If the idea of living close to beaches, metropolitan centers, wine country, national parks, a thriving bike culture, and more appeals to you, then chances are you’ll like the Mid- Peninsula, San Mateo County area.
The San Francisco Bay Area’s Mid-Peninsula subregion is located entirely within northern San Mateo County, with a focus on the core markets of Burlingame, Hillsborough, and San Mateo. The Silicon Valley region serves the southern San Mateo County communities of Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, and Woodside.
Considered one of the best parts of the Bay Area, most of the San Mateo County is often considered perfect for commuting. By automobile, the commute is about thirty minutes from any part of the Bay Area., a little more than twenty minutes from downtown San Francisco and the same from some of the outer neighborhoods of the city.
Many people think commuting is even better by public transportation choices. The county’s public-transportation system offers convenient commute options in either direction. Public transportation choices include the Caltrain commuter train system, the SamTrans local bus service, and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) rail and subway system.
It is hard not to be spellbound by San Mateo County, just drive along the rugged coastline and you see any of the more than a dozen state and county parks. These parks encompass lovely redwood valleys and lush grasslands. Some highlights include:
- Nuevo State Park. A mainland breeding colony for the northern elephant seal. The seals have attracted so much interest that early reservations are needed during the winter breeding season.
- Family Friendly beaches along state Route 1. Stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, windsurfing are popular.
Bucket list aside, most of the cities are medium size urban cities, thriving on a vibrant often revitalized downtowns. Schools are outstanding, with an average high school ACT average of 29.
It is worth noting that those that are new to the Bay Area are often surprised by the cost of the average home. The San Mateo County and Bay Area is often described as a tight geography, that the booming tech industry has produced. In our over 50 years combined experience, Helen and Brad Homes has found that while home prices are high, the real estate is flexible in challenging economic times and flourishes during good times. We will work with you, discuss your needs, the size of your family, your commute, local school options, your price point, and your time horizon.
To learn more about Mid-Peninsula real estate, contact Helen and Brad Homes. Helen and Brad Miller are your experts on Bay Area Living. We want you to be informed about the best homes available and we will see that you have many quality choices.
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