Wide streets without sidewalks and full acre-sized parcels create a genteel country ambiance in this prestigious Peninsula enclave.
2. Middlefield to El Camino
3. El Camino to Alameda
4. Alameda to 280
History and Setting:
Founded by wealthy businessmen such as Faxon Dean Atherton from Massachusetts and Comstock silver baron James Flood, this elegant Peninsula community still showcases stunning mansions built in the late 1800s. Technically there are no streets in Atherton – only lanes, roads, courts, and avenues – creating a country retreat ambiance enhanced by the absence of sidewalks and town ordinances that maintain lot sizes of at least an acre and protect heritage trees. Gracious properties – many of them gated – are generally discreetly set well back from the wide, tree-lined streets, affording tranquil seclusion while remaining within easy reach of shopping and community conveniences. Commuting throughout the Bay Area is effortless via Caltrain and readily accessible freeways.
Just a few minutes from Stanford University and the upscale boutiques and garden setting of Stanford Shopping Center, Atherton boasts the wildlife-rich parkland of Bear Gulch Reservoir and is home to the renowned Menlo Circus Club, an elite country club that is the site of polo matches and major charity events. There are no industries or businesses within the town. Nearby Menlo Park and Palo Alto both provide lively college-town conveniences, including multiple independent movie theatres, bookstores, and world-class restaurants.
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Atherton is served by the Menlo Park and Las Lomitas elementary school districts as well as the Sequoia Union high school district. Strongly supported by bonds, Menlo-Atherton High School is one of the highest-ranking schools on the Peninsula. While the public schools are very strong, the area boasts several excellent private schools as well.