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Rating as one of the wealthiest cities in the country year after year, Atherton was ranked #1 on Forbes Magazine’s annual list of America’s most expensive zip codes in 2013. Not surprisingly, the town features some of the country’s most beautifully manicured mansions. The city’s multi-million dollar estates are home to a cosmopolitan population dominated by prominent figures, with Atherton’s long list of notable residents including celebrities, professional athletes, executives, and tech moguls. While being located close to everything on the Peninsula, Atherton maintains a secluded atmosphere, due in large part to efforts taken by the town’s residents. The community is free of major businesses and large retail establishments, and a land-use plan prohibits commercial or industrial development in the city.

Atherton’s thickly wooded landscape is host to a multitude of pine, redwood, and cedar trees, and many residents are afforded pristine views and bucolic settings. The town is centered around the Menlo Circus Club, with its private stables and dual rings. Started in 1920, the club has a unique and fascinating history, steeped in charity work, polo, and family events. One of my favorite spots in Atherton is Holbrook-Palmer Park, a municipally owned 22-acre garden setting with a ball field, tennis courts, playground, gardens, and walking paths. The park’s historic structures are definitely worth checking out, with both the 135 year old Water Tower and the 126 year old “Gen Merrill” Carriage House still standing at the park today.

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