Six under $5 million in Atherton

Atherton has long been known as one of the premier communities in the United States, with home prices regularly topping $20 million. Exclusivity is enhanced with a population of just 7,000 in this incorporated town whose zip code 94027 was ranked by Forbes in October 2013 as America’s most expensive zip code.But this doesn’t mean you can’t get into a nice Atherton home without spending eight figures. In fact, of the 29 homes currently on the market, six are listed at under $5 million. Here’s some key data on each home.

2 Adam Way - $4,998,800 Within a roomy 3,970 square feet are four bedrooms and four baths. This corner lot includes central heat and air, separate family room and dining room, fireplace with gas starter and a hot tub.

102 Fair Oaks Lane - $4,496,888 Here you’ll find six bedrooms and five full baths in a lovely 6,333-square-foot home. Another corner lot property, this one features Spanish architecture, a wood-burning fireplace, separate family room, a swimming pool and a circular drive.

89 Tallwood Court - $4,400,000 This home was masterfully renovated in 2008 and comes with three bedrooms and three baths inside 3,290 square feet. Select amenities include a hot tub, views of the mountains, central heat and air, separate dining room and a breakfast bar.

17 Lowery Drive - $3,999,888 An outstanding value with 3,224 square feet that includes five bedrooms and three baths. Here you’ll find a wood-burning fireplace with gas starter, separate dining room, central air with multiple heating zones, a spa and a swimming pool.

2 Walnut Ave. - $2,398,000 This elegant Mediterranean-style home has three bedrooms and two baths within 3,400 square feet. There’s a separate family room and dining room, fireplace with gas starter, central heat, a breakfast bar and a swimming pool.

2 Atherton Ave. - $2,095,000 Rounding out our five under $5 million is this cute 2,500-square-foot home with three bedrooms and two baths. Features include a jetted bath tub, living room/dining room combo, wood-burning fireplace, central heat, ranch-style architecture and a corner lot location.

Atherton is known not only as an expensive town but also as one that goes to great lengths to preserve a phenomenally high standard of living for its residents.

For example, the building department on Aug. 21 posted a notice on the town’s official website regarding weekend noise. The notice quoted part of the Atherton Municipal Code, where it states:

“Residents/property owners when personally operating equipment are exempt from the basic noise regulation when they are personally undertaking construction activities to maintain or improve their property on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays between the hours of ten a.m. and five p.m. Such activities are restricted to the use of hand and power tools only.”

Contractors (and large machinery), however, are generally restricted to working only during the weekdays. These regulations blend well with the town’s land use goal, which is “to preserve the Town’s character as a scenic, rural, thickly wooded residential area with abundant open space.”

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