Hillsborough - Homeplace
“Homeplace neighborhood is the "heart of lower Hillsborough" ”
It’s not too far off the mark to refer to Homeplace as the “heart of lower Hillsborough.” The neighborhood, which is west of San Mateo Park and just south of the Burlingame Country Club, is large enough to include examples of almost all of Hillsborough’s diverse housing stock – and topography. Where some districts’ features can be summed up easily, Homeplace requires more space.
In Homeplace you will find the requisite four- and five-bedroom 1950s California ranch-style homes so popular during Hillsborough’s first wave of large-scale development. A surprising number are still held by longtime owners. You will also find grand, pre-war estates, Tudors and Chateaus sporting upwards of 6,000 square feet of living space on acre-plus lots, along with neo-Tudors and neo-Chateaus built in the past decade whose size and scale rival that of the original homes. Not surprisingly, Homeplace real estate can range in price from just above $2 million all the way up to $10 million. Of the 13 Homeplace properties sold in 2011, four were priced above $5 million; five sold for less than $3 million.
Homeplace is equidistant from downtown San Mateo and Burlingame Avenue. Crocker Middle School (Hillsborough’s only public middle school) straddles its northern boundary, as does the aforementioned Burlingame Country Club.
To view a detailed google map of the Homeplace neighborhood, click here. The MLS area is 448.
- Diverse housing stock
- Assorted styles of homes with a wide range of sizes and prices
- Just south of the Burlingame Country Club
- Equidistant distance from downtown San Mateo and Burlingame Ave
Schools in the Neighborhood
Homeplaces is primarily served by North Hillsborough Elementary, located in the Country Manor neighborhood on Eucalyptus Avenue. It’s about an 8 minute walk from Homeplace.
There is one public middle school in Hillsborough, Crocker Middle School, which is located in the Country Club Manor neighborhood on Ralston Avenue. It’s a 9 minute walk from Homeplace and located next to North Hillsborough Elementary School.
Hillsborough does not have its own public high school. Most of the residents in the neighborhood attend San Mateo High School, located in Bowie Estate neighborhood in San Mateo. To search a high school by a specific address using a School Locator, click here.
The neighborhood’s roots are as clear as its name; “Home Place” was the name of Jennie Crocker Henderson’s mansion, located on what is now called, logically, “Home Place Court.” Homeplace’s tipping point came in 1954, when the Ford Foundation offered to invest many millions to turn Crocker Henderson’s estate into its Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Science. The Hillsborough Town Council killed the proposal, paving the way for Homeplace residential development.