Atherton rates as America's second most affluent zip code, tucked in among native oaks, pines, and redwoods. Some of the Bay Area's finest homes are located here, with many of the stately, manicured properties commanding pristine views of the Pacific Coast or San Francisco Bay. Notably absent are large retailers and major businesses, preserving the small-town feeling. The equestrian lifestyle is prominent, centered at the Menlo Circus Club, which features private stables, two arenas, trainers, and equestrian disciplines from polo to jumpers. Horse shows, tennis, swimming, and gala parties continue throughout the year.
Holbrook-Palmer Park provides a 22-acre garden setting with a ball field, tennis courts, a playground, gardens, walking paths, and cozy venues for intimate gatherings. Atherton is also home to fine private schools, including Menlo School college preparatory school and Sacred Heart, an independent co-ed for students preschool through grade 12. The town is building a new library, currently under construction, and is home to a vibrant arts community.