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Woodside

Known as a horse community, this prestigious town features peace, quiet, and residential offerings ranging from small mountain cabins to extensive equestrian estates.

The original Woodside Store, now a museum, was a major center of logging activity in the 1800s. By 1880, wealthy San Franciscans chose the area for summer estates, including coffee tycoon James Folger and millionaire spice magnate August Schilling. Today, the intimate yet vibrant village center is surrounded by the soaring second-growth redwood groves that distinguish the area. Major estates abound, and among its internationally famous residents is Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. Also making her home here is Koko, the gorilla who communicates in sign language. Since incorporating in 1956, Woodside has focused on protecting the rural nature of the community. Large properties provide opportunities for extensive stables and executive vineyards.