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San Mateo County

Welcome to San Mateo County

San Mateo County is incredibly convenient to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and this location makes it a desirable place to live. The county has an incredible variety of park land, open space and watershed, giving residents an array of recreational options on rocky shores and sandy beaches on the coast, dramatic mountain trails and parks, and miles of paths through the rolling hills and along the bay. San Mateo cities and towns have a vibrant restaurant scene supported by local farmer’s markets and wonderful grocers. Residents enjoy a wealth of boutique shopping, cultural and entertainment options, excellent schools, strong supporting services, and several options for recreation locally as well as in the surrounding environs.

In recent years, more companies are settling into office spaces and business parks in the county, creating more employment opportunities locally. The economy is booming in large part due growth in high tech, biotech, research and healthcare institutions, and transportation.

Lay of the land

San Mateo County sits on the San Francisco Peninsula, sandwiched between San Francisco and Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. The county has a long stretch of coast along the Pacific with sandy beaches, large bluffs, strategically placed lighthouses, and a variety of coastal villages and towns. The bay front coast is much more populous, with many cities and urban centers spread along the water right off of Highway 101. Highway 280 moves up the hilly center, with views of the Santa Cruz Mountains that stretch up the western coast and the lower hills peppering the middle.

The county is only 448.1 square miles, making it the second smallest county in the Bay Area and one of the smallest in the state. San Mateo has 758,581 residents (according to the U.S. Census’ 2014 estimate) and ranks as the fifth smallest population in the Bay Area. Redwood City is the county seat, while Daly City is the largest city.

Getting around

Several highways and freeways run up and down San Mateo, connecting to the city, the East Bay, and the South Bay (1, 280, 101, 92 and 84). Public transportation includes SamTrans buses and Caltrain trains. Ferry connections are available from Oyster Point in South San Francisco to Jack London Square and the Alameda Ferry Terminal. The San Francisco International Airport is located between San Bruno and San Mateo on the Bay. Residents looking for airport access also have limited access to BART.

Local highlights

The award-winning San Mateo schools include 173 public schools serving around 90,000 students in 23 districts. A variety of parochial, secular, Catholic, and other independent private schools are available in the county as well.

Higher education offerings include Stanford University, which sits just over the county line in Santa Clara County. San Mateo residents can choose from three community colleges: Canada College in Redwood City, Skyline College in San Bruno, and the College of San Mateo in San Mateo. Other choices include Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont and Menlo College in Atherton.

The county has a strong showing in technology and science. The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in Menlo Park is one example.

Live music offerings include several in San Mateo, including B Street & Vine and Grape & Grain, and the Sequoia Theater in Redwood City.

Local regional theatre includes San Mateo Performing Arts Center in San Mateo and the College of San Mateo.

More than 50 structures are on the National Register of Historic Places in the county, including the Filoli Mansion in Woodside and Carolands Mansion in Hillsborough, holdouts of another era; the Southern Pacific Depot in San Carlos and the Menlo Park Station, both stops on the Southern Pacific Railroad that are now serving as Caltrain stations; and the Pigeon Point Lighthouse and Point Montara Light Station, which were built in the 1870s. Pigeon Point is still active today, while Point Montara houses a youth hostel.

The Pacific Coast surf is famous, most notably with the annual Mavericks surfing competition at Mavericks Beach, north of Half Moon Bay at Princeton-by-the-Sea.
Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos is a great spot to learn about the history of aircrafts.

Año Nuevo State Park is home to the largest colony of northern elephant seals breeding on the mainland and well worth a visit.

The great outdoors

San Bruno Mountain State Park borders Brisbane, South San Francisco, Colma and Daly City. The park has a picnic area, hiking, and terrific views of the city and the bay views. If you’re ambitious enough to climb the 1,314 foot summit, look for the remains of a Nike Missile early warning radar site.

Junipero Serra County Park lies to the east of Highway 280 and offers views of the airport and the bay. It has picnic areas, a playground, and walking trails with lovely views.

The Crystal Springs Reservoir is a popular hiking spot that is part of a network of regional parks operated by the County of San Mateo Parks Department. Crystal Springs is watershed lands with miles of great trails with soaring views of the mountains, canyons, and valleys.

Coastal options include state beaches, each with their own character. Some are sandy crescents, while others offer rocky cliffs or seasonal tide pools. Some of the local state beaches include: Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, Gray Whale Cove, Montara, Pescadero, and San Gregorio State Beach. Parking can be precarious at the smaller options.

The Santa Cruz Mountains contain all sorts of hidden gems. Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve above Half Moon Bay has trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. San Pedro Valley Park outside of Pacifica provides great hiking and picnicking. Rancho Corral de Tierra is in the foothills above Moss Beach. Further south, in the mountainous area surrounding La Honda above Pescadero, camping and hiking options include San Mateo County Memorial Park, Portola Redwoods State Park, and Butano State Park. Although Big Basin State Park is technically just over the border in neighboring Santa Cruz County, It is the oldest park in the state and is worth mentioning for its ancient redwoods, excellent camping, and ready mountain biking and hiking.

Moving to the bay side of the county, Coyote Point Recreation Area has a wonderful playground along with multiuse trails and picnic areas. A little further south, Bair Island in Redwood City has acres of trails on the water. It is part of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and is a great option for people working in Redwood City who want exercise midday.

Cities Located in San Mateo County

  • Atherton
  • Belmont
  • Brisbane
  • Broadmoor
  • Burlingame
  • Colma
  • Daly City
  • El Granada
  • Foster City
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Hillsborough
  • La Honda
  • Menlo Park
  • Millbrae
  • Montara
  • Moss Beach
  • Pacifica
  • Pescadero
  • Portola Valley
  • Redwood City
  • San Bruno
  • San Carlos
  • San Gregorio
  • San Mateo
  • South San Francisco
  • Woodside

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  1. Photo of 57 Pacifico Avenue, Daly City, CA 94015 (MLS # 456284)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,320 sqft   lot 3,400 sqft
    Walk Score® 61
    Listing provided by Angie Xiao, Intero Real Estate Services
    MLS 456284
  2. Photo of 32 Escanyo Drive, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (MLS # 456244)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,530 sqft   lot 9,650 sqft
    Walk Score® 55
    Listing provided by Ellen Wu, RE/MAX Westlake Investments
    MLS 456244
  3. Photo of 870 Vista Grande, Millbrae, CA 94030 (MLS # 456191)
    3 beds,  3.00 baths
    1,943 sqft   lot 5,564 sqft
    Walk Score® 14
    Listing provided by Frank M.C. Wong, Presidio Realty
    MLS 456191
  4. Photo of 24 Alexander Avenue, Daly City, CA 94014 (MLS # 456189)
    Open House
    3 beds,  1.00 baths
    1,700 sqft   lot 5,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 70
    Listing provided by William Kitchen, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 456189
  5. Photo of 1143 Brunswick Street, Daly City, CA 94014 (MLS # 456176)
    Open House
    3 beds,  3.00 baths
    1,350 sqft   lot 2,500 sqft
    Walk Score® 85
    Listing provided by Annabelle Canlas, KW Peninsula Estates
    MLS 456176
  6. Photo of 250 Fernwood Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066 (MLS # 456135)
    3 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,420 sqft   lot 5,400 sqft
    Walk Score® 10
    Listing provided by Michael Kaprielian, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 456135
  7. Photo of 2803 Hastings Shore Ln, REDWOOD CITY, CA (MLS # 40774730)
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,048 sqft  
    Walk Score® 42
    MLS 40774730
  8. Photo of 219 East Bellevue Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401 (MLS # 456084)
    Open House
    5 beds,  3.50 baths
    2,700 sqft   lot 3,750 sqft
    Walk Score® 72
    Listing provided by Anthony Navarro, Coldwell Banker Res. R.E. Svcs
    MLS 456084
  9. Photo of 1112 Nimitz Drive, Daly City, CA 94015 (MLS # 456066)
    3 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,430 sqft   lot 7,028 sqft
    Walk Score® 60
    Listing provided by Ben Coleman, Hartford Properties
    MLS 456066
  10. Photo of 654 Isabella Avenue, El Granada, CA 94019 (MLS # 456058)
    4 beds,  2.50 baths
    3,140 sqft   lot 7,930 sqft
    Walk Score® 13
    Listing provided by Matthew Rogers, Rogers & Associates
    MLS 456058
  11. Photo of 227 Accacia Street, Daly City, CA 94014 (MLS # 456055)
    Open House
    2 beds,  1.00 baths
    830 sqft   lot 2,500 sqft
    Walk Score® 70
    Listing provided by Anthony Christen, Coldwell Banker Res. R.E. Svcs
    MLS 456055
  12. Photo of 780 Maddux Drive, Daly City, CA 94015 (MLS # 455904)
    Open House
    3 beds,  1.00 baths
    1,150 sqft   lot 5,082 sqft
    Walk Score® 63
    Listing provided by Angela Petrossian, BHG J.F. Finnegan Realtors
    MLS 455904
  13. Photo of 50 Mono Street, Brisbane, CA 94005 (MLS # 456029)
    3 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,090 sqft   lot 5,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 77
    Listing provided by Ron Davis, Ron Davis & Company
    MLS 456029
  14. Photo of 1627 Notre Dame Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002 (MLS # 455675)
    2 beds,  1.00 baths
    890 sqft   lot 6,708 sqft
    Walk Score® 51
    Listing provided by Lucy Goldenshteyn, Redfin
    MLS 455675
  15. Photo of 125 Piccadilly Place, Unit h, San Bruno, CA 94066 (MLS # 455987)
    2 beds,  2.00 baths
    850 sqft  
    Walk Score® 63
    Listing provided by Nerissa Manalo, Design Properties
    MLS 455987
  16. 4 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,480 sqft   lot 5,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 62
    Listing provided by Lionel Madamba, Buyers and Sellers Preferred Realty
    MLS 455703
  17. Photo of 71 Lake Vista Avenue, Daly City, CA 94015 (MLS # 455911)
    Open House
    2 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,640 sqft   lot 3,400 sqft
    Walk Score® 71
    Listing provided by Piotr Hutyra, Asia Pacific Groups
    MLS 455911
  18. Photo of 856 Banbury Lane, Millbrae, CA 94030 (MLS # 455910)
    3 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,580 sqft   lot 5,643 sqft
    Walk Score® 16
    Listing provided by Robert Garrison, Garrison Properties
    MLS 455910
  19. Photo of 141 Lassen Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066 (MLS # 455839)
    4 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,848 sqft   lot 5,335 sqft
    Walk Score® 10
    Listing provided by Victoria Gangi, Coldwell Banker
    MLS 455839
  20. Photo of 158 Northridge, Daly City, CA 94015 (MLS # 455810)
    4 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,420 sqft   lot 3,800 sqft
    Walk Score® 28
    Listing provided by Gary Tribulato, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 455810
  21. Photo of 111 Butterweed Lane, Brisbane, CA 94005 (MLS # 453896)
    5 beds,  3.00 baths
    3,000 sqft   lot 8,516 sqft
    Walk Score® 24
    Listing provided by Jane Zhao, Engel & Voelkers San Francisco
    MLS 453896
  22. Photo of 151 B Street, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (MLS # 455775)
    Open House
    5 beds,  3.50 baths
    3,412 sqft   lot 5,082 sqft
    Walk Score® 79
    Listing provided by Amy Lui, Pacific Union International Inc.
    MLS 455775
  23. Photo of 160 Wilshire Avenue, Daly City, CA 94015 (MLS # 456184)
    4 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,780 sqft   lot 4,797 sqft
    Walk Score® 47
    Listing provided by John Finnegan, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate J.F. Finnegan Realtors
    MLS 456184
  24. Photo of 315 San Juan Avenue, El Granada, CA 94018 (MLS # 455357)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2.50 baths
    1,610 sqft   lot 24,133 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by David Virella, KW Bay Area Living
    MLS 455357
  25. Photo of 7221 Shelter Creek Lane Lane, San Bruno, CA 94066 (MLS # 455421)
    0 beds,  1.00 baths
    490 sqft  
    Walk Score® 57
    Listing provided by Cathy Lee, Vision Realty Group
    MLS 455421
  26. Photo of 369 Frankfort Street, Daly City, CA 94014 (MLS # 455495)
    1 bed,  1.00 baths
    630 sqft   lot 3,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 67
    Listing provided by Charles Turner, Glenn Realty Co.
    MLS 455495
  27. Photo of 300 Murchison Drive, Unit 107, Millbrae, CA 94030 (MLS # 455757)
    2 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,060 sqft  
    Walk Score® 84
    Listing provided by Cindy Chan, MJE Properties
    MLS 455757
  28. Photo of 943 Ridgeview Court, Unit 2-A, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (MLS # 455650)
    2 beds,  1.00 baths
    930 sqft  
    Walk Score® 32
    Listing provided by April Drummond, Keller Williams Realty
    MLS 455650
  29. Photo of 434 BEACH AVE, HALF MOON BAY, CA (MLS # 40773142)
    4 beds,  2 full, 2 half baths
    2,590 sqft   lot 7,680 sqft
    Walk Score® 9
    MLS 40773142
  30. Photo of 282 Barbara Lane, Daly City, CA 94015 (MLS # 455618)
    3 beds,  3.00 baths
    1,520 sqft  
    Walk Score® 39
    Listing provided by Kenneth Yip, LUX Realty Group
    MLS 455618
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