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. Portola Valley features an extensive trail system, scenic roads, open space and natural views. All of this contribute to one’s feeling of being in the country, as do architectural guidelines that stress “blending in.”
The median home price in mid-2022 is $4,850,000 and the price per square foot is $1,460.
Pristine and Picturesque Town
Portola Valley is a green and gold valley astride the world-famous San Andreas Fault. Extensive residential development did not begin until after World War II, and by the early 1960s, many residents had become alarmed by increasing pressures for housing and business expansion. In 1964, Portola Valley voted to incorporate in order to have local control over development. The goals are to preserve the beauty of the land, to foster low-density housing and to keep government costs low by having a cadre of volunteers. They also want to limit services to those necessary for local residents.
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. Its town government is specifically staffed by a multitude of volunteers. The Town of Portola Valley offers a wide variety of recreational facilities and programs for residents to enjoy.
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 include 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). In addition, you can verify which high school you are assigned to by clicking here.
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