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Millbrae is a city in San Mateo, California just west of San Francisco, with San Bruno on the north and Burlingame on the south. The population was 21,536 in the 2010 census.
Darius Ogden Mills purchased land in the 1860s from the Sanchez family to build a country estate. The former Mills estate was bordered by what is now Skyline Boulevard, Bayshore Highway U.S. Route 101, Millbrae Avenue and Trousdale Drive. The estate became known as “Millbrae” from “Mills” and the Scottish word “brae,” which means “rolling hills” or “hill slope.”
Today, Millbrae boasts over 21,000 residents. Residents are employed in various industries throughout the Bay Area and children attend one of five public elementary schools, or private schools. The city’s senior citizen community recently dedicated a new senior wing within the Millbrae community center. Millbrae has Sister City relationships with La Serena, Chile, and Mosta, Malta.
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The City of Burlingame is an American suburban city of approximately 28,000 people in San Mateo County, California. It is located on the San Francisco Peninsula and has a significant shoreline on San Francisco Bay. The city is named after Anson Burlingame who was an attorney and a diplomat. Burlingame was settled by wealthy San Franciscans looking for a better climate.
It is known for its high residential quality of life and is often referred to as the City of Trees. Industrial growth was spurred in the 1960s and 1970s by proximity to the San Francisco International Airport. The City of Burlingame has many beautiful hotels along the San Francisco Bayfront and is a significant vacation spot for people wishing to visit the San Francisco Bay Area.
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The first inhabitants of what is now the City of San Mateo were members a tribe of the OH lone Indians (called Costanoan’s by Spanish explorers). This Tribe lived in the area from South San Francisco to Belmont for at least 4000 years before explorers first arrived on the Peninsula.
Downtown San Mateo’s mild climate and fresh water creek made this area ideal for its first inhabitants and a large village once stood at today’s Laurel Creek and El Camino Real.
POPULATION (2010): 97,207
MEDIAN INCOME FOR HOUSEHOLD (2011): $86,772
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Belmont is an affluent city in San Mateo County. It is located halfway down the San Francisco Peninsula. It was originally part of the Rancho de las Plugs, for which one of its main roads, the Alameda de las Plugs, is named. The town was incorporated in 1926.
The city was incorporated in 1926. Its population was 25,835 at the 2010 census.
The name Belmont seems to derive from the Italian “bel monte,” which means “beautiful mountain.” It was allegedly named such because of its “symmetrically rounded eminence” nearby.
Ralston Hall is a historic landmark built by Bank of California founder, William Chapman Ralston, on the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University. It was built around a villa formerly owned by Count Cipriani, an Italian aristocrat. The locally famous “Waterdog Lake” is also located in the foothills and highlands of Belmont.
One of two surviving structures from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition is on Belmont Avenue (the other is the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco). The building was brought to Belmont by E.D. Swift shortly after the exposition closed in 1915. Swift owned a large amount of land in the area.
Calment High School and Ralston Middle School are located in Belmont and are both Distinguished California Schools
POPULATION (2013): 26,731
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME (2009-2013): $102,895
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San Carlos is a wonderful community twenty-five miles south of San Francisco reachable by both highway 101 and I-280. The schools are of high quality ranking in the top 4% of the nation. The neighborhoods are friendly and well established with mature oak trees lining the streets. A saying among real estate professionals holds that “…there are no bad areas in San Carlos.”
When it comes to residential real estate, the City of San Carlos is divided up into 6 different real estate “zones”: Alder Manor (Area 350), Beverly Terrace (351), El Serene Corte (352), Howard Park (353), Clearfield Park (354), and Cords (355). When a home is for sale on the multiple listing service (MLS) it will reside in one of these 6 zones. That makes it easier to compare the prices of other nearby homes, and also separates comparative data-points from homes that are far across town.
POPULATION: 26,000 (210 CENSUS)
MOST RESIDENTS WORK PRIMARILY IN SAN MATEO COUNTY
16% COMMUTE TO SAN FRANCISCO OR ELSEWHERE IN THE BAY AREA.
THE HILLER MUSEUM OPENED IN SAN CARLOS DRUNG THE SUMMER OF 1998. THIS MUSEUM IS LOCATED AT THE SAN CARLOS AIRPORT AND OFFERS A FASCINATING LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF AVIATION IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA THROUGH THE AIRCRAFT COLLECTION OF STANLEY HILLER, THE FATHER OF THE MODERN HELICOPTER.
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The City is located in the Bay Area 25 miles south of San Francisco and 25 miles north of San Jose. Redwood City is home to approximately 76,000 people. It is the oldest bayside city in San Mateo County, incorporated in 1867, and has been the County Seat since 1856. Redwood City combines residential, commercial and service industries its waterfront provides a yacht harbor and the only deep water port in the south bay.
REDWOOD CITY IS THE THIRD LARGEST CITY WITHIN THE COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, WITH 82,881 RESIDENTS.
THE CITY ENJOYS AN AVERAGE OF 255 SUNNY DAYS A YEAR, WHICH IT BOASTS VIA THE CITY SLOGAN: “CLIMATE BEST BY GOVERNMENT TEST”. INCORPORATED IN 1867, REDWOOD CITY IS HOME TO THE SAN MATEO COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM (LOCATED IN THE COUNTY’S OLD COURTHOUSE) AND THE ONLY ACTIVE DEEP WATER PORT WITHIN THE SOUTH BAY OF SAN FRANCISCO.
THE CITY’S VIBRANT DOWNTOWN, QUICKLY BECOMING KNOWN AS THE ENTERTAINMENT HUB OF THE SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA, OFFERS RESIDENTS, VISITORS, AND BUSINESSES A UNIQUE RETAIL, ENTERTAINMENT, AND RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE.
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For more than 100 years, beginning in the 1830s, the area now called Woodside was gradually developed, first as sawmills that supplied redwood to build San Francisco, later as farms, small cattle ranches and vineyards. As early as 1852, a regular stagecoach service connected Woodside to San Francisco, and by the 1880s, prosperous San Franciscans began building country estates. Their ranks included coffee tycoon James Folger, lumber baron C.F.A. Talbot, heirs to the H.M. Newhall land and cattle fortune, as well as millionaire spice magnate August Schilling.
But it wasn’t until the post World War II building boom brought more than 500 new houses to the area that local residents decided to get together to protect the rural nature of their community. In 1956, the Town of Woodside was incorporated, bringing road maintenance, management, planning and zoning under local control.
2014-15 TOWN OPERATING BUDGET: $6 million
POPULATION (2010): 5,287
HOUSEHOLDS (2009-13): 2,142
SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSING (2009-13): 95 percent
MEDIAN 2014 HOME PRICE: $2,330,000
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Atherton is an incorporated town California United States. Its population was 7,159 as of 2013.
In 1866, Atherton was known as Fair Oaks, and was a flag stop. There were several attempts to incorporate Fair Oaks, one in 1874 and another in 1911.
Once part of a Spanish rancho, the town was incorporated in 1923. One of its first rules was to assure that lots would not be subdivided into parcels smaller than an acre. With a few exceptions — primarily former San Mateo County streets acquired through annexation — that is still the rule today.
A few of the early homes remain, including three built by Timothy Hopkins for his daughters between 1901 and 1908 on Parkwood Drive, Altera Court and Lowery Drive.
2014-15 TOWN OPERATING BUDGET: $11.46 million
POPULATION (2010): 6,914
HOUSEHOLDS (2009-13): 2,281
FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS (2009-13): 85.8 percent
MEDIAN 2014 HOME PRICE: $4,388,888
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME (2009-13): $239,886
Atherton is located at 37°27′31″N 122°12′00″W
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13 km2), of which, 5.0 square miles (13 km2) of it is land and 0.03 square miles (0.078 km2) of it (0.63%) is water.
Atherton lies two miles (3 km) southeast of Redwood City, and 18 miles (29 km) northwest of San Jose
The town has a Cal train station with service only on weekends.
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Once known as the “Sleepy Hollow of California,” Menlo Park did not take off as a community until after World War II. Despite its proximity to Stanford University, Sand Hill Road venture capitalists, dot-com start-ups and research institutions, “Menlo Park still at least seems like a small town,” notes Michael Svanevik and Shirley Berget in their published “Menlo Park: Beyond the Gate.”
Landowners first incorporated back in 1874, but chose to “disincorporation” a mere two years later. It wasn’t until 1927 that today’s city was established.
Menlo Park now offers a suburban enclave with many urban amenities: from a bustling downtown and strong public school district, to plenty of parks and recreation facilities.
2014-15 CITY GENERAL FUND BUDGET: $72.1 million
POPULATION (2010): 32,026
HOUSEHOLDS (2009-13): 13,175
SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSING (2009-13): 54.3 percent
MEDIAN 2014 HOME PRICE: $1,902,112.5
MEDIAN 2014 CONDOMINIUM PRICE: $1,200,000
MEAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME (2009-13): $112,262
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Named for an ancient redwood tree that was a living landmark for late-1700s Spanish explorers, Palo Alto today is a diverse community, a mixture of high-tech and locally owned companies and more than 26,000 homes.
Since incorporation in 1894, Palo Alto has expanded to encompass the area stretching from San Francis Quito Creek to the north to San Antonio Road to the south, from the San Francisco Bay to the Skyline Ridge. It is home to nearly 65,000 residents but during weekdays the population swells to nearly 140,000 with the daily flow and ebb of commuters.
Over time, the demographics of Palo Alto have changed dramatically. What once was a homogeneous, mostly blue-collar community, with an enclave of Stanford University professors, has become a diverse, mostly well-to-do, well-educated, but aging, population.
Despite a median household income of $117,127 (estimated by U.S. Census for 2008-10), many are challenged to keep up with the median single-family home price – $2,430,000 (from December 2013 through November 2014).
But people continue to flock to Palo Alto, taking pride in its environmental consciousness, city-owned utilities, support of social services and some firsts, including opening a public Children’s Library in 1940 and becoming the first U.S. city to have an Internet home page in 1994.
MEDIAN SINGLE-FAMILY HOME PRICE — $2,430,000 (FROM DECEMBER 2013 THROUGH NOVEMBER 2014).
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME OF $117,127 (ESTIMATED BY U.S. CENSUS FOR 2008-10)
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Astride the San Andreas Fault, with views extending from across the Bay to San Francisco, Portola Valley’s history begins with the logging town of Seussville. Its most famous 19th-century settler was Andrew Halide, inventor of the cable car, who purchased property in 1883, then donated land for a school and post office.
Farming and stock ranching were major enterprises between 1860 and 1920, but as with much of the Peninsula, the real surge for development came after World War II. The town of Portola Valley was incorporated in 1964 with the goals of preserving the beauty of the valley, fostering low-density housing, and limiting services to those necessary for local residents.
To this day, the goal is to maintain a balance between the rural, quiet neighborhoods and the need for modern development.
2014-15 TOWN OPERATING BUDGET: $6.5 million
POPULATION (2010): 4,353
HOUSEHOLDS (2009-13): 1,994
SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSING (2009-13): 81.7 percent
MEDIAN 2014 HOME PRICE: $2,485,000
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME (2009-13): $168,384
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Incorporated in 1956, the Town of Los Altos Hills is a premier Silicon Valley residential community located adjacent to the City of Los Altos, thirty-five miles south of San Francisco, five miles south of Stanford University and seventeen miles north of downtown San Jose.
The advocates of incorporation were dedicated to the “preservation of the rural atmosphere of the foothills and orderly and unhurried growth.”
Two Los Altos Hills ZIP codes appeared on the 2014 Forbes list of America’s most expensive ZIP codes, with 94022 ranked the 45th most expensive (with a median home price of $2,896,103) and 94024 ranked the 64th most expensive (with a median home price of $2,527,908).
Residents are encouraged to become active in Town governance, serve on Town committees and participate in local events. Moreover, residents should avail themselves of the unique rural nature of Los Altos Hills by using the extensive pathways system, enjoying the views, visiting the preserves and meeting neighbors in the process.
Los Altos Hills has a ban on commercial zones, which was upheld by the California Court of Appeal (First District) in 1973. The town’s only retail operation is the book store. The town’s zoning regulations require a minimum lot size of one acre (4,000 m²), setbacks from the property boundary, and easements for public pathways. Landowners are limited to one primary dwelling per lot, which effectively bans multifamily housing; this ban and the minimum lot size were upheld as constitutional by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
The town government contracts with Santa Clara County for police and fire services, making it a so-called “contract city under California law.
POPULATION (2010): 7,922
MEDIAN HOME PRICE (2013): $5.4 Million
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From an early stagecoach stop and agricultural center, Mountain View has grown since its incorporation in 1902 to a thriving city of 77,000+ residents in the heart of Silicon Valley. Internationally known corporations make Mountain View their home, swelling the daytime population to more than 100,000.
Today, Mountain View neighborhoods are as varied as the housing types, with 28 percent single-family, 11 percent townhouses, 57 percent multifamily and 4 percent mobile homes. About 42 percent are owner-occupied.
Encompassing 12 square miles, Mountain View is surrounded by Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale. Highways 101, 85 and 237, as well as light rail and Cal train, offer quick access to the rest of the Bay Area.
Mountain View’s diversified population enjoys superb recreation and arts facilities, including Shoreline Park and the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
GENERAL OPERATING FUND BUDGET (2014-15): $99.9 million
POPULATION (2013): 77,846
HOUSEHOLDS (2010): 31,957
OWNER-OCCUPIED HOUSING (2010): 13,332
RENTER-OCCUPIED HOUSING (2010): 18,625
MEDIAN HOME-SELLING PRICE: $1,495,000 (single-family homes, December 2013 through November 2014)
ESTIMATED MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME (2008-12): $92,987
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Sunnyvale is a city located in Santa Clara County, California. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 140,095
Sunnyvale is the seventh most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area and one of the major cities that make up Silicon Valley. It is bordered by portions of San Jose the north, Moffett Field to the northwest, Mountain View to the west, Los Altos to the southwest, Cupertino the south, and Santa Clara the east. It lies along the historic El Camino Real and Highway 101.
Sunnyvale is the headquarters location of companies including Juniper Networks Fortinet, Advanced Micro Devices Yahoo!, AppliedMicro, and Ariba. It is also home to several aerospace/defense companies: Lockheed Martin has a major facility in Sunnyvale, and Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems.
As part of California’s high-tech area known as Silicon Valley,
Sunnyvale is one of the few U.S. cities to have a single unified Department of Safety, where all personnel are trained as firefighters, EMT’s and police officers so they can respond to an emergency in any of the three roles.
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