Median Family Income: $250,000+
Median Home Price: $6,000,000
Atherton is the top-earning zip code on the West Coast. With its scenic streets and minimum lot size of one acre, this serene atmosphere is one of the most sought after addresses in the country. Atherton residents cherish their town’s rural feel and quiet streets. Beautiful foliage, elegant gardens and heritage trees dominate this small community.
Seemingly a world away, Atherton actually abuts the downtown Menlo Park shopping district and is a short drive from the bustling downtowns of Palo Alto and Redwood City. Several fantastic private schools call Atherton home, and the private Menlo Circus Club provides swim, tennis and equestrian activities for local members. The town also has its own library and community facilities at Holbrook-Palmer Park.
Atherton began as a collection of summer homes for wealthy San Francisco residents who wanted a town without commercial activity. To this day, there is no business district, just wooded streets with large, private estates.
Median Family Income: $97,338
Median Home Price: $1,768,000
Named after its views of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Mountain View has grown from a humble stagecoach stop to a model suburb with a pedestrian-friendly downtown filled with restaurants and shops, an outstanding center for the performing arts, enchanting neighborhoods, and free wi-fi throughout.
Located between the Santa Cruz Mountains and San Francisco Bay, this town’s diverse community is ideally located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with fantastic commute options between San Jose and San Francisco. However, many residents don’t have to worry about a commute – Mountain View is home to many of the top technology companies, including Google, Mozilla, Symantec and Intuit. Mountain View is also home to the Computer History Museum, the largest and most significant collection of computing artifacts in the world.
Median Family Income: $244,771
Median Home Price: $2,685000
Incorporated in 1964, Portola Valley began as an affordable location for artists and progressive academics looking for close proximity to Stanford and Palo Alto. Today, though constantly listed in the top 20 wealthiest places to live in the US, Portola Valley successfully maintains its simple, rural charm that makes everyone feel welcome and at home.
In Portola Valley, the stresses of big city life, like parking tickets and traffic congestion largely fall away. Its public library, parks and recreational trails are numerous and well supported. Portola Valley has embraced its local businesses, giving the town a unified, self-sustaining character. Outdoor activity is a central part of Portola Valley life and residents fiercely protect their open space. Residents of Portola Valley consider their town’s trail system as the very heart of their community. Miles of trails provide not just hiking, biking and equestrian opportunities for the town’s citizens, but also important walking paths to neighbors, shops and city schools. The Windy Hill Open Space Preserve supplements the town’s trail system by offering additional back country access and incredible scenic viewing opportunities. Camping enthusiasts enjoy overnight camping at nearby Portola Redwood State Park. Close to the bustle but far from the noise, Portola Valley is a wonderful community to call home.