By 1945 (just as other development in Millbrae was beginning), Niels Schultz, the developer of the neighborhood, completed his original plan for the Millbrae Highlands. The subdivision ended at what is now the Spur Trail (then a railroad spur and at one point the proposed path of a freeway before becoming protected open space in 1975), where Schultz built smaller homes of two and three bedrooms, which can now be had for approximately $1.5 to $1.8 million, less than the larger, older homes closer to downtown.
Schultz was finished – he went on to create Greenbrae, in Marin County – but Millbrae Highlands was not. Within a few years, construction began on homes further into Millbrae’s western hills.
This part of Millbrae Highlands is very different from the “old” neighborhood core. Once gridded and tree-lined, streets between Minorca and the 280 freeway wind uphill, sometimes ending in cul-de-sacs, with minimal trees to block San Francisco Bay Views. Homes here resemble those found in Mills Estates – sprawling one and two-story houses with mid-century influences, shallow pitched roofs and large windows designed to maximize views.
Millbrae Highlands homes for sale are not inexpensive, but they undercut comparable properties in established Burlingame, San Mateo and Menlo Park neighborhoods. Niels Schultz’ original Highlands homes range in price from around $1.6 to as high as $1.9 or $2 million, while newer homes located higher into the hills fall into a similar range. These homes, built in the 1950s and 1960s, can be quite large, sometimes with more than four bedrooms, three or more bathrooms and more than 3,000 square feet of space.
Home Data per tax records
|Single Family Homes|
|1 Bedroom Homes||5|
|2 Bedroom Homes||343|
|3 Bedroom Homes||726|
|4 Bedroom Homes||244|
|5+ Bedroom Homes||46|
|Number of Sales||53|
|Percent List Price Received||107.8%|
|Median Sales Price||$1,668,000|
|Average Sale Price||$1,640,000|
|Lowest Sale Price||$820,000|
|Highest Sale Price||$2,900,000|