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San Mateo County on the San Francisco Peninsula is graced with natural scenic beauty and an incredible variety of activities that would be hard to match elsewhere. It is the location of the San Francisco International Airport and is just minutes away from downtown San Francisco. Picturesque Monterey, Yosemite and the Napa Valley wine country are just a couple of hours away. The county itself offers an unending array of activities to enjoy. On the ocean side, one can participate in a unique elephant seal or whale watching adventure, enjoy deep-sea fishing or stroll the miles of unspoiled beaches and magnificent redwoods. Golf, tennis, wind surfing and horse racing will thrill the sports lover. Historic mansions, museums, lighthouses and important landmarks of the county’s fascinating past will delight history lovers. Gorgeous natural scenery, attractions, showplace homes and colorful fields and gardens offer a feast for the eyes. All this, plus fine dining, entertainment, shopping and accommodations to fit every budget, make San Mateo County, conveniently located on the San Francisco Peninsula, the place for a memorable California meeting, vacation or as a place to live.

San Mateo County includes the cities of Daly City, Pacifica, Hillsborough, Burlingame, San Bruno, Millbrae, Redwood City, Menlo Park, Foster City, Belmont, San Carlos, Half Moon Bay, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley. Between December 2000 and December 2001, the countrywide average monthly rent for a vacant apartment DECREASED 17.5 % for a one-bedroom apartment to $1,415* and 9.7% for a two-bedroom apartment to $1,764. This meant that median-income average families and low-income families could afford to pay the average rents. The Coastside area of San Mateo County is one of the few places where you can find affordable homes on the coast that are often less expensive than living inland. There is something for everyone along the Coastside. You can choose from ocean front or mountain views, traditional neighborhoods and town homes, or ranch properties in remote settings. The cost of a three-bedroom, two-bath home in established neighborhoods usually range from the upper $500,000 to the low $900,000, with more amenities, space or views at the upper end of the price range. It is still possible to buy a townhome or house for around $350,000, but these properties sell quickly, are usually smaller, and may need repairs. The demand for properties continues to grow in all price ranges on the coast.


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