If you want to be in the center of what's happening in San Mateo, Hillsdale is a great neighborhood to settle down. This is a popular choice for families due to the low crime rate and close proximity to kid-friendly events.
Rent is high in this region, as you are paying for cleanliness, safety, and proximity to the county events center and Seal Slough. This is the Bay Area, though, and rents run high almost everywhere. Studio apartments start at $1675, and at the high end, rent can run you over $5000. Most of the apartments in Hillsdale San Mateo with higher rents are on the slough, and come with water views.
There is a nice mix of family and upscale restaurants in Hillsdale San Mateo, with an emphasis on health. This is not surprising considering that this is the place where San Mateo residents do their Trader Joes and Whole Foods shopping. Whether you're into ethnic food or California healthy, there are lots of choices within walking distance of an apartment in this neighborhood. The San Mateo County Event Center is in the heart of this neighborhood, giving access to year-round events like the County Fair.
Pet owners rejoice! Hillsdale San Mateo has a large number of pet-friendly options. From the standard chain pet stores like PetSmart to a number of vet practices and animal hospitals, the basics are easy to find. Parks like the Aquatic Park along Seal Slough are great places to walk. For those who are looking for more, there are also groomers/boutiques to choose from, and even some thoroughbred clubs and specialty stores.
The Bay Area has been working hard to make a region that doesn't require a car to navigate. San Mateo has done a great job with SamTrans. There is a strong bus and rail infrastructure, and they're working to continue to improve this, as there is a lot of public support for the ability to work while commuting here. In addition, they offer the transit fun guide each year, highlighting certain events and family fun activities and how to get there by bus or train.
The Bay Area ranks consistently high in education, as they have both the support of top-tier institutions like Berkeley and Stanford, as well as the public support of the glut of computer nerds that the Tech Industry has brought to the region. Students living in Hillsdale who are interested in Public school fall under the San Mateo Foster City School District. The district has twenty schools, which they work to maintain excellent rankings. The two local high schools are San Mateo High and San Mateo Union, both of which have excellent options. Indeed, a high school that has its own separate biotechnology building like San Mateo High is definitely creating a wonderful opportunity for kids interested in Math and Science. For those who want private education, there are a few possibilities here as well. Due to the strong college prep aspect of the public schools, there is little need for a private version here. Instead, the two main philosophies of the private schools are religious, particularly christian and jewish, and non-traditional.