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Although the Portola Valley neighborhood is well-known for its high home values and incomes to match, the region has long retained its rural charm and quiet atmosphere. Walking and hiking trails wind through the town, giving residents a retreat away from it all without having to leave the community space. Outdoor enthusiasts can also spend their time at the many local parks and waterways, including Arastradero Preserve and Felt Lake. The local town center remains home to all shopping, dining and entertainment venues that residents need.

To ensure the performance of your 94028 rentals always exceed your expectations, contact the team at Utopia Management for a customized service plan. Our extensive history in the management of investment properties allows us to anticipate the needs of your unique portfolio and then enact smart changes that boost revenues. With our services, you will receive:

Tenant Acquisition: We expertly utilize all the tools at our disposal to acquire amazing tenants for your vacant rentals. With a multi-faceted traditional and high-tech approach, we can easily meet our goal of securing rental contracts within 30 days. We closely examine each applicant’s rental history, income and background info to keep your risks low throughout each lease period.

Property Upkeep: We utilize an in-house repair team and authorized third party vendors to handle your rental property’s routine maintenance and emergency repair needs. We can dispatch our licensed (Lic. #792427) repair team and protect the condition of your rentals, while minimizing management expenses. With our support, you can rest assured that your investment properties will retain their value over the years.

Bookkeeping: Each month, you can expect to receive detailed performance reports for your entire roster of investment properties. Our team expertly compiles revenue and expense data for your rentals to help you fully understand your investment’s profitability. Since these documents are sent to your secure online portal, you can access them anytime and from nearly anywhere by using your computer, tablet or phone.

To acquire dedicated management services for your commercial and residential properties in the 94028 area, call or visit the team at Utopia today. We look forward to creating custom management plans for each of the properties in your investment roster.

Property Management Office Serving Portola Valley, CA

  • Property Management Company
  • Rental Management
  • Property Investment Company
  • Property Maintenance
  • Real Estate Consultants
  • Apartment Rental Agency
  • Commercial Real Estate Agency
  • Industrial Real Estate Agency
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Finding excellent tenants starts with making sure your property is visible and attractive. We install professional signage, create quality listings, describing your property thoroughly, and take beautiful photographs that showcase your properties highlights. We then list your property on all of the highly trafficked rental websites, including utopiamanagement.com.  Our dominant position in the marketing place and years managing rental properties has allowed us to develop a sizable referral database. This positive reputation for being fair and responsive means many potential renters check with us first to find their rental home. We are able to consistently rent properties priced at current rates to qualified tenants. Our responsive property managers complete the marketing optimization by being available and knowledgeable, with phones and emails always answered swiftly.

  • Advertising on most popular rental websites
  • Quality listings including photos and video
  • Showings 7 days a week by appointment
  • Utopia referral base increases visibility beyond competition

Apartment Management Services

Owning an apartment complex brings a unique set of challenges. Utopia has spent years developing skills and systems to  make your investment as profitable as possible. We manage apartment communities of all sizes, providing quality management services to suit the diverse needs of each apartment community. We provide comprehensive rental management, including scheduled property maintenance and rent-ready repairs, online rent collection, marketing and attracting quality tenants, lease execution, rent setting, and tenant retention programs. Our responsive managers help tenants feel welcomed and appreciated. Our experience leads to decreased vacancy rates and increased ROI.  And our expertise and professionalism translates to profitable and headache-free investments for our clients. For an affordable quote and to discuss your needs, contact Utopia today.

  • Online rent collection and direct deposit
  • Extensive experience across a wide spectrum of multi-family properties
  • High visibility marketing and promotion of your property
  • Tenant retention strategies
  • Responsive communication with calls and emails answered swiftly
  • 24-7 emergency response
  • Full monthly accounting and financial tracking via online portal

Commercial Property Management

When it comes to commercial property investments, Utopia’s property managers are professional and think like entrepreneurs. Investors have trusted Utopia for years for all types of commercial property: medical buildings, industrial and office complexes, mixed use, and retail storefronts.  We offer extremely competitive management fees, customized to the size and complexity of your property and portfolio.

  • Comprehensive Management Services: building maintenance, marketing to target audience, lease administration, inspections, evictions and collections
  • Monthly Financial Accounting Statements
  • Tenant Retention Programs
  • Vendor Management
  • Contract Administration
  • REO Management and Disposition
  • CAM & Operating Expense Reconciliation
  • Customized Asset Management Strategies


Utopia represents a large network of single family homes of all sizes and values. Our residential professional management services both attract and keep tenants happy while keeping owners expenses and vacancy rates down.  Our goal is to free you from the day-to-day management tasks, from showing properties to collecting rent in our online portal, while maximizing your ROI.

With 25 years experience, you can rest assured your property is in good hands. Our years in the industry mean we’ve seen it all, and developed smart systems to screen tenants, manage expenses, communicate with tenants, and maintain properties efficiently. We understand local law and legal aspects of rental management so we shield our owners from unnecessary liabilities.

For residential properties, we offer a competitive management fee, which is one of the lowest in the industry.  Unlike some competitors, we do not add on hidden charges or leasing or set-up fees.


Placing the right tenant is the single most important step in rental management. Our applicant screening includes income, rental history, employment, and eviction search to evaluate for potential delinquency issues. We verify identification, social security cards and pay stubs, along with contacting prior landlords for recommendations, keeping the delinquency rate to a minimum. Our thorough screening process for potential tenants has consistently kept our eviction rate at less than one percent.

Utopia also provides our owners with the optional “Utopia® Eviction Protection Program” for further peace of mind.  As a management company, we have many procedures in place to assist in the elimination of potential liabilities.

  • Exceptional property protection options for owners.
  • Preparation, delivery, and execution of legal documentation for evictions.
  • Optional “Utopia Eviction Protection Program” for additional peace of mind.

Quality Maintenance & Repairs

Maintaining your rental property, as well as being available to deal with emergency repairs, can be a source of frustration for landlords. At Utopia, we have a staff of in-house technicians available for most work, under general contractors license (#792427), meaning we can complete work as quickly as possible and pass the savings on to our clients.  When necessary, we also have a network of trusted vendors for specialized work, some of which we have been using for over fifteen years. This relationship translates to purchasing power to help Utopia’s clients get a better than market price.

  • Maintenance & Rent Ready Repairs
  • Technicians on Staff or Preferred Vendors
  • 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance
  • Move-in and Move-out Inspections
  • Licensed and Insured Vendors

All Financials Tracked & Reported

Managing both expenses and income is all handled by our accounting department with use of your owner web portal. Tenants appreciate the ability to pay rent online, which also decreases delinquency.  All expenses and receipts are tracked online and available to you at any time. A monthly statement includes all financial activity and copies of the bills we paid on your behalf. Your December statement has all of your annual figures for tax purposes. If you ever have questions regarding your statement, you can contact one of our helpful accounting staff members.

  • Custom Web Portal
  • Accounting staff make financial management easy
  • Rent and security deposit collection online
  • Bills and year end figures available any time

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Portola Valley situated?

Tucked away on the San Francisco Peninsula is Portola Valley, a small and well-to-do town on the eastern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains in San Mateo County, California. The community is situated west of Interstate 280 and runs parallel to Skyline Boulevard, following the range of mountains, with Woodside to the northwest and Palo Alto to the southeast as its neighbors. Wooded areas and open fields characterize Portola Valley, with Windy Hill Open Space Preserve dominating the southwest and Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve bordering the northern boundary. The town has a total area of 9.099 square miles, of which 99.98% is land and 0.02% is water, according to the US Census Bureau.

What is the average climate in Portola Valley?

The Mediterranean climate of Portola Valley is marked by long, dry summers that last from late June to September and range in temperature from 42°F to 72°F. The clearest sky are found from late May to October, with August having the highest percentage of clear or partly cloudy days (91%). August is also the hottest month. October through May is when it gets cloudier, with February being the cloudiest month. The dry season runs from April to November, with July being the driest month. The wet season runs from November to April, with February having the highest average of 8.0 wet days. The most common type of precipitation is rain, which peaks on February 21 with a 30% chance.

What are some popular attractions in Portola Valley?

Historical landmarks of note in Portola Valley include the Portola Valley School and Our Lady of the Wayside Church, which are both included on the U.S. historic sites listed on the National Register. In 1976, the first-ever two-network TCP/IP transfer took place in the Alpine Inn, which dates back to 1852. The 29-acre home known as Villa Lauriston was commissioned by James Graham Fair, the founder of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, and it contributes to the town's extensive history. Together with these attractions, Portola Valley is well-known for its vast network of trails, which includes the Coal Mine Ridge Nature Preserve and gives outdoor enthusiasts lots of chances to explore the surrounding area.

What are the educational options in Portola Valley?

The Ormondale School (grades K–3) and Corte Madera School (grades 4–8) are part of the Portola Valley Elementary School District, which provides education for the community. Situated in the neighboring Woodside town, Woodside High School is the public high school and is a part of the Sequoia Union High School District. There are also two private schools in Portola Valley: Woodland School, an independent pre-K–8 school, and Woodside Priory School, which provides college-preparatory instruction for grades 6–12. Included in the San Mateo County Libraries and the Peninsula Library System, the Portola Valley Public Library provides additional support to the town.

Elly Johnson stands at the forefront of content research and online branding at Utopia Management. As the Content Marketing Manager, she delves deep into understanding local real estate and rental markets, fueled by her passion for travel and keen research skills. Elly is dedicated to empowering individuals with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about where to reside. A proud alumna of the University of South Florida, located in the vibrant heart of Tampa Bay, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her academic background and extensive travel experiences uniquely position her to provide insights that resonate with diverse audiences.

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