Woodside Heights is a quiet residential neighborhood sandwiched in the southwestern corner of Woodside Road and Alameda de las Pulgas, next to Woodside High School.
"The neighborhood character combines a rural feel with maintained convenience to 280," resident Regan Avery says.
Some drivers cut through the neighborhood, which has no sidewalks, to bypass traffic congestion around the school. Nonetheless, stop signs discourage speeding on the popular loop on Eleanor and Northgate drives.
"The big draw of the neighborhood is a one-mile loop popular for strollers. Neighbors pass by each other and meet to chat," Avery says.
Regan and Brenda Avery have two children in high school and one in college. When they bought their ranch-style home on the cul-de-sac, Eugenia Lane, in 1993, Mrs. Avery says she felt like they were one of the few families with young children.
"It was kind of an older neighborhood," she says, but now their home is known as "party central" on Halloween for kids of all ages. She estimates about 200 people come through their haunted house before dark, then go off in groups to trick-or-treat.
"It's a nice mix of families and retired people, and everyone in between," Mr. Avery adds, noting a demographic shift.
He serves as treasurer for the neighborhood association, which helps coordinate the Halloween celebration and also organizes two potlucks each year at which neighbors connect with each other.
"The committee is very active in promoting a neighborhood feeling," Mr. Avery says.
The Averys have noticed a fair amount of construction on the 1- to 3-acre lots in Woodside Heights. Several homes on Northgate have been rebuilt, replacing their 1950s predecessors. But the neighborhood features a wide range of architectural designs in keeping with Woodside conventions.
"There's a very nice range of styles, including some new homes that have built built recently but kept within the guidelines of the town."
-- Kate Daly
CHILD CARE & PRESCHOOLS: Woodside Parents' Nursery School, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside; Woodside Preschool, 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside
FIRE STATION: 3111 Woodside Road, Woodside
LOCATION: South of Woodside Road and Alameda de las Pulgas adjacent to Woodside High School to Stockbridge Avenue and Eleanor Drive
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Woodside Heights Neighborhood Association, Elke Muller, president, 650-369-2422
PARK: Huddart County Park, 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside; Wunderlich County Park, 4040 Woodside Road, Woodside
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Las Lomitas School District -- Las Lomitas School, 299 Alameda de las Pulgas, Atherton; La Entrada School, 2200 Sharon Road, Redwood City School District -- 750 Bradford Street, Redwood City; ==ISequoia Union High School District -- ==Woodside High School, 199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside
SHOPPING: Woodside Road, Woodside and Redwood City
MEDIAN 2012 HOME PRICE: $1,900,000 ($1,388,000-$3,000,000)
HOMES SOLD: 7