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Hillsborough, California

Welcome to the Town of Hillsborough

Located on the San Francisco Peninsula, Hillsborough is located seventeen miles south of San Francisco on Interstate 280 and El Camino Real. This stretch of Interstate 280 is said to be part of "the most beautiful freeway in the world." Hillsborough is home to some of the Bay Area's wealthiest people and, in 2007, was declared to have the highest median household incomes in the country. Hillsborough incorporated in 1910 and since has attracted some of San Francisco's wealthiest residents. Landmarks include the breathtaking 20th-century homes of William Randolph Hearst, William Henry Crocker and heiress Harriet Pullman Carolan, whose 65,000 square foot estate is said to be the largest residence in the United States.

Like many other communities in California, Hillsborough is fond of "thinking green" when it comes to growth. Ardently promoting the preservation of the rural setting and natural beauty, the town of Hillsborough is adored for careful maintenance of lush greenery and beautiful woodlands broken only by the occasional winding road. This quiet, back-to-nature atmosphere makes Hillsborough an extremely desirable place to visit or live.

Hillsborough Hotels

While Hillsborough, CA doesn't have many hotels of its own, neighboring cities like Burlingame offer incredible accommodations that are only a stones throw from central Hillsborough. These hotels are also extremely convenient for travelers coming and going from the San Francisco International Airport, as they are located halfway between the airport and Hillsborough.

Hillsborough Restaurants

Since Hillsborough is primarily a residential community, there aren't many restaurants located within the town limits. Fortunately, the neighboring city of Burlingame provides ample selections of exquisite restaurants where Hillsborough residents and visitors can sate any craving. Straits, Il Fornaio and Trapeze are especially popular for their savory dishes and sophisticated, fashionable atmospheres; Nectar Wine Lounge and Restaurant is also a local favorite for the fantastic cuisine expertly paired with wonderful wines.

Hillsborough Travel and Attractions

Hillsborough's history and status as an extremely affluent town affords it the reputation of having some of the most beautiful homes in the area. Particularly, famous residents of past and present have multi-million dollar estates that have been depicted on postcards and etched into dreams the world around. Chateau Carolands, the historic estate of heiress Harriet Pullman Carolan, is not only a national historic landmark, it is also considered to be a masterpiece of American Renaissance and Beaux-arts architecture and design.

Hillsborough Shopping

Some of the best places to go shopping around Hillsborough are in the two retail districts of Burlingame, the neighboring city. Only minutes from central Hillsborough, these two areas, Burlingame Avenue and Broadway, feature pedestrian-friendly settings, hundreds of chic boutiques, mom-and-pop stores and designer retailers. Another option for shopping when staying in Hillsborough is to take a quick trip to San Francisco and indulge in world-class shopping at glittering malls and eclectic vintage shops.

Hillsborough Real Estate

The extremely affluent town of Hillsborough, California offers very unique real estate. Due to a city enforced minimum lot size of one half-acre and a minimum house size of 2,500 square feet, both imposed to maintain the town's exclusivity, homebuyers won't find any apartments, townhouses or condominiums within the city limits. The beautiful setting and elegance of the community make real estate in Hillsborough is much pricier than most of San Mateo County. The majority of homes for sale in Hillsborough are priced at least around several million dollars.

Hillsborough Community

Despite the elite nature of the close-knit, affluent community of Hillsborough, the tangible small-town vibe is both charming and welcoming. Hillsborough has its own public elementary and middle school system, and is home to the nationally recognized Nueva School, an independent for gifted and talented children, and to the Crystal Springs Uplands School, an elite college preparatory middle and high school.