Recognized as one of the premier centers of bioscience, South San Francisco is often credited as the birthplace of the biotechnology industry. Since 1970 when Genetech was the first company to apply recombinant DNA technology, the industry has grown in South San Francisco as steadily and as intensely as any other location in the world. In the midst of the growth and expansion, the economic base has diversified to encompass a wide spectrum of related businesses and supportive services. The city’s coastal location ad attractive housing have enhanced residential growth as well, drawing newcomers to the lush parks and easy access to the San Francisco Bay for premier marinas, water sports and boating activities. 3COM park and its professional sports events are just 10 minutes from home, while the cultural amenities of San Francisco are only 15 minutes away. Those who desire all of the cosmopolitan advantages of San Francisco within the context of a more relaxed lifestyle, may find South San Francisco an ideal place to live.