What makes the Portola Valley Ranch so Special

Tucked away off Alpine Road in a magnificent setting of rolling hills and meadows is a very inviting planned community of approximately 200 homes.    Developed in the 70’s and 80’s with a mission of maintaining the natural environment, the PV Ranch created a unique living experience where the homes are designed to blend in with nature while hundreds of acres of open space were set aside as a focal point and an integral part of the design.   The end result is a bucolic and peaceful residential community offering miles of walking and hiking trails, wonderful opportunities for cycling, and a wonderful community recreation center with two pools, two tennis courts, a vineyard and community garden and a club house for resident members to enjoy.

The homes in the Ranch are built to offer maximum privacy in a cluster grouping that gives each property a unique view.  There are land use controls and an architectural committee that ensure that the natural setting is retained.  The Ranch offers an easy yet active lifestyle with all the advantages of single family living in a community that is dedicated to preserving the natural surroundings of the homes and the land.

Homes in the PV Ranch are hard to come by as turnover on an annual basis is low.  In 2013,  seven homes were sold through the Multiple Listing Service (mls) with at least two more sold off market in private sales.   If you have an interest in touring the PV Ranch or learning more about this special spot,  please give Ellen a call at 650.888.1886.   She would be happy to take you on the grand tour of this sought after community.   She has just welcomed another new family to the community in a pending sale in which she represented the Buyers at 5 Buckeye.

5 Buckeye Front





Check out these views in Portola Valley

Breathtaking Views of Windy Hill in Portola Valley

Imagine yourself in this magical .53 acre setting in central Portola Valley overlooking Windy Hill and the surrounding open space lands. You’ll feel as if you own 500 acres! Located on Corte Madera Road, this hidden treasure offers a contemporary style 3/4 bedroom home with high ceilings and massive windows which fill the home home with natural light. The floor plan is open and flowing with the living areas seamlessly connecting to one another. The grounds include a spacious patio and lawn area framed with beautiful gardens. Centrally located with easy access to Silicon Valley, top-rated schools and the new Town Center, this property is truly one of a kind!

Living in Portola Valley, an Equestrian Lovers Dream

Portola Valley Offers amazing riding opportunities for the equestrian lover and has a variety of equestrian facilities and trails that are great for adults and kids of all ages. Below are listed a few of the local facilities:

Web Ranch provides riding instruction and events, scenic trails, programs for all level of riders, farm produce and seasonal foods. Located @ 2720 Alpine Road Portola Valley, CA 94028

Portola Valley Training Center offers Trainers and their Clients a World Class Facility. Among the amenities on the 60 acre grounds are 8 meticulously groomed and maintained jumping and flat arenas including a mirrored dressage court and a fully lighted and covered 150 foot by 300 foot arena. Completely unique is the 5/8 mile racetrack, from days past, for conditioning, 40 acres for off-training day leisure rides, and an on-site veterinary with full surgical facilities. Located @ 100 Ansel Lane, Menlo Park, CA 94028

Glenoaks Equestrian Center is a full-service riding facility in Portola Valley for equestrians of all levels: from novice to Grand Prix competition. With 3 all-weather rings, a dressage court, grass Derby field, and 1,000 acres of private horse trails, you and your horse have found the ideal home. Located @3639 Alpine Road Portola Valley CA 94028



Stunning Portola Valley Contemporary with Views

Sweeping views of the hills create a dramatic setting for this 4 bedroom contemporary home in the heart of the Westridge neighborhood of Portola Valley. Completed renovated over the past 6 years with great attention to detail and thoughtfully designed spaces that create a warm connection with the outdoors. Numerous large windows and soaring ceiling heights create an airy ambiance throughout the home designed with an emphasis on light and open spaces.

Perfectly sited on 2.5 acres and luxuriously finished with custom Scavolini cabinets, mahogany hardwood floors, granite, travertine and exquisite lighting, this special home is ideally located close to the Town Center and just 10 minutes from Stanford.

This is one of the most peaceful and private locations in Westridge. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation every day! For more information, give Ellen a call at 650.888.1886.

About Portola Valley

What makes Portola Valley Special…

Beautiful hills and valleys provide a bucolic backdrop for Portola Valley, a welcoming community located just west of hwy 280 and Stanford University.   Miles of scenic equestrian and hiking trails, quiet country roads and verdant valleys and oak studded hills take you out of the bustle of Silicon Valley the moment you start traveling down Alpine Road.    Committed to preserving miles of open space, Portola Valley takes pride in its peaceful setting letting the scenery rather than homes dominate the landscape.

There are several residential areas within Portola Valley offering a wide range of home prices and lot sizes so there is something for everyone.  Popular with cyclists riding the “Stanford Loop” and with hikers taking in the views of Windy Hill, there are multiple opportunities to enjoy the outdoors on foot or on horseback.    The new ‘green’ Town Center features a wonderful library, park and sport fields, tennis courts, meeting rooms and is a sense of pride for the community.   There are two highly rated public schools, Ormondale Elementary for grades K-3  and Corte Madera for grades 4-8.  The Ladera area of Portola Valley is part of the Las Lomitas School District.

The number of home sales in Portola Valley in 2011 increased 30% over 2010 and the average selling price was up 22%.  All expectations are that the same trends will continue in 2012.

If you are looking for a country feel and wide open spaces, Portola Valley could be just the place you’ll want to call home.

Counties Currently Participating in Prop 90

Eight California counties currently participate in Prop 90 tax base transfers.   They include Alameda, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Orange, El Dorado and Ventura.    Santa Clara County supervisors recently voted to keep Prop 90 in place while El Dorado County was a new addition in 2010.

Prop 90 allows people aged 55 & over  to transfer a property’s factored base year value from an existing residence to a replacement residence between the participating counties.   Replacement properties must be of equal or lesser value than the original property.

This means you could sell your long time residence in Palo Alto and purchase a replacement property in San Diego that was of equal or lesser value than your Palo Alto home and apply to have your existing tax base transfer to your new property.    It can be a great benefit if you have owned a home for many years.

The participating counties can change at any time and you should always talk to your financial advisor regarding requirments of your specific situation.


Burlingables – Petite and Popular

Burlingame, CANestled in a small geographic area of tree lined streets is the very desirable Burlingables neighborhood. Charming homes, friendly neighbors, fabulous Washington Park, and an easy walk to the train station and bustling downtown Burlingame Ave all contribute to making this a highly sought after location. Recent home sales have been quick and competitive, with homes selling in under a week and over asking. 447 Chatham, 321 Concord Way and 401 Bloomfield all sold with multiple offers in 6 or 7 days and all sold over the original asking price.