Atherton is an exclusive town on the peninsula that embraces organic beauty and possesses a natural sense of luxury, thanks to residents dedicated to maintaining its elegance.

Contemporary estates and classic manors dot the wooded hills here, a wealthy residential community by design, including several famous Eichler homes in the Lindenwood neighborhood. Atherton’s zip code has been designated one of the most affluent in the country, with real estate prices following suit.

Though it is mainly residential, a select number of boutiques and shops provide opportunities to indulge in making distinctive and rare purchases. Farmers markets and art and wine festivals augment those opportunities with one-of-a-kind acquisitions. Nearby Palo Alto and Menlo Park offer an abundance of retail, dining and cultural pleasures.

Philanthropy is widely embraced here with many community endeavors, such as Atherton Heritage Association, Atherton Arts Committee, Atherton Tree Committee, Friends of the Atherton Community Library, Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation, Atherton Dames and Atherton Civic Interest League.

Dazzling coastal views and natural forestry make this one of California’s most impressive locales.