Community Spotlight: Hillsborough

Located within minutes of San Francisco, the city of Hillsborough offers its residents the amenities of big city life combined with the comfort and security of a small community. And with more than 100 years of history behind it, Hillsborough holds a unique charm not prevalent in many other established California communities.

The community was established in 1910, when a group of citizens annexed their properties from the larger community of San Mateo. At the time, Hillsborough was made up of sprawling estates that were eventually divided as the community began to expand. Although the community’s population has now reached over 10,000 residents, the Hillsborough luxury real estate market is still alive and well. And while sprawling estates in Hillsborough may be a thing of the past, the town’s minimum lot size of one and one-half acres gives its residents plenty of space to establish a home.

An example of one of the town’s historical estates can be seen in the Carolands, a California State Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The massive home is considered one of the best examples of French classical architecture in the country. But the community’s celebration of history does not stop at its classic architecture. The city of Hillsborough also honors classic automotive engineering and design during the annual Concours de’Elegance. The yearly event gives vintage car owners an opportunity to showcase their vehicles and support the Hillsborough Schools Foundation.

Rated the safest suburb in California, Hillsborough offers a family-friendly atmosphere to its residents. In addition to an award-winning school district and ongoing recreation and enrichment opportunities for families, the community also offers a variety of options for family-friendly fun. Hillsborough is home to 259 acres of open space, three beautiful parks, and a golf course.

In addition to everyday recreational activities, Hillsborough also hosts numerous community events. The town’s annual Memorial Day festival includes a parade, carnival and music festival. The city’s numerous tight-knit neighborhoods also hold several neighborhood events and block parties throughout the year. Those in the searching the Hillsborough luxury real estate market may choose between several upscale neighborhoods throughout the city -- Brewer Subdivision to the south, Carolands to the west, lower Hillsborough, Oaksbridge, Country Club Manor, and Hillsborough Hills.

Hillsborough’s residents are also committed to making the community a leader in sustainable living in the Bay Area. The city was the first in the area to institute a construction recycling program and offers a community solar program to its residents. 

The Hillsboro luxury real estate market has numerous amenities to offer potential buyers. The community’s historic roots and small-town feel make Hillsborough especially appealing and its proximity to larger California cities only adds to its charm.