Atherton, California

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What's it like to live in Atherton?

What's it like to live in Atherton?

Atherton is a suburb of San Jose with a population of 7,168. Atherton is in San Mateo County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Atherton offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Atherton there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Atherton and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Atherton are highly rated.

-Median Home Value: 2,000,001 USD

-Compared to National: 217,500 USD

-Median Rent: 3,501 USD

-Compared to National: 1,062 USD

-93% are Homeowners


Best suburbs to Live in California: #55 of 524

Best Places to Retire in California: #61 of 816

Best Suburbs to Raise a Family in California: #62 of 524

What is the best part about living in Atherton, California?

It’s a great place to live if you can afford it.

Atherton, 94027, is the most expensive zip code in the United States, with average sales price of homes at almost $7.5M for the fifth straight years. It has the highest per capita income among cities of its size. It’s only a 20 minutes drive from the technology and innovation capital of the world Silicon Valley.

Past and present notable residents include Microsoft founder Paul Allen, HP CEO Meg Whitman, Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, brokerage magnate Charles Schwab, baseball great Willie Mays, football great Jerry Rice and Dancing with the Stars’ Cheryl Burke.

NBA Golden State Warriors’ super star Steph Curry bought a mansion there in 2019 for $31M.

It’s a city of the rich and famous. You’ll be rubbing elbows with the elites.

What's it like to live in Atherton?

Atherton is nice. It used to make a difference if you lived in West Atherton, home of the huge, gate-bedecked lots, or if you lived in Lindenwood, the (ostensibly) warmer, more accessible subdivision. But lots in Lindenwood, which were around $1.5 in 1999 are now around $4m. And with that price comes a level of … expectation that's a bit different than your typical neighborhood. People smile .. and keep walking. Almost zero cultural involvement with neighbors or within the town. Everyone's booked. They have their friends, their coteries, and they're incredibly busy. I've been to "Town parties" where nobody really talked to the new people.

Best things about Atherton: Nobody bothers you. You can pretty much do whatever you want, and everybody will leave you alone. The police department is the best, ever. If you're nervous and your husband is out of town, they'll come over with a flashlight and walk through your entire yard, just to help out. They are warm, friendly, and you can leave your key there when you go on vacation. :-) (Google Atherton Police Blotter for amusement.) And although it sometimes gets targeted for thievery, it's very safe.

If you have small children and you want them town-socialized, I'd suggest Palo Alto. If you want sculpted perfection, then I'd suggest Menlo Park, but the schools are quite warm, not a lot of bullying, and there's a nice neighborhood flavor. If you live in Atherton, you live too far away from neighbors to ever give your children the feeling of being part of a neighborhood. Your kids will go to Menlo Park schools (or private), but they won't live where the neighborhood action is.

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