Bunny Dawson is amazed that the tiny Russell Avenue cottage where she and her husband lived in 1951 increased in price from $7,000 to $700,000 and beyond. They bought a caretaker’s cottage on Tintern in 1954 for $17,500 and made some improvements. Bunny lived there for more than 50 years. In those early days, feral cats lived in an old barn, open wells were a risk, and orchards of the Catoctin estate still existed. She has known generations of Portola Valley kids because of her decades-long role in the school library and her role as the early technology leader there. in this day and age, having a library that was built to be a library instead of housing books in a former classroom, store, or house is wonderful, she says.