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Portola Valley

A quiet and tight-knit suburban neighborhood with a population of around 4,365 residents, Portola Valley is an affluent community.

Located on the eastern slope of the Peninsula Coastal Range, Portola Valley is bordered by the town of Menlo Park on the north, and on the east by Los Altos Hills.

According to Hometown Locator, Portola Valley had a median household income of $200,000 in 2020 which is much higher than the rate listed for the rest of the US. The area’s property values hovered at the $2 million mark during that same year.

Home ownership in Portola Valley is also high, with the rate set at 76% as of 2018.

As expected in neighborhoods with a similar historical background, the homes in Portola Valley vary quite widely in terms of architectural style. Residents planning to renovate or expand their properties, however, are urged to adhere to strict guidelines in order to preserve the neighborhood’s charming rural character, as well as its natural surroundings.

Surrounded by verdant wooded hills, Portola Valley boasts a multitude of natural trails and outdoor spaces for its residents.

One of the outdoor spaces that Portola Valley residents can visit is Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, a 1,335-acre park composed of open grasslands and forests. Managed by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, the park is an ideal location for outdoor activities like hiking, kite flying, biking, and horseback riding.

Portola Valley by itself does not have any of the upscale establishments associated with the Bay Area. However, because of its proximity to Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and San Francisco, grabbing a bite and shopping for luxuries is just a short drive away.

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