Town Square

Post a New Topic

Portola Valley committee has big ambitions for Hawthorns estate

Original post made on May 1, 2014

The Portola Valley Nature and Science Committee has ideas about a 79-acre estate with a rundown mansion, a rundown garage, a rundown cottage, a rundown barn, and estate grounds not being put to productive use.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 4:05 PM

Comments (3)

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Historian
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on May 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Let's not forget that the donation of this estate to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is part of the ongoing tragedy of the 1976 Chowchilla kidnapping (Web Link).

Frederick Woods, one of the perpetrators of the kidnapping, would probably have inherited the estate from his parents (Web Link), but instead is still in prison.

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Menlo Park resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 1, 2014 at 12:49 pm

All those ideas sound great and will benefit 5,000 residents of PV and maybe a few people in the surrounding communities. Another idea that would benefit far more people would be to sell the property with some deed restrictions limiting growth there and spread the wealth to kids and others in the area who barely know what a 'nature and interpretive center' is.

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Spammy
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on May 1, 2014 at 7:14 pm

what's M. Wade gonna do now ?

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Draeger’s Los Altos eyes upgrades, expansion
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 2,789 views

Housing is for People
By Steve Levy | 18 comments | 1,762 views

College Visit: Lehigh and Lafayette
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 4 comments | 1,240 views

Is Coffee a Date?
By Laura Stec | 4 comments | 488 views

Gratitude, Repairing and Avoiding Affairs
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 417 views