3 days ago a client called to share her dream of finding a rural property to use as a weekend getaway, less than an hour from her home in downtown Palo Alto, California. The structure could be simple--a kitchen, a bathroom, a couple of other rooms--but the property should have room for visiting grandchildren to run free and explore and ideally a place where her husband could paint. The best of all locations would be a parcel adjoining one of our many Open Space Preserves, or a County Park, that at a later time could be donated to expand the park.
As a lover and user of our many nearby parks, searching for such a property is a delightful task!
An initial search came up with one intriguing possibility that abuts Portola Redwoods State Park in the rugged San Mateo County hills, so on Sunday, my 'day off' and hiking day, my husband and I headed out to explore.
The adventure started when we left the state road, and drove about 1-1/2 miles along a very narrow private road, full of sharp turns and blind corners. Two small bridges (the larger of the two is pictured) cross Peter's Creek before the road starts to climb out of the hole. Having been warned by the listing agent of the dangers of the driveway (22-degree steepness, hairpin turns and sharp drop-offs) we parked at the bottom of the driveway and huffed and puffed our way up. We were well rewarded--the rustic but charming house is set in a sunny clearing with the remnants of an old orchard and a few grape vines to one side, and the redwood forest behind, with plenty of flat and gently sloped areas as well as the steep canyons.
This is one place I'll be talking about with my clients next week, and if they are up for an adventure, I'll be happy to pack a picnic lunch and head off for a second adventure!