The privacy gained by lots of at least one acre, winding streets with mature trees, gracious mansions set well back from the curbless streets -- this is Atherton today.
Once part of a Spanish rancho, the town was incorporated in 1923. One of its first rules was to assure that lots would not be subdivided into parcels smaller than an acre. With a few exceptions -- primarily former San Mateo County streets acquired through annexation -- that is still the rule today.
A few of the early homes remain, including three built by Timothy Hopkins for his daughters between 1901 and 1908 on Parkwood Drive, Altree Court and Lowery Drive.
2010-12 TOWN OPERATING AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS BUDGET: $11.6 million
POPULATION (2010): 6,914
HOUSEHOLDS (2009): 2,479
SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSING (2000): 99 percent
MEDIAN HOME PRICE: $3,200,000
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME (2009): $185,000