Hillsborough

Hillsborough

Hillsborough

Hillsborough

Hillsborough

Hillsborough

Hillsborough

Hillsborough

Hillsborough

Overview

Steeped in natural privacy because of its hilly setting, Hillsborough has become a prized retreat for Bay Area residents seeking a relaxed lifestyle. Since it is located between business hubs like San Francisco and Palo Alto, this exclusive town integrates sought-after centrality with a luxurious sense of seclusion.

 

An Outstanding Past

Hillsborough offers a renowned history stemming from the efforts of one leading family. William Howard, the heir of an East Coast-based shipping empire, moved into the region in the 1840s and purchased a vast amount of land to form a working ranch. The Howards prospered throughout the Gold Rush and subsequently grew into one of the most prominent families in the area. By the end of the Civil War, the family ranch had been split into many smaller estates, which drew the attention of neighbors like San Mateo and Burlingame. These communities wanted to annex the estates to accommodate swelling population sizes. In 1910, owners of the smaller estates voted to incorporate, saving them from threats of annexation.

 

Carefully Maintained

Many of these smaller estates were further reduced in size over time; in the case of properties like Uplands and Sky Farm, some were eventually converted into prestigious private academies. Though the expansive nature of its original estates may be lost to history, present-day Hillsborough maintains regulations that preserve its spacious character and attractive privacy. Lots must be at least one-half acre, and zoning ordinances require each residence to be a minimum of 2,500 square feet. An absence of commercial zoning means there are no local apartments, condominiums, or businesses, making Hillsborough seem reminiscent of a quiet, country hamlet of the past. 

 

Exclusive Status

The town of Hillsborough is a prime enclave for those who wish to have easy access to both “the City by the Bay” and Silicon Valley. In addition, the community historically has attracted elite inhabitants with its temperate climate and privacy. Money magazine has ranked Hillsborough as the most affluent town in the country, and in 2019 Bloomberg listed it in the top five richest towns in America.

 

An Enjoyable Community

The roughly 11,000 residents who inhabit Hillsborough enjoy the bucolic nature of the town and the tranquility and space it provides. The local population is tightly knit and hosts annual events such as holiday parades and the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, where vintage car owners proudly displace their prized vehicles. 

 

A Sterling Education

Hillsborough has its own highly regarded public elementary and middle schools, while high school students can attend schools within the San Mateo Union High School District. Also nearby are several premier private schools, including the Nueva School, Bridge School, and Crystal Springs Uplands School. 

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The calm demeanor, distinguished history, and desirable seclusion offered by tony Hillsborough are features that make this enclave as special at it is exclusive. Its large estate homes on spacious lots and relaxed, rural atmosphere provide an excellent sanctuary for those who enjoy luxury, peace, and privacy. 

 

 

Notable Residents—Past and Present

Patrick Burrell, San Francisco Giants MLB player, two-time World Series champion

Jenny Craig, weight-loss guru

William H. Crocker, founder and president of Crocker National Bank

Bing Crosby, singer and actor

William Randolph Hearst, leading newspaper publisher

Larry Probst, chairman and former CEO of Electronic Arts

Alicia Silverstone, actress

J.T. Snow, San Francisco Giants MLB player, radio and television broadcaster

George Tupou V, King of Tonga

 

Population
11,444
MedianFamily Income
238,750

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The public schools are among the best in the nation. Graduates from the local high schools attend the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country, with a much larger than average number admitted to neighboring Stanford. Abundant bike paths make it easy for most students to bike to their local schools, giving them a sense of independence that is valued by parents and children alike.

 

Elementary School Grade Address Phone Number School District
West Hillsborough K-5 376 Barbara Way, Hillsborough, CA 94010 (650) 344-9870 Hillsborough City Elementary School District
South Hillsborough K-5 303 El Cerrito Avenue, Hillsborough, CA 94010 (650) 344-0303 Hillsborough City Elementary School District
North Hillsborough K-5 545 Eucalyptus Avenue, Hillsborough, CA 94010 (650) 347-4175 Hillsborough City Elementary School District
Middle School Grade Address Phone Number School District
Crocker 6-8 2600 Ralston Avenue, Hillsborough, CA 94010 (650) 342-6331 Hillsborough City Elementary School District
Pre-school Grade Address Phone Number School District
La Petite Montessori PK-K 1450 Tartan Trail Road, Hillsborough, CA 94010 (650) 401-7780
Private School Grade Address Phone Number School District
The Nueva KG-12 6565 Skyline Blvd, Hillsborough, CA 94010 (650) 348-2272
Crystal Springs Uplands 6-12 400 Uplands Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010 (650) 342-4175
Other/Alternative/Special Needs Grade Address Phone Number School District
The Bridge K-8 545 Eucalyptus Avenue, Hillsborough, CA 94010-6404 650-696-7295

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active
1868 floribunda ave,
hillsborough
$55,000,000
country club manor
8Beds / 8Baths / 17907SqFt
active
3085 ralston ave,
hillsborough
$17,995,000
carolands etc.
5Beds / 6Baths / 10495SqFt
active
325 ascot rd,
hillsborough
$16,500,000
hillsborough heights
5Beds / 5Baths / 8061SqFt
active
816 hayne rd,
hillsborough
$15,850,000
hillsborough heights
6Beds / 7Baths / 7160SqFt
active
233 w santa inez ave,
hillsborough
$13,500,000
hillsborough heights
8Beds / 6Baths / 9856SqFt
active
2289 forest view ave,
hillsborough
$10,995,000
country club manor
6Beds / 6Baths / 9336SqFt
active
25 brandon ct,
hillsborough
$10,500,000
tobin clark estate / polo terrace
5Beds / 6Baths / 11800SqFt
active
372 poett rd,
hillsborough
$9,600,000
hillsborough heights
5Beds / 4Baths / 5639SqFt
active
77 new place rd,
hillsborough
$9,500,000
country club manor
active
400 hillsborough blvd,
hillsborough
$9,250,000
san mateo park / el cerrito park
6Beds / 6Baths / 6235SqFt
pending
35 cinnamon ct,
hillsborough
$11,650,000
skyfarm
6Beds / 5Baths / 8290SqFt
contingent
105 baywood ave,
hillsborough
$8,990,000
brewer subdivision/upland
8Beds / 6Baths / 9355SqFt
pending
20 glenbrook dr,
hillsborough
$7,980,000
parrott drive area
7Beds / 5Baths / 7127SqFt
pending
438 el arroyo rd,
hillsborough
$7,450,000
homeplace
5Beds / 3Baths / 5175SqFt
pending
30 searsville ct,
hillsborough
$6,700,000
lakeview
5Beds / 5Baths / 5775SqFt
pending
255 pinehill rd,
hillsborough
$6,490,000
carolands etc.
3Beds / 2Baths / 2530SqFt
pending
255 pinehill rd,
hillsborough
$6,490,000
carolands etc.
pending
790 el cerrito ave,
hillsborough
$6,380,000
hillsborough park etc.
6Beds / 7Baths / 7920SqFt
pending
880 sharon ave,
hillsborough
$6,298,000
ryan tract etc.
4Beds / 4Baths / 3892SqFt
contingent
130 ridgeway rd,
hillsborough
$6,295,000
hillsborough park etc.
4Beds / 4Baths / 5680SqFt
sold
404 el centro rd,
hillsborough
$11,650,000
homeplace
6Beds / 7Baths / 7150SqFt
sold
138 stonepine rd,
hillsborough
$8,788,000
homeplace
6Beds / 5Baths / 6370SqFt
sold
355 hillsborough blvd,
hillsborough
$7,995,000
hillsborough knolls
4Beds / 5Baths / 4590SqFt
sold
60 glengarry way,
hillsborough
$7,750,000
lakeview
5Beds / 5Baths / 5019SqFt
sold
420 severn ln,
hillsborough
$6,895,000
hillsborough heights
5Beds / 5Baths / 4680SqFt
sold
245 uplands dr,
hillsborough
$6,788,000
brewer subdivision/upland
5Beds / 4Baths / 4615SqFt
sold
950 hillsborough blvd,
hillsborough
$6,200,000
country club manor
4Beds / 4Baths / 3600SqFt
sold
975 tournament dr,
hillsborough
$5,888,000
tobin clark estate / polo terrace
6Beds / 6Baths / 6350SqFt
sold
601 chiltern rd,
hillsborough
$5,750,000
hillsborough heights
4Beds / 3Baths / 4135SqFt
sold
275 uplands dr,
hillsborough
$4,950,000
brewer subdivision/upland
3Beds / 3Baths / 2850SqFt