San Mateo is a suburb of San Francisco with an urban-suburban mix feel. Many families and young professionals live here. Restaurants, coffee shops, and grocery stores are within walking distance.
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1. A Short Drive to the Beach
Only a select group of cities in the continental U.S. get to have the beach right on their doorstep. San Mateo is one of them. In under an hour, you’ll be able to reach some of California’s best beaches such as Moss Beach and San Gregorio State Beach. Enjoy the heart-pumping ocean activities like paddle boarding or windsurfing, and when the weather turns colder, take casual strolls along the beach.
2. Prime Location in the Bay Area
This city is known for its stellar location in the state. It’s centrally located next to Interstate 280, Highway 101 and Highway 92. You can just hop on the highway and head north to San Francisco or south to San Jose and be there in 30 minutes or less.
3. Plenty of Outdoor Space
Despite its proximity to one of the country’s largest cities, you’ll still be able to head out into nature whenever you want. Coyote Point is a local favorite, with a park located next to the water where you can hike and picnic. Or for even more adventure, head to the Sawyer Camp Trail, which features multiple trails around a gorgeous reservoir.
4. A Thriving Tech Industry
San Mateo is part of Silicon Valley, a legendary area that’s home to technology’s biggest innovators such as Google and Facebook. It’s also considered the place to be if you are a tech startup. This means lots of job opportunities in one of the U.S.’s most profitable and leading industries.
5. Loads of Diversity
Many international cultures have a heavy influence in the San Mateo area, making it a melting pot of races, ethnicities and backgrounds. Only 46.8 percent of San Mateo residents are white, so over half of the city's population is made up of a combination of racial backgrounds like Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Korean and so many others.
6. Tasty Cuisine
When you live in a very diverse city, one thing that you can expect is a great variety of food options, and San Mateo doesn’t disappoint. From delicious Indian food at All Spice to mouthwatering ramen at Ramen Dojo, you’ll be able to enjoy cuisine from every corner of the world by only driving a few miles from your home.
7. An Environmentally Friendly Culture
Whether it’s driving hybrid cars or reducing the use of plastic, the people of San Mateo care about the environment. This city has regular environmentally friendly community events, like the Annual Bayfront Cleanup where volunteers gather together to clean up around the bay and creeks.
8. Plenty of Family Activities
The city is packed with parks and family-centered activities. On the weekends, your family can head to CuriOdyssey, a science museum/zoo. Make sure to hit up the annual San Mateo County Fair for fun-filled entertainment that takes you back to your childhood.
The SFO international airport and Millbrae BART station are 15 minutes by car ($20 Uber/Lyft), while the Downtown San Mateo Caltrain station is 15 minutes by foot. Our house is a walker's paradise, but renting a car is preferred if you will be taking advantage of the nearby beaches and other outdoor activities. Driving in San Francisco can be tricky and parking can be expensive; public transportation is highly recommended within SF.