Where are America’s most expensive homes?

Exclisive luxury home in Atherton, CAWhen people are looking for high-end lifestyles and lavish homes in which to live them, they regularly look to Silicon Valley and its pristine neighborhoods that are unparalleled virtually anywhere in the United States.  This section within the San Francisco Bay Area has long been known for offering some of the country’s most expensive homes.  FORBES.com confirmed this. FORBES found that during 2013, Atherton’s top-priced home was offered for $33 million.  Of course, one doesn’t need $33 million to get into this exclusive community.  A mere $1.2 million (in 2013) would have got you into a 1,194-square-foot bungalow with two bedrooms.

During the summer last year, the median price of single-family homes in Atherton’s 94027 zip code was $6.67 million.  That was enough to place 94027 as America’s most expensive zip code.

Living in Atherton and other local communities

According to FORBES, this town of just under 7,000 residents is seeing an influx of wealthy buyers from India and China.  These new arrivals join six FORBES 400 billionaires including Meg Whitman of Hewlett Packard, Eric Schmidt of Google and Charles Schwab, the brokerage tycoon.

The list of FORBES’ most expensive U.S. zip codes for 2013 included other Silicon Valley/Bay Area cities and towns.

  • #2 Los Altos Hills, 94022
  • #4 Belvedere, 94920
  • #9 Portola Valley, 94028
  • #13 Hillsborough, 94010
  • #22 Woodside, 94062
  • #38 Palo Alto, 94301

High-tech in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is known the world over as a high-tech melting pot.  It’s headquarters to a host of household-name companies like Google, Facebook, Tesla and LinkedIn.  In fact, the three cities where those firms are based (Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Mountain View) have been responsible since 2009 for approximately $300 billion in new market capitalization.

Along with tech giants, Atherton and many exclusive cities and towns in Silicon Valley are home to a long list of professional athletes, musicians, attorneys, physicians and others who have chosen this lovely region as the ideal place for their dream homes and lush lifestyles.