homes in Atherton

“Homes with stunning views in a rural atmosphere combined with accessibility to modern conveniences and top-notch schools make West Atherton Alameda to 280 a highly sought-after address.”

A taste of the countryside matched by unbeatable views of the Peninsula draw homebuyers to the neighborhood of West Atherton Alameda to 280 (MLS #290).

Resembling rural Woodside with its rambling homes on tree-canopied acreage, Alameda to 280 offers the trifecta of seclusion, accessibility and stellar schools.

The majority of homes in this borough were built during the 1960s and 1970s and only a few pre-war residences can be found. Acre-plus lots are characteristic of Atherton but home sizes went from under 3,000 square feet during the mid 20th century to over three times the size with construction of custom manors and luxury estates.

The time when coyotes freely roamed the hills of Atherton has passed but, despite its desirability and building boom of late, this area remains sparsely populated, with under 1,000 people per square mile.

Adding to West Atherton’s allure among high-end buyers is the Las Lomitas school district. It consistently ranks as one of the best in the state in both Great School ratings and API scores.

For those seeking their sweet spot of rural seclusion and convenience, West Atherton Alameda to 280 ticks all the boxes.

Neighborhood Price Point

$2,800,000 – $8,000,000

Favorable Attributes
  • Stunning views and bucolic lands combined with accessibility to modern conveniences
  • Large, forested lots and sizeable homes
  • Sparsely populated and secluded neighborhood
  • Highly desirable Las Lomitas schools
  • Known for its custom homes and estates

History of West Atherton Alameda to 280, Atherton

Due to it’s outlying hilly terrain, development of West Atherton Alameda to 280 commenced later than other areas of town. Very early residents Warren and Mary Fletcher (of which Fletcher Drive is named), listed their address as “Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City, R.F.D. 1.”

Attorney Simon M. Mezes once possessed much of West Atherton acreage. The widow of Luis Arguello, the first native-born governor of San Francisco, gave Mr. Mezes the land as payment for helping them retain their claim on the 35,000-acre Rancho de las Pulgas.

During the years, sections of West Atherton changed hands, passing through a number of notable Bay Area families such as the Spreckels, Fleischhackers and Holbrooks. Between 1890 and 1950, there was minimal growth but after 1950, a flood of subdivisions opened the borough up for residential development.