Hillsborough CA - IT and Bio-Tech In a Bing Crosby Hometown

Harbor seal  at the nearby California coast.
Harbor seal at the nearby California coast. | Source

San Francisco Suburb To the South

This town was named in 2011 by Money Magazine/CNNMoney as one of the best small towns in which to live in America. Bing Crosby liked it very much even years ago.

Hillsborough in the Hillsborough-Burlingame area of San Mateo County has been known as the location of the Bing Crosby Estate in which he housed his second family with his wife Kathryn. From reading the related article posted soon after the favorite singer's death, the Estate was more like a National Park and Museum.

Thousands of fans and vacationers must have trooped through the home and grounds, ecstatic to see the mementos in 1998 during the Decorator's Show House event. This occurred 20+ years after Mr. Crosby's death in 1977 - the year that the first Star Wars movie was released. The link to a related news story is available below and the story looks as if it has become a classic piece of journalism (and 11 pages long). HubPages member and journalist William F. Torpey is an expert in Bing Crosby information and you'll want to visit his Hubs on Bing as well.

The Burlingame Historical Society maintains a useful website that includes a number of messages on a forum about Bing Crosby. Some of the happiest memories of people posting to the forum are of their days as children at Halloween, going to the Estate and receiving full-sized candy bars as treats. Other folks saw hiom at the corner grocery or out walking - or were the subjects of his practical jokes. The link is below and it is a fun site to visit.

San Mateo Area South of San Francisco

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B markerFoster City CA -
Foster City, CA, USA
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Foster City in 3/2011 is the home to many open positions in the field of Bioinformatics. The city is within five miles of Hillsborough.

The Carolands

Local Attractions

  • Chateau Carolands - National Register of Historic Places. Like Bing Crosby's estate in Hillsborough, the Carolands is an example of modeling along the lines of a French chateau. The mansion was commissioned by members of the famous Pullman family, connected with the historic Pullman train car in American railroading history. An accompanying book and film mark the preservation work ongoing of the house, grounds, and waterscape.

A staircase inside the home has become a famous and popular wall poster. Built around the time of World War I, the mansion is depicted in black and white shots around the Internet that state photos were done in the later 1980s, but the quality is more like old newspaper prints, possibly copyrighted by San Francisco news services. TIME magazine did an historic photo layout and story in the mansion and grounds as well.

The property changed hands several times, hit upon financial disasters more than once, and even was involved with racketeers. It is an interesting and beautiful place to visit.



The mansion was commissioned by members of the famous Pullman family, connected with the historic Pullman train car in American railroading history.

  • Coyote Point Recreation Area - Park, recreation areas, and museum.
  • Earth Day - Hillsborough encourages residents and visitors to celebrate Earth Day every day of the year with sustainable efforts and lifestyles.
  • Hillsborough Parade - An annual Memorial Day Parade is held on the Monday of that holiday weekend, ending with a party of family entertainment and food. The year 2011 is the 101st anniversary of the town, with special events and displays accompanying the parade to celebrate its 100th year (2010 - 2011).
  • Mass Transit - CalTrain - By the Pez Store and Museum in Burlingame. Buses operated by SAMTRANS on the El Camino Real.
  • Sky Farm Hermitage of Peace - Personal retreats available among the Hermit Monks and Cloistered Nuns associated with traditions of private prayer, solitude, and appreciation of beauty and nature. Contact: hermits@skyfarm.org

Wealth in Hillsborough

The Bing Crosby Estate in Hillsborough is still owned by second wife Kathryn. It was opened only in 1998 and has not been publicly reopened for tours, although it might reach the fame accorded to Elvis Presley's Graceland, if given a chance. The three acres and home were furnished as a memorial and living museum of the family's life.

In 2008, BusinessWeek found the following economic data for other homes and families in Hillsborough.

  • Average Net Worth in 2008: $1,668,732; increasing slightly since 2000.
  • Average Income: $300,943.  

March 2011

  • In mid-March 2011, we found 121 homes and mansions for sale in Hillsborough, the top price being $29 Million for a 9 bedroom, 11.5 bath, 35,000 sq. ft. home, as advertised by realtors on Zillow. The lowest price was $5.5 Million for 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths, 6,500 sq.ft. Other:
  • Median Home Sale Price: $2.8 Million, up a million dollars over December 2010.
  • Median Overall Home Value: $824,670, according to Sperling's Best Places. 

Bing Crosby Estate

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1200 Armsby Dr, Hillsborough, CA 94010, USA
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My Life With Bing
My Life With Bing

The Bing Crosby Estate in Hillsborough is still owned by second wife Kathryn. It is an example of modeling along the lines of a French chateau.


Summer Intern Positions in Foster City Near Hillsborough


Summer Internships Available:

This is a full-time paid internship, but one that does not include company benefits. It is in the Gilead HCV Biology Group, where interns work alongside skilled research scientists. Interns in this particular position work in a laboratory and help develop biochemical and cell-based assays for a drug development project to fight a "novel viral target." Other internships become available every year.

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS in future summers are also available with the following companies, all within a 25-mile radius of Hillsborough CA. Bio-tech and IT related positions are increasing yearly.

  • VMWare - Software and related
  • Kaiser Permanente - Health and medical
  • Genentech - Drug development
  • NetApp - IT data management
  • AT&T - Telecommunications
  • Galileo Learning - Education
  • Roche-GB - Health and medical
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • Broadcom Corporation - IT/Telecommunications
  • Autodesk - 3D design software
  • AOL
  • Adobe
  • Sony Computer Entertainment

Top Hiring Employers

  1. Kaiser Permanente - Over 6700 jobs
  2. Hewlett Packard
  3. Cybercoders
  4. IBM
  5. Oracle
  6. Deloitte
  7. GOOGLE - over 1200 jobs
  8. Stanford University
  9. Sutter Health
  10. eBay - about 1000 jobs
  11. Intel
  12. Accenture
  13. Yahoo! - over 800 jobs
  14. University of California @ San Francisco
  15. VmWare
  16. Cross Creek Systems
  17. PG & E - over 700 jobs in oil & gas
  18. Wells Fargo - Finance, Banking, Investment
  19. NVIDIA - Visual Computing Technologies; Computer/IT Architecture. Visit at NIVIDIA. HQ is in Santa Clara, California.
  20. Life Technologies - Bio-Sciences

Top 10 Hot High Demand Jobs

  1. Software Engineers - IT
  2. Senior Software Engineers -IT
  3. Product Managers - IT
  4. Project Managers - IT
  5. Java Developers - Software/IT
  6. Physical Therapists
  7. Web Developers - IT
  8. Administrative Assistants
  9. Account Executives - Finance, investments
  10. Sales Engineers - IT

Hillsborough actual has a Hot 20 Top Jobs. Another 10 jobs in highest demand include:

  1. Shift Supervisors - Retail, dining, and others
  2. Business Analysts
  3. Account Managers
  4. Occupational Therapists
  5. Senior Accountants
  6. Software Developers
  7. Program Managers - Various fields
  8. Product Marketing Managers
  9. Q & A Engineers
  10. Sales Representatives 

Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in "White Christmas"


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

Wow! What a top notch hub. Great information as well as use of map capsule. As always excellent content Patty. Up and Awesome.


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Blessings to you dearest Patty!

Glad to see you writing more about our neck of the woods! You do a GREAT job of highlighting things so many of us take for granted!

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You are just the BEST!

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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

I used to have a great aunt and uncle that lived outside Los Angeles and my mother visited them several times. Great places there!

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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Dearest Patty,

With your incredible talent as a writer, your amazing gift as a researcher and your creative gifts of independent thinking, we NEED you here in California!

Blessings always, EarthAngel!

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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

EarthAngel! -I COULD move to California, couldn't I? I'll give it some thought! Thanks for your kind words that I shall try to live up to (drat the grammar).

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susannah42 5 years ago from Florida

I always enjoy your hubs and this is a really good one. Very entertaining.

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Earth Angel 5 years ago

All of us in California would roll out the red carpet for your Patty! You are just the BEST! Any time you want to come for a visit, my door is always open! If you want to move to California, we will pave the way! Blessings always to you Patty! EarthAngel!

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