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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. 1 Bed,  1 Bath
    776 sqft  
    Listing provided by Roselyne Genin, Pacific Realty Partners
    MLS 487548
    3 Days on Market
  2. 6 Beds,  6.5 Baths
    7,000 sqft   lot 43,560 sqft
    Listing provided by Janice Lee, Coldwell Banker Res. R.E. Svcs
    MLS 487360
    4 Days on Market
  3. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,663 sqft  
    Listing provided by Suzan Bakalova, KW Peninsula Estates
    MLS 487537
    4 Days on Market
  4. 3 Beds,  1 Bath
    1,390 sqft   lot 3,485 sqft
    Listing provided by Robert Garrison, Garrison Properties
    MLS 487528
    4 Days on Market
  5. 2 Beds,  1 Bath
    974 sqft  
    MLS 40875045
    4 Days on Market
  6. 3 Beds,  3 Baths
    1,911 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    MLS 40875013
    4 Days on Market
  7. 1 Bed,  1 Bath
    776 sqft   lot 18,731 sqft
    Listing provided by Roselyne Genin, Pacific Realty Partners
    MLS 487503
    4 Days on Market
  8. 1 Bed,  1 Bath
    730 sqft  
    Listing provided by Samantha Competente, Compass
    MLS 487495
    5 Days on Market
  9. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,150 sqft   lot 3,485 sqft
    Listing provided by Gary Chamberlain, Chamberlain Real Estate
    MLS 487568
    5 Days on Market
  10. 3 Beds,  1 Bath
    1,120 sqft   lot 3,485 sqft
    Listing provided by James Wong, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 487530
    5 Days on Market
  11. 4 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,488 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by King Hsiao, United Associates Inv., Inc.
    MLS 487518
    5 Days on Market
  12. 4 Beds,  3 Baths
    1,920 sqft   lot 6,099 sqft
    Listing provided by Robert Garrison, Garrison Properties
    MLS 487480
    5 Days on Market
  13. 4 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,820 sqft   lot 2,614 sqft
    Listing provided by Wilson Leung, Own Real Estate
    MLS 487456
    5 Days on Market
  14. 4 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,400 sqft   lot 3,485 sqft
    Listing provided by Gilda Ferrari, Intero Real Estate Services
    MLS 487496
    6 Days on Market
  15. 4 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,220 sqft   lot 4,792 sqft
    MLS 40874719
    6 Days on Market
  16. 4 Beds,  3 Baths
    2,380 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    MLS 40874676
    6 Days on Market
  17. 2 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,054 sqft  
    Listing provided by Ronny Budiutama, Andersen, Jung & Co.
    MLS 487341
    7 Days on Market
  18. 3 Beds,  3 Baths
    2,080 sqft   lot 10,019 sqft
    MLS 40874452
    7 Days on Market
  19. 3 Beds,  1 Bath
    1,200 sqft   lot 4,356 sqft
    Listing provided by Lawrence Franzella, BHHS California Realty
    MLS 487351
    7 Days on Market
  20. 4 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,380 sqft   lot 5,228 sqft
    MLS 40874379
    8 Days on Market
  21. 4 Beds,  4 Baths
    2,632 sqft   lot 3,050 sqft
    Listing provided by Joanne Xiang, Century 21 Realty Alliance Fine Homes and Estates
    MLS 487079
    11 Days on Market
  22. 2 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,892 sqft   lot 8.27 ac
    MLS 40874092
    11 Days on Market
  23. 3 Beds,  3 Baths
    1,794 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    Listing provided by Janice Lee, Coldwell Banker Res. R.E. Svcs
    MLS 484866
    11 Days on Market
  24. 3 Beds,  2.5 Baths
    1,725 sqft  
    Listing provided by Michael Minson, Keller Williams San Francisco
    MLS 487328
    12 Days on Market
  25. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,720 sqft   lot 6,099 sqft
    Listing provided by Suzan Getchell, Coldwell Banker-Fahey Properties
    MLS 487203
    12 Days on Market
  26. 4 Beds,  3 Baths
    2,720 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Listing provided by Juliette Kulda, KW Peninsula Estates
    MLS 487200
    12 Days on Market
  27. 4 Beds,  2 Baths
    2,050 sqft   lot 7,406 sqft
    Listing provided by Judy Meuschke, Compass
    MLS 487187
    12 Days on Market
  28. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,150 sqft   lot 3,485 sqft
    Listing provided by Marian Sichel, Keller Williams San Francisco
    MLS 486756
    12 Days on Market
  29. 2 Beds,  1 Bath
    817 sqft  
    Listing provided by Wendy Tam, W Real Estate
    MLS 487139
    12 Days on Market
  30. 3 Beds,  3 Baths
    2,080 sqft   lot 10,019 sqft
    Listing provided by Susan Truax, eXp Realty of CA, Inc
    MLS 487516
    13 Days on Market
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