Atherton

Atherton

Atherton

Atherton

Atherton

Atherton

Atherton

Atherton

Atherton

Atherton

Atherton

Atherton

Atherton

Atherton

Atherton

Overview

ATHERTON

A constant leader at the top of Forbes magazine’s list of most expensive zip codes in the country, Atherton is the premier getaway for Silicon Valley’s most elite residents. Skyrocketing property values and persistent desirability continue to fuel this enclave’s reputation as one of the most exclusive residential communities in the world.

 

A Distinguished Past

In 1860, a merchandising mogul Faxon D. Atherton (who the town is named after) bought 640 acres on which to build his summer estate. This move brought a wave of San Franciscan socialites to the area who also wished to take advantage of the flat landscape and temperate climate, setting up their own summer homes around that of Mr. Atherton. These massive estates formed the foundation of the present-day town, and by the mid-twentieth century they had been almost entirely subdivided into residential neighborhoods.

 

Populated By The Elite

For over 150 years, Atherton has served as a sanctuary for the rich and powerful. In 2018, Bloomberg ranked Atherton as the wealthiest town in America, and the town consistently ranks among the most expensive zip codes nationally—often outranking Beverly Hills and New York City. It has been visited by some of the most prestigious personalities in modern history, including several American presidents. Many of the most successful and highly educated people in the world choose to make Atherton their home, which means the town’s list of residents reads like a “Who’s Who?” in the worlds of technology, finance, and business. The town does not offer zoning for commercial establishments, a feature that only elevates its indisputable sense of exclusivity. 

 

Access & Amenities 

Atherton was originally called “Fair Oaks” because of the vast natural beauty of the land and its abundance of giant, beautiful trees. It presents an abundance of large, flat properties (many lots consist of one acre or more) and glamorous mansions, both old and new. Residents are an easy commute to Silicon Valley and within quick reach of shopping, dining, and schools. Though it is designated as a residential-only town, Atherton hosts a handful of municipal facilities, including a library and the immense grounds of Holbrook-Palmer Park.

 

Prestigious Academic Options

The town does not have its own public school system, so students may attend neighboring public schools. However, many Atherton residents prefer to enroll their children in the many acclaimed private schools in or near the town. Exclusive access to some of the Bay Area’s premier private academies seems fitting for a town boasting such prestige and notoriety.

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For generations, Atherton has retained its status as an enclave for the extremely wealthy. The first settlers of the town came for its temperate weather, location, park-like landscape, and the opportunity to build grand estates—all factors that still draw affluent residents today, well over a century later.

 

 

Notable Residents—Past and Present

Gertrude Atherton, author

Shirley Temple Black, child star and diplomat

Lindsey Buckingham, musician (Fleetwood Mac)

Cheryl Burke, professional dancer on Dancing With The Stars

Timothy Draper, venture capitalist

Guy Kawasaki, venture capitalist 

Andy Kessler, author and investor

Willie Mays, Hall of Fame MLB player 

Tom Proulx, co-founder of Intuit

Maureen Kennedy Salaman, author and political candidate

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook 

Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google 

Y.A. Tittle, Hall of Fame NFL player

Steve Westly, politician and venture capitalist

Meg Whitman, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and Ebay 

Dennis Woodside, president of Impossible Foods

 

Population
7,187
MedianFamily Income
250,000

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The public schools are among the best in the nation. Graduates from the local high schools attend the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country, with a much larger than average number admitted to neighboring Stanford. Abundant bike paths make it easy for most students to bike to their local schools, giving them a sense of independence that is valued by parents and children alike.

 

Elementary School Grade Address Phone Number School District
Laurel K-5 316 36th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403 (650) 312-7555 San Mateo-Foster City School District
Selby Lane K-8 170 Selby LN, Atherton, CA 94027 (650) 482-2415 Redwood City Elementary School District
Oak Knoll K-5 1895 Oak Knoll LN, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 854-4433 Menlo Park City Elementary School District
Las Lomitas K-3 299 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Atherton, CA 94027 (650) 854-5900 Las Lomitas Elementary School District
Encinal K-5 195 Encinal AVE, Atherton, CA 94027 (650) 326-5164 Menlo Park City Elementary School District
Middle School Grade Address Phone Number School District
Selby Lane K-8 170 Selby LN, Atherton, CA 94027 (650) 482-2415 Redwood City Elementary School District
La Entrada 4-8 2200 Sharon RD, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 854-3962 Las Lomitas Elementary School District
Hillview 6-8 1100 Elder AVE, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 326-4341 Menlo Park City Elementary School District
High School Grade Address Phone Number School District
Woodside 9-12 199 Churchill AVE, Woodside, CA 94062 650.367.9750 Sequoia Union High School District
Menlo-Atherton 9-12 555 Middlefield RD, Atherton, CA 94025 (650) 322-5311 Sequoia Union High School District
Private School Grade Address Phone Number School District
Sacred Heart s, Atherton K-12 150 Valparaiso Ave, Atherton, CA 94027 (650) 473-4085
Menlo 6-12 50 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton, CA 94027 (650) 330-2000
Parochial Grade Address Phone Number School District
St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart PK-8 50 Emilie Ave, Atherton, CA 94027 (650) 322-9931

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191 britton ave,
atherton
$32,000,000
el camino to alameda
5Beds / 6Baths / 14525SqFt
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96 isabella ave,
atherton
$28,800,000
el camino to alameda
6Beds / 7Baths / 8090SqFt
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75 isabella ave,
atherton
$28,600,000
el camino to alameda
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75 isabella ave,
atherton
$28,600,000
el camino to alameda
5Beds / 7Baths / 9786SqFt
active
289 almendral ave,
atherton
$18,995,000
el camino to alameda
5Beds / 6Baths / 9268SqFt
active
134 stockbridge ave,
atherton
$18,900,000
el camino to alameda
8Beds / 8Baths / 11983SqFt
active
55 belbrook way,
atherton
$16,800,000
alameda to 280
6Beds / 6Baths / 8665SqFt
active
97 ridge view dr,
atherton
$14,988,000
alameda to 280
6Beds / 7Baths / 9107SqFt
active
56 patricia dr,
atherton
$13,850,000
el camino to alameda
5Beds / 4Baths / 7375SqFt
active
385 fletcher dr,
atherton
$12,900,000
alameda to 280
6Beds / 7Baths / 9786SqFt
contingent
195 alta vista dr,
atherton
$23,000,000
alameda to 280
5Beds / 6Baths / 11327SqFt
pending
78 alejandra ave,
atherton
$19,500,000
el camino to alameda
6Beds / 7Baths / 9685SqFt
contingent
291 atherton ave,
atherton
$15,998,000
el camino to alameda
7Beds / 7Baths / 11300SqFt
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50 barry ln,
atherton
$11,500,000
el camino to alameda
5Beds / 4Baths / 4090SqFt
pending
242 oak grove ave,
atherton
$8,998,000
lindenwood area
5Beds / 6Baths / 5770SqFt
pending
185 fair oaks ln,
atherton
$8,820,000
middlefield to el camino atherton
5Beds / 5Baths / 5685SqFt
pending
464 selby ln,
atherton
$8,800,000
el camino to alameda
4Beds / 3Baths / 3881SqFt
pending
183 almendral ave,
atherton
$8,495,000
el camino to alameda
5Beds / 5Baths / 5235SqFt
pending
96 laburnum rd,
atherton
$8,250,000
lindenwood area
4Beds / 4Baths / 5875SqFt
pending
184 tuscaloosa ave,
atherton
$7,995,000
el camino to alameda
3Beds / 3Baths / 3050SqFt
sold
39 melanie ln,
atherton
$13,000,000
alameda to 280
7Beds / 10Baths / 8160SqFt
sold
55 irving ave,
atherton
$12,998,000
lindenwood area
8Beds / 9Baths / 10557SqFt
sold
285 catalpa dr,
atherton
$11,750,000
lindenwood area
5Beds / 7Baths / 10745SqFt
sold
470 middlefield rd,
atherton
$5,380,000
middlefield to el camino atherton
5Beds / 3Baths / 4536SqFt
sold
40 selby ln,
atherton
$5,200,000
el camino to alameda
5Beds / 4Baths / 4075SqFt