Communities

San Mateo

Where Diversity, Great Parks, and Central Location Thrive

San Mateo encompasses a remarkable blend of features that make it a truly exceptional place to live. With its diverse neighborhoods, expansive parks, convenient accessibility, abundant shopping options, and flourishing business community, San Mateo holds an influential position as a prominent employment hub on the peninsula. Boasting a rich historical heritage dating back to the early 1900s, the city takes pride in its notable former resident, A.P. Giannini, the visionary behind the establishment of the Bank of Italy, later known as Bank of America. San Mateo offers a vibrant tapestry of activities to cater to all interests.

The downtown area is adorned with delectable restaurants, a diverse range of retail stores, a state-of-the-art 12-screen movie theater, and Draeger’s Grocery Store, which houses one of the largest wine cellars in the country. Shopping enthusiasts will find themselves spoilt for choice at Hillsdale and Bridgepointe, as well as numerous neighborhood shopping centers.

Coyote Point, a striking peninsula extending into the picturesque San Francisco Bay, stands as one of the most renowned natural areas. Here, one can explore a natural history museum, indulge in windsurfing, visit the Peninsula Humane Society, enjoy a private marina, and relax in expansive picnic areas offering breathtaking vistas. In close proximity to downtown, Central Park offers a plethora of activities for all ages, including riding the toy train, engaging in a game of tennis, strolling through the serene Japanese Garden, savoring Thursday evening jazz performances at Jazz in the Park, or simply delighting in the playgrounds.

San Mateo attracts a diverse range of homeowners, accommodating various needs and preferences. From first-time homebuyers seeking charming residences in emerging neighborhoods like the Village, Parkside, or Shoreview, to individuals desiring more space in Hillsdale or the Meadows, and larger families yearning for the generous layouts of San Mateo Park, Baywood, and Aragon, the city ensures there is something for everyone.

103,833

Population

$2M

MEDIAN SALE PRICE

19,200

HOMES

$2.22M

AVERAGE SALE PRICE

1.3M - 6M+

PRICE RANGE

Pricing data based on single-family homes

Key features

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Small town feel

The convenience of a metropolitan downtown with the cozy atmosphere of a residential neighborhood.

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Top schools

Baywood schools consistently achieve top rankings in the state.

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Easy access

Convenient access to both Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

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Diverse housing

A varied assortment of housing options, spanning from classic pre-war bungalows to modern subdivisions built after 2000.

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Great parks

Enjoy unparalleled hiking and recreational opportunities at Laurelwood Park, along with the renowned Central Park and Japanese Tea Garden in San Mateo.

San Mateo Neighborhoods

Aragon

Aragon is a highly sought-after neighborhood in San Mateo, known for its tree-lined streets and historic charm. Alongside San Mateo Park and Baywood, Aragon stands out as one of the most desirable areas in the city. This family-friendly neighborhood showcases well-built pre-war homes, offering spacious living spaces and a classic appeal. With top-notch schools, convenient access to shopping, restaurants, and transportation options, Aragon checks off almost every requirement for upper-middle-class homebuyers. Its proximity to Central Park and the lively downtown area adds to its allure. Aragon boasts impressive floor plans, providing generous-sized homes that offer excellent value for the price. Although slightly more affordable than its neighbor Baywood, Aragon's homes typically sell above $2.7 million, with prices ranging from $2.5 to $3 million and a median of $2.7 million. Over the years, homeowners in Aragon have taken pride in personalizing their properties, upgrading and expanding the original constructions. Today, most homes in Aragon feature at least three bedrooms and over 2,000 square feet of living space. Not only does Aragon rank among San Mateo's finest neighborhoods, but it also stands out among the county's most coveted areas. Its enduring appeal ensures that Aragon remains high on the wish lists of many homebuyers, regardless of the overall housing market conditions. Experience the timeless charm and exceptional lifestyle that Aragon offers in San Mateo.

Bay Meadows/Fiesta Gardens

Bay Meadows, once a renowned racetrack, has transformed into a vibrant neighborhood with 11 distinctive residential communities. Offering a range of homes for sale and rent, along with parks and pathways, Bay Meadows presents a diverse real estate landscape. From studios to four-bedroom residences, the homes exhibit varied architectural styles. With a "New Urbanist" vision, Bay Meadows embraces elements of urban living, such as pedestrian-friendly streets, proximity to Caltrain, and future plans for a dynamic downtown area. Conveniently located near Highway 101 and El Camino Real, Bay Meadows caters to both car commuters and those seeking a suburban lifestyle. The ongoing development of the neighborhood includes a commercial core with retail spaces, restaurants, community areas, and recreational facilities like bocce courts and a biergarten. Already home to numerous residents, Bay Meadows offers a thriving community with amenities like coffee shops and breweries, regular events, and spacious green spaces for relaxation and socializing. Additionally, it houses the Nueva School's high school campus, providing education opportunities within the neighborhood. Situated across Highway 92 from 19th Avenue Park, Fiesta Gardens showcases a different ambiance compared to its Eichler-dominant neighbor. Characterized by post-war ranch homes, Fiesta Gardens features neat, wide streets adorned with charming residences. These single-story homes typically consist of three bedrooms and two baths, built during the 1950s and 1960s on 5,000 square-foot lots. Maintained in excellent condition, the homes in Fiesta Gardens benefit from a dedicated homeowners' association, known for its active involvement. With homeowners' dues averaging around $300 per year, the Fiesta Gardens Homes Association fosters a sense of community through online platforms like Facebook, where residents can connect and participate in various neighborhood activities. Families residing in Fiesta Gardens have the option of enrolling their children in Fiesta Gardens Elementary School, a K-5 Magnet School focusing on two-way Spanish-English immersion and Global Studies. The neighborhood is also served by Borel Middle School and Hillsdale High School, ensuring educational opportunities for students of all ages.

Baywood

Baywood, one of San Mateo's prestigious neighborhoods, exudes elegance and charm. Tree-lined streets are adorned with Mediterranean-style homes featuring tile roofs, evoking a captivating ambiance reminiscent of the East Coast. The neighborhood's architectural diversity includes Tudor and Colonial styles, with street names like Harvard, Georgetown, Fordham, Cornell, and Notre Dame. Buyers seeking a desirable location, upscale living, and excellent schools are drawn to Baywood's appeal. Nestled between Alameda de las Pulgas, Crystal Springs Road, and El Camino Real, Baywood enjoys proximity to downtown San Mateo and convenient access to commute routes, including highways 101, 92, and 280. However, what truly distinguishes Baywood is its renowned schools, a source of pride for residents. In terms of real estate, Baywood homes offer spacious living, typically boasting three to five bedrooms and over 2,000 square feet of living space. Many homes exceed 2,500 square feet and feature classic pre-war architectural styles such as Spanish, English, Moorish, Tudor, and Colonial. Generous lot sizes, often around 10,000 square feet, further enhance the neighborhood's allure. While Baywood homes are rarely available for sale, when they do enter the market, they command prices ranging from $1.7 to $3 million, with a median around $2 million. Buyers interested in Baywood often explore neighboring areas like Baywood Knolls, Aragon, San Mateo Park, and the Burlingame neighborhoods of Easton Addition and Burlingame Park. Baywood embodies style and sophistication, showcased through meticulously manicured lawns, children playing safely, and luxury cars gracing driveways. The neighborhood's allure has persisted since the days of John Parrott, with its timeless charm captivating residents and visitors alike. Adjacent to Baywood, across El Camino Real, lies the impressive San Mateo Library, boasting state-of-the-art technology. The nearby 16-acre Central Park features the cherished Japanese Tea Garden, complete with a serene koi pond where feeding takes place daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Baywood Knolls

Baywood Knolls, a picturesque neighborhood in San Mateo, captivates with its beauty and charm. Stretching from Baywood's western edge to the Hillsborough border, it is bounded by Alameda de las Pulgas, Crystal Springs Road, and Oregon Avenue. This sought-after neighborhood offers similar advantages to Baywood and Aragon, including access to top-tier schools such as Baywood Elementary, Borel Middle School, and Aragon High School, all within walking distance. Despite its serene suburban feel, Baywood Knolls is conveniently located just one mile from downtown, with easy access to the 101 Freeway, 92 Freeway, and the 280 corridor. Post-war architecture defines Baywood Knolls, reflecting the contemporary and clean style popular in the late 1940s and 1950s. Homes here have a more utilitarian design compared to the romantic Tudors and Mediterraneans found nearby, with lot sizes ranging from 5,000 to 8,000 square feet. These spacious homes typically feature three to four bedrooms, multiple baths, and over 2,000 square feet of living space. Some properties in Baywood Knolls benefit from gentle slopes, offering delightful views not found in Aragon and Baywood. Baywood Knolls stands among the city's premier neighborhoods, with real estate prices ranging from $2 million to over $3 million, depending on size, condition, and location. Generally, homes at the northern edge of the neighborhood are larger than those to the south. As an established residential area, Baywood Knolls enjoys high demand from San Mateo homebuyers. Its combination of comfortable homes, serene yet convenient location, excellent schools, and neighborly atmosphere places it just below the city's renowned "big three" neighborhoods: Baywood, Aragon, and San Mateo Park.

The Baywood Park/Enchanted Hills

The Baywood Park/Enchanted Hills neighborhood is an attractive, quiet, and convenient area. Spanning 3/4 of a square mile, Baywood Park is a predominantly wooded neighborhood with a lower population density compared to San Mateo as a whole. It lies east of The Highlands, Joseph Eichler's largest subdivision, and west of Parrott Drive, between Crystal Springs Road and Highway 92. Although technically unincorporated, it is generally considered part of San Mateo by homebuyers, sellers, and Realtors. Baywood Park offers a diverse housing inventory, including townhouses and single-family homes ranging from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet. Some homes, particularly those near Hillsborough, feature post-war California rancher-style architecture with spacious lots (typically between 7,000 and 9,000 square feet) and four or five bedrooms. The neighborhood's allure stems from its tranquility and convenient access to Highways 92 and 280. It provides a suburban feel while being only three miles away from downtown San Mateo, with nearby shopping centers and dining options available. Families in Baywood Park benefit from the highly-regarded Highlands Elementary, Borel Middle School, and Aragon High School, along with large, comfortable, and modern homes. However, living in Baywood Park comes at a price. Homes for sale in the neighborhood can reach up to $2.4 million, with recent sales averaging around $2 million. The market activity is limited, with only a few homes available at any given time.

Beresford Manor

Experience the charm of a well-connected and affordable neighborhood in Beresford Manor. This growing community bridges the gap between San Mateo's established west side neighborhoods and post-war subdivisions. With its mix of homes and pedestrian-friendly streets, Beresford Manor offers a traditional atmosphere reminiscent of pre-war communities. Homes in Beresford Manor are smaller in size, typically under 2,000 square feet with two to four bedrooms. The neighborhood's compact lots, averaging around 5,000 square feet, contribute to its intimate feel. As Beresford Manor gains popularity, home conditions are improving and property values are on the rise. Enjoy the convenience of this neighborhood, located near Hillsdale Shopping Center. Additionally, the beautiful Beresford Park, just a short walk away, features fields, tennis and basketball courts, as well as a thriving community garden. Discover the appeal of Beresford Manor, an affordable option offering a traditional and well-connected living experience.

Bowie Estate

Welcome to Bowie Estate, one of San Mateo's largest districts, both in size and population. With over 10,000 residents, Bowie Estate offers a mix of sub-neighborhoods located north and east of downtown. Despite its density, this neighborhood maintains a diverse housing inventory, including modest single-family homes, apartment complexes, and the popular Woodlake condominium complex. Within Bowie Estate, you'll find a range of architectural styles, from early 20th-century bungalows to 1940s ranchers and 1960s apartments. A unique feature of the neighborhood is the one-block stretch of North Idaho Street, adorned with grand Spanish-style homes from the 1920s. Bowie Estate's real estate market is primarily in the "entry-level" segment. Small bungalows and ranchers with two or three bedrooms are available, some in need of renovation, and priced below $1.2 million. Victorian homes and new townhouse complexes can also be found, starting at $600,000. Recently, the market has introduced higher-end single-family homes priced around $1.5 million, often featuring upgraded amenities. Bowie Estate is a hidden gem for bargain-seeking homebuyers. Its proximity to downtown and major commute corridors adds to its appeal. Explore this neighborhood and discover the high-potential, moderately priced vintage homes that make Bowie Estate a promising choice for savvy buyers.

Eastern Addition

Eastern Addition, the neighborhood that offers San Mateo homebuyers the best opportunity for urban living. With a diverse collection of housing styles spanning different eras, Eastern Addition provides a vibrant and central location for those seeking an urban lifestyle. Situated in the heart of San Mateo, this neighborhood borders downtown and extends from Delaware Street to El Camino. It offers a wide range of housing options, including single-family homes, condominiums, and apartments at various price points. Eastern Addition's proximity to Burlingame and downtown San Mateo ensures easy access to excellent restaurants, shopping, and entertainment options. Commuters will appreciate the convenience of walking to the downtown CalTrain station or a short drive to Highway 101. Families will find San Mateo High School within the neighborhood, located on Delaware Street. Eastern Addition showcases charming bungalow homes, small condo buildings, and apartments along picturesque tree-lined streets. Home prices typically range between $1.5 and $2 million, while two-bedroom condos start around $880k and can exceed $1 million. With its unbeatable location, downtown vibe, and a mix of residential streets and vintage homes, Eastern Addition offers an exceptional opportunity for buyers seeking an urban lifestyle and a foothold in the San Mateo market. Embrace the best of both worlds in the Eastern Addition neighborhood.

Edgewater Isle

Affordable Condominiums with Waterfront Views and one of the newer neighborhoods in San Mateo known for its affordable condominiums and beautiful waterfront views. While it may seem like part of Foster City, Edgewater Isle has a San Mateo address, located across Seal Slough from Mariner's Lagoon/South Shoreview. The neighborhood consists of a single condominium complex, also named Edgewater Isle. The townhomes here offer reasonable prices, with options available for less than $600,000. The majority of Edgewater Isle's real estate falls within the $800,000 to $1 million range, with a median price of $840,000 for recently-sold condo units. As a newer development, Edgewater Isle reflects the design and layout influenced by the neighboring community of Foster City. It is centrally located with convenient access to Bridgepoint Shopping Center, offering a wide range of shopping and dining options. Highway 92 and Costco are also easily accessible. Homes along Vista del Mar enjoy scenic views of Seal Slough, with a greenbelt and walking path separating them from the water. Edgewater Isle stands out as a unique neighborhood in San Mateo, primarily consisting of condominiums rather than single-family homes. While geographically closer to Foster City than downtown San Mateo, it provides an affordable option for those seeking waterfront views. Experience the charm of Edgewater Isle, where affordable condominiums, waterfront vistas, and a convenient location create an enticing residential opportunity.

Foothill Terrace

Nestled in the scenic rolling hills of northwest San Mateo, Foothill Terrace is a small and peaceful neighborhood. Offering a more affordable option compared to well-known areas like Aragon and Baywood, it provides access to esteemed schools such as Baywood Elementary, Borel Middle School, and Aragon High School. Foothill Terrace's convenient location, tree-lined streets, and spacious post-war single-family homes make it an attractive choice. Most homes in Foothill Terrace are single-story ranchers, while the higher elevated areas feature two-story homes with stunning views of lower San Mateo. The older homes on the "lower streets" offer living spaces ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 square feet and sit on smaller lots of 6,000 to 7,000 square feet. These homes typically sell for an average of $2.3 million, although some may be available at lower prices depending on condition and location. Built in the 1950s, they often exhibit the classic California ranch style found in David Bohannan's Hillsdale tracts, with well-maintained garages and level lots. Some homes incorporate intriguing elements of Mid- and post-Mid-Century design. Additionally, a few newer two-story homes can be found in this part of Foothill Terrace. Moving further into the hills, you'll encounter homes constructed in the 1960s and 1970s, with a sprinkling of newer individual properties. Here, the homes are larger, and the streets boast lush woodland surroundings. "Upper" Foothill Terrace offers two-story residences with over 2,000 square feet of living space, and some even provide views of the San Francisco Bay. The slightly more secluded location from Highway 92 contributes to the desirability and property values of this area. While Foothill Terrace's proximity to the freeway prevents it from becoming the next Baywood, its real estate attracts homebuyers seeking space, convenience, excellent public schools, and the charm of post-war houses. Positioned between "old" San Mateo and the South San Mateo developments of David Bohannan, Foothill Terrace serves as a bridge between both sides of the city, offering the best of both worlds. Enjoy the tranquility and natural beauty of Foothill Terrace, where rolling hills and spacious homes create an inviting residential environment.

Harbortown & Mariner's Isle

Harbortown & Mariner's Isle is a unique and expansive neighborhood in San Mateo, offering a distinctive blend of characteristics not commonly found in the area. With its waterfront location, diverse real estate options, and commercial properties, it bears resemblance to neighboring Foster City. Stretching across nearly a square mile, Mariner's Island is one of San Mateo's largest neighborhoods, extending from Seal Slough to San Francisco Bay. While a significant portion of the area is non-residential, housing approximately 3,000 residents, it also encompasses notable sites such as Bridgepointe Shopping Center, Tidelands Park, Mariners Point Golf Center, hotels, and office parks. Similar to its neighboring community, Edgewater Isle, Mariner's Island offers waterfront living with homes of more recent vintage. The real estate options in Mariner's Island are diverse, including single-family homes, condos, and townhouses. Along Fathom Drive, single-family homes with scenic views are spacious, boasting over 2,000 square feet of living space with three or four bedrooms. These coveted beachfront properties can reach prices as high as $1.9 million, rarely appearing on the market and selling quickly. Water view condos on Port Drive, also dating back to the 1960s and 70s, can cost buyers up to $1.4 million. Newer properties grace the water side of Shoal Drive, featuring townhouses and single-family homes of similar size to those found on Fathom Drive. Mariner's Island Boulevard accommodates condominiums and apartments, sharing space with modern low- and mid-rise office buildings that showcase architectural trends from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. Within Mariner's Island, you'll also find Harbortown, a spacious townhome development established in 1979 surrounding a man-made lake. Harbortown offers a charming, wooded atmosphere with Craftsman-style wood siding, and most structures are no more than three stories tall. The homes in Harbortown range from one to three bedrooms and are priced between the high $900s to $1.4 million, with a recent median of $1.2 million. The inclusion of private garages adds to the residential feel of the community, attracting residents seeking a cozy home environment. Experience the allure of waterfront living combined with the convenience of nearby amenities in Harbortown & Mariner's Isle. This extraordinary neighborhood showcases the unique charm of San Mateo's coastal lifestyle.

Hayward Park

Nestled within San Mateo, the Hayward Park neighborhood exudes a captivating charm with its tree-lined residential streets and close proximity to the vibrant downtown area. It is bordered by El Camino Real to the west, South B Street to the east, 10th Avenue to the north, and approximately 17th Avenue to the south. This district boasts an array of appealing vintage homes, constructed primarily during the first three decades of the 20th century. Craftsmanship is evident in the early homes, with some dating back to before World War I. The 1920s saw the rise of Tudor, Mediterranean, and English cottage architectural styles, which grace many residences in the area. Home prices in Hayward Park vary, ranging from $1 million up to $3 million or more, with the most sought-after properties falling within the $1.3 to $1.8 million range. One notable advantage of the neighborhood is its own CalTrain station, conveniently located at Leslie and Gum Streets on the western border. Families residing in Hayward Park can enroll their children in respected schools, including Sunnybrae Elementary School, Borel Middle School, and Aragon High School. While it is uncertain whether today's Hayward Park is still populated by "professional men of refinement and intellect" as described in its early days, the neighborhood's blend of affordability, convenience, and attractive homes has once again made it a rising star in San Mateo. As you explore Hayward Park's historic streets, you will be captivated by its timeless appeal and welcoming atmosphere.

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