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 remains 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.
2014-15 TOWN OPERATING BUDGET: $11.46 million
POPULATION (2010): 6,914
OCCUPIED HOUSEHOLDS (2009-13): 2,281
FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS (2009-13): 85.8 percent
MEDIAN 2014 HOME PRICE: $4,388,888
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME (2009-13): $239,886