Located on the edge of San Francisco Bay, Foster City has a privileged location. Once upon a time, this was marshland. Beginning in the 1960s, detailed plans were laid out for a waterfront community. Adding to the charm, the plans preserved and incorporated some of the lagoons, meaning there are lots of waterfront properties here. In fact, sometimes Foster City is called the “Venice of Silicon Valley.”
The community is in the center of the Bay Area peninsula, meaning it offers easy access to San Francisco, San Jose, and the major technology hubs nearby. Located next to the San Mateo Bridge, it’s convenient for just about everything in the Bay Area. There are upscale condominiums and townhomes as well as many single-family three- and four-bedroom properties in Foster City.
The excellent schools, good restaurants, and shopping centers make it a great choice for families, while the easy access to the water and green spaces in town and nearby makes it a good choice for retirees too.
Waterfront living in a well-planned community means Foster City has a relaxed, laid-back, suburban lifestyle. Boaters love to take to the water in kayaks and sailboats. The many parks in the community also make it a nice place to get outdoors very and enjoy family-friendly activities.
Some favorite local gathering points include Chez Xue, Waterfront Pizza, and the Bridgepointe Shopping Center. There are a fair number of dining options located in Foster City. Chez Xue is a local favorite for Chinese food, and there are a number of other authentic Asian restaurants in the area. Waterfront Pizza has old-school digs, and locals love their pies. BJ’s Brewhouse is acclaimed for its burgers, brews, and cocktails. The Fish Market has the freshest and tastiest seafood.
The best shopping in Foster City is at the Bridgepointe Shopping Center, where there are both big box stores and smaller local boutiques. There’s also an ice-skating rink for taking a break from the warm Southern California weather. For other entertainment, Hillbarn Theatre and Conservatory hosts plays and other events.
Foster City residents love to get outside. Foster City’s favorite park is the Leo Ryan Park, which is located on one of the lagoons that surround the community. There’s lagoon access here, including a lovely gazebo, as well as picnic areas and an amphitheater. Tennis courts, basketball courts, and bike paths are also located here, and the park hosts a terrific annual Fourth of July fireworks show. Some other parks include the Foster City Dog Park, Gull Park, Catamaran Park, and Bridgeview Park, situated on the edge of San Francisco Bay.
The San Francisco Bay Trail runs through Foster City and is perfect for a scenic hike or bike ride. While motorboats are prohibited in the city limits, the bay and lagoons make for great kayaking, rowing, sailing, paddle boarding, fishing, and swimming. The larger green spaces and natural areas of the Santa Cruz Mountains are also never far away.
Golfers enjoy the Mariners Point Golf Center with its privileged position overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Mariners Point Golf Center is on the smaller side, only offering a 9-hole Par 3 course. However, its lovely location on the bay and proximity to the neighborhood more than make up for it.
The San Mateo-Foster City School District serves San Mateo early education while San Mateo Union High School District leads higher grade programs with the top-rated schools such as Foster City Elementary School, Bowditch Middle School, and Hillsdale High School. Some notable private schools include The Nueva School and Junipero Serra High School.