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Atherton
Belmont
Burlingame
Daly City
El Granada
Foster City
Half Moon Bay
Hillsborough
Los Altos
Los Altos Hills
Menlo Park
Millbrae
Montara
Moss Beach
Mountain View
Pacifica
Palo Alto
Portola Valley
Redwood City
Redwood Shores
San Carlos
San Mateo
Saratoga
Woodside
 
Atherton TOP OF PAGE

Atherton located in southern San Mateo County, just a short drive from Palo Alto and Stanford University lies the prestigious town of Atherton. Named after Faxon Atherton, a rich hide and tallow trader from Chile who bought over 600 acres and built the first mansion in the area, Atherton is rich in history and unique in its character

Beginning on the flatlands and moving westward to the hills, Atherton features beautiful heritage trees and elegant gardens. It is still a “plain of oaks” and residents like it that way. There are 49 miles of roads in Atherton and about 2500 households with no industry or business in the town. Residents shop in nearby Menlo Park, Redwood City and Palo Alto.

Students attend either one of the several private schools in town or schools in the Menlo Park/Las Lomitas elementary districts and the Sequoia Union High district. The high school, Menlo-Atherton High, is one of the highest scoring schools in the peninsula and it is supported strongly by the community through bonds.

Atherton has gorgeous views everywhere. On the flatlands, you can enjoy an abundance native live oaks, white oaks, bay trees, redwood trees, cedars, pines and other ornamental trees. In the hills you can see the bay. Commuting to Silicon Valley and Stanford is easy via freeway or CalTrain.

Crime in Atherton is practically non-existent due to the towns zero tolerance. Traffic is strictly regulated and it is the police department’s policy to respond to each and every call. This makes Atherton an excellent location for families who can afford it.

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Belmont TOP OF PAGE

Belmont is a tranquil community built primarily on the hills overlooking San Francisco Bay and the coastal range. The small, but busy, downtown has easy access to freeway and rail transportation and is a mix of locally owned shops and commercial shopping. The population of 25,000 works in San Mateo County with only 17 % commuting elsewhere. There are excellent private and public schools with exceptionally high-test scores and several community colleges in the adjacent towns. Belmont has a rich heritage of fine homes from the turn of the twentieth century and enjoys the security of a very low crime rate less than one-fifth the national average.

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Burlingame TOP OF PAGE

Burlingame, the "City of Trees" boosts 18,000 public trees on its 5.5 square miles. This upscale community of 28,000 enjoys a very high standard of living including trendy shops, high-quality hotels, and extensive commercial operations. Located near the San Francisco International Airport and on the bay, Burlingame offers warm hospitality, great shopping, fine dining, and year-round outdoor recreation in a beautiful setting. With an exceptionally low crime rate and superior public and private schools scoring in the upper 5% of the nation, this charming community ranks among one of the most desirable places to live in the Western United States.

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Daly City TOP OF PAGE

Daly City, the gateway to peninsula, it’s one of the older cities in San Mateo County and consists of older established neighborhoods, newer developments, and some planned developments with outstanding city and ocean views. Numerous shopping and restaurant options exist in Daly City. With its close proximity to San Francisco and a centrally located Bart station and another nearby in Colma, Daly City offers an excellent location for commuting to downtown San Francisco, the airport (SFO), the peninsula or Silicone Valley.

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El Granada TOP OF PAGE

El Granada "the jewel of the coast," is a small, picturesque community on the Pacific Ocean side of the Coastal Range. With about 5,000 inhabitants, it is blessed with spectacular ocean beaches and unobstructed views of the migrating Gray whales and other sea mammals who make their homes along the San Mateo County Coast. Away form the hustle and bustle of the “other side of the mountain,” El Granada is accessible by scenic Highway 1 just a few miles north of the city of Half Moon Bay. El Granada and the Princeton Harbor area are home to some of the finest restaurants and beaches on the coast. The world famous "Mavericks" surf spot is close by. The schools are excellent, in the top 8% in the nation, and citizen participation is at a very high level in this peaceful, small town.

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Foster City TOP OF PAGE

Foster City is located in California’s San Mateo County halfway down a peninsula that juts up between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. A very water-oriented community, Foster City has 223 acres of waterways, 13 miles of shoreline and 12 residential islands. Residents can often be seen enjoying peaceful views from their backyard decks.

Most of the homes in Foster City were built in the last 30 years. One of the few master-planned cities in the San Francisco Bay Area, Foster City has a nice mix of homes—from small town homes to elegant custom estates on the water.

Both the San Mateo-Foster City district and the San Mateo Union High District serve schools in Foster City. Students in all schools score quite high in standardized testing with scores that range from the 70th percentile all the way up to the 90th percentile.

There are many employment opportunities in and around Foster City with a good number of biotech firms located in the area. Visa has chosen Foster City as its headquarters, bringing over 900 jobs to the area. For those who commute to San Francisco, it is a 21-mile drive to the north.

Residents of Foster City never have to commute to find recreation. There is plenty of it right here. Nineteen parks are within the city limits and there is a nine-hole golf course with a new driving range. Boating and wind surfing are popular pastimes and there is a fishing pier that extends into the Bay. In the summer, swimming is available in Foster City’s many lagoons.

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Half Moon Bay TOP OF PAGE

Half Moon Bay is a small town right on the Pacific Ocean in California’s San Mateo County.

One of the county’s oldest communities, Half Moon Bay was, and is still largely, a farm community. Major crops in Half Moon Bay are strawflowers, artichokes, cabbage, and sprouts. Although Half Moon Bay is home to a very popular annual Pumpkin Festival, pumpkins do not rank as one the area’s big agricultural assets.

If you like the ocean, Half Moon Bay is the town for you. Most homes are within a few blocks of the Pacific and are built on flat land. There are older homes easy of the highway and country club estates in the south section of town as well as everything in between in the center. You can find something for everyone in Half Moon Bay and the prices are very reasonable

Schools in Half Moon Bay are very good and enjoy much support from the community. Some schools have bilingual programs. The elementary schools have been renovated, there is a new middle school and the high school has been expanded. Test scores reflect the area’s interest in education with most coming in above the 50th percentile.

Many residents of Half Moon Bay commute to work to San Francisco (about 47 minutes), San Mateo (about 24 minutes) or Palo Alto (approximately 35 minutes). The brave even travel as far as Silicon Valley (almost an hour’s drive away). After work, however, Half Moon Bay really stands out. There is whale watching and surfing, fishing and horseback riding, golf and fine dining. Half Moon Bay also has a state beach.

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Hillsborough TOP OF PAGE

Offering a rare combination of tranquil seclusion and access to one of the most vibrant economic areas in the world, Hillsborough is an ideal place to live, work, and raise a family. With its neighboring town, Burlingame, this area provides a unique combination of city sophistication and rural beauty. A quick drive to the San Francisco International Airport (around ten minutes from most points in Hillsborough) puts the world at your fingertips. We have a lot to brag about in Hillsborough - the home of Bing Crosby. Some of the most exclusive homes in San Mateo County are found in the community of Hillsborough. Great neighborhoods and schools, outstanding libraries and parks, and some of the best shopping and restaurants on the Peninsula.

Hillsborough has something for everyone. The newly remodeled regional shopping center, Hillsdale Shopping mall. Stroll around our downtown commercial district, Burlingame Avenue.

Hillsborough is an ideal community location, situated between two major freeways, 101 and I-280. Hillsborough provides a link with San Francisco to the north, and Silicon Valley to the south and the East Bay to the east. Hillsborough's proximity to San Francisco Airport provides convenient air transportation.

Maintaining the quality of life remains a key goal for our community. We recognize our financial strength relies on a strong partnership between our residential and business community. Our elected officials and the many citizen volunteers who serve carefully plan the City’s growth on our advisory boards and commissions.

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Los Altos TOP OF PAGE

Los Altos is one of Santa Clara County’s most prestigious towns. It is located in the northern end of the county, just 10 minutes from Palo Alto and Stanford University. With a quaint and charming downtown, Los Altos features many first-class restaurants, bakeries, art galleries and boutiques. Possessing a country atmosphere, many of the streets in this city are lined with tall trees and are without sidewalks. It is a peaceful, yet upscale feeling. The town slopes gently toward San Francisco Bay and sports many homes on large lots of 1/4 acre or more. School rankings in Los Altos are very high and crime ratings are among the lowest in the state. High school seniors have many higher educational opportunities nearby including Foothill Junior College and Stanford University. After graduating college, there are a multitude of employment opportunities within a short commute including many Silicon Valley firms like Intel, Apple Computer and Hewlett-Packard. After work and school, residents can enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities. There are 10 parks in Los Altos and many youth activities, including baseball, soccer, drama and dance. The library has been expanded and there is a yearly Festival of Lights Parade as well as an annual Pet Parade, both of which are very popular. Temperatures in Los Altos are Bay Area mild with the wintertime averages around 58-60° and summertime averages hovering around 75-80°.

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Los Altos Hills TOP OF PAGE

Los Altos Hills has the honor of being home to many of Santa Clara County’s top professionals. Originally known as a place for wealthy San Franciscans who were escaping the fog, Los Altos Hills was incorporated in 1956 to control development. Located in the hills above Silicon Valley, this city is now stable, established and intimate. Offering gorgeous valley views, Los Altos Hills homes are on one-acre lots minimum. Trees overhang many roads, creating tunnels of leaves and branches, which shelter mansions of elegance and taste, many of which have pools and tennis courts. This is also an area for equestrians and it is not uncommon to find quality stables on properties. Laws in Los Altos Hills protect the area’s lush redwoods, oaks and vegetation. Some locals enjoy membership in the local country club and many take advantage of the cultural life offered through Foothill Community College. Walkers enjoy the many paths that meander throughout town and there are various other recreational opportunities throughout the area including golf, tennis and horseback riding. Served by the Los Altos School District, schools in the area score very high with Santa Rita and Bullis-Purissima having received national blue ribbons for academic excellence.

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Menlo Park TOP OF PAGE

At the turn of the 20th century, Menlo Park was a summer home location for wealthy San Francisco professionals. Many large homes remain from that era with huge oak trees and other lush vegetation. Today Menlo Park is an upscale community, primarily residential, with a number of private prep schools, colleges and an excellent public school system. A complete selection of shops and stores is available downtown along with many fine restaurants. Located at the southern-most end of San Mateo County, the population of 35,000, which includes West Menlo Park, enjoys one of the nation's lowest crime rates. Although most of the homes are valued well above the Peninsula average, there are affordable areas in Menlo Park.

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Millbrae TOP OF PAGE

Millbrae is located in the northern part of California’s San Mateo County just northwest of the San Francisco International Airport. Millbrae is on the San Francisco Bay and ascends into the hills

Incorporated in 1948, Millbrae experienced a boom in housing construction after World War II. It is, and has always been, a middle-to upper middle class town with attractive, well-kept homes. Homes in the hills often have decks for taking advantage of the beautiful views. Those nearer the highway are smaller and more affordable.

Schools in Millbrae are excellent with academic rankings in the 40th to 90th percentile. Elementary schools are all connected to the Internet and four of them offer day care for working parents. The schools receive a lot of support from both parents and the business community and show the result of that care.

Millbrae has easy access to two freeways and is right next to a major airport, making it a city that is easy to commute from. Millbrae is also served by Cal Train, which goes to Silicon Valley and by SamTrans for local bus transportation.

After school and work, residents have easy access to many recreational opportunities. There are ten parks in Millbrae, one with a PAR course. Green Hills Country Club is in the middle of town and, on the western side is Crystal Springs Reservoir where hiking is popular. The annual Arts and Wine Festival in Millbrae is a popular event and draws over 100,000 visitors.

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Montara TOP OF PAGE

Montara is a community of about 3,000 hugging the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay on the San Mateo County Coast. There are necessity businesses and a few specialty shops and a few fine restaurants. Most of the housing has been built within the past 25 years and a large number have ocean views. The town is accessible by scenic Highway 1. Montara is in the Cabrillo Unified School District, which ranks in the upper 20% of national test scores. Access to beautiful beaches, fine ocean view homes and a woodsy almost rural setting make this close knit community a wonderful place to call home. For the horse enthusiast, the back of Montara in the Sunshine Valley area is horse stables and miles of riding trails.

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Moss Beach TOP OF PAGE

Moss Beach is a beautiful community on a point overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The relatively affluent population of 3,100 live in homes most of which are under twenty years old. The “quiet life” surrounded by spectacular views, walking and bicycle trails, crashing surf and exciting beaches seem to be the objective of the inhabitants. Access to the town is limited to Highway 1, the coastal highway between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay. The weather is typically cooler, and frequently overcast. Moss Beach is home to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve -- a beautiful beach of tide pools and reef formations where you can explore and observe marine life. Locals and visitors are drawn to the Moss Beach Distillery. A fine restaurant overlooking the crashing surfs. On a sunny day, order a bucket of "steamers" a bottle of wine and sit outside with a blanket and enjoy the peace of the coastal lifestyle.

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Mountain View TOP OF PAGE

Mountain View is located at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay. The city is home to some of the top computer and electronic firms. Its most striking feature is the NASA-Ames Research Center. With a population of over 70,000, housing is a blend of single-family and rental properties, which makes it a logical choice for single business people. Mountain View is home to the Shoreline Amphitheater and sports a newly revamped downtown and Chinatown section. Its elementary schools are ranked in the top 10% in the state and there are many parks and recreational areas.

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Pacifica TOP OF PAGE

Pacifica means "peace" in Spanish. However, Pacifica's name was the product of a contest held in 1957 to find a name for the newly incorporated coastal city. Pacifica is one of the youngest communities in San Mateo County and yet its Spanish origins make it one of the oldest. It is the most beautiful hidden coastal town in all of the San Francisco Bay Area. It has enchanting hillsides and beaches, a lovely 18-hole golf course, and protected hillsides with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Pacifica is a residential community with quick access to San Francisco and Peninsula business centers. Its 40,000 inhabitants enjoy excellent schools and a very low crime rate. There are many neighborhood shopping centers and several fine restaurants in the area. Beachcombing, the fishing pier and access to mountain hiking and biking trails give Pacifica several options for outdoor activities.

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Palo Alto TOP OF PAGE

Palo Alto is located at the north end of Santa Clara County, just a short drive from San Francisco International Airport.

One of Santa Clara County's most prestigious addresses, Palo Alto is home to Stanford University. The San Francisco Chronicle for good cause named it. Palo Alto has tree-lined streets, gorgeous homes and a low crime rate. The schools score very high on standardized testing with many students taking advanced classes. Palo Alto High School won an Excellence in Education Award and was honored at the White House.

Because of its excellent location, Palo Alto residents generally have a very good commute to work. With companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Syntex and Varian located within the city, many people work right in town. For those who commute to other Silicon Valley towns, there are two freeways, Cal Train and a short drive to San Francisco International Airport.

After work, recreational opportunities abound. There are 30 parks in Palo Alto, including a 1400-acre park in the Santa Cruz Mountains reserved solely for Palo Alto residents. Many cultural events are held at Stanford University as well as major college football and basketball. Palo Alto has a number of excellent restaurants and upscale coffee shops as well as many youth activities and enrichment opportunities.

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Portola Valley TOP OF PAGE

Portola Valley is a rural residential community at the southwestern end of San Mateo County. It covers the heavily wooded hills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and contains upscale homes and estates. Protected form the winds and fog that characterize most of the bay area, the climate is nearly perfect. Stanford University is nearby and residents have quick access to I-280 and the extensive business areas of Menlo Park and Palo Alto. Excellent schools and low crime along with the natural beauty of the area attract the affluent families of the Lower Peninsula and Silicone Valley.

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Redwood City TOP OF PAGE

Redwood City is located in California’s San Mateo County about twelve miles south of the San Francisco Airport and ten miles north of Palo Alto.

Incorporated in 1868, Redwood City is the county seat of San Mateo County and its third most populated city. Diverse and with a variety of housing styles, Redwood City offers everything from cottages to castles. The older sections of Redwood City sports charming smaller homes while the newer neighborhoods, including Redwood Shores and Emerald Lake, offer beautiful upscale living with views of San Francisco Bay.

Four different districts serve schools in Redwood City. Many of the schools in Redwood City have been renovated and some have technology-computer centers. There are magnet schools available as well as bilingual programs at Redwood City elementary schools. Some elementary schools offer after school care. With a variety of resources available and class sizes being reduced, students tend to score very well in testing with scores ranging from the mid to upper percentiles. For higher education, residents can attend Cañada College, situated right on the city’s border

Employment opportunities in and around Redwood City are vast. There are a number of high-tech firms in Redwood Shores with Oracle and Electronic Arts being major employers. The San Francisco Airport, San Mateo County’s largest employer is close by and two major highways—Highway 101 and Highway 280 offer reasonable commutes.

On the weekends, Redwood City residents can enjoy a number of recreational activities. Redwood City is home to a number of parks and playgrounds as well as 20 public tennis courts and an ice-skating rink. For the nautically inclined there are several marinas in Redwood City as well as a yacht club.

An excellent City with lots to offer, Redwood City welcomes you for a visit.

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Redwood Shores TOP OF PAGE

One of the very few new areas still under development is the community of Redwood Shores. Although it is within the City Limits of Redwood City and Belmont, this is a distinct community east of US 101 between the freeway and the bay. The beautifully landscaped homes are set among lagoons and saltwater ways with a network of bicycle and walking trails. A major shopping center recently opened and the community has a number of high-rise office buildings including the very large Oracle complex. Redwood Shores depends on the cities across the freeway for police and fire support as well as for school and churches. Because of the economic power behind this rapidly growing community, it is expected that it will soon develop its own social infrastructure.

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San Carlos TOP OF PAGE

San Carlos is a wonderful community twenty-five miles south of San Francisco reachable by both highway 101 and I-280. Its population of 26,000 works primarily in San Mateo County with 16% commuting to San Francisco or elsewhere in the Bay area. The schools are of high quality ranking in the top 4% of the nation. The neighborhoods are friendly and well established with mature oak trees lining the streets. A saying among real estate professionals holds that "…there are no bad areas in San Carlos." The new Hiller Museum opened in the summer of 1998. This museum is located at the San Carlos Airport and offers a fascinating look at the history of aviation in northern California through the aircraft collection of Stanley Hiller, the father of the modern helicopter.

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San Mateo TOP OF PAGE

San Mateo is located within San Mateo County about 18 miles from downtown San Francisco. It is the second most populous city in the county.

Rising from the San Francisco Bay into the hills, San Mateo is a middle-class city with a diversified housing stock. Many homes in the area were built between 1940 and 1960 but you will also find a variety of newer homes. From town homes to family homes, there is a lot to choose from in San Mateo.

Schools in San Mateo are very good. They score in the 70th to 90th percentiles in standardized testing. The local high school has won national recognition for excellence. Residents recently approved a bond to renovate elementary schools and built new facilities.

Employment in and around San Mateo is plentiful. The Hillsdale Mall provides many opportunities with its major department stores and there are two major hospitals in the area. For those who wish to commute either to nearby San Jose or San Francisco there are several highways as well as a commuter train and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).

After work, San Mateo residents have many opportunities for play. There are a number of parks in the area as well as a marina and bike paths that criss-cross the town. Residents can attend thoroughbred racing at Bay Meadows or enjoy a Bay beach and swimming at Coyote Point. Just west of the city is Crystal Springs Reservoir where you will find miles of open space and trails.

For affordable, convenient and enjoyable Bay Area living, San Mateo is an excellent choice.

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Saratoga TOP OF PAGE

Pretty and prestigious Saratoga is home to many of Silicon Valley's judges, doctors, middle and upper managers. Nestled against the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Saratoga has a charming old town and a mineral springs in the hills. It is just a short drive to many major employers such as Apple Computer, Intel and Silicon Graphics. Those commuting from Saratoga can take the new Highway 85 that ties into the Santa Clara County freeway network.

Saratoga is served by six school districts and all scores run in the 80th and 90th percentiles. In the 1996 math SAT, Saratoga High scored fourth highest in California. Education is strongly supported by the community. Higher education opportunities also exist in the form of West Valley Community College and nearby DeAnza Junior College as well as San Jose State University.

Saratoga is a wonderful town for recreation with nine parks and a community theater as well as regular concerts at the local Mountain Winery. There is a multitude of first-class restaurants, as well as beautiful and historic Villa Montalvo, which is the site of many cultural events.

Saratoga works to preserve its beauty and is a slow-growth oriented city of predominantly three, four and five bedroom homes. Opulent custom homes can be found in the hills.

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Woodside TOP OF PAGE

In San Mateo County halfway between San Francisco and San Jose, you’ll find the prestigious town of Woodside. Aptly named, Woodside sets amid huge second growth redwoods. Woodside Store, after which the town was named, was the center of logging activity in the early 1900s. That store is now a museum and the town is populated not by loggers, but by those who are seeking a quiet and beautiful home.

Woodside is known as a horse community. There are many equestrian estates, as well as some gorgeous mansions. You can also find some small mountain cabins on ¼ acre lots. Many famous people have sought to take advantage of Woodside’s peace and quiet and have purchased homes in the area. Some of the town’s more famous current and past residents have included Tennessee Ernie Ford, Shirley Temple Black and Tom Cruise. Woodside is also the home of the Gorilla Foundation, which fosters Koko, the gorilla who communicates in sign language.

The Woodside School District consists of one elementary school, which ranks in the top 10 percent of the state and is a California Distinguished School. Teenagers attend Woodside High. For higher education, residents can take advantage of nearby College of San Mateo or Cañada College. Foothill College is about a 15-minute drive away.

As Woodside backs on to a game refuge, deer watching is a common activity in the area. Residents can also take advantage of the town’s small library as well as the county park. Filoli, a beautiful and famous estate, is open for tours and many cultural activities can be found in nearby Silicon Valley or San Francisco.

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