Atherton, CA


Highest Appreciating Atherton Neighborhoods Since 2000

Atherton, CA Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q1 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Atherton Housing Market Information

With 7,167 people, 2,385 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $5,363,070, Atherton house prices are not only among the most expensive in California, Atherton real estate also is some of the most expensive in all of America.

Atherton is a town of large, single-family homes. In fact, there is a higher proportion of four, five or more bedroom homes in Atherton than is found in 98% of the communities in America.

The large homes that make up Atherton are primarily owner-occupied ( 86.45%).

At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Atherton's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 49.88% of the town's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Atherton include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 21.62%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 19.14%). There's also some housing in Atherton built between 2000 and later ( 9.37%).

Atherton Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Atherton has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Atherton real estate appreciated 46.94% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 3.92%, putting Atherton in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Atherton definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Atherton that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Atherton real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Atherton appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 9.02%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 90.80% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Atherton. Atherton appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 2.03%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 8.39%.

Importantly, this makes Atherton one of the highest appreciating communities in the nation for the latest quarter, and may signal the town's near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to California, our data show that Atherton's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 70% of the other cities and towns in California.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,331,000 92.4
$998,001 - $1,331,000 1.4
$665,001 - $998,000 1.0
$532,001 - $665,000 0.5
$399,001 - $532,000 0.7
$266,001 - $399,000 2.1
$133,001 - $266,000 1.3
$67,001 - $133,000 0.0
$0 - $67,000 0.7

Very High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
0.00585960389077698 0.132275132275132

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Atherton Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
125.64% 4.83% 9 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$6,595 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 86.45
Renters 13.55
Vacant 4.52

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 9.4
1970 - 1999 21.6
1940 - 1969 49.9
1939 or Older 19.1

Types of Homes

Single-Family 99.2
Townhomes 0.8
Small Apt. Buildings 0.0
Apt. Complexes 0.0
Mobile Homes 0.0
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 0.24
1 Bedroom 1.24
2 Bedrooms 2.60
3 Bedrooms 23.54
4 Bedrooms 39.19
5 or more bedrooms 33.19