- Ladera, California
Ladera is an unincorporated community located in
San Mateo County, Californiaadjacent to Portola Valley. Primarily a residential community, it comprises approximately 520 homes with about 2,000 residents. The ZIP Codeis 94028 and the community is inside area code 650.
, on the east by Alpine Road, and on the north by Webb Ranch.
The community of Ladera occupies land that was originally settled by the
RamaytushOhlones peoples prior to the settlement of Californiaby the Spanish. In 1833 the Mexican Governor of Alta California, José Figueroa, granted one square league of land called Rancho de Corte de Madera to Maximo Martinez and José Domingo Peralta. After statehood, the land that comprises Ladera was recorded to Martinez in 1858.
The land was used for grazing and timber through 1927 when it was joined to the Ormondale Ranch, owned by the Macdonough family. The Macdonoughs raised cattle and sheep, and bred racehorses; their most famous horse, Ormonde, raced primarily in
Englandand never lost a race. In the 1930s, the majority of the Ormondale Ranch land was developed and incorporated into Portola Valley.
In 1944, the Peninsula Housing Association (PHA) was formed with the goal of purchasing a tract land and developing a
housing cooperative. Several prominent members of the Stanford and Palo Alto communities joined to develop the fledgling PHA co-op. It began subscribing members in 1945 and its 150 members purchased the remaining convert|260|acre|km2 of the former Ormondale ranch for $155,000 on July 31, 1946.
The members chose the name Ladera (over alternatives Lark Hills and New
Rochdale) to reflect the Spanish history of the land — "ladera" is Spanish for "hillside". Streets are Spanish phrases or botanical names. Early members of the cooperative included author Wallace Stegnerand Klystron tubeinventor Sigurd Varianof Varian Associates. (Varian had grown up in Halcyon, another intentional communityin southern California.)
Due to financial difficulties caused in part by refusal to place
restrictive covenants on the title deeds, the PHA failed after only a few houses had been constructed [See [http://www.laderaonline.org/history.htm Ladera Online] for more details of Ladera's history.] . The land was sold to Hare, Brewer, and Kelley, who completed the development.
Political and Economic
School districts that serve Ladera include the
Las Lomitas Elementary School Districtfor elementary and middle school and the Sequoia Union High School Districtfor high school. The local school in the community is leased to the private Woodland School.
Along Alpine Road are two small commercial developments: a small shopping center to the north of La Mesa and an office complex south of La Mesa.
* [http://www.laderaonline.org Ladera Community Association]
* [http://www.woodsidefire.org/ Woodside Fire District]
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