Hillsborough is located in San Mateo County, California within the San Francisco Bay Area. The city lies south of San Francisco on the San Francisco Peninsula, bordered by Burlingame, San Mateo, Hylands-Baywood Park, and Interstate 280. Incorporated in 1910, the city of Hillsborough now has a population of over 11,000. With a total area of 6.2 square miles, all of which is land, Hillsborough has a twisting, hilly topography, making it a notoriously tricky landscape to navigate and maneuver. If you wish to reside in an apartment in Hillsborough, you are out of luck. There is a minimum house size of 2,500 square feet and minimum lot size of 0.5 acres in Hillsborough, so there really are no apartments, condos, or townhouses within the city limits. Hillsborough is truly a residential city, and the only non-residence presence is with the town’s government facilities, a golf course, a country club, a few small parks, and Hillsbourough’s schools. Speaking of schools, the Hillsborough school district is the best in California and ranked in the top ten school districts in the United States. Top Hillsborough Schools include The Nueva School, Crocker Middle School, West Elementary School, South Elementary School, The Bridge School, and Crystal Uplands School, a private middle and high school.
Although primarily a residential suburb, there are many notable sites to see in Hillsborough. Points of interest include famous mansions and residences within the towns borders like Carolands, built by heiress Harriet Pullman Carolan, The Flintstone House, designed by architect William Nicholson, Skyfarm, designed by Arthur Brown, Jr., Tobin Clark Estate built by Mrs. Celia Tobin Clarkand and designed by David Adler, Uplands designed by Willis Polk and now home to Crystal Springs Upland School, Western White House commissioned by George Randolph Hearst and designed by architect Julia Morgan, and the Sidney Bazett Residence designed by architect Frank Llyod Wright. Along with these well-regarded, architectural marvels, many famous people are known to be from Hillsborough. This includes golfer Sam Chavez, weight loss guru Jenny Craig, singer and actor Bing Crosby, newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst I, former EA CEO Larry Probst, actress Alicia Silverstone, and comedian Jimmy Kimmel.