San Mateo Real Estate Market
The San Mateo Real Estate market is very competitive! Homes frequently close above market value, and it's not uncommon to have a dozen offers on a single home. To get an idea of what's happening in San Mateo real estate, use the tools to the right to see active listings, recently sold homes, and upcoming open houses.
About San Mateo
Strategically located at the intersections of three major highways – Highway 101, Highway 92 and Highway 280 – San Mateo, CA is at the hub of commuting lines to San Francisco, East Bay, and the Lower Peninsula. With the population at nearly 100,000, San Mateo – less than 30 minutes from San Francisco – can be a good choice for those looking for a relaxing home away from the big city.
The downtown area is one hub of activity, featuring Central Park, the downtown train station, movie theaters, and numerous restaurants and services. Other hubs exist around the regional mall, the Hillsdale Shopping Center, the San Mateo Highlands off of Highway 280, and others clustered around and near the Highway 92 and the bay front. San Mateo is host to more than dozens of bakeries and grocery stores, 20 coffee houses, and 380 restaurants. All Spice (featuring Indian cuisine) and Wakuriya (Japanese cuisine) are Michelin-rated.
Popular attractions include the Japanese Gardens in San Mateo’s Central Park. The park boasts a gazebo that has played host to numerous weddings, as well as a Bianchi mini train, a favorite of children under five. The Japanese tea garden – designed by the Nagao Sakurai of the Imperial Palace of Tokyo, features a granite pagoda, a tea house, a koi pond and a bamboo grove. During the week, the nearby Central Park Recreation Center offers aerobics classes, and the space is also available for private functions. For more recreational offerings, visit the Coyote Point Recreation Area for picnicking, swimming, windsurfing, bicycling, jogging, fishing or boating. The town’s convention center, the San Mateo Event Center, is a 48-acre event facility with seven indoor buildings.
San Mateo has a solid network of secondary schools – both public and private – and a higher-education facility. The College of San Mateo, established in 1922, serves nearly 10,000 students and offers a full-suite of majors. San Mateo itself has two school districts encompassing five public high schools, six public middle schools and 13 public elementary schools. The town also has 26 private schools, six of them high schools.
Here’s a taste of the architecture you can expect: top-end neighborhoods include the Aragon and Baywood areas. Aragon is home to picture-perfect pre-war, middle-class homes, while Baywood offers a number of Revival-style homes, including Spanish, Tudor, Colonial, Monterey, Moorish and Norman. San Mateo Park – another top-end neighborhood – hosts everything from cottages to large estates, century Queen Annes and Mission revivals, early 20th century craftsman bungalows, and English Tudors, French Normandies, Colonials and Mediterraneans from the '20s and '30s. Noted architects – including George Howard, Jr., Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan – are responsible for the design of some homes in San Mateo Park.
For your community needs, the San Mateo Daily Journal is published six days a week, Monday through Friday plus a combination weekend edition. The College hosts the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 9-1pm, and Kaiser-Permanente, Mills-Peninsula Health Center and San Mateo Medical Center all serve resident’s medical needs.
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