The Portola district is part of a group of more affordable neighborhoods south of Interstate 280 and west of Highway 101. Also in this group are:
- Crocker Amazon
- Mission Terrace / Outer Mission
- Visitacian Valley
There is a very major step down in median home prices when you cross I-280 to the south, as you can see from the neighborhood price survey chart.
The overwhelming majority of homes in the Portola are single family residences, which were 97% of unit sales over the last year.
The main shopping and retail area in Portola is along San Bruno, which runs down the eastern edge of the neighborhood, just inside Highway 101.
There is an easily accessible BART stations in nearby Glen Park that provides Portola residents with exceptional access to downtown San Francisco and may other parts of the bay area.
Residents of Portola and the surrounding areas enjoy some of the best weather in San Francisco since the fog that comes and goes throughout the summer months usually burns off before reaching this area.
The Portola borders John McLaren Park and the Gleneagles Golf Course, which is the 5th largest contiguous green space in the city.