Map of San Bruno
Population 43,009 (2014 estimate)
Single Family Homes Statistics
|Number of Sales||233||227||244|
|Average Days on Market||23||23||28|
|Average Sales Price||$956,528||$886,460||$762,420|
|Median Sales Price||$923,000||$880,000||$769,000|
|Median Price Per Sqft||$674||$612||$526|
|% of List Price Received||107%||109%||105%|
|Number of Sales||91||105||121|
|Average Days on Market||21||22||37|
|Average Sales Price||424,320||$372,924||$326,597|
|Median Sales Price||$415,000||$368,000||$325,000|
|Median Price Per Sqft||$637||$569||$485|
|% of List Price Received||105%||103%||102%|
San Bruno History
Like a majority of the San Mateo Peninsula, San Bruno was originally inhabited by the Ohlone Indians. These hunter-gatherers relied on the bay and ocean for food. Although large groups of Ohlone tribes existed along the Peninsula, no more than a few dozen lived in the San Bruno. In 1775, Captain Bruno Heceta explored the western shore of the San Francisco Bay. Upon discovery of the largest landmass on the peninsula, Heceta declared the mountain Mount San Bruno in honor of his patron saint, Saint Bruno. As the area began to grow and develop, the City of San Bruno was named after the mountain.
In the 1820’s, the San Bruno land was allocated to Jose Antonio Sanchez by the Mexican Government for his years of military service. Upon his death in 1843, Sanchez’s land was to be divided between his nine heirs. After the United States won the Mexican-American War in 1848, Sanchez’s land was lost and purchased by Darius Mills, founder of the Bank of California.
In 1849, James Thorpe built a lean-to on present-day El Camino for changing and watering horses on the long journey between San Francisco and San Jose. This humble establishment, known as Thorpe’s Place, or the 14 Mile House, eventually became Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The Cabin was a beloved eating, drinking and gaming establishment that thrived for 75 years, and even operated as a speakeasy during prohibition. Until being demolished in 1949, Uncle Tom’s Cabin stood as one of the most noticeable landmarks in the city.
The City of San Bruno’s history cannot be complete without mentioning the transformation of the land that is now Tanforan Shopping Center. Originally built as a bustling racetrack for residents, Tanforan was utilized during WWII as an internment camp for the Japanese. The camp was overseen by the Army. In recent years the City has publicly apologized for the encampment of many innocent Japanese citizens, but this historical event proved to be important in the city’s growth. After the war, many of the military personnel settled in the San Bruno area. These new residents helped transform San Bruno from mostly rural ranch land to a redefined suburban community.
Today’s San Bruno residents have the privilege of having San Bruno Mountain in their backyards. San Bruno Mountain Park is a landmark of local and regional significance, standing as a unique open-space island in the midst of the peninsula’s urbanization at the northern end of the Santa Cruz Mountain Range. The 2,416 acres of rugged landscape offers excellent hiking opportunities and outstanding views of San Francisco and Central Bay Area. The parks’ principal resources include 14 species of rare or endangered plant life, as well as host and nectar plants for endangered butterflies. The endangered or threatened butterflies, (San Bruno Elfin, Mission Blue, Callippe Silverspot, and Bay Checkerspot) are found in only a few other places in the world.
San Bruno continues to stand as place of historical and cultural importance along the San Mateo Peninsula. The city possesses beautiful housing options, lush parks throughout the city, and a rich history that any resident would be proud to be a part of.