When the Larkins moved to the Bay Area because Ken was hired by Lockheed, they stayed at first at the Cardinal Hotel in Palo Alto. Marge had the responsibility of finding permanent housing. She toured the area with a realtor, looking for a house with some land and was discouraged until one day, they visited Portola Valley. It was a “spec house” on Valencia that attracted her attention.
Ken liked it too, although the steep price, $110,000, was beyond their budget. They liked it enough to take out a second mortgage. After about ten years, they found almost three acres on Golden Hills, built a house there and moved. “We always wanted to look out on land, not houses,” she says. She remembers meeting Sandy McKay and hearing his plans for a swim and tennis club. They were among the first to become members.