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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 and private schools and its economical Town government supported by a multitude of commission and committee 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.

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Portola Valley Demographics

Important Contact Information Phone numbers for local government, the library, utility providers, churches, newspapers, and more.

Town Calendar

Class Information A variety of children’s and adult classes are offered at the Town’s Community Hall, including art, science, and karate. View the current session's catalog and signup online!

Local Links For a small town, Portola Valley has a surprising amount of activity going on! Visit this page to find helpful links for social, cultural, gardening, and other local activities.