About Portola Valley

Surrounded by wooded hills, this pristine and picturesque town of 4500 residents is located just west of Stanford University in a green and gold valley astride the world-famous San Andreas Fault. The Town values its environmental and historic heritage, its excellent public schools and its economical Town government supported by a multitude of volunteers. An extensive trail system, scenic roads, open space and natural views contribute to one's feeling of being in the country, as do architectural guidelines that stress "blending in." Commercial activity is encouraged to the extent that it primarily meets needs of residents of the community. These factors have enabled the town to retain a rural ambiance reminiscent of earlier days.

Sheldon Breiner, a long-time resident of Portola Valley, wrote a personal essay on the joys of wandering in Portola Valley. Part history, part geography, and part photologue, Sheldon's Peripatetic in Portola Valley celebrates life in the Valley.


Local Government

The Town of Portola Valley

765 Portola Road

Portola Valley, CA 94028

650.851 1700

The Town of Portola Valley provides directions, public transit options and visitor brochures.

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Population in July 2000: 4,462

Males: 49.2%

Females: 50.8%

Median resident age: 47.5 years

California median age: 33.3 years

Estimated median household income in 1999: $158,217

California: $61,021

Estimated per capita income in 1999: $99,621

Estimated median house value: $1,000,000+

California: $467,000

Median Gross Rent: $2,000+