Welcome to Atherton
Idyllic small town with elite residents and stunning homes
Atherton is an idyllic small town where spectacular homes lie hidden behind soaring oak and redwood trees. Nestled between Redwood City and Menlo Park, Atherton provides a peaceful refuge for some of Silicon Valley’s most successful executives and tech founders. This tranquil community regularly tops lists of America’s most expensive and highest-earning small towns. There are no sidewalks or commercial businesses in Atherton. Instead, this incredibly desirable community is characterized by horse trails and an enchanting wooded landscape.
Atherton’s multimillion-dollar homes offer stunning architecture and incredible amenities. No two properties in Atherton are alike, but all exhibit masterful design both inside and outside the home. Sprawling estates showcase exquisite landscaping and amenities such as tennis courts, swimming pools, and equestrian facilities. The interiors of Atherton’s grand homes are similarly exceptional with custom features such as steam rooms, home theaters, wine cellars, and lavish chef kitchens.
What to Love
- Idyllic wooded small town
- Stunning masterpiece homes
- Iconic restaurants nearby
- Equestrian lifestyle
People & Lifestyle
Atherton is a private haven surrounded by Silicon Valley tech hubs located just 45 minutes from San Francisco. Residents include affluent venture capitalists, Hall of Fame sports stars, and C-level executives from major tech firms such as Facebook, Google, and HP.
Some of Atherton’s most well-known residents include Google co-founder Eric Schmidt, billionaire investor and finance executive Charles R. Schwab, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, former British Deputy Prime Minister, and Facebook executive Sir Nick Clegg and NBA superstar Stephen Curry. These elite residents are drawn to Atherton for its blissfully calm atmosphere, proximity to Silicon Valley, and incredible homes.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
is Atherton’s only restaurant, and it offers impeccable upscale dining befitting this prestigious small town’s elite reputation. Selby’s serves an elevated steakhouse menu with specialties including lobster consommé, filet mignon, ribeye steak, veal marsala, and braised rabbit vol-au-vent. Selby’s main dining area has an intimate and clubby atmosphere with stunning chandeliers and a limestone fireplace.
The neighboring community of Woodside is home to two of Silicon Valley’s most iconic dining spots. The Village Pub
is a Michelin-starred fine dining destination pairing signature dishes such as lobster bisque and ricotta gnudi with an impressive French wine list. For dessert, The Village Pub’s key lime tart is a must-try. Buck’s of Woodside
is a quirky old-school diner decorated with kitsch memorabilia. Buck’s has been a Silicon Valley landmark since the 1990s, and many significant deals between venture capitalists and tech start-ups have been hashed out at its tables.
Atherton is also close to Menlo Park’s Stanford Shopping Center
, which features more than 150 retailers and restaurants anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom department stores.
Things to Do
Many of Atherton’s sprawling estates feature grounds that feel like private parks. The community is also home to the 22-acre public green space of Holbrook-Palmer Park
. Amenities at Holbrook-Palmer Park include a ball field and tennis courts, a children’s playground, and pretty gardens with walking paths.
Since the 1920s, the Menlo Circus Club
has served as a social hub for Atherton’s elite residents. One of the most prestigious private members’ clubs in Silicon Valley, the Menlo Circus Club offers access to exceptional sports and equestrian facilities. The six-day Menlo Charity Horse Show
attracts some of the top riders in North America for one of the nation’s finest equestrian events. The Menlo Circus Club hosts polo matches, horse boarding stables, and equestrian instruction for riders of all ages and ability levels. Atherton also offers many quiet wooded trails for horseback riders to explore.
Atherton boasts several notable academic facilities. A few of the areas most noteworthy educational institutions include:
- Encinal Elementary, Public, K-5.
- Laurel Elementary, Public, K-5.
- Menlo-Atherton High, Public, 9-12.
- Menlo School, Private, 6-12.
- Sacred Hearts School Atherton, Private, Roman Catholic, PK-12.