Atherton consistently ranks at the top of Forbes Most Expensive Zip Codes with a median home sale price of $7.05 million in 2019. Home to one of the most sought-after zip codes in the country, Atherton’s six square miles provide privacy and prestige in the heart of the San Francisco Peninsula.
Long ago in the late 19th century Atherton was known as a summer home destination for the San Francisco elite. And while it is now the primary residence of many top executives, venture capitalists and famous athletes, it has maintained the characteristics it was founded on and is continuously recognized as one of the wealthiest communities in America.
Atherton’s thickly wooded, quiet streets are home to large, secluded lots mostly one acre or more with single family residential homes. There are no multi-family, mixed-use or industrial land uses in the Town of Atherton and no commercial zones, with the exception of private schools and a country club. This allows residents to maintain a small-town feel while still in close proximity to the hub of Silicon Valley.
Local streets are lined with mature live oaks, bays, redwoods, cedars, pines and other ornamental trees. At its heart is Holbrook-Palmer Park, 22 acres of open, tree-adorned space with indoor and outdoor facilities, including tennis courts, gardens, walking paths and rental facilities for special events.
Atherton is an incorporated town in San Mateo County with approximately 2,700 lots. It has a population of 7,238, according to a 2017 U.S. Census estimate. In addition to top ranked public and private schools, Atherton’s central location makes it one of the most idyllic places to own a home.