In our ongoing series, we are exploring cities that make up the peninsula. Today, we find ourselves in gorgeous Atherton, CA home of a whole lot of trees; Native Live Oaks, White Oaks, Bays, Redwoods, and Cedars to be exact.
There are almost more trees than people.
The city of Atherton is a mere six square miles with only about 2,500 households, nestled between Menlo Park and Redwood City.
The Great Race
The city of Atherton was originally called Fair Oaks, and in 1923 Menlo park began taking steps to incorporate these acres into Menlo Park. A meeting was held between the representatives of Menlo Park and Fair Oaks. The two sides could not agree. Fair Oaks wanted to remain independent and residential.
Both sides raced to Sacramento to be the first one to file the petition. Luckily, Fair Oaks was the first one to arrive. But, the name “Fair Oaks” was already taken.
I imagine there was a mad dash to choose another name. In the end, they decided to honor Faxon Dean Atherton, one of the first Fair Oaks property owners. And, on September 12, 1923 Atherton was officially incorporated.
Some very notable famous people have made their home in Atherton. Shirley Temple, Ty Cobb, and Willie Mays, among many others.
Keeping Up With The Jones’
According to the SF Gate, Atherton is now one of the most expensive zip codes in the nation. In fact, the median home price in Atherton is $4 million.
The homes are beautiful! And, it’s a great place to work. What could be better?! For more stories about the cities that where we work, you’ll love this blog.
We hope you’ll keep reading and stay tuned for more!
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