Overview

Infused with woodland serenity, the quiet town of Woodside at first glance appears to be nothing more than a country hamlet immersed in panoramic beauty. In reality, this naturally private community is one of the wealthiest enclaves in America and home to some of the richest people in the world.

 

Humble Beginnings

One of the first areas on the Peninsula to be settled by English speakers, Woodside originated in the 1830s as a humble logging community. Lured by the area’s excessive beauty, affluent residents began to trickle into the area after the Gold Rush, setting up country estates tucked within the lush forests. By the 1950s, Woodside had matured into a modernized but intimate residential community; it incorporated in 1956 to avoid urbanization and retain its village-like charm.

 

Unassuming Yet Prestigious

Because of its diminutive population size and number of households, Woodside doesn’t lead as many lists in Forbes magazine and other ranking devices like Palo Alto or Atherton. Nevertheless, its picturesque location midway between San Jose and San Francisco and its abundant natural privacy have long attracted powerful personalities in business, finance, tech, and entertainment. Scenic landscapes of hills and mountainsides clad with heritage oaks and soaring redwoods conceal massive estates, several of which are owned by global billionaires. In fact, one of the most expensive home sales in California’s history occurred in Woodside in 2012, involving a compound purchased by a Japanese billionaire.

 

Leisure & Recreation

Woodside’s high caliber is evident in its quaint but exclusive offerings. The historic downtown offers gourmet groceries and Michelin-rated dining, while venues like the elite Menlo Country Club are ideal for high-end gatherings.

 

However, much of the area’s local culture is focused on hiking, cycling, and horses. Recreational rails abound in several open space preserves in and around the town, and cyclists come to Woodside in droves on the weekends to cruise popular routes. The town is perhaps best known for its equestrian activities; many residents own stables, and the Horse Park at Woodside features 272 acres and eight arenas for equestrian use. Woodside’s breathtaking surroundings permit perpetual outdoor enjoyment, causing many to liken its alpine atmosphere to mountain resorts like Lake Tahoe or Vail.

 

Prime Educational Opportunities

Woodside’s residents understand the value of a fine education. Elementary school students may attend preschool through eighth grade at the highly acclaimed Woodside Elementary School, while high school students may attend Woodside High School. Many families also choose to enroll their children in one of the many elite private schools in the area.

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Abounding with privacy, history, and beauty, Woodside is a fascinating community in its own right. It offers a seemingly secluded yet central location, and forms a homey albeit exclusive retreat for the discerning Bay Area resident.

 

 

Notable Residents—Past and Present

Prince Vasili Alexandrovich, Russian royalty

Shirley Temple Black, child star and diplomat

Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari

Scott Cook, co-founder of Intuit

James Folger, coffee magnate

Kazuo Hirai, CEO of Sony

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple

David E. Kelley, television producer

Joseph Lonsdale, founder of Palantir Technologies

Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel and creator of Moore’s Law

Michelle Pfeiffer, actress

Charles Schwab, founder of Charles Schwab Corporation

Thomas Siebel, founder of Siebel Systems

Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of Softbank

Nick Woodman, founder and CEO of GoPro

Neil Young, rock musician and songwriter

Population
5,510
MedianFamily Income
250,000

The public schools are among the best in the nation. Graduates from the local high schools attend the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country, with a much larger than average number admitted to neighboring Stanford. Abundant bike paths make it easy for most students to bike to their local schools, giving them a sense of independence that is valued by parents and children alike.

active
30 trail ln,
woodside
$32,000,000
hidden valley
3Beds / 3Baths / 7960SqFt
active
15 hidden valley ln,
woodside
$24,600,000
hidden valley
6Beds / 6Baths / 10551SqFt
active
176 harcross rd,
woodside
$24,500,000
woodside hills
7Beds / 7Baths / 7223SqFt
active
309 manuella ave,
woodside
$24,500,000
central woodside
4Beds / 5Baths / 8082SqFt
active
3620 woodside rd,
woodside
$19,995,000
central woodside
5Beds / 5Baths / 8165SqFt
active
445 manzanita way,
woodside
$19,500,000
central woodside
5Beds / 4Baths / 9345SqFt
active
155 prospect st,
woodside
$18,750,000
central woodside
4Beds / 3Baths / 6035SqFt
active
4 lawler ranch rd,
woodside
$17,500,000
central woodside
active
370 mountain home ct,
woodside
$13,988,000
central woodside
4Beds / 5Baths / 10969SqFt
active
4105 woodside rd,
woodside
$12,900,000
central woodside
4Beds / 3Baths / 4580SqFt
pending
460 las pulgas dr,
woodside
$5,988,000
woodside hills
6Beds / 7Baths / 7549SqFt
contingent
153 marva oaks dr,
woodside
$4,850,000
central woodside
contingent
87 upenuf rd,
woodside
$3,450,000
old la honda road area
2670SqFt
contingent
87 upenuf rd,
woodside
$2,950,000
old la honda road area
3Beds / 2Baths / 2670SqFt
contingent
20 echo ln,
woodside
$2,600,000
skywood area
4Beds / 3Baths / 3125SqFt
pending
120 alta mesa rd,
woodside
$2,399,000
woodside glens
3Beds / 2Baths / 2020SqFt
pending
56 big tree rd,
woodside
$1,695,000
skywood area
3Beds / 2Baths / 1830SqFt
pending
20355 skyline blvd,
woodside
$1,648,000
skyline area
4Beds / 2Baths / 3120SqFt
contingent
12 montecito rd,
woodside
$1,490,000
old la honda road area
pending
14826 skyline blvd 1,
woodside
$1,299,000
skyline area
3Beds / 3Baths / 2040SqFt
sold
290 family farm rd,
woodside
$7,000,000
hidden valley
3Beds / 2Baths / 3675SqFt
sold
153 marva oaks dr,
woodside
$4,850,000
central woodside
sold
31 hacienda dr,
woodside
$3,995,000
central woodside
4Beds / 3Baths / 4110SqFt
sold
1975 portola rd,
woodside
$3,298,888
central woodside
3Beds / 2Baths / 3050SqFt
sold
210 hardwick rd,
woodside
$2,988,000
woodside hills
4Beds / 3Baths / 3460SqFt
sold
2165 ward way,
woodside
$2,795,000
woodside heights
4Beds / 2Baths / 2450SqFt
sold
3545 partition rd,
woodside
$2,599,000
central woodside
4Beds / 2Baths / 2230SqFt
sold
2312 alameda de las pulgas,
woodside
$2,249,000
horgan ranch etc.
3Beds / 2Baths / 2370SqFt
sold
20255 skyline blvd,
woodside
$1,975,000
skyline area
3Beds / 3Baths / 2400SqFt
sold
13240 skyline blvd,
woodside
$1,735,000
skyline area
3Beds / 2Baths / 2020SqFt