Andy Browne’s ancestors came to Palo Alto in 1891. The house he and Sue bought on Santa Maria had no foundation, but hearing a wren tit sing sold them on moving here. However, after eleven years, they built a new house on the site. They like the quiet and consider Woodside Highlands to be different from the rest of Portola Valley and the rest of the world.
They like the cohesiveness of their neighborhood, considering the road gang that helps maintain the private roads and the women’s club (now defunct) to be major contributing factors to the closeness. Although there is more wealth and traffic now, they feel that the town’s core values are the same as when they came decades ago. We pick up trash; people take care of problems; volunteering is the normal way of doing things.