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 ensure 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.
2016-17 TOWN OPERATING BUDGET: $12 million
MEDIAN AGE: 47.6 years
HOMEOWNERS: 90.8 percent
2016 MEDIAN HOME VALUE: $6.36 million
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