One of the wealthiest zip codes in the United States, with some of the most expensive real estate and highest household incomes, Portola Valley is a quiet, almost rural suburban neighborhood with a population of about 4,100. It’s a safe area where crime is almost nonexistent. There are lots of great trails to hike and parks for families to spend time in – if you love the outdoors and a quiet, peaceful environment, you’ll love Portola Valley.
There’s a distinct lack of bars and restaurants here apart from some rather unremarkable local eateries. Most residents prefer to go to Palo Alto to wine and dine. You'll also need to head elsewhere to run errands that extend beyond simple groceries. As you might have surmised, you’ll definitely want to have a car to get around here – walkability and good public transit isn't something you'll find here.
Housing options are somewhat limited if you're looking for anything besides a single-family home. Portola Valley has no apartments, condos, or affordable housing options and houses start at well over $1 million. For high income families there are plenty of large family-sized homes that are luxurious and beautiful.
Owing to the fact that property prices are some of the United States’ highest, and the lack of much nightlife or culture, young professionals and creatives are noticeably absent from Portola Valley. Families and retirees make up the bulk of the population here.
Portola Valley is bordered on the north by Menlo Park, on the east by Los Altos Hills, and on the south and west by the Santa Cruz Mountains.
If you’re a nature lover, you’ll love the 1,335 acres of open grasslands and forests that make up this park. Ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, flying kites, biking, and horseback riding.
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