Millbrae

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." Children swam in three lakes situated on the estate and sold acacias to tourists before the Mills family began to sell the land for development. The estate's spectacular mansion burned down during a realistic "fire drill" in 1954.

Millbrae used a private patrol financed by fees from merchants and residents until 1941, when the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors created the Millbrae Police District. Records of the Internal Revenue Service document the licensing of several Millbrae bars for gambling; only after incorporation were gambling laws enforced in Millbrae and not until the 1950s was gambling defeated. In 1931, citizens organized a volunteer fire department, which remained entirely volunteer until 1938. The police and fire departments were housed together for several years at Hillcrest Boulevard and El Camino Real before the vital services moved to their permanent location in Millbrae's civic center, a few blocks west of El Camino.

For many Millbrae residents, the original Sixteen Mile House was a direct link to Millbrae's early days. The rest stop was built in 1872 by members of the Sanchez family, the original landholders of the Rancho Buri Buri, which at one time comprised parts of present-day Millbrae and Burlingame. The building faced demolition but was moved to its current location on Broadway and serves today as a tavern and restaurant.

Spurred largely by the desire to secure the Mills' estate for residential use and by the efforts of Millbrae's weekly newspaper, the Millbrae Sun, residents heatedly discussed incorporation for over a decade before voting to incorporate. Finally, on January 14, 1948, residents of Millbrae traveled to Sacramento to present their new city's charter. W.F. Leutenegger was elected mayor to represent Millbrae's nearly 8,000 residents. That year, Green Hills Elementary School opened as Millbrae's first new school in over 25 years, in anticipation of the educational needs of the post-war "baby boom" children. The new city's chief industries were agriculture, floriculture, dairy, and porcelain manufacturing. Many families that built the new city have never left.

In the 1950s, Millbrae residents united to resist efforts to divide the city by the planned Junipero Serra Freeway (I-280), which was later routed parallel to Junipero Serra Boulevard, then through a canyon in San Bruno up to Skyline Boulevard. An unsuccessful effort to save the original Sixteen Mile House in the 1970s led to the birth of the Millbrae Historical Society and eventual successful crusades to save the 

Millbrae train station and the historic building that has become the Millbrae Historical Museum. Such challenges, though inevitable, have only strengthened Millbrae's resolve to preserve the city's unique character and rich history.

 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 Cityrelationships with La Serena, Chile, and Mosta, Malta.[8]

The above information provided by www.wikipedia.org

Search Millbrae Homes for Sale

New Listings

Featured picture for the property ML81681713
$980,000
MILLBRAE, CA
2
beds
2
baths
Listing courtesy of Mark Johnson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
REIL
Listing Picture Coming Soon
$1,680,000
MILLBRAE, CA
4
beds
3
baths
Listing courtesy of Bernadette Ramirez
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Realty
REIL
Featured picture for the property ML81681657
$1,689,000
MILLBRAE, CA
4
beds
4
baths
Listing courtesy of Wayne Gomes
Coldwell Banker
REIL
Featured picture for the property ML81681238
$1,488,000
MILLBRAE, CA
3
beds
2
baths
Listing courtesy of Jean Joh
Perisson Real Estate, Inc.
REIL
Featured picture for the property ML81681223
$1,298,000
MILLBRAE, CA
3
beds
2
baths
Listing courtesy of Jeff Lamont
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
REIL
© 2017 MLSListings Inc. All rights reserved. Updated Oct 16, 2017 3:11:pm. Information deemed to be reliable but not guaranteed. The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Internet Data Exchange Program of the MLSListingsTM MLS.
Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than the operator of this website are marked with the IDX icon REInfoLink. The information being provided is for consumer's personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing.

Today's Market Trends for Millbrae *

$1,858,610

0.06%

$858.0000

0%

50

-0.07%

September

August

 

54

78

 

 

-0.31%

-0.04%

Chart Temporarily Unavailable
Chart Temporarily Unavailable

* All data pertains to single-family homes