Map of Hillsborough
Population 11,273 (2013 estimate)
Single Family Homes Statistics
|Number of Sales||113||122||149|
|Average Days on Market||43||54||71|
|Average Sales Price||$4,474,332||$4,428,313||$3,573,868|
|Median Sales Price||$3,900,000||$4,172,500||$3,062,500|
|Median Price Per Sqft||$1036||$995||$876|
|% of List Price Received||98%||101%||99%|
Like most of the San Mateo Peninsula, Hillsborough was built on the Rancho San Mateo Mexican land grant. In 1846 William Davis Merry Howard, son of a wealthy Hillsborough, New Hampshire native and shipping tycoon purchased the land. Howard settled his family in this area, which attracted wealthy San Franciscans. In 1910, Hillsborough residents voted to incorporate. Hillsborough’s illustrious link to the dynamic and affluent history of early San Francisco tracing back to the Gold Rush is undeniable and has shaped the landscape and neighborhood climate of the area.
The town’s winding tree-lined streets produce a feeling of respite and exclusivity for Hillsborough’s residents. The town’s zoning and subdivision ordinances require a 2,500-square-foot minimum house size and a minimum lot size of 0.5 acres. As a result, there are no apartments, condominiums or townhouses in the city limits. The only non-residential properties are the town’s four public and three private schools, town, and county government facilities, a golf course, a country club, and small parks.
Many of the homes still standing in Hillsborough are predominant historical structures. The Carolands Mansion was built by Harriet Pullman Carolan, heiress to the Pullman railway. This home is one of the largest residences in the United States and is placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Dubbed “The Flintstone House” architect William Nicholson built this home in 1976 using sprayed concrete over balloon-shaped forms. Onlookers can see the home on Highway 280 between the Bunker Hill and Hayne/Black Mountain exits. The Tobin Clark Estate was originally designed by architect David Adler for Mrs. Celia Tobin Clark, one of the Peninsula’s most prominent families of the early 20th Century.
Hillsborough remains an attractive area to call home mainly due it’s charm and picturesque neighborhoods. As it did 100 years ago, Hillsborough still stands as an escape from the overcrowded city with its exceptional schools, exquisite homes, and natural tree covered hills.