5. Los Altos Hills, CA
Los Altos Hills, CA
Population: 8,647
Median family income: $243,406
Median home price: $2,273,250

Located just five miles south of Stanford University, Los Altos Hills is drenched in quiet high tech affluence. Silicon Valley execs, engineers and venture capitalists inhabit this lush community, known for landscapes untouched by commercial activity. 65 miles of meandering trails and off-road paths keep residents active and connected.

In the last ten years, Los Altos has seen the rise of "estate homes" that exceed 10,000 square feet, but houses half that size are also fetching top dollar on lots with lake, water and rolling hill views. Where else can a five-bed, five-bath 4,486-square-foot home on five acres go for $17 million?

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Last updated August 15 2011: 2:49 PM ET
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