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Atherton Overview

Atherton is a small town with big money. What started out as a summer getaway location for affluent San Franciscans during the late 19th century has transformed into the home base of Silicon Valley’s top executives, prominent venture capitalists, and well-heeled socialites. Named after Faxon D. Atherton, one of the first estate owners in the area, residents have continued the city’s culture of a grand lifestyle by building stately mansions and private manors.

Atherton’s high-end lifestyle was awarded the title of the #1 most expensive zip code in the country, according to an October 2013 issue of Forbes magazine. Within Atherton are four main neighborhoods, each with their own distinguishing characteristics, but all are consistent with the town remaining exclusively residential. While very few establishments exist within the town limits, one of its most famous is Menlo Circus Club, a members-only country club focused on equestrian pursuits.

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Atherton Oaks

While not as well-known than other Atherton neighborhoods, Atherton Oaks is no less desirable to potential buyers seeking spacious homes, sylvan settings and great schools. Many houses in this neighborhood are single-story Ranch homes centered on parcels of an acre or more. However, sprinkled among the various lanes are grand old manors from the days when estates located near the “Fair Oaks” train station were highly desired by San Francisco’s oldest families.

While Atherton now requires its homes possess parcels of one acre or more, there are legacy homes in this neighborhood on smaller lots. Consequently, the neighborhood’s property values naturally fall into two segments: (1) homes on parcels that are smaller than 30,000 square feet, and (2) homes on parcels that are larger than 30,000 square feet.

As always, location drives the sales prices in Atherton Oaks. The most valuable properties are situated at the end of the wooded cul-de-sacs off of Fair Oaks Lane, such as Virginia and Mount Vernon Lanes. Homes closer to busier streets or the Caltrain tracks often sell for about fifteen percent less than those in more interior locations. Nevertheless, they still offer Atherton’s quintessential blend of spacious floor plans, heritage trees, and manicured grounds.

Children in Atherton Oaks attend Encinal Elementary School, located within the neighborhood and part of the Menlo Park City Elementary School District (“MPCSD”). Once  in sixth grade, the children are moved on to MPCSD’s Hillview Middle School. In high school, students attend Menlo-Atherton High School, which boasts an excellent Advanced Placement program. Some families also chose to send their children to one of the many prestigious private schools within Atherton, including the Sacred Heart Schools and the Menlo School.

The verdant and spacious Holbrook Palmer Park is found in this neighborhood. A private estate until 1968, this park now features historic buildings, tennis courts, a nursery school, and a baseball diamond, all accessible to the public. In addition, the Fair Oaks Caltrain station is a few blocks away on the edge of this district, as are Atherton’s library, post office and town hall. Located just minutes from the diverse activities offered by Stanford University, this neighborhood is also near several private clubs offering social opportunities, swimming, golf, tennis, riding facilities, and polo grounds.

While there is some new construction, the neighborhood’s proximity to rapidly-appreciating Lindenwood makes it a relative value. This is balanced by the fact that there is a bit less of a community ambiance than Lindenwood, however with spacious properties and great schools, Atherton is an exceptional place to call home.

Boundaries: 

  • Stockbridge Ave. on the north
  • Alameda de las Pulgas on the east
  • Walsh Road on the south
  • Moore Road on the west

Library: 

  • Atherton Library- 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane Atherton, CA 94027

Parks: 

  • Holbrook-Palmer Park- 150 Watkins Avenue Atherton, CA 94027

Public Schools: 

  • Las Lomitas School (K-5)- 299 Alameda de las Pulgas Atherton, CA, 94027
  • La Entrada School (6-8)- 2200 Sharon Road Menlo Park, CA 94025
  • Menlo-Atherton High School- 555 Middlefield Road Atherton, CA 94027

Many Atherton residents opt to send their children to private schools, including St. Joseph Elementary, The Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep, Phillips Brooks School, and St. Raymond’s.

Lindenwood

Step through the distinctive gates along Middlefield road, and cross into a time of yesteryear fastidiously preserved beneath tree-canopied streets. Experience an air of old-fashioned gentility with Lindenwood’s lush landscaping, winding streets, and friendly residents out for a stroll.

This gentile atmosphere harkens back to the 19th century, when this area was once the summer home of the “Silver King of the Comstock Lode,” James C. Flood, who built his 44-room home christened “Linden Towers” on the 600-acre estate. Flood adorned his opulent estate with antiques from around the world and sterling silver plumbing fixtures.

Despite the passing time, Flood’s presence still presides over the neighborhood with fountains, statues, and street lights; even the initials “JCF” remain emblazoned on the wrought iron arches above the gates leading into Lindenwood. Adding to the private estate atmosphere is the completely enclosed community. With virtually no through traffic and tall trees which create a lush canopy above the maze-like curving streets, one can appreciate the secluded design of the neighborhood.

Today, Lindenwood is home to both newcomers and established residents, from those who acquired wealth through involvement in Silicon Valley start-ups to descendants from a long line of prominent families. There are currently 488 addresses, and most properties sit on parcels of about one acre. Unlike West Atherton, there are still a lot of older homes, and the newer homes are relatively modest multi-million dollar mansions. Consequently, home values remain fairly conservative, posting solid equity gains, less fluctuations and a lower price ceiling, regardless of the overall real estate market.

Many of the Lindenwood residents are involved in the Lindenwood Homes Association. The Association serves to address community issues, including organizing and coordinating Lindenwood disaster preparedness efforts, taking action on situations which may have detrimental effects on the community, maintaining gardening services in public areas, and planning social events.

Boundaries: 

  • Marsh Road on the north
  • Bay Road on the east
  • Ringwood Avenue on the south
  • Middlefield Road on the west

Library: 

  • Atherton Library- 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane Atherton, CA 94027

Parks: 

  • Holbrook-Palmer Park- 150 Watkins Avenue Atherton, CA 94027
  • Burgess Park- 701 Laurel Street Menlo Park, CA 94025

Public Schools: 

  • Laurel Elementary School (K-3)- 95 Edge Road Atherton, CA 94027
  • Encinal Elementary School (K-5)- 195 Encinal Avenue Atherton, CA 94027
  • Hillview Middle School (6-8)- 1100 Elder Avenue Menlo Park, CA 94027
  • Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton, CA 94025

Many Atherton residents opt to send their children to the outstanding private schools in Atherton including St. Joseph Elementary, The Menlo School (grades 6-12), Sacred Heart Prep, and St. Raymond’s.

Lloyden Park

Located between El Camino Real and the Caltrain tracks, Lloyden Park has the most suburban atmosphere of all the neighborhoods in Atherton. Once the estate of a wealthy industrialist at the turn of the 20th century, Lloyden Park was subdivided in the late 1920’s into 86 single family homes on 1/3 acre parcels. It is the only neighborhood in town with underground utilities, street lights, and sidewalks.

Although many of the homes have undergone extensive interior remodeling, the neighborhood retains much of its original character. Architectural styles run the gamut from Tudor Revival to Mediterranean to shingled Colonials. Architectural enthusiasts will appreciate that two houses were actually constructed as “Homes of the Future” for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition held on San Francisco’s Treasure Island.

For students in kindergarten through the 8th grade, Lloyden Park is within the boundaries of the Redwood City School District, and they attend Selby Lane Elementary School. High school students attend Sequoia High School District’s Menlo-Atherton High School. Many neighborhood families choose to avail themselves of the wonderful private schools in the area, including Sacred Heart School, the Phillips Brooks School, and Menlo School.

The Fair Oaks Caltrain station is one block away from the main gates of Lloyden Park, as are Atherton’s library, post office, and town hall. Nearby Holbrook-Palmer Park offers a recreation venue for both kids and adults with a playground, tennis courts, and walking gardens. In addition, San Mateo County operates 19 separate parks, 3 regional trails and numerous other open spaces and preserves along the bay, at the coast, and in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Lloyden Park’s property values have climbed more slowly than the surrounding areas. The primary reason is that builders tend to avoid the smaller lots and close proximity to Caltrain. Because of the neighborhood’s small size, it is rare for more than two Lloyden Park homes to be on the market in any given month.

Boundaries: 

  • 5th Avenue on the north
  • Middlefield Road on the east
  • Oak Grove Avenue on the south
  • El Camino Real on the west

Library: 

  • Atherton Library- 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane Atherton, CA 94027

Parks: 

  • Holbrook-Palmer Park- 150 Watkins Avenue Atherton, CA 94027

Public Schools: 

  • Selby Lane Elementary School- 170 Selby Lane Atherton, CA 94027
  • Menlo-Atherton High School- 555 Middlefield Road Atherton, CA 94027

Many Atherton residents opt to send their children to private schools, including St. Joseph Elementary, The Menlo School (grades 6-12), Sacred Heart Prep, Phillips Brooks School, and St. Raymond’s.

West Atherton

Lauded as one of the nation’s most exclusive neighborhoods, West Atherton has maintained its share of impressive luxury and posh amenities. Moneyed Massachusetts businessman, Faxon Dean Atherton, once owned a 600-acre private ranch, where his home was once situated. That land is now the Menlo Circus Club, a private country club for wealthy horse aficionados and socialites.

The streets of West Atherton are wide and spacious, lined with heritage oaks, cedars, and pines. The absence of sidewalks in this neighborhood suggests idyllic country lanes, which creates a peaceful atmosphere. The rows of privacy hedges and fancy gates offer mere glimpses of the magnificent manors to the passersby, and the more grandiose estates, despite their gates and hedges, still have an imposing street presence.

For many residents, this is the neighborhood of choice. The make-up of the community continues to rapidly change as more of Silicon Valley’s prominent executives and investors move in, as evidenced by the abundance of new construction throughout the neighborhood. The old Ranch-style homes are steadily disappearing as younger homeowners move in and seek a place to call their own.

The demand for homes in West Atherton is so high that even in the recent economic downturn, a teardown property here still sells for around $4 million. But as with any luxury home market, buyers are highly discretionary and consider these homes as less of an investment and more of a showcase. Homes here tend to be unique and have greater value fluctuations, with the homes located on the edges of West Atherton selling for as much as eight percent less than those in the prime central streets. A buyer could purchase a home for $1 million less than its original asking price, but will probably still end up paying close to $7 million.

Boundaries: 

  • Selby Lane and Stockbridge Avenue on the north
  • El Camino Real on the east
  • Valpariso Avenue on the south
  • Alameda de las Pulgas on the west

 Library: 

  • Atherton Library- 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane Atherton, CA 94027

 Parks: 

  • Holbrook-Palmer Park- 150 Watkins Avenue Atherton, CA 94027

 Public Schools: 

Children in West Atherton are divided into two school districts: Menlo Park School District and Redwood City School District, depending on the particular address. Homes located on the southern side of Atherton Avenue are in the highly-rated Menlo Park School District while homes on the northern side fall into the less-prestigious Redwood City School District. All students attend Menlo-Atherton High School.

Private Schools:

Many Atherton residents opt to send their children to private schools, including St. Joseph Elementary, The Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep, Phillips Brooks School, and St. Raymond’s.

West of the Alameda

The neighborhood between Alameda and Interstate 280 is known as an upper-market, exclusive community, characterized by opulence and grandeur. The residents who choose this neighborhood are understated and prefer the seclusion and privacy of this neighborhood over the bursting social scene in West Atherton and Lindenwood.

Surrounded by oaks, creeks, and lush hillsides, West of the Alameda seamlessly blends a peaceful, bucolic setting with impressive and spacious abodes, many of which boast breathtaking views of the San Francisco Peninsula. The vast distance between homes and the lush, green surroundings provide an ambiance of seclusion. In this neighborhood, it’s easy to feel set apart from bustling urbanity, yet the neighborhood is just a few minutes away from downtown Menlo Park or an easy drive to Interstate 280.

Boundaries: 

  • Stockbridge Avenue on the north
  • Alameda de las Pulgas on the east
  • Walsh Road on the south
  • Moore Road on the west

Library: 

  • Atherton Library- 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane Atherton, CA 94027

Parks: 

  • Holbrook-Palmer Park- 150 Watkins Avenue Atherton, CA 94027

Public Schools: 

  • Las Lomitas School (K-5)- 299 Alameda de las Pulgas Atherton, CA 94027
  • La Entrada School (6-8)- 2200 Sharon Road Menlo Park, CA 94025
  • Menlo-Atherton High School- 555 Middlefield Road Atherton, CA 94027

Private Schools:

Many Atherton residents opt to send their children to private schools, including St. Joseph Elementary, The Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep, Phillips Brooks School, and St. Raymond’s.

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