So I grew up in the town of Woodside, California most of my life and it was an absolutely wonderful place to grow up as a child. Forests, creeks and trails to explore…A short distance from Stanford University and a 30 minute drive from a cosmopolitan city like San Francisco. World changing companies in Silicon Valley are not far away as is so many other places. In retrospect, I will write the top five reasons why I enjoyed living there.
5. The People
There are about 5,200 people that live in Woodside. 20 years ago, there was 5,000. The population stays the same and the planning commission makes sure Woodside doesn’t develop and grow too much. The people are a diverse crowd, coming from all different backgrounds. There are horse lovers, songwriters, artists, scientists, venture capitalists, software founders, young families, old families and horses. They’re not people, but there are quite a few.
Going into places like Roberts Market, Buck’s restaurant, or the Woodside Bakery, one may encounter some of the local crowd, although there are a few people that come into Woodside, who don’t live in Woodside. They make the town vibrant as well.
4. The Environment
The location of Woodside is in a great location. It provides a great sense of privacy, yet it is not far from action. The redwoods, oaks and Manzanitas make the area rich with forest and the many horse trails are fun to walk on. There are many roads to explore for walks or bike rides. A short drive gets you to the top of Skyline, where one can drive to Windy Hill, the Thomas Fogarty Winery or cruise down to the ocean. The weather here is phenomenal. The Santa Cruz mountains blocks the ocean fog and it always be 10-15 degrees warmer than San Francisco anyday. Beautiful Beautiful.
3. The Schools
Woodside Elementary School has a wonderful program for the students. As a student growing up, we had excellent teachers, field trips to Yosemite to build our appreciation of nature and a great art program. We learned language at an earlier age than most and the classes remained small. Sometimes we biked to school and of course we always went to Roberts Market afterwards to get candies or a sandwich. Fun times.
2. The History
Woodside was incorporated a little over 60 years ago and it’s history is wonderful. Serving as a loggers town and a place for wealthy San Franciscans to come as a summer retreat, the history is displayed in some of the old houses and buildings. Places like the Folger Estate, the Woodside Store, Pioneer Saloon and estates make for a wonderful history. It takes someone to live here to truly discover the many secrets Woodside has to offer.
1. Woodside Glens.
Ok, so I am partial to the Woodside Glens, which is a community within Woodside and it is a wonderful place to grow up. There are trails, open spaces, one way windy streets, hills, lots of families, community gatherings and lots of places to explore. There are many places to live in Woodside and if you are a person wanting to live and have relationship with your neighbors, then the Glens is a great place to live.
A great house to live in the glens is located right here if you are considering a move to Woodside.