With over 100,000 residents, San Mateo is one of the larger suburban cities on the Peninsula. Incorporated in 1894, the well developed downtown maintains its historic roots in the architecture. However, the ever-evolving restaurants update the downtown with an eclectic mix of casual ethnic restaurants, modern new eateries to fine dining. Central Park with its baseball field, Japanese Tea Garden, playground and tennis courts anchor the downtown and the12 screen movie theater and the Public Library built in 2006 add to the list of amenities. Within the 16 square miles of San Mateo, there are various shopping centers and a Cinepolis at the Hillsdale Mall.
The distinctive surrounding neighborhoods include:
San Mateo Park: In 1896, famed landscape architect John McLaren, designer of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, designed “The Park” and supervised the planting of the many different tree types including oak, redwood, elm, maple, poplar, palm, cedar and olive throughout this neighborhood of winding streets and islands. The architectural styles in San Mateo Park include turn of the century Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Spanish and Colonial revivals from the ‘20’s and 30’s. In addition to the beautiful setting and architecture, the close proximity of the Park to downtown Burlingame and San Mateo add to the appeal of this neighborhood.
Baywood, Baywood Knolls, Aragon: Homes from the 1920’s through the 1950’s along tree-lined blocks, top rated Baywood elementary school and close proximity to downtown and commuter routes contribute to the popularity of these neighborhoods
Hayward Park, Sunnybrae, 19th Avenue Park: neighborhoods spanning out from the downtown and then to the west to hillside Bayview homes in the Sugarloaf, Laurelwood and Highlands and then to the east to waterfront homes of Harbortown and Mariner’s Isle and then to the south to Hillsdale and Westwood Knolls to the newer development of Bay Meadows, San Mateo offers a diversity of housing arrangements.