San Mateo is about 20 miles south of San Francisco in San Mateo County with a population of 105,661. Living in San Mateo offers residents an urban suburban mix and feel. The city borders Burlingame to the north, Hillsborough to the west, San Francisco Bay and Foster City to the east and Belmont to the south.
The median home price in mid-2022 is $1.4 million and the price per square foot is $993.
Urban Suburban Mix and Feel with Historic Downtown Buildings
San Mateo has one of the larger, better-developed suburban downtowns in the San Francisco Bay Area too. You will enjoy the urban suburban mix and feel San Mateo provides its residents. San Mateo is located roughly between Tilton Ave. to the northwest, 9th Ave. to the southeast, Delaware St. to the northeast and El Camino Real to the southwest. In addition, many shops and restaurants are located in historic buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The historic buildings give the town a unique feel. In addition to unique shops and restaurants downtown, there is a buzz building about town.
Central Park is considered to be San Mateo’s signature park. It includes a baseball field, tennis courts, sculptures, picnic areas, playground, a Japanese tea garden, recreation center, miniature train, rose garden and the San Mateo Arboretum. The San Mateo Caltrain station is uniquely situated downtown.
Family Friendly Parks and Recreation
With dozens of parks and hundreds of services, San Mateo Parks and Recreation will touch you and your family’s lives in many different ways. You and your family can visit a park playground, enjoy the “urban forest,” or participate in a number of recreation classes. You have plenty of access to Parks and Recreation services that will help you and your family maintain a positive quality of life.
The San Mateo-Foster City School District, for children in grades K-8, offers a combination of assigned schools and magnet schools. In addition, San Mateo children have the option of going to San Mateo, Hillsdale, and Aragon High Schools based on the neighborhood they reside in. All three high schools are part of the San Mateo Union High School District. Further, it is easy to verify which high school you are assigned to by clicking here.
This spring, San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Nancy Magee was named Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 5.
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