Atherton initially gained popularity as a summer home destination for the San Francisco elite in the late 19th century. Now being the primary residence of many top executives, venture capitalists and lauded athletes, it has maintained the characteristics it was founded on, continuously ranking as one of the wealthiest communities in America. Atherton’s curbless streets are thickly wooded with ornamental trees, home to large, secluded lots with predominantly single family residential homes. There are no commercial or industrial zones in Atherton, with the exception of private schools (such as Menlo and Sacred Heart) and a country club. These closely guarded rules give residents the quiet, small-town feel they seek while still keeping them in close proximity to the conveniences and enterprise of Silicon Valley.
At the heart of the city lies 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.The town is divided into four neighborhoods: Lindenwood, Middlefield to El Camino, El Camino to Alameda, and Alameda to 280.
|Las Lomitas Elementary School||K-3|
|Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School||PreK, TK-5|
|Menlo-Atherton High School||9-12|