to preserve the beauty of the land, foster low-density housing and keep local government costs low. With these goals in mind, it offers a wide variety of recreational facilities and programs for residents to enjoy.
Portola Valley Pumpkin Patch
Portola Valley hosts one of our favorite pumpkins patches, Webb Ranch. A majority of the pumpkins at Webb Ranch are organically grown on 30 acres at Webb Ranch. They also source from other orgranic pumpkin growers in Half Moon Bay. They have a great variety and there are plenty of games and Fall/Halloween docorations as well. For more, click here.
There are a number of really good pumpkin patches in the Bay Area, especially in the Half Moon Bay area. To discover more, click here.
Top Notch Bike Trails
Portola Valley is also known for its bike trails. Whether you are into mountain biking or cycling – there is something for everyone. In fact, we’ve heard a few of the favorites including the following:
- Hamms Gulch to Spring Ridge Trail Loop
- Windy Hill Loop
- Redwood and Salamander Flat
For more on the trails, click here.
Excellent Public Schools
This pristine and picturesque town has excellent public schools. The Portola Valley School District includes Ormondale (K-3) and Corte Madera School (4-8). High schoolers attend one of the schools in the Sequoia Union High School District. You can verify which high school you are assigned to by clicking here.
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Portola Valley Neighborhood Map