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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 361 Half Moon Lane, Daly City, CA 94015 (MLS # 480273)
    1 bed,  1 bath
    717 sqft  
    Listing provided by Kevin Birmingham, Park North Real Estate
    MLS 480273
  2. Photo of 1221 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Millbrae, CA 94030 (MLS # 480241)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,460 sqft   lot 9,008 sqft
    Listing provided by Lawrence Franzella, BHHS California Realty
    MLS 480241
  3. 1 bed,  1 bath
    907 sqft  
    Listing provided by Jessie Lee, Compass SF
    MLS 480220
  4. Photo of 555 Palm Avenue Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030 (MLS # 480191)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,742 sqft  
    Listing provided by Nina Ganguly, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Realty
    MLS 480191
  5. Photo of 157 Hillcrest Drive, Daly City, CA 94014 (MLS # 480153)
    2 beds,  1 bath
    1,070 sqft   lot 2,499 sqft
    Listing provided by Sally Zhang, Sterling Real Estate
    MLS 480153
  6. Photo of 3875 Carter Drive Drive, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (MLS # 480142)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,090 sqft  
    Listing provided by Ken Kwok, MaxReal
    MLS 480142
  7. Photo of 456 Cedar Ave, SAN BRUNO, CA 94066 (MLS # 40849884)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,030 sqft   lot 4,791 sqft
    MLS 40849884
  8. Photo of 4100 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (MLS # 480054)
    Price Drop
    0 beds,  0 bath
    515 sqft  
    Listing provided by Vita Hall, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 480054
  9. Photo of 1 Appian Way, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (MLS # 479985)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,258 sqft  
    Listing provided by Leon Gladshteyn, Homewest Realty
    MLS 479985
  10. Photo of 103 Piccadilly Place, San Bruno, CA 94066 (MLS # 480050)
    1 bed,  1 bath
    650 sqft  
    Listing provided by Joseph Tucci, BHHS California Realty
    MLS 480050
  11. Photo of 886 Bellevue Avenue, Daly City, CA 94014 (MLS # 480002)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,320 sqft   lot 2,976 sqft
    Listing provided by Patrick Lam, Century 21 Real Estate Alliance
    MLS 480002
  12. Photo of 3130 Dublin Drive, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (MLS # 480022)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,240 sqft   lot 5,400 sqft
    Listing provided by Rachel Kwok, Compass
    MLS 480022
  13. Photo of 742 Serra Drive, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (MLS # 479538)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    1,510 sqft   lot 5,711 sqft
    Listing provided by Deborah Chelini, Coldwell Banker Res. R.E. Serv
    MLS 479538
  14. Photo of 2885 Churchill Drive, Hillsborough, CA 94010 (MLS # 480011)
    5 beds,  6 baths
    5,270 sqft   lot 23,999 sqft
    Listing provided by Milana Ostroy, Compass
    MLS 480011
  15. Photo of 831 Ridge Court, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (MLS # 479992)
    2 beds,  1.5 baths
    1,169 sqft  
    Listing provided by Wilson Leung, KW Peninsula Estates
    MLS 479992
  16. Photo of 517 Hillside Boulevard, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (MLS # 479987)
    2 beds,  1 bath
    1,350 sqft   lot 4,500 sqft
    Listing provided by Wilson Leung, KW Peninsula Estates
    MLS 479987
  17. Photo of 453 San Francisco Avenue, Brisbane, CA 94005 (MLS # 480078)
    3 beds,  1 bath
    790 sqft   lot 2,624 sqft
    Listing provided by Gemma Paybarah, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 480078
  18. Photo of 547 Elm Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066 (MLS # 479890)
    4 beds,  2 baths
    1,540 sqft   lot 4,800 sqft
    Listing provided by Lee Ginsburg, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Realty
    MLS 479890
  19. Photo of 57 Pacifico Avenue, Daly City, CA 94015 (MLS # 479892)
    6 beds,  4 baths
    2,278 sqft   lot 3,400 sqft
    Listing provided by Nero Chualong, KW Peninsula Estates
    MLS 479892
  20. Photo of 2531 Catalpa Way, San Bruno, CA 94066 (MLS # 21900472)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,110 sqft   lot 4,791 sqft
    Listing provided by Jeffery Birkenseer, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21900472
  21. Photo of 1252 Terra Nova Boulevard, Pacifica, CA 94044 (MLS # 479847)
    2 beds,  1.5 baths
    900 sqft  
    Listing provided by Marc Dickow, Core7 Real Estate
    MLS 479847
  22. Photo of 396 Imperial Way, DALY CITY, CA 94015 (MLS # 40849099)
    2 beds,  1 bath
    817 sqft   lot 24.29 ac
    MLS 40849099
  23. Photo of 361 Knowles Boulevard, Daly City, CA 94014 (MLS # 479770)
    3 beds,  1 bath
    1,240 sqft   lot 2,725 sqft
    Listing provided by Dennis Eison, Berkshire Hathaway-Franciscan
    MLS 479770
  24. Photo of 1488 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (MLS # 479997)
    1 bed,  1 bath
    670 sqft  
    Listing provided by Wilson Leung, KW Peninsula Estates
    MLS 479997
  25. Photo of 2324 Palo Verde Ave, EAST PALO ALTO, CA 94303 (MLS # 40848891)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,056 sqft   lot 5,662 sqft
    MLS 40848891
  26. Photo of 3641 Callan Boulevard, So. San Francisco, CA 94080 (MLS # 21900024)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,040 sqft   lot 3.96 ac
    Listing provided by Regina Cundiff, Cali-Link Realty & Mortgage Inc.
    MLS 21900024
  27. Photo of 15 Crystal Springs Terrace, Hillsborough, CA 94010 (MLS # 479631)
    5 beds,  4.5 baths
    5,280 sqft   lot 1.03 ac
    Listing provided by Valerie Aliwarga, Compass
    MLS 479631
  28. 3 beds,  2 baths
    1,470 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by Nestor Palma, Alliance Bay Realty
    MLS 21901013
  29. Photo of 565 Railroad Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (MLS # 479638)
    4 beds,  2.5 baths
    2,525 sqft   lot 6,150 sqft
    Listing provided by Juliette Kulda, KW Peninsula Estates
    MLS 479638
  30. Photo of 69 Skyline Dr, DALY CITY, CA 94015-4529 (MLS # 40848437)
    3 beds,  1 bath
    1,490 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    MLS 40848437
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