Welcome to Atherton

Acreage lots in the United States’ wealthiest zip code


Atherton is a private and prestigious community with the wealthiest zip code in the United States. Atherton is a semi-rural residential community comprised of huge acreage lots with large estates. Each property is a unique example of the finest in architecture and landscaping. Atherton is blanketed with mature trees, adding to its wonderful sense of serenity and privacy. The community has an equestrian country vibe with scenic horseback riding trails and first-class horse facilities at the Menlo Circus Club.

What to Love

  • Spectacular estates on acreage lots
  • Close to Sand Hill Road and Silicon Valley
  • Private country vibe
  • Near Palo Alto and Menlo Park shopping and dining

People & Lifestyle

Atherton provides its affluent residents with a private refuge close to the buzz of Silicon Valley’s start-up hubs and influential tech scene. The community is peaceful and secluded yet close to all the action in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and other Silicon Valley cities. Atherton is also near Sand Hill Road’s numerous venture capital and banking headquarters. Residents of Atherton include wealthy venture capitalists alongside founders and C-level executives from some of the world’s biggest tech firms.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Atherton is a private and almost exclusively residential community that is within easy reach of a plethora of shopping, dining, and entertainment options in nearby areas. Palo Alto’s Stanford Shopping Center has more than 150 retailers and restaurants anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom department stores. Town & Country Village is an upscale open-air shopping and dining destination with over 70 businesses. Here, you can shop for groceries at Trader Joe’s, high-end cookware at Sur La Table, and trendy fashion finds at more than 20 stylish boutiques. Mayfield Bakery at Town & Country Village sells freshly baked artisanal bread. Nearby Menlo Park is teeming with chic spots to shop, drink, and dine. Flea Street serves sublime sustainable cuisine prepared wherever possible with locally-sourced organic ingredients. Santa Cruz Avenue in Downtown Menlo Park is one of the best areas in Silicon Valley for shopping and dining. Camper on Santa Cruz Avenue pairs rustic farm-to-table Californian cuisine with craft cocktails and beers. On the opposite side of the Junipero Serra Freeway from Atherton in neighboring Woodside, The Village Pub is a favorite gathering place of Sand Hill Road venture capitalists and Silicon Valley’s elite. Chef Mark Sullivan draws on French and Mediterranean influences for The Village Pub’s menu of exquisite contemporary American cuisine. The Village Pub’s impressive wine selection has earned it a Grand Award from Wine Spectator.

Things to Do

Atherton is a wooded rural retreat with a strong equestrian culture that comes to the forefront at Menlo Circus Club, which boasts some of the Bay Area’s best equestrian facilities. Menlo Circus Club has boarding stables, blacksmith and veterinary bays, a polo field, and an arena for riding lessons and horse shows. Members of Menlo Circus Club also enjoy access to tennis courts and private fitness and aquatics facilities. Woodside’s Filoli Historic House & Garden features 16 acres of beautifully-landscaped gardens and a grand Georgian Revival mansion designed in the 1910s by famed architect Willis Polk. The entire Filoli estate extends over 654 acres with numerous nature trails. The mansion and gardens are open to visitors throughout the year. Pulgas Water Temple is located close to Filio House and the Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir. Built in the 1930s, this beautiful Beaux-Arts temple features elegant fluted Corinthian columns overlooking a shimmering reflecting pool and is surrounded by a manicured garden with gorgeous trees.


Residents of Atherton enjoy their choice of excellent Menlo Park and Atherton public schools and elite private schools. School districts serving Atherton include Menlo Park City Elementary and Sequoia Union High.

  • Encinal Elementary, Public, K-5
  • Laurel Elementary, Public, K-5
  • Menlo-Atherton High, Public, 9-12
  • Menlo School, Private, 6-12
  • Sacred Heart Schools, Private, Roman Catholic, PK-12

Work With Michele

Michele brings over 25 years of professional sales experience including training in Negotiation Mastery from the Harvard Business School. Michele’s clients benefit from her skilled negotiation strategies when it comes to the purchase or sale of their home.