Welcome to Woodside Real Estate
A Good Community to Raise Children
Woodside, CA is a small incorporated town in San Mateo County, with a population of 5,542 people. Not only do Woodside home prices rank among the most expensive in California, but Woodside real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America. If you can afford Woodside real estate, the town is a great place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Woodside really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Woodside encompasses the 94061 and 94062 zip codes.
View of the Bay Area at Night from Skyline Blvd.
This special rural area is comprised of distinctive and intimate neighborhoods away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, yet within minutes of the greater Bay Area. Woodside neighborhoods offer a wide variety of terrain and sites; ocean and bay vistas, majestic redwoods, rolling oak studded hills, rippling creeks, and vast pasture lands. Much of the area is surrounded by Open Space and parkland. It is hard to believe that amidst all this natural beauty and space we are so close to urban San Francisco and San Jose.
Steve Jobs Owned a Residence in Woodside
A white-collar town, with fully 94.00% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Woodside is a town of managers, professionals and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Woodside who work in management occupations (26.90%), sales jobs (10.53%) and business and financial occupations (9.22%). Also of interest is that Woodside has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US. Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.52% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes. In addition, Woodside is home to many people who could be described as “urban sophisticates”, which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes – whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
The Bay Area was Home to the Ohlone/Costanoan People
Before the Europeans came to explore and settle Alta California, Woodside was home to the Ohlone/Costanoan people. Along the creeks and forested valleys, these native people found a mild climate, good water, an abundant food supply. The Woodside area is distinguished for having been the home of some of the first English-speaking settlers on the San Francisco Peninsula.
St. Dennis Chapel
Charles Brown built the first sawmill on his Mountain Home Ranch. His adobe house was built in 1839 and stands today. The Rancho Cañada de Raymundo was granted to John Coppinger by his good friend Juan Alvarado, the Governor of Mexico. Coppinger, a former lieutenant in the British navy, married Luisa Soto, the daughter of a Spanish ranchero. In 1841, Coppinger built the first wooden house in Woodside at the corner of Kings Mountain and Woodside Roads. Dennis Martin bought one thousand acres of land from John Coppinger. He put up a house and two sawmills, planted orchards, and built St. Dennis Chapel, which for years was the only place of worship between San Francisco and Santa Clara. In 1849, Dr. Robert Orville Tripp, and his friend, M.A. Parkhurst went into the lumber business in partnership with some San Francisco builders. They opened a direct road from the redwood forests to the head of the tidewater in Redwood Creek — now the heart of Redwood City. By 1855, there were at least eight sawmills and one shingle mill in Woodside. As the lower hills were timbered out, the mills were moved up the canyons and over the hills.
The “old” Woodside Store on King’s Mountain Road
Meanwhile, Dr. Tripp and Parkhurst opened the Woodside Store on King’s Mountain Road, which is now preserved as a San Mateo County museum. Until his death in 1909, Dr. Tripp operated the store with a post office serving customers from as far away as San Mateo and Half Moon Bay. More people became attracted to this beautiful valley, and John Greer, who married John Coppinger’s widow, gave land for the first schoolhouse.
Another result of this boom was the number of saloons which multiplied on Whiskey Hill Road. To combat these, John Greer and Dr. Tripp built the Dell Temperance Hall in 1856, which served as a social center for the community. Gradually, the character of the valley changed. The sawmills were replaced by farms, small cattle ranches, and vineyards. In the 1880’s prosperous San Francisco families began to establish country estates in Woodside.
Independence Hall, built in 1884, was originally located on what are now the elementary school’s tennis courts. It was moved in 1894 to Albion Avenue, but closed in 1921 due to “rowdiness” during prohibition. In 1944 it was rededicated as Scout Hall. However, in 1972 the land on which it stood was sold, and it was moved back to the elementary school. It was moved, finally, in 1991, completely restored, and now stands next to Town Hall, at 2955 Woodside Road, where it is used for Town meetings and events.