Sponsored: Love blossomed at this Portola Valley property, where there’s room to grow a family

This wondrous oak tree creates an inviting aura to the property in Portola Valley.

Moments after walking onto this Portola Valley property, you know you’ve arrived at something really special. It could be the more than 100-year-old oak tree shading the front yard with its generous canopy, its romantic, park-like setting or maybe it’s the potential to create a home of your dreams.

This wondrous oak tree enhances the inviting aura of the property in Portola Valley.

On the market for the first time since a young couple picnicked under that oak tree and fell in love, this home at 280 Gabarda Way has been lovingly maintained for almost 60 years.

The newlyweds, he an architectural engineer and she an artist, were inspired by the natural beauty of its surroundings and designed the home for California living at its best with a seamless indoor/outdoor flow connecting to amazing outdoor venues.

Influenced by the postmodernist architect Philip Johnson, known for his use of glass panels as walls and simple straight lines in his home design, this home also utilizes walls of windows to maximize the incredible panoramic views that span the bay from San Francisco to the mountains.

Located in Ladera, (Spanish for “slope” or “hillside”), the home is embraced by the small-town ambience and the intimate San Mateo County community featuring about 540 homes. This unincorporated pocket of tranquility and picturesque neighborhoods happens to also be ideally located just minutes from Interstate 280 and easy commute routes into Silicon Valley to the south, and about 35 miles north into San Francisco. The centralized location is also less than 30 minutes to the gorgeous beaches at Half Moon Bay, and about 15 minutes to Stanford University for sporting events and world-renowned performing arts.

Ladera, began as a Spanish Land Grant, attempted to be a cooperative housing project, and today is one of several independent communities within the picturesque Portola Valley and is home to small businesses, a recreation center, parks, the Ladera Oak Swim and Tennis Club, and neighborhood walking trails. Neighborhood streets named after trees and flowers (Gabarda means wild rose) branch off the two main streets, La Mesa and La Cuesta.

Move into this classic, single-story home with about 2,050 square feet of living space featuring four bedrooms, and two-and-a-half bathrooms; or close your eyes, dream of the possibilities, and begin your own story under that oak tree. Explore the options that this generous .44-acre lot offers with room to expand and potentially even add a second story to

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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