Welcome to Atherton
Atherton is a prestigious community nestled in a quiet area of Silicon Valley. Located to the northeast of Menlo Park, Atherton features stunning estates hidden behind towering oaks and redwoods. The community offers incredible peace and privacy within easy reach of all Silicon Valley’s tech hubs. Atherton’s quiet atmosphere and spectacular homes have made it one of the most popular destinations for wealthy Silicon Valley tech founders and executives.
Local zoning regulations require all lots within Atherton to be at least one acre in size, though many are larger. Each home in Atherton is a unique work of art with attention lavished on every detail inside and outside the home. The community’s luxurious properties often offer a range of bespoke design features and beautifully landscaped grounds that often boast private swimming pools and tennis courts.
What to Love
- Prestigious community
- Masterpiece homes
- Close to Menlo Park shops and restaurants
- The Menlo Circus Club
People & Lifestyle
Atherton is one of the United States’ most affluent small towns. Local residents are an eclectic mix of the Silicon Valley tech elite, sports superstars, and venture capitalists. This idyllic community offers these residents a calm and quiet place to call home within 45 minutes of San Francisco and just minutes away from all Silicon Valley’s major tech firms.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The grand homes of Atherton are within easy reach of many first-class dining options in the neighboring city of Menlo Park. Flea Street has been one of Silicon Valley’s foremost fine dining destinations since 1980. This sophisticated eatery prepares inventive dishes using only the best local ingredients from around Northern California. Dishes are made with freshly caught Pacific seafood, grass-fed and pasture-raised meats, and organic local produce. The drinks menu is similarly refined, with a fine choice of wines from local vineyards plus martinis and artisanal cocktails made with small-batch liquors. Flea Street’s sublime week-round offerings are supplemented with oyster specials served on Thursday through Saturday.
Ristorante Carpaccio is another longtime Menlo Park standout that has been delighting diners since the 1980s. This vibrant neighborhood restaurant serves authentic Northern Italian cuisine in a space decorated with original oil paintings. The menu at Carpaccio also includes a variety of scrumptious desserts and an extensive selection of Napa Valley wines.
Café del Sol is one of the best spots in the Bay Area to dine on authentic Mexican dishes. Specialties at Café del Sol include fresh red snapper served in a garlicky mojo de ajo sauce.
Things to Do
The Menlo Circus Club has provided this prestigious community with impeccable social and recreational amenities since its founding in 1923. This family-focused members’ club features an exceptional equestrian center with stables, grooming and wash stalls, and a variety of riding rings.
The Circus Club provides a range of lessons and riding programs for equestrians of all ages and ability levels. Polo matches are held at the club every Sunday from May through August. There are also special cocktail matches held to mark Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and the Fourth of July.
The main event of the Menlo Circus Club’s annual calendar is the Menlo Charity House Show. Taking place over six days, this major annual event has received a AA rating from the United States Equestrian Federation alongside numerous NorCal Horse Show of the Year awards. Other amenities at the Menlo Circus Club include tennis courts, a fitness center, and aquatics facilities.
Atherton is served by the Menlo Park City Elementary and Sequoia Union High school districts. A few outstanding local schools include:
- Encinal Elementary, Public, K-5.
- Laurel Elementary, Public, K-5.
- Selby Lane Elementary, Public, K-8.
- Sacred Heart Schools, Private, K-12.
- Menlo-Atherton High, Public, 9-12.