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Home front: priciest ZIP codes, baking bread

Also, getting street lights fixed

A roundup of local home and garden news and events on the Midpeninsula, including pricey ZIP codes, baking bread and dark streets.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE ... For the second year in a row, the Town of Atherton topped the list for most expensive residential real estate in the country, according to real estate website PropertyShark. Atherton topped the list of the 100 priciest ZIP codes, with a median home sale price of $6.7 million in 2018. The town's median home sale price increased 35 percent from last year, when it was $4.95 million, according to PropertyShark. Silicon Valley is home to 30 of the country's priciest ZIP codes. Neighboring Menlo Park was 28th on the list at $2.36 million, Palo Alto came in No. 6 with a median price of $3.75 million, the Los Altos Hills-Los Altos area that shares a 94022 ZIP code came in No. 7, the 94024 area of Los Altos No. 9, Portola Valley No. 8, Mountain View 50th and 51st. For the sake of comparison, Beverly Hills was No. 11 with a median home sale price of $3.21 million; Santa Monica was 5th with $3.76 million.

BAKE BREAD ... If baking bread isn't something you've had much experience with, come to Hidden Villa Farm on Saturday, Jan. 12 , from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This activity will include collecting garden herbs to flavor bread dough, sifting flour, kneading dough and enjoying fresh bread in the company of others. The cost is $30 per person. To register, go to

IN THE DARK? ... It's getting dark before 5 p.m. these days, and some night you might walk outside and wonder why it's darker than usual. It could be that the streetlight near your home or office is out. The city of Palo Alto's Utilities Department has a simple online form, a phone number and an app to report outages and their precise locations. Call 650-496-6914 or submit a report via the PaloAlto311 mobile app to report streetlight outages in your neighborhood, or go to, navigate to the utilities department and click on the gold "Online Services" tab to find the "Street Light Out" form. Allow five business days for repairs to be made.

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