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Communities

Town of Hillsborough

Hillsborough is considered to be one of the wealthiest communities in America.  Home to professional athletes, CEOs, and movie stars alike, the town was once a summer home destination for well-to-do San Franciscan families.  Hillsborough has evolved into one of the most coveted communities on the Peninsula.  An incorporated town of San Mateo county, Hillsborough is located 17 miles south of San Francisco, bordered by Burlingame to the north, San Mateo to the east, Highlands-Baywood Park to the south, and Interstate 280 to the west.  This charming town feels distinctly removed from the metropolitan pressures of San Francisco, yet boasts a short commute to the City and San Francisco International Airport.  The town has an area of 6.23 square miles and a current population of close to 11,000.

Highlighted by an array of grand and architecturally stunning residences, Hillsborough’s topography is winding, hilly, and graced with a plethora of mature heritage trees.  Many lots feature fairly steep slopes, particularly on the western side of the town, with the landscape generally flattening from Highway 280 toward Burlingame and San Mateo.

Town zoning and subdivision requirements call for a minimum house size of 2,500 square feet and a minimum lot size of 0.5 acres.  As a result, there are no apartments, condominiums, or townhouses within city limits.  Hillsborough has no commercial zoning, so the town is exclusively residential, with the exception of its schools, town and county government facilities, a golf course, country club, and a small park.

The town is served by Hillsborough City School District, a highly ranked collection of public elementary and middle schools including West Elementary, South Elementary, North Elementary, and Crocker Middle School.  While there is no public high school in town, high school-aged children can attend one of several schools in the San Mateo Union High School District, generally assigned by residential address.   Well regarded private schools include The Nueva School, a nationally recognized independent school serving gifted and talented students, The Bridge School, serving students with physical and speech impairments, and Crystal Springs Uplands School, a college preparatory middle and high school.  The Hillsborough Recreation Department offers sports and enrichment recreation classes for both adults and children, and the town provides several community building events throughout the year.