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Located in southern San Mateo County; just a short drive from Palo Alto and Stanford University, Atherton is considered to be among the wealthiest communities in the United States and is the home to many chief executive officers, venture capitalists, and founders of Silicon Valley's many high-tech companies.

Named after Faxon Atherton, a rich hide and tallow trader from Chile who bought over 600 acres and built the first mansion in the area, Atherton is rich in history and unique in its character. The town begins in the flatlands, then moves westward to the hills until it reaches Highway 280. Beautiful foliage, elegant gardens, and heritage trees dominate this quiet, small community.