San Mateo is a city of simplicity, culture and natural beauty. Attracting all walks of life, it’s one of the most populated places in the Bay Area. San Mateo provides great schools, attractive neighborhoods, well-maintained parks, community outreach, unspoiled views and cultural diversity. The city's central location makes it easy to get from point A to point B.
There are several neighborhoods, architectural styles and price points to pick from in San Mateo. It blends stately older homes with the clean lines of modern style. Detailed Craftsman and ranch homes, impressive lot sizes and rolling hills can be found in San Mateo Park, Baywood, Baywood Knolls, Aragon and Foothill Terrace neighborhoods. Since many homes were built during the 20s and 30s, revival styles like Tudor, Colonial and Spanish are common here. Laurelwood, Homestead, Westwood Knolls, Beresford Manor and San Mateo Terrace are filled with them. For a collection of mid-century moderns and classic Eichler homes, check out The Highlands neighborhood.
Downtown San Mateo is the largest downtown neighborhood on the Peninsula. It’s complete with charming boutiques, gourmet eateries, leading medical centers, historic buildings and tours, art galleries and its very own Central Park. The area features Japanese tea gardens, koi fish ponds, tennis courts, baseball fields, playgrounds and a “Music in the Park” summer series as well. Dining options are endless in Downtown San Mateo. Its streets are lined with signature steakhouses, Asian Fusion spots, French cafes and more.
Its two school districts include eighteen elementary schools, six middle and three high schools. Established in 1902, San Mateo High School received a National Blue Ribbon Award in 1991 and a Gold Standard Award for Academic Excellence in 2005. Most students either attend San Mateo, Aragon or Hillsdale high school. However, an alternative option is Junipero Serra—the city’s only private all-male Catholic high school. Larger facilities like the College of San Mateo and County Expo Center serve all Peninsula cities.