7.3 out of 10

Mills Estates

37.5860185037913 -122.39287802444
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Pest Free
  • Public Transport
  • Childcare
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students

Reviews

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

"Nice Homes, Great Views"

The main artery at the center of Mills Estates is Trousdale Drive. It is a long, relatively straight lane that climbs up the hills towards Highway 280. Mills Estates is mostly made up of homes from the late 50’s and early 60’s on wide, slightly curving streets. On the western end of the neighborhood, you get some pretty great views of the flatlands leading to the Bay. The homes are nice—very slick and stylish in a 60’s modish style. (You get some fairly stylish Eichlers mixed in up here that conjure America during the Kennedy Era neatly.) They are also larger than homes in a lot of neighborhoods in Burlingame, averaging about 2,250 street—which sounds average but is pretty good when compared to some of the smaller older houses in other neighborhoods.

The median home price is about $1.25 Million.

The area is super safe with only the occasional vehicle break-in or petty theft. Schools are also great—as you would expect for Burlingame.

You definitely need a car up here in order to make it to the freeway. Overall, I would highly recommend it for families and professionals, although it is definitely on the expensive side.
Pros
  • Great Views
  • Nice 60's Era Homes
  • Great Schools
Cons
  • Expensive Home Prices
  • Cars a Must
  • A Bit Far From It All
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Quaint and orderly suburban aesthetics"

Mills Estates, Burlingame (not to be confused with Mills Estates, Millbrae) is a very polished and attractive neighborhood within the vast San Francisco peninsula. The area itself stretches from Interstate 280 to El Camino Real, encompassing about a dozen, windy and somewhat hilly neighborhood blocks. It offers within it a reclusive, family-friendly neighborhood with a mix of middle to upper middle-class suburban aesthetics for those who can afford it.

Mills Estates is one of the better residential communities within Burlingame. Its spacious living quarters, orderly streets and large properties is the pedigree of the neighborhood. Homes are either a long one-story home or a bulky two-stories, with relatively nice house fronts. The typical home features attractive landscaping, a two-car garage and enough space in the driveway to fit two more cars. If you scale the hillside, many residences afford a view of the beautiful suburban landscape, which is arguably the best view of the city. For nicer, larger homes, head towards the bottom half of the neighborhood (especially on Escolante Way). The district’s most appealing quality is its proximity to the San Francisco International Airport (about a 10 minute drive).

For your quick shopping needs, there are a handful of neighborhood shops towards the northernmost part of the community. The area includes a pharmacy, a handful of small restaurants and chain stores and a supermarket. The district is also host to Burlingame Intermediate School (located off of Trousdale Drive) and the Mills-Peninsula Medical Center. For the outdoorsy type, the vast San Francisco State Fish and Game Refuge sits directly west of the community. The woodland area provides miles of rugged terrain for hiking, bike riding and fishing (in the San Andreas Lake). Moreover, Cuernavaca Park, situated along Alcazar Drive, is outfitted with a youth baseball field and decently large parkland for other youth sports programs.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers

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