San Mateo Park
San Mateo Park is San Mateo’s most exclusive and desirable neighborhood! It was always meant to be the city’s premier neighborhood, from the moment its streets were platted, a few years before the turn of the 20th century. San Mateo Park is San Mateo’s answer to Hillsborough, an elegant, wooded neighborhood created in the style of the “City Beautiful” movement, which sought to provide an antidote to the crowded urban conditions of the late 20th century. Home buyers love the serene feel of the neighborhood and enjoy the Parks supreme walkability, strolling distance to Burlingame Avenue or Downtown San Mateo.
One of the largest cities on the San Francisco Peninsula, San Mateo boasts many options for recreation as well as a revitalized downtown, with a large movie theater, restaurants, and bars. Spanish explorers first came to present-day San Mateo on a 1776 scouting trip and named the creek they slept beside San Mateo Creek. In 1863, the railroad arrived in San Mateo, leading some wealthy San Franciscans to build summer and weekend homes in the area.
Today, approximately 100,000 people call the city home. The median household income is $88,000, and the median home value is $722,000 according to 2013 United States Census Bureau data. Of San Mateo’s 40,014 housing units, 54 percent are owner occupied.
The city is home to the Hillsdale Shopping Center and a number of parks -- including Central Park and the Coyote Point Recreation Area. The CuriOdyssey museum at Coyote Point offers science and wildlife exhibits for children and adults, some of which feature live animals. For a breathtakingly beautiful jog, hike, or bicycling outing, locals head to the Sawyer Camp Trail at the Crystal Springs Reservoir.