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PORTOLA VALLEY Real Estate Analysis

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The town of Portola Valley has roughly 4500 residents, and just celebrated their 50th anniversary as an incorporated town in 2014. The town name comes from Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola, and the town continues to focus on its rich historical and environmental heritage. There are beautiful trails and plenty of open space to enjoy, and the architecture throughout the community tends to blend in with the natural surroundings. With one of the highest median incomes in the region, this town is considered one of the forty wealthiest towns in the United States.  Forbes magazine wrote in 2013 that Portola Valley had the 9th most expensive housing prices within the country as well.

Portola Valley is home to one of the top public elementary school districts in the State. Ormondale School (named after the race horse Ormondale) serves students from K-3, and Corte Madera school serves students from 4-8. Homes in the Ladera neighborhood are served by the well regarded Las Lomitas Elementary School District with schools located in nearby Menlo Park. The nearest public secondary school for Portola Valley residents is Woodside High School in neighboring Woodside, and is part of the Sequoia Union High School District.  Many children in the area attend local private schools such as Woodside Priory or Sacred Heart Preparatory School in Atherton as an alternative to the public school system. Portola Valley is defined as zip code 94028, and the majority of the homes in the region are single family homes located on larger lots. The Ladera region was developed in 1944 by the Peninsula Housing Association as a housing cooperative, but after a few years the cooperative failed, and the land was sold to develop a small tract. The homes in Ladera are typically ranch homes of modest size located on smaller lots, and can be a more affordable entry point into the town. 

U.S. Census Facts for Portola Valley

  • Total Population: 4,353
  • 1,994 housing units – 76.3% owner occupied
  • Median household income: $163,384
  • Bachelors degree or higher: 80.5%
  • Median age: 53.2

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PORTOLA VALLEY Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in PORTOLA VALLEY

5 Coal Mine VW PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028
Photo of 5 Coal Mine VW, PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028 (MLS # ML81739127)
3 beds 3 baths 3,265 sqft $4,195,000
805 La Mesa DR PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028
Photo of 805 La Mesa DR, PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028 (MLS # ML81739006)
3 beds 3 baths 2,490 sqft $3,250,000
80 Golden Oak DR PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028
Photo of 80 Golden Oak DR, PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028 (MLS # ML81738970)
5 beds 6 baths 4,368 sqft $10,800,000
11 Sandstone ST PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028
Photo of 11 Sandstone ST, PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028 (MLS # ML81737504)
3 beds 4 baths 3,020 sqft $3,298,000
100 Alamos RD PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028
Photo of 100 Alamos RD, PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028 (MLS # ML81737488)
3 beds 2 baths 3,600 sqft $4,900,000
1108 Los Trancos RD PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028
Photo of 1108 Los Trancos RD, PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028 (MLS # ML81737393)
2 beds 1 bath 700 sqft $1,375,000
518 Cresta Vista LN PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028
Photo of 518 Cresta Vista LN, PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028 (MLS # ML81736277)
4 beds 5 baths 5,020 sqft $7,995,000
707 Westridge DR PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028
Photo of 707 Westridge DR, PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028 (MLS # ML81731763)
5 beds 7 baths 8,630 sqft $10,900,000
183 Vista Verde WAY PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028
Photo of 183 Vista Verde WAY, PORTOLA VALLEY, CA 94028 (MLS # ML81729389)
4 beds 4 baths 4,680 sqft $3,595,000



PORTOLA VALLEY School Districts

Portola Valley Elementary


Corte Madera School
4-8, public
Ormondale Elementary School
K-3, public
Woodside Priory
6-12, private
Woodland School
K-8, private
Creekside 21st Century Learning Lab
4-5, private