The neighborhood is named after it’s resident California Historic Landmark, the Carolands Chateau, built by Harriet Pullman Caroland, the heiress to the Pullman railroad car fortune in 1916.  Restoration of the 67,066 square foot, 4.5 floor, 98 room mansion was completed in 2007.  It is considered to be a masterpiece of American Renaissance and Beaux-Arts design and in 1936 was considered to be the western White House.  Currently it is used to host fundraisers and other events.  Watch the trailor of the critically acclaimed documentary about the Carolands Chateau recently aired on PBS.  Copies of the dvd can be purchased from Luna Productions.

The true story of an American ‘Downton Abbey’?  Well … yes!

The Heiress and Her Chateau:  Carolands of California is  a 98-year saga of a 98-room mansion, a three-dimensional window into life among America’s elite. Chateau Carolands was built by one of the richest women in the world to be her ultimate dream home, but nothing went as planned.  Once the most fabulous house west of the Mississippi, now a foundation, the story of the rise and fall and rise of Chateau Carolands s is a dramatic tale of wealth and ruin, love and loss, art and architecture – with a murder, a porno film, and a couple of earthquakes along the way. It all ends happily, with a multi-million dollar restoration of the Chateau, more grand and glorious now than it ever had been.  See how this unique historic architectural masterpiece has come to be preserved for decades to come.

Surrounded by picture postcard views of the San Francisco Bay and skyline to the east and north, Crystal Springs Reservoir to the west, and Mt. Diablo to the south, the Carolands neighborhood is located in the town of Hillsborough, CA in San Mateo County.  Situated near the major commute corridors of Highway 280 and Highway 101, the Carolands is within a short commute to San Francisco and minutes from the San Francisco International Airport, with many of the homes having San Francisco Bay or canyon views. The subdivision was developed approximately 60 years ago but some of the properties pre-date the subdivision back to the early 1900’s. Property values range between approximately $1.5 million up to 8 figures with lot sizes a minimum of 1/2 acre.

The Carolands Gate House is a landmark of local significance in Hillsborough and it’s restoration was completed in 2010. It is located on the corner of Ralston and Eucalyptus and was built over 80 years ago. The Gate House was originally constructed at the entrance of the Carolands subdivision, along the roadway leading to the Carolans Chateau. Lang Realty built the massive gates on Ralston in 1926 that guarded the entry to the Carolands subdivision, and in 1929 it built the picturesque French-style 1000-square-foot lodge and garage.

 

The brand new Spanish Colonial style property in Hillsborough California. Initially on the market for 280 days by a very well known, high performing agent. Once the Canas Decker Team took over the sales strategy and global marketing the property was sold in six weeks to a gentleman and his family from Taiwan.

Casa El Cerrito from Buddy Saupe on Vimeo.