Larger in scale than neighboring Burlingame, San Mateo boasts a wider housing diversity ranging from condominiums and entry-level houses to elite mansions and new constructions. With a population cresting 104,000 as of 2017, San Mateo blends big city amenities with many charming village-like districts. Downtown along B Street is a bustling restaurant scene with a Century movie theater, the famous Draeger’s Market, Yoga Studios, and coffeehouses. Equinox Gym and Central Park are other downtown conveniences just off of El Camino Real.
The treasured neighborhoods of Aragon and Baywood rank among the most desirable on the Peninsula, with top local school assignments to match. Low Supply and High Demand is the name of the game in these spots. Aragon and Baywood provide a storybook feel in the spirit of Southern California’s Pasadena, or the East Bay’s Piedmont: complete with architectural gems of the 1920s and 1930s, tree-lined blocks, and fairytale gardens. Aragon and Baywood homes typically range from $2,000,000 - $4,000,000. Within walking distance are San Mateo’s highest schools of Baywood Elementary, Borel Middle, and Aragon High.
San Mateo’s original estate neighborhood, circa-1890s San Mateo Park, is a marvel of curving roads and magnificent manor houses, which will typically range in the $3,000,000 - $6,000,000 bracket. Further abroad in the expansive City of San Mateo, you will find everything from waterfront homes, high-rise apartment and condo towers, Bay-view homes tucked into the hills, and even some new developments such as Bay Meadows (circa 2015). Hot spots in the entry to mid-level price bracket include San Mateo Village, Sunnybrae, Hayward Park, and Beresford Manor. These price points will typically range from $1,300,000 - $2,100,000. Just east of the 101 Freeway, the neighborhoods of Shoreview and North Shoreview are San Mateo’s closest approximation to “entry-level” for single-family homes, with still some availability in the $800,000 - $1,000,000 range.
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