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Mid Peninsula

I call these towns "The Big Six". Here you will find some of the most distinguished Bay Area residents,entreprenuers/movers and shakers. In the heart of Atherton is The Menlo Circus Club, which hosts The Menlo Charity Horse Show every summer.

Atherton

Atherton is located on the peninsula nestled between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. 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.

The Town of Atherton desires, insofar as possible, to preserve its character as a scenic, rural, thickly-wooded, residential area, with abundant open space with streets designed primarily as scenic routes rather than for speed of travel.

Atherton is still a 'plain of oaks'. Native live oaks, white oaks, bay trees, redwood trees, cedars, pines and other ornamental trees cover the six square miles of land. The Town is bordered by areas of Menlo Park, Redwood City, Woodside, and unincorporated San Mateo County. There are 49 miles of roads in Atherton and approximately 2502 households with no industry or business establishment within the town limits.

Woodside

This special rural area is comprised of distinctive and intimate communities away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, yet within minutes of the greater Bay Area. These magical neighborhoods offer a wide variety of terrain and sites; ocean and bay views, majestic redwoods, rolling oak studded hills, rippling creeks, and vast pasture lands. Much of the area is surrounded by Open Space and parkland. It is hard to believe that amidst all this natural beauty and space we are so close to urban San Francisco and San Jose. The selection of homes, ranches, and land to be found is as diverse as the location and the people who find themselves so fortunate to live here.

Menlo Park

Menlo Park is a community that has virtually everything to offer potential real estate seekers, such as a strong economy, gorgeous natural setting, and charming atmosphere and real estate. It is located within San Mateo County, and bordered by San Francisco Bay on the east and lush hills on the west. The location of Menlo Park has long made it a favorite of high income earning families, and Thomas Edison was known to be particularly fond of city. The community is home to 32,000 residents, as well as a large concentration of venture capital dotcoms. The largest employing economic sectors in Menlo Park are professional, scientific, administrative and waste management services. San Francisco, (only 35 miles northwest of Menlo Park), also offers a variety of employment opportunities. Residential neighborhoods are characterized by tree-lined streets, large homes, and fabulous views. The Cultural diversity of Menlo Park includes amenities such as boutique shopping, upscale dining, eclectic shops and art studios. Sports fans catch games at nearby Stanford University or SBC Park and Monster Park in San Francisco. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy acres of undisturbed plant and animal life at Jasper Ridge Biological Park. Public education is provided by Menlo Park City School District. Menlo Park real estate options include single-family detached homes, estate properties, condominiums, townhouses and land lots

Portola Valley

Surrounded by wooded hills, this pristine and picturesque town of 4500 residents is located in a green and gold valley astride the world-famous San Andreas Fault. The town values its environmental and historic heritage, its excellent public schools and its economical town government supported by a multitude of volunteers. An extensive trail system, scenic roads, open space and natural views contribute to one's feeling of being in the country, as do architectural guidelines that stress 'blending in'. Commercial activity is encouraged to the extent that it primarily meets needs of residents of the community. These factors have enabled the town to retain a rural ambiance reminiscent of earlier days.

Palo Alto

More than 100 years old, Palo Alto is named for a majestic 250 year old coastal redwood tree along San Francisquito Creek, where early Spanish explorers settled. The blend of business and residential areas anchored by a vibrant downtown defines Palo Alto's unique character. A charming mixture of old and new, Palo Alto's tree-lined streets and historic buildings reflect its California heritage. At the same time, Palo Alto is recognized worldwide as a leader in cutting-edge technological development. This exciting mix of tradition and innovation makes Palo Alto an extraordinary place in which to operate a business. Unique among California cities, Palo Alto is a full-service municipality that owns and operates its gas, electric, water, sewer, refuse and storm drainage services at very competitive rates for its customers. As befits the City known as "Birthplace of the Silicon Valley," the City has developed a 31-mile dark fiber ring for ultra-fast Internet access. Distinctive in every way, Palo Alto offers its business community a diverse and exciting environment in which to work and live.

Los Altos / Los Altos Hills

The primarily residential community of Los Altos Hills is 8.4 square miles in area. An additional 5.8 square miles of unincorporated land adjacent to the Town's boundaries have been designated by the County of Santa Clara as being within Los Altos Hills' "sphere of influence," and may be subject to Town guidelines or annexation.

The Town is distinctive because of its rolling hills and picturesque valleys. Numerous creeks and densely wooded areas provide pleasant visual diversity. The Town's location along the edge of the Santa Clara Valley contributes to a mild climate, with only rare extremes of temperature. Elevations above sea level rise from 200 to 1,300 feet, making Los Altos Hills a natural buffer between the more heavily developed urban Bay Area and the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains. Los Altos Hills became the 14th city in Santa Clara County on January 27, 1956, with a population then numbering 2,500. Today, there are more than triple that number of residents living in the Town. Zoning has remained the same since its inception - a single "residential-agricultural" zone, with additional permitted uses such as public and private schools, churches and synagogues, recreational clubs, and other facilities compatible with noncommercial communities.


It is hard to believe that amidst all this natural beauty and space we are so close to urban San Francisco and San Jose. The selection of homes, ranches, and land to be found is as diverse as the location and the people who find themselves so fortunate to live here.