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The community now called San Mateo has a rich history dating all the way back to the Ohlone Indians that first lived here, followed by the Spanish explorers that would come first give the creek its San Mateo name in 1776. Officially incorporated in 1894, the town has been thriving and growing ever since.
Real estate in San Mateo provides plenty of options in architectural and housing styles. A variety of neighborhoods in San Mateo provides for homes of all shapes and sizes. Pre-WWII neighborhoods provide homes in a range of sizes and styles, with other neighborhoods providing new construction and modern homes.
City-living in downtown San Mateo also provides apartments, many including community amenities like swimming pools, tennis courts, and gyms. In San Mateo, the Parks and Recreation Department operates more than thirty parks and six community centers. Two community pools are great for cooling down during the summer. The city also operates its own municipal golf course, unique for the area and offering an 18-hole course, pro-shop, and clubhouse. The city is also home to more than 4-miles of inland waterways and provides a range of boating facilities for residents to use. From land to sea, you will never be short of something fun to do in the sun when living in San Mateo.
There is always plenty to do in San Mateo. The city offers wonderful shopping, dining, and entertainment. The largest shopping center in the county, Hillsdale Mall is a great place to spend the day, with popular stores like Nordstrom, Express, and Macy’s. After a long afternoon of shopping, you can enjoy a meal at adjacent restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory or California Pizza Kitchen. Downtown San Mateo is a wonderful place to spend time, day or night. Maintaining its historic feel, there is plenty for the whole family to do or see here. Dining is one of the top ways to enjoy time downtown, with great food, from fondue to sushi, is found on every corner. At the Cinemark 12 Downtown San Mateo, you can catch all the latest blockbusters.
The economy in San Mateo is incredibly diverse, there are business headquarters and office spaces for technology, financial services, retail, and more industries found within the city. Some of the top employers in the area include Sony Interactive Entertainment and Franklin Temple Investments. The city is also home to two Caltrain stations, making it easy to use public transit for traveling around Silicon Valley.
Residents of San Mateo are served by both the San Mateo-Foster City School District and San Mateo Union High School District. The city is home to several distinguished schools, including Carlmont High School and Ralston Middle School. The city is also home to the College of San Mateo, a public community college that offers transfer admission guarantees with seven of the nine UC campuses.