Welcome to Atherton
Secluded, affluent, and tight-knit
A spacious suburb overflowing with redwoods, oaks, cedars, and pine trees, Atherton is one of the wealthiest in the United States and is 6 square miles
in size. The beautiful trees, community events, and top-rated schools make it a highly sought-after district.
Known as Fair Oaks in 1866
, Atherton was part of Rancho de las Plugras—now modern-day San Mateo County. Residents learned that Fair Oaks was already the name of a town in Sacramento, so they re-named the community Atherton after Faxon Dean Atherton
, one of the first property owners in the South Peninsula. Atherton became an incorporated town in 1923
The median home value is $2M
, making this an ideal destination for the well-to-do. Many nearby architects can design your dream home. Architecture firm Saikley Architects
focuses on sustainability, ecology, and historic preservation and revitalization of properties, while EASA Architecture’s
focal point is detail-oriented design, service, and execution.
What to Love
People & Lifestyle
The majority of residents are affluent retirees
, though professionals and families reside here as well. Most people are home-owners, making their typically 25-minute commute
to work via car. If you enjoy privacy and solitude in your grand estate, with plentiful outdoor recreation and Northern California offerings, Atherton is the ideal location for you.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Entertainment is an easy find in Atherton. Allied Arts Guild
boasts stunning gardens, shops, and artists’ studios for a well-rounded, inspiring day trip. Enjoy a film or live performance at The Guild Theatre
Local dining options are plentiful, with a variety of options for every palate. Start your day right with a honey almond latte and overnight oats at Coffeebar
. Enjoy delicious Mexican and seafood dishes like shrimp tostadas and grilled tilapia at Mariscos El Camino
. Stop by gastropub The REFUGE
for a juicy pastrami burger and aged gouda mac n’ cheese.
Things to Do
There are several parks and community events to keep you engaged. Take a 15-minute drive to catch a flick and munch on some popcorn at Landmark Theatres Aquarius Theatre
Celebrate womanhood through art, poetry, and storytelling while fundraising for two outstanding charities at The Vagina Festival
. The Eve Appeal
is an organization dedicated to advancing gynecological cancer research, while MRKH Connect
provides support to women with congenital Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser Syndrome. Support 25 years of National Poetry Month at the annual Poetry & the Creative Mind
gala, where speakers and artists share their favorite poems. All proceeds go towards educational programs provided by The Academy of American Poets
Enjoy a quiet, reflective day with your loved ones at one of several parks closeby. Fremont
parks are two fantastic destinations to picnic, play tennis, or simply take in the natural surroundings. Head to the exclusive Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club
to hit the green or wack some tennis balls.
Educational opportunities are vast and noteworthy, including:
- Sacred Heart Schools Atherton, PK-12, a private Catholic school that offers an in-depth theatre program, where students take part in all aspects of production
- Menlo School, 6-12, a private school with a small student-teacher ratio and many artistic program opportunities, including chamber music, moviemaking, and jazz band