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Economy and Jobs in Hillsborough, Bing Crosby's Hometown

Updated on February 10, 2018
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

Famous Suburbs of San Francisco

This town was named by Money Magazine as one of the best small towns in which to live in America from 2011 to the present. Popular singer Bing Crosby liked living here very much and his estate in Hillsborough is popular today with visitors.

Hillsborough is located in the Hillsborough - Burlingame Metro Area of San Mateo County. In a related article posted soon after the favorite singer's death in October 1977, the Crosby Estate was said to be more like a US National Park and Museum than a home.

Bing Crosby Estate

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Bing Crosy Estate:
1200 Armsby Dr, Hillsborough, CA 94010, USA

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*Some sources give the address as 1200 Jackling

B
Chateau Carolands, 565 Remillard Dr, Hillsborough, CA 94010:
565 Remillard Dr, Hillsborough, CA 94010, USA

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C
Coyote Point Recreation Area:
Coyote Point Recreation Area, 1701 Coyote Point Dr, San Mateo, CA 94401, USA

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D
Foster 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.

Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in "White Christmas"
Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in "White Christmas" | Source

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 him 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.

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

Local Attractions

Chateau Carolands (www.carolands.org/ ) resides on the 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 Carolands

Carolands
Carolands

The mansion was commissioned by members of the famous Pullman family, connected with the historic Pullman train car in American railroading history. The photography int his book causes one to return to it many times and the use of the spectacular original house plans includes many as foldouts. Few books can rival this overall work.

 
  • Coyote Point Recreation Area: Park, recreation areas, and museum. /parks.smcgov.org/coyote-point-recreation-area
  • 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

Coyote Point Park
Coyote Point Park | Source

Local Economy: Wealth in Hillsborough

The Bing Crosby Estate in Hillsborough is still owned by his second wife, Kathryn. It was was opened only once 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 and for now, are reserved for family enjoyment.

In 2008, Business Week found the following economic data for nearby homes and families in Hillsborough:

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

Changing Housing Market

Summer 2011 Housing Market:

  • 121 homes and mansions for sale ranging from $29 Million for a 9 bedroom, 11.5 bath home to $5.5 Million for 5 bedrooms and 6.5 baths. (References: Zillow, Trulia, and Sperling's)

Late 2016 Housing Market:

  • Total of 48 homes for sale, ranging from $2.5 to $34 Million and 4 to 10 bedrooms.
  • Median Home List Price: $4.8 Million.
  • Median Overall Home Value: About $1.0 to 1.5 Million.

Jobs, Internships and Training

Summer Intern Positions in Foster City Near Hillsborough

Summer Internships Available at Gilead:

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 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.

  1. VMWare - Software and related
  2. Kaiser Permanente - Health and medical
  3. Genentech - Drug development
  4. NetApp - IT data management
  5. AT&T - Telecommunications
  6. Galileo Learning - Education
  7. Roche-GB - Health and medical
  8. Yahoo! Inc.
  9. Broadcom Corporation - IT/Telecommunications
  10. Autodesk - 3D design software
  11. AOL
  12. Adobe
  13. Sony Computer Entertainment

Top 10 High Demand Jobs

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

Top Hiring Employers

  1. Kaiser Permanente Health and Medical Centers
  2. Contra Costa Community Colleges
  3. Centerline Drivers, LLC: Trucking and Freight
  4. Stanford University and its Healthcare/Med Center
  5. University of California in San Francisco
  6. University of California in Berkeley
  7. Sutter Health: Health and Medical Services in Berkeley and San Mateo
  8. Oracle: Information Technology
  9. Deloitte: Accounting, Information Technology
  10. GOOGLE, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo

Higher Education and Training for Area Jobs

© 2011 Patty Inglish MS

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      Earth Angel 

      7 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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      susannah42 

      7 years ago from Florida

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

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      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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      Earth Angel 

      7 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!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      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 

      7 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!

      When the new Hub Contest, So You Think You Can Write Online, was announced, you were the first person I thought of!

      You are just the BEST!

      Blessings always, EarthAngel!

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      India Arnold 

      7 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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