Located in San Mateo County is the incorporated town of Atherton. The city is in the 94027 Zip Code, which is ranked as one of the most expensive Zip Codes in the United States. The history of Atherton dates back to 1866 when it was called Fair Oaks. Fair Oaks was the flag stop for the Southern Pacific Railroad running between San Francisco and San Jose on the California Coast Line. It was also a part of the Rancho de las Pulgas land grant and was home to large estates. In 1874 and 1911, attempts were attempted to incorporate Fair Oaks, but all of them failed. In 1923, the citizens of Menlo Park wanted to annex with Fair Oaks. Nevertheless, Those living in Fair Oaks were against the idea, and it was made clear to them that to continue being only a residential community, they would have to incorporate separately. When Fair Oaks met the committee in Sacramento, they were told that the name "Fair Oaks" was already taken by another community. To honor Faxon Dean Atherton, a prominent San Mateo County resident, the name Atherton was decided.
Like many of the other communities in San Mateo County, Atherton is surrounded by gorgeous natural spaces. Residents who live here enjoy such place as Filoli in Woodside. Filoli is a country house sitting on 16 acres and boasts beautiful formal gardens that are surrounded by an estate comprised of 654 acres. Furthermore, the Filoli mansion was seen from the from the air at the beginning of the Dynasty television show in the 1980s. Additionally, there is Huddart Park located also located in Woodside, which is a forested park comprised of 900 acres and offers visitors several hiking horseback riding trails, plus picnic areas and an archery range. With San Francisco 37 minutes (30 miles) away and San Jose just 30 minutes (22 miles) away, owning a home in Atherton provides you with ease of access to all the great amenities one would expect living in California. In San Jose, you have places such as the Tech Museum of Innovation located at 201 South Market Street. This kid-friendly, interactive museum is in the heart of Silicon Valley and features fun exhibits such as the “Social Robots” exhibit, “Studio” exhibit, as well as temporary exhibitions. In San Francisco, you have iconic places such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Pier 39.
Influenced by various architectural trends throughout history and from around the world, Atherton architecture is some of the most multifarious in the United States. While shopping for a house in Atherton, you will find plans that include Ranch, Italianate, Dutch Colonial, English Colonial, Tudor, Bungalows, Classical, Contemporary, and more. Homes in Atherton offer unique features that include granite countertops, hardwood floors, hardwood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, gas starter fireplaces, and recessed lighting. Additionally, Atherton properties range in size from 1,140 square feet to 3,450 square feet, while offering anywhere from two bedrooms, one bath to five bedrooms, four bathrooms. In addition to that, there are numerous apartments, townhouses, and condominiums for sale in Atherton as well. Furthermore, for those wanting to build a home here, you can find some lots for sale in Atherton. If you're interested in knowing more about available properties in Atherton, please contact us today for more information.
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