Nestled in rolling hills and filled with miles of trails, the Central Portola Valley and Westridge neighborhoods provide peace and quiet for those who enjoy rustic living without the isolation of living outside city limits.
Residents here get the best of both worlds: the privacy and intimacy of a rural town mixed with convenient proximity to all of Portola Valley’s amenities, including shopping, excellent schools, open space preserves, local private clubs, and easy access to Interstate 280. The residents of this lively neighborhood are close-knit and regularly schedule community events such as barbecues, art shows, live theater performances, and biking/running races. In fact, many residents cannot take a walk without running into a friendly face.
Central Portola Valley and Westridge homes generally sit on rolling hills surrounded by oak trees, on impressively sized lots of around 2.5 acres. In 2013, houses in these neighborhoods range between $1.4 million and $13 million. Many residents living in Central Portola Valley and Westridge work in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and San Jose. Due to Central Portola Valley and Westridge’s proximity to Sand Hill Road, the international home of venture capital, many businesses are attracted to these areas.
One drawback for new buyers to Central Portola Valley and Westridge is the strict design guidelines for homes in these neighborhoods. For example, builders must adhere to design guidelines enforced by the Westridge Architectural Supervising Committee, whose goal is to preserve the rural and charming character of the neighborhoods.