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OUR Community

Vista Verde is a residential community nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains of San Mateo County, 50 miles south of San Francisco and six miles from Stanford University. Situated above the Town of Portola Valley at an average elevation of 1500 feet, it overlooks San Francisco Bay and is surrounded by thousands of wooded acres of permanent open space, yet is only 10 minutes from Interstate 280. The 105 “rural estates” are favored by a microclimate ranked among the best in the world.

VISTA Verde Area History

Before California was a state, Spanish colonists traversed through Vista Verde along the “Old Spanish Trail” to bring goods over the coastal mountains from Pescadero to what is now Palo Alto on San Francisco Bay. Vista Verde was developed in the early sixties on the site of a 453 acre vacation ranch owned by “Sunny Jim” Rolph, who was mayor of San Francisco in 1912 and governor of California in 1931. Early radio buffs will be interested to know that this same coastal mountain area was the inspiration for the “Sky Ranch”, the fictional home of the Barbour family in the 1932-1959 famed radio series, “One Man’s Family” written by its Peninsula creator, Carlton E. Morse.


Richard and Yvonne Tryce were among the first residents of Vista Verde, and here they share their first-person historical account of our community