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Carolands

Some Representative Streets: Barbara, Craig, Darrell, Denise, Laurent, Moseley, Mosswood, Pullman, Ralston (upper) Remillard

Neighborhood Overview:

Home to one of the largest, most extravagant private residences ever built in the United States: the circa-1914 Carolands Chateau. Approached from the gatehouse (gatehouse built by Lang Real Estate Company, serving as their sales office for development of lots in the 1930s, and recently renovated as a police substation) at the intersection of Eucalyptus and Ralston, the Carolands area now features strategically perched palatial view estates interlaced with more modest California ranchers of the 1950s and 1960s. Superb proximity to West School, Nueva School (private), and Highway 280. In addition, Chateau Drive provides a smooth central connection to Crocker Middle School and downtown Burlingame. Recent high-end sales, listings, and development in this area around the 3000 block of Ralston have created an impressive "New Mansion Row” corridor (photo 3 below) taking advantage of multi-acre lot sizes and stunning vistas above the Bay and San Francisco. The closed sale of 3115 Ralston for $11,000,000 is one example. An early subdivision area off of the original Carolands holdings was the lower region around Pinehill, Ralston, and Robin Road, noteworthy as a sub-area as many consecutive estates in this pocket are comprised of 2-acre parcels. The 2014 sale at 101 Robin Road embodies such an early subdivision property, with its 3 acre lot size and European manor genre.

 

Appeal to Residents and Homeseekers:

Carolands represents a strong diversity of housing inventory and an easy commute connection to Highway 280. Streets such as Craig Road offer quintessential suburban comfort with flat roads, and sprawling ranch homes with large usable gardens. There are still real estate opportunities under three million to be had on the mostly half-acre parcels of the Carolands area. Other enclaves, such as the "New Mansion Row" area of Carolands, around the 3000 block of Ralston, host some of Hillsborough's most high-end estates, many with stunning Bay Vistas. West Elementary School on Barbara Way is a central community hub. Value for the dollar is much more attractive in the Carolands than in Lower Hillsborough. And many residents are enamored with the 280 connection and strong API of West Elementary.

 

Potential Adverse Aspects to Residents and Homeseekers:

Due to its proximity to Highway 280, Carolands homes in Hillsborough may receive varying degrees of freeway noise. As most of the housing is from 1950s onward, there is a predominance of ranch-style homes, thus not matching the romantic European Revival architecture omni-present in Hillsborough neighborhoods such as Lower South, Lower North, and Mid South. Although an easy connection onto 280, Carolands is placed "further up the hill," thus typically requiring a car drive to reach downtown amenities of Burlingame or San Mateo.

 

Historic Notes:

Original hilltop site of one of the most storied private residences ever built in the United States: the circa-1914 Carolands Chateau, National Register of Historic Places # 75000478. Now a masterfully restored private residence complete with its own coffee table book and DVD feature “Three Women and a Chateau.” Many of the subdivision street names (Denise, Barbara, Darrell) were dubbed after friends and family members of 1940s landholder the Moseley family.

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GEOFFREY C. NELSON
Senior Partner, Luxury Real Estate Group
Agent No. 01313666
1290 Howard Ave, Suite 201 , Burlingame , CA 94010
Email: geoffrey@geoffreynelson.com
Phone: (650) 455-3735
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