Adjacent to the San Francisco International Airport, Millbrae is cradled in the sun-drenched hills that separate the Pacific Ocean from the San Francisco Bay. Major freeways border the eastern and western boundaries, creating easy access to every corner of the Bay Area. Well-kept middle-class neighborhoods mirror the pride of residents who prefer small-town living to the urban rush of a large metropolis. Although branch offices of leading financial institutions are at home in Millbrae, the city thrives on small business for its economic vitality. Merchants know and greet their customers, offering the warmth and personal attention of yesterday in a modern world dominated by electronics and computers. Many of the hillside homes enjoy spectacular Bay vistas, although the spacious green space of parks and the local country club create a lush backdrop for adobe-tiled Spanish style homes or restored Victorians. Named for a Scottish word meaning "rolling meadowland," the panoramic community of Millbrae is known as "The Place in the Sun."