7.1 out of 10

Glenview Highland / Telescope Hill

37.5980639202898 -122.414192802118
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  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Millbrae's Highest Point--In Every Sense"

Glenview Highland is where you will find the best views of the Bay in Millbrae. Glenview Highland is also one of the newest neighborhoods in all of Millbrae with homes dating to the 1960’s and some brand new construction as well. These are some of the largest homes in Millbrae averaging around 2000 sq. ft. They have that wide open modernist feel that so many 1960’s style homes do and they are generally very well kept.

Millbrae overall is an upper-middle class city and this neighborhood is where the “upper” part of the upper-middle class reside, if that makes sense. In other words, this is where the rich folks from Millbrae live.

Even if you never walked into any of the homes or checked out the interiors online by looking at real estate sites, you would be able to tell this is a rich neighborhood just by looking at the well-kept front lawns. It is not so much that every stone is in place—it is not that kind of a look—but rather, it is that every lawn has a unique look to it, with its own decoration. There are stone designs, large shady trees, curving front pathways and bushy hedges—this is not unlike some other neighborhoods in Millbrae, but because the homes are about 15 years newer than those other neighborhoods and because you are at a higher elevation, it just looks a lot more attractive. The streets are also wider up here which gives it more of a wide open feel.

Of course the prices are also about $200K higher than in those other neighborhoods with the median home going for around $925K here. (The range is roughly from $800 k to $1.25 m.)

There are no buses that run up here so you are definitely in car culture unless you really like taking your bike to work.

As another poster accurately pegged it—this is the best spot in Millbrae, if you can afford it.
  • Great Views
  • Great Houses
  • Great Schools
  • No Public Transportation
  • Very Expensive
  • No Nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Trendy & Stylish

"Your best bet in Millbrae"

Glenview Highland/Telescope Hill is a well-to-do Millbrae neighborhood nestled along Highway 280n and the San Andreas Lake. It is almost exclusively residential, but made up of nice, upper middle-class aesthetics. Moreover, the area offers perspective home buyers a family friendly appeal with large, expansive homes. However, their usually tightly packed along the steep curving streets.

As a whole, Glenview Highland/Telescope Hill is a somewhat isolated community, sitting on a steep incline. As you drive into the community, you’ll notice the wide, clean-cut neighborhood streets. Most residences are two-stories in size, have a two-car garage (which is fitted on the ground floor) and attractive house front landscaping. Yards are typically small, but well-groomed with trimmed bushes and manicured little gardens. Homes are also somewhat boxy in shape, but have modern looking architecture evoking a nice, comfortable, and suburban feel. For your best best, newly built, and more luxurious/expensive homes, are clumped around Estates Drive. Many of these homes afford views of the sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay. A third of the neighborhood closest to Highway 280 is perched on the hilltop and affords the best views.

For outdoor recreation the San Andreas trail runs along Highway 280 and into the beautiful national park of Sweeney Ridge. Moreover, Green Hills Country Club is situated just north of the neighborhood. It is a private members-only club and is often considered one of San Francisco peninsula’s “hidden gems.” For younger families, Meadows Elementary School anchors the northern border and bolsters a respectable reputation.
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  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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