The country’s most exclusive zip code is home to some of the Bay Area’s most powerful people. Why? This uber-exclusive community features impressive manors and modern mansions framed in quiet streets of the towering bay and oak trees. There are no restaurants or stores, which adds to the town’s appealing solitude. Yet it’s just minutes to the buzz of Silicon Valley, with Menlo Park, Redwood City, and Palo Alto just outside its peaceful acres.
1. Exclusivity - Historically speaking, this town has attracted big names such as Charles Schwab and Microsoft founder Paul Allen, making it a desirable zip code for those who count themselves among the movers and shakers in the business.
2. Prime Proximity - Although it lacks restaurants, shops, businesses, and sidewalks, Atherton is attractive to those who want privacy close to Silicon Valley. It’s literally minutes (and a lovely drive) to neighboring communities such as Palo Alto and Menlo Park, where shopping, nightlife, and great restaurants abound.
3. Dream Home Defined - From gorgeous, jaw-dropping Versailles look-alike manors to modern marvels of glass and steel, Atherton homes are built for big living. That means movie theaters, tennis courts, swimming pools, wine cellars, and whatever else can be dreamed of within an estate’s paradise-like grounds.
4. Live Large - Atherton’s founders were insistent that the city features large parcels. The city has stayed true to that. It’s zoned for single-family homes and lots must be a minimum of one acre, which means less density and more privacy.