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    Brewer Subdivision
    401 El Cerrito Avenue
    Hillsborough, California, 94010
    United States
    401 El Cerrito Avenue Hillsborough, California, 94010 United States
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    Brewer Subdivision
    401 El Cerrito Avenue
    Hillsborough, California, 94010 United States

    Jennifer Gilson
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    Property details

    • Property type

      Single Family Homes

    • Status

      Available

    • Year Built

      1915

    • property taxes

      $101,120/Year

    Western White House

    With historic grandeur rarely seen, Hillsborough's "Western White House'' ranks among the region's finest legacy estates. This neoclassical Georgian Colonial was redesigned in 1930 by Julia Morgan, the first woman admitted to the Beaux-Arts de Paris architecture program and California's first woman architect, on commission by the Hearst family for whom she designed the legendary Hearst Castle. The palatial 24-room residence sits on 2.9 acres of sprawling manicured grounds and boasts 11 bedrooms, 11 full baths, 4 half baths, a wine cellar, movie theater, gym, and a library inspired by the Oval Office. Gated entry, fountains, trees and hedgerows embrace the property for the ultimate in private entertaining, and an expansive mosaic motorcourt affords ample parking for guests. Triumphant columns open to sprawling lawns, the rose garden, and ivy arches surrounding the statue-studded pool, bathhouse, gazebo, and solar array. Unmatched in pedigree and amenities, this is an estate truly fit for royalty.

    About The Area

    Unlike some high-end Peninsula towns that began as rough-and-tumble frontier outposts, Hillsborough has always been Hillsborough. Way back in 1910, on the eve of Hillsborough’s incorporation, one San Francisco newspaper writer called it “the perfumed city.” That perfume smells just as rosy today.Hillsborough traces its modern origins to the Burlingame Country Club, established in 1893 by a group of early landowners led by Frances Newlands. In fact, Hillsborough was on track to become part of Burlingame until its wealthy residents decided they wanted no part of their neighbor’s sidewalks, shops and other urban perks. They banded together, voting almost unanimously for incorporation on April 25, 1910. At the time, Hillsborough had 750 residents.Today, most of Hillsborough’s original estates are gone. A few, like Carolands, the 98-room mansion completed in 1916 for Pullman heiress Harriett Pullman Carolan, and Tobin Clark’s “House-On-Hill,” built in 1931, are still privately owned. W.H. Crocker’s Skyfarm and Templeton Crocker’s Uplands are now centerpieces of The Nueva School and the Crystal Springs Upland School, respectively.A hundred years ago, estates like these were the norm in Hillsborough. Over time, they were sold off and their land subdivided to make way for – slightly – less grand housing. The smallest house in Hillsborough – as determined by city code – has 2,500 square feet of space, but the “average” Hillsborough house, be it a 1930s Tudor, a sprawling 1950s rancher or a brand-new French chateau, is twice that size.City code also limits individual lot size. No one can have a plot smaller than a half-acre. Nor can there be any apartments, condominiums or townhouses within the town limits.A hundred years ago, massive estates were the norm in Hillsborough. Over time, they were sold off and their land subdivided to make way for – slightly – less grand housing. The smallest house in Hillsborough – as determined by city code – has 2,500 square feet of space, but the “average” Hillsborough house, be it a 1930s Tudor, a sprawling 1950s rancher or a brand-new French chateau, is twice that size.City code also limits individual lot size. No one can have a plot smaller than a half-acre. Nor can there be any apartments, condominiums or townhouses within the town limits.One other thing: other than its four public schools, one park and single golf course, there are no businesses in Hillsborough, as per city law. The city’s founders weren’t kidding in 1910 when they said they wanted nothing that would “detract from the rural atmosphere” of their home.Without businesses to regulate and manage, Hillsborough is free to concentrate on the well-being of its residents. Hillsborough has a population just shy of 11,000. It’s not a stretch to imagine that most of them are very, very content.What brings people to Hillsborough? Let’s begin with its schools. The Hillsborough School District, which consists of three elementary schools – West, East and North – and Crocker Middle School, consistently ranks among the state’s best in Academic Performance Index (API) scores. Hillsborough parents take a keen interest in education. The Hillsborough Schools Foundation has raised over $45 million for local schools since its 1980 founding.“Community” is an important idea to Hillsborough residents. You’ll see it expressed at one of the town’s annual events, like the Memorial Day Parade and Carnival or the Concours d’ Elegance car show, or every day in the way locals stop and greet each other on the street, volunteer their time at schools and organizations like the Beautification Foundation or the Newcomers Club or in the way they passionately participate in local politics.Hillsborough has always had more than its share of prominent residents – William Randolph Hearst famously lived here and old-timers still tell stories of seeing Bing Cr

    Amenities & Features

    • Listing Details
      • Property ID
        QLQ67Z
      • MLS#
        ML81866569
      • Property type
        Single Family Homes
      • Marketed By
        Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
      • Status
        Available
      • Listing Price
        $19,800,000
      • County
        San Mateo County
      • School District
        San Mateo Union High
    • Utilities & Building
      • Year Built
        1915
      • property taxes
        $101,120/Year
      • Style
        Georgian - Neo Classicism
      • Lot Size Unit
        Acre(s)
      • Lot Size
        2.9
      • Parking
        3 Car Garage
      • cooling
        Central Air Conditioning
    • Interior
      • Amenities
        Library, Walk-in Closet(s), Hardwood Flooring, In-Home Fitness Center, Media Room / Home Theater, Wine Cellar / Grotto, Outdoor Pool, Courtyard, 4+ Fireplaces
      • Full Bathrooms
        10
      • Partial Bathrooms
        1
      • Bedrooms
        22