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  • Lori Lindsay

The main cities of the SF Peninsula

The region commonly known as “The Peninsula" (San Mateo County) is a string of suburbs and charming towns linked together by El Camino Real, the old "Royal Road." The coastal area is truly gorgeous and offers small town life, with easy access to big-city amenities.

The Peninsula is filled with a number of shopping centers, plazas, and tree-lined main streets notable for their pleasant cafes, boutiques, restaurants, and neighborhood stores. The moderate year-round climate, neighborly communities, abundant recreational activities, excellent regional transportation (Caltrain), and some of the best schools in California makes the Peninsula a desirable place to live.

San Mateo

A mid-Peninsula city, San Mateo offers a wide variety of housing and shopping opportunities. The bustling downtown runs along 3rd and 4th Avenues, between El Camino and the Caltrain Station, with Central Park nearby. Hillsdale Mall is the regional shopping center with large department stores and smaller specialty shops. Gracious homes in San Mateo Park, residences with views in the hills, apartments close to downtown and the waterfront, and apartments on Mariner's Island, cover the gamut of housing opportunities in this city.

Redwood City

The seat of San Mateo County, Redwood City, has a diverse population, evident in its neighborhoods. Redwood City is primarily comprised of: a port on the bay, industrial sites, numerous apartments, modest single family homes and exclusive neighborhoods along Edgewood Road and Highway 280, with many with impressive views.


Burlingame is a charming town with two Caltrain stations and two commercial centers — Broadway, the smaller, traditional shopping district and Burlingame Avenue, a more upscale shopping area with a number of boutiques and restaurants. Housing options here include apartments and single-family homes on tree-lined streets near the shopping district, or luxury hillside residences.

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