Welcome to Hillsborough
The radiant residential community with palatial homes and protected green spaces
The well-established town of Hillsborough perches in the space between San Mateo and Interstate 280, emanating an undeniably luxurious ambiance. Known to house an affluent and elite community, privacy in Hillsborough is highly valued. Primarily residential, this area is within minutes of SFO airport and only 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco. Its ideal location between forested green space, urban areas, and the bay’s sparkling waters make Hillsborough a great community that can cater to a wide variety of needs.
The town was incorporated in 1910 and, since then, maintains a picturesque suburban landscape. Hillsborough’s zoning codes have created a community of large housing properties, as the hefty minimum sizes for lots and living spaces nixed the development of condos, townhomes, and apartments in the city’s limits.
Architectural styles traverse the decades of the 20th century, including a bevy of historic pre-1940s options, and consequently, homes are drenched in their own unique personalities. Price points in Hillsborough can reach well over $10 million, though the average house sells for around $6 million. The hefty tags are worth it, though, and these massive luxe properties, mansions, and estates come in an array of awe-inspiring designs, packed with lavish amenities, rich history, and unparalleled elegance.
What to Love
- Stunning architecture, style variety, and large lots
- Exclusive feel with abundant privacy and a tight-knit community
- Easy access to SFO and San Francisco, mere minutes from the Bay
People & Lifestyle
Hillsborough is generally quiet, a place of stability, commitment to nature preservation, and a dedication to education that has produced some of the best-ranked schools in the state. Great for families and commuters, Hillsborough takes residents away from the pressures of urban living without making them sacrifice the conveniences of being next door to one of the nation’s major metropolises.
Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment
Since Hillsborough is a residential location, those who live here depend on the adjacent city of Burlingame for their retail endeavors. Burlingame is less than ten minutes from Hillsborough and is absolutely teeming with upscale shopping opportunities. In addition to swanky local boutiques, high-end brands like Apple
, Kate Spade
, Pottery Barn
, and lululemon
, the attractive Burlingame Avenue district also has spas, salons, and fitness centers such as Barry’s Fitness
to keep you on track with your healthful lifestyle.
Visitors will find an assortment of adorable cafes, fine dining establishments, and culturally varied cuisines to enjoy among the shops. At Crepevine Restaurant
, diners get to indulge in decadent fare without sacrificing health—from the pure maple syrups to the all-organic produce and ocean-raised salmon, the owners have long been dedicated to serving their guests only the best ingredients. Burlingame is also a coffee lover’s haven and harbors a multitude of coffee shops where residents can grab their drink of choice. Notably, Caffe Central
is often touted as a local favorite due to its creative menu of drinks, including affogato and Vietnamese pour-over coffees.
Things to Do
Serene and dense with verdant beauty, much of the activity in Hillsborough centers around exploring nature, taking advantage of the many hiking trails
and recreational offerings of the city. For instance, Hillsborough is only a few minutes north of the remarkable Crystal Springs Reservoir and the nearby Crystal Springs Regional Trail
. Planned for 17.5 miles and standing at 15.3 miles currently, this stunning trail navigates the awe-inspiring hills and coastal splendor of the area and is open to walkers, runners, bikers, and equestrians.
Refined opulence exudes from the riotously colorful gardens of Filoli
, making it a must-see for those in the area. Also known as the Bourn-Roth Estate, this famous Georgian mansion is set on 16 acres of formal gardens and over 650 acres of rugged natural beauty. From marveling at the flora that blooms year-round to enjoying exhibits in the historic home, visitors who come to Filoli get a once-in-a-lifetime visual experience.
Hillsborough is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Crystal Springs Uplands School, 6-12, one of the top 5 best private high schools in the state
- The Nueva School, PK & K-12, highly rated private school, one of the top 10 best private high schools in the state
- Aragon High School, 9-12, highly rated public high school