About the Mid-Peninsula Area

Location: Approximately 40 miles south of San Francisco, the mid-Peninsula area has long attracted California’s wealthy elite, and numerous extraordinary mansions from the late 19th and early 20th centuries still exist. Today, the area is one of the most prestigious places to live in the nation, offering world-class amenities, stunning natural beauty, and incomparably temperate and fine weather throughout the year. Situated in the heart of “Silicon Valley,” the mid-Peninsula is now home to influential business leaders from around the globe.

Weather: Sunny and mild nearly year-round. Protected by low mountain ranges to both the east and the west, the Peninsula’s winter temperatures average around 58-60 degrees Farenheit, while summertime offers consistent temperatures from 75 to 80 degrees. The rainy season starts in November and generally ends by May, with an average rainfall of 15.3 inches.

Transportation: Good commuter systems, toll-free highways, and three international airports. Caltrain offers excellent north-south connections between San Francisco and San Jose, with frequent express trains and links to airport shuttles and BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) for service to the North and East Bay. The mid-Peninsula is efficiently served by numerous major highways, including routes 85, 92, 101, and 280, while the San Mateo and Dumbarton Bridges offer easy access to the East Bay. San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland airports are all within a 30- to 45-minute drive, while Palo Alto Airport is exceptionally convenient for private aircraft.

Outdoor Recreation: Thousands of acres of protected, unspoiled wilderness. Highlighted by the extensive lands managed by the Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District, the cities of Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, and Woodside enjoy close proximity to over 50,000 acres of protected wildlife habitats and hundreds of miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Opportunities for water sports also abound at numerous public beaches on the coast and around the Bay. Taking advantage of the consistently mild weather, street fairs, outdoor concerts, and open-air theatre performances are common throughout the Bay Area year-round.

Cultural Attractions:

Perfectly located midway between two major metropolitan areas: San Francisco and San Jose. Anchored by Stanford University, the mid-Peninsula is within easy reach of art and culture throughout the greater Bay Area, offering multiple opera houses, symphony halls, professional theatre companies, and a lively independent performance and art scene.