Free Mortgage Information Kit
Free Real Estate Buyer's Kit
Get a FREE Loan Quote
(800) 927-6560

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

Properties 1 - 30 of 90 | « First | < Previous | Next > | Last »
Sorted by
  1. Photo of 2355 Beach Boulevard, Pacifica, CA 94044 (MLS # 21703510)
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    958 sqft   lot 15,080 sqft
    Walk Score® 66
    Listing provided by Nimer Musleh, Khalil Shamieh, Broker
    MLS 21703510
  2. 3 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,510 sqft   lot 3,500 sqft
    Walk Score® 57
    Listing provided by Joseph Chav, Coldwell Banker Res. R.E. Svcs
    MLS 455058
  3. Open House
    2 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,670 sqft   lot 7,850 sqft
    Walk Score® 90
    Listing provided by Stanley Guan, KW Peninsula Estates
    MLS 455052
  4. Photo of 1400 El Camino Real, Unit 334, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (MLS # 455047)
    2 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,407 sqft  
    Walk Score® 61
    Listing provided by Perry Chiu, Century 21 Realty Alliance Fine Homes and Estates
    MLS 455047
  5. Photo of 3244 Shelter Creek Lane, San Bruno, CA 94066 (MLS # 455033)
    Open House
    2 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,000 sqft  
    Walk Score® 36
    Listing provided by Patricia Murzyn, Coldwell Banker
    MLS 455033
  6. Open House
    2 beds,  2.00 baths
    877 sqft  
    Walk Score® 48
    Listing provided by Jeffrey Zeng, Access Banker Real Estate
    MLS 455002
  7. Photo of 547 Iris Street, REDWOOD CITY, CA (MLS # 40771209)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,600 sqft   lot 6,500 sqft
    Walk Score® 57
    MLS 40771209
  8. Photo of 17 Westline Drive, Daly City, CA 94015 (MLS # 454953)
    Open House
    4 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,420 sqft   lot 3,300 sqft
    Walk Score® 29
    Listing provided by Jane Mermelstein, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 454953
  9. Photo of 1614 Escalante Way, Burlingame, CA 94010 (MLS # 454899)
    Open House
    4 beds,  3.00 baths
    2,400 sqft   lot 9,900 sqft
    Walk Score® 10
    Listing provided by Dean Cimino, Century 21 Baldini Realty
    MLS 454899
  10. Photo of 527 Niantic Avenue, Daly City, CA 94014 (MLS # 454890)
    Open House
    2 beds,  1.00 baths
    1,040 sqft   lot 2,675 sqft
    Walk Score® 74
    Listing provided by Victor Zolezzi, Coldwell Banker Res. R.E. Serv
    MLS 454890
  11. Photo of 412 Manor Drive, Pacifica, CA 94044 (MLS # 454942)
    Open House
    3 beds,  1.00 baths
    1,050 sqft   lot 7,124 sqft
    Walk Score® 39
    Listing provided by Jaime Gonzalez, RE/MAX Mid-peninsula, R.C.
    MLS 454942
  12. Photo of 273 County Street, Unit C, Daly City, CA 94014 (MLS # 454868)
    Open House
    2 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,600 sqft  
    Walk Score® 88
    Listing provided by Martin Quan, U S Continental Investment Realty
    MLS 454868
  13. Photo of 905 Fassler Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044 (MLS # 454896)
    Open House
    2 beds,  3.00 baths
    1,300 sqft  
    Walk Score® 11
    Listing provided by Jose Barba, Home Sales Team Inc
    MLS 454896
  14. Photo of 153 North San Mateo Drive, Unit 101, San Mateo, CA 94401 (MLS # 454460)
    Open House
    1 bed,  1.00 baths
    812 sqft  
    Walk Score® 91
    Listing provided by Lucy Goldenshteyn, Redfin
    MLS 454460
  15. Photo of 2700 Saint Cloud Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066 (MLS # 21703117)
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,290 sqft   lot 7,593 sqft
    Walk Score® 28
    Listing provided by Hanna Ibrahim, SIRealty Inc.
    MLS 21703117
  16. Photo of 4 Duran Court, Pacifica, CA 94044 (MLS # 454947)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2.00 baths
    2,030 sqft   lot 7,200 sqft
    Walk Score® 34
    Listing provided by Bill Haskins, Coldwell Banker-Fahey Properties
    MLS 454947
  17. Photo of 1591 Donner Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066 (MLS # 454874)
    Open House
    4 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,500 sqft   lot 8,350 sqft
    Walk Score® 52
    Listing provided by Bob Evans (EVJENTH), Century 21 Realty Alliance Fine Homes and Estates
    MLS 454874
  18. Photo of 272 Templeton Avenue, Daly City, CA 94014 (MLS # 454872)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2.00 baths
    2,280 sqft   lot 3,105 sqft
    Walk Score® 84
    Listing provided by Neil Carl Allara, Coldwell Banker Res. R.E. Svcs
    MLS 454872
  19. Photo of 1511 Foxhollow Lane, Daly City, CA 94014 (MLS # 454869)
    Open House
    2 beds,  2.50 baths
    1,230 sqft  
    Walk Score® 10
    Listing provided by Nadia Ivanova, Imperial Realty, Inc.
    MLS 454869
  20. Photo of 400 Mariners Island Boulevard, Unit 323, San Mateo, CA 94404 (MLS # 454856)
    3 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,208 sqft  
    Walk Score® 22
    MLS 454856
  21. Photo of 954 Ventura Street, El Granada, CA 94018 (MLS # 454863)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2.50 baths
    1,870 sqft   lot 9,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 19
    Listing provided by Juliette Kulda, KW Peninsula Estates
    MLS 454863
  22. Photo of 630 Miramar Drive, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (MLS # 454854)
    5 beds,  4.00 baths
    4,481 sqft   lot 9,920 sqft
    Walk Score® 8
    Listing provided by Juliette Kulda, KW Peninsula Estates
    MLS 454854
  23. Photo of 411 Imperial Drive, Pacifica, CA 94044 (MLS # 454751)
    Open House
    4 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,637 sqft   lot 4,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 50
    Listing provided by Joanne Xiang, Century 21 Realty Alliance Fine Homes and Estates
    MLS 454751
  24. Photo of 478 Corrido Way, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (MLS # 454687)
    Open House
    3 beds,  1.00 baths
    1,050 sqft   lot 4,500 sqft
    Walk Score® 26
    Listing provided by Valerie Ho, Coldwell Banker Res. R.E. Svcs
    MLS 454687
  25. Photo of 263 Clarendon Road, Pacifica, CA 94044 (MLS # 454645)
    2 beds,  1.00 baths
    810 sqft   lot 4,280 sqft
    Walk Score® 76
    Listing provided by Travis Conte, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices DrysdaleProperties
    MLS 454645
  26. Photo of 400 Mariners Island Drive, Unit 301, San Mateo, CA 94404 (MLS # 454663)
    3 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,645 sqft  
    Walk Score® 22
    MLS 454663
  27. Photo of 23 Outlook Circle, Pacifica, CA 94044 (MLS # 454633)
    Open House
    1 bed,  1.00 baths
    939 sqft  
    Walk Score® 10
    Listing provided by Eileen O'Reilly, KW Peninsula Estates
    MLS 454633
  28. Photo of 20 John Glenn Circle, Daly City, CA 94015 (MLS # 454577)
    4 beds,  2.50 baths
    1,690 sqft   lot 3,663 sqft
    Walk Score® 30
    Listing provided by Jaymie Tumaliuan, Nor Cal Real Estate Services
    MLS 454577
  29. Photo of 3716 Radburn Drive, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (MLS # 454574)
    3 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,500 sqft   lot 2,425 sqft
    Walk Score® 54
    Listing provided by Melina Gold, Intero Real Estate Services
    MLS 454574
  30. Photo of 1610 Eleanor Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402 (MLS # 454164)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,510 sqft   lot 5,600 sqft
    Walk Score® 64
    Listing provided by Carmen Miranda, Alain Pinel Realtors
    MLS 454164
Properties 1 - 30 of 90 | « First | < Previous | Next > | Last »
©2017 Bay East. ©2017 CCAR. ©2017 EBRD. All rights reserved. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. This information is provided from three separate sources: Bay East, CCAR and EBRD. The listings presented here may or may not be listed by the Broker/Agent operating this website. Information last updated on 2/24/17 10:46 PM PST.

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Copyright 2017 Bay Area Real Estate Information Services, Inc. All Right Reserved.

The data relating to real estate for sale on this website comes in part from the Internet Data Exchange program of the MLSListings™ MLS system. All real estate listings in the MLSListings MLS system are marked with the MLSListings Internet Data Exchange icon (a stylized house inside a circle), and detailed information about them includes the names of the listing brokers and listing agents.


Listing information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Listings last updated 2/24/17 10:46 PM PST.

Copyright 2017 MLSListings Inc. All rights reserved.

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed

Listings on this page identified as belonging to another listing firm are based upon data obtained from the SFAR MLS, which data is copyrighted by the San Francisco Association of REALTORS®, but is not warranted.

This MLS IDX is (c) Diverse Solutions 2017.

Read More

Disclaimer: The data relating to real estate for sale on this web site comes in part from the Internet Data Exchange Program of SFAR, CCAR, SCAR, and BAREIS. Information provided is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. California Mortgage Advisors, Inc. is an Equal Housing Lender. The information, comments, views and opinions expressed in the listings are those of the authors and not California Mortgage Advisors, Inc.

Get started with your free Real Estate Buyer's Kit
Sign up for our Refinance Rate Alerts
Have a Real Estate Question?
An Interlinks Real Estate Agent Now
Cal BRE #01235152