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

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.

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267 camino al lago,
atherton
$41,488,000
el camino to alameda
7Beds / 8Baths / 21030SqFt
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49 tuscaloosa ave,
atherton
$32,000,000
el camino to alameda
5Beds / 6Baths / 15300SqFt
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78 logan ln,
atherton
$19,999,999
el camino to alameda
8Beds / 9Baths / 12783SqFt
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291 atherton ave,
atherton
$16,800,000
el camino to alameda
7Beds / 7Baths / 11300SqFt
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226 park ln,
atherton
$14,988,000
el camino to alameda
3Beds / 3Baths / 3520SqFt
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86 tallwood ct,
atherton
$14,988,000
alameda to 280
7Beds / 6Baths / 9507SqFt
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285 atherton ave,
atherton
$14,850,000
el camino to alameda
6Beds / 6Baths / 10400SqFt
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234 park ln,
atherton
$14,500,000
el camino to alameda
6Beds / 5Baths / 5576SqFt
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385 fletcher dr,
atherton
$13,900,000
alameda to 280
6Beds / 7Baths / 9786SqFt
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96 heather dr,
atherton
$13,500,000
lindenwood area
8Beds / 8Baths / 14685SqFt
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58 tuscaloosa ave,
atherton
$23,500,000
el camino to alameda
7Beds / 8Baths / 12494SqFt
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98 alejandra ave,
atherton
$13,850,000
el camino to alameda
4Beds / 4Baths / 3870SqFt
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375 walsh rd,
atherton
$5,998,000
alameda to 280
6Beds / 6Baths / 4310SqFt
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65 shearer dr,
atherton
$5,495,000
el camino to alameda
3Beds / 2Baths / 2900SqFt
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399 atherton ave,
atherton
$4,695,000
alameda to 280
6Beds / 6005SqFt
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35 watkins ave,
atherton
$3,675,000
middlefield to el camino atherton
5Beds / 5Baths / 3900SqFt
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49 fairview ave,
atherton
$16,488,000
el camino to alameda
6Beds / 8Baths / 11250SqFt
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133 burns ave,
atherton
$5,250,000
middlefield to el camino atherton
4Beds / 3Baths / 3071SqFt
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98 moulton dr,
atherton
$4,500,000
middlefield to el camino atherton
3Beds / 2Baths / 2120SqFt
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1 surrey ln,
atherton
$3,420,000
middlefield to el camino atherton
3Beds / 2Baths / 2160SqFt