El Camino to Alameda Homes For Sale
El Camino to Alameda Homes For Sale | Atherton Real Estate
Neighborhood Introduction & History
Three words describe this posh neighborhood of Atherton: exclusive, impressive, and luxurious. The streets of West Atherton from El Camino to Alameda are wide and spacious, lined with heritage oaks, cedars, and pines. The rows of privacy hedges and fancy gates offer mere glimpses of the magnificent manors to the passers-by, and the more grandiose estates, despite their gates and hedges, still have an imposing street presence. For many residents, this is the neighborhood of choice. The make-up of the community continues to rapidly change as more of Silicon Valley’s prominent executives and investors move in. On nearly every street is a construction site for the next lavish mansion soon to rise (at the expense of the steadily-disappearing ranch houses). But as with any luxury home market, buyers are highly discretionary and consider these homes as less of an investment and more of a showcase.
Housing types & styles in the Neighborhood
Atherton from El Camino to Alameda (Central Atherton with Menlo Park schools) may be closest to the Atherton ideal of grand homes on large lots. A handful of older homes fight a losing battle against the mansion-ization of Atherton, and at the other end of the spectrum are a few grand old estates from the very early 1900s or 1920s. Smaller (~3000 sq.ft.) mid-century ranchers are not uncommon, but many are being razed for new manses. New construction homes are usually of 5000 or 6000-plus sq.ft. Heading east gets you into the highly desirable Circus Club area with its more manicured estate look. Lots tend to be even larger here, and the homes, often new or heavily facelifted, are quite impressive, often in the 5000-7000 sq.ft. range. East of the Circus Club the ambience becomes a bit less manicured and more natural but stays impressive. Close to El Camino there’s a pocket of affordability on Victoria, with lots well under an acre and modest ranchers sometimes under 2000 sq.ft. The demand for homes in West Atherton is so high that even a tear-down property here still sells for around $4 million. The average home price is in excess of $7 million.
Restaurants & Shopping
West Atherton’s proximity to Menlo Park allows residents to enjoy a wide variety of shopping and dining options. Menlo Park features unique and upscale retail shops and restaurants surrounded by tree lined streets. Chains are common here, too, however, affording residents a wide variety of choices. Palo Alto, Redwood City, and Woodside are also adjacent to West Atherton, increasing the shopping and dining options further. West Atherton lies between 280 and El Camino Real, offering easy access to the amenities of the Peninsula.
4. Family Lifestyle, Parks & Activities
At the center of West Atherton social life is the renowned Menlo Circus Club, which resides on the location of Atherton’s original home. This beautiful, private country club features state-of-the-art equestrian facilities, tennis courts, pools and a stunning clubhouse. West Atherton’s proximity to downtown Menlo Park and Palo Alto affords residents easy access to farmers’ markets, parks, concerts, festivals, nightlife, and a variety of family activities. Menlo Country Club, Sharon Heights Country Club, and Stanford Gold Course are nearby and offer golf and dining. Just across 280 lie countless parks and nature preserves that offer hiking and biking trails, horseback riding, and other recreation. This area’s proximity to Stanford University also means access to the campus’ wonderful facilities including the Cantor Arts Center, Memorial Church, Stanford Stadium, and Bing Concert Hall.