Community Spotlight: Foster City Lagoon

July 11, 2018

Love the water? Many have no idea that you can water ski in Foster City. This lagoon between Foster City and San Mateo is the only one that allows power boats but you’ll also see crew teams practice here, occasional paddle boarders, and canoes. Foster City is a hidden jewel with a whole series of lagoons plus it’s right on the Bay Trail that literally runs along the Bay. Unless you come here for the fireworks, you may not know much about Foster City. Housing prices are considered affordable for the Peninsula with the average single family home right now at $1.9M and condos at $1.25M. There are currently 15 homes for sale for less than $2M. Interested? Contact us to learn more.


Community Spotlight: Red Morton Park

June 26, 2018

📣 Looking for a home close to parks? Consider Red Morton Park in #RedwoodCity. 31 acres and just over one mile to all the excitement in downtown (if you haven’t been downtown lately, you must!) This is a transitional neighborhood with varying prices (and some considered “affordable” for the Peninsula). From charming bungalows in need of repair to fully remodeled designer homes. The MLS area (333) is referred to as Central Park. The average single-family home price this year is $1.6M; 5 years ago it was $875K. Currently there are 9 homes for sale from $1.495 to $2.399M. Red Morton Park is amazing – pool, tennis courts, bocce, soccer, basketball, dogs, kids, so much fun! DM or email us to learn more.

The 15th Annual Ryan Phua Memorial Kids’ Ride

June 9, 2018

The 15th Annual Ryan Phua Memorial Kids’ Ride is taking place tomorrow in front of the Burlingame Library at 10:30 am.

The Ryan Phua Memorial Fund (Ryan’s Fund) was established through the LIVESTRONG Foundation to fund cancer-related programs. To date, over $800,000 has been raised. Our mission is to focus on cancer programs which address issues including, but not limited to community survivorship, palliative care and end of life care. We hope a difference can be made in the social recovery of families and their loved ones who have been affected by cancer.

Ryan’s Ride is named in memory of Ryan Phua, one of our twins son, born after John’s successful recovery from cancer. Ryan was a healthy charming little boy who made our home sparkle with excitement. At the age of 2 1/2, Ryan passed away from Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) on July 8, 2003. Our family misses our son and brother in our lives every day, and we now focus our energy on planning Ryan’s Ride to celebrate his life and feel his presence more than his absence.

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Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade

May 22, 2018

This Memorial Day weekend, we honor and remember our country’s fallen soldiers. There is no better way to celebrate the lives of our heroes than with friends, family, and community.

9th Annual Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade Carnival & Music Festival 

The parade starts at 10:30am at Town Hall, line up beginning at 9:30am. The route goes straight up Floribunda, left on Eucalyptus, finishing at North Hillsborough Elementary School. This event features the San Mateo County Horsemen’s Association Color Guard, Wells Fargo Stagecoach, the San Mateo Marching Band, the Burlingame High School Band, the Los Trancos Marching Band, our schools, our dignitaries, community services organizations and so much more. 

The Observance Ceremony will be right after the end of the parade, at approximately 11:45am. The music festival will begin immediately after that, at 12:00ish.

Spotlight on Bay Meadows

May 3, 2018

Bay Meadows Community Spotlight

It’s time for a spotlight on the Bay Meadows community in San Mateo. If you’ve been following us on any of our social media channels, you’ve seen that we sell a lot of homes here. It happened quickly and in a very short time. Why? Because Bay Meadows is a wonderful community and a lot of people want to live here. But there are also many that don’t know of its existence – after all it was once a horse track and the Event Center, which still remains today and is home to the long-running San Mateo County Fair. Well… you should see it now.

What is in Bay Meadows?

Mirror Labyrinth in Bay Meadows, San Mateo

Bay Meadows is the epitome of urban life. It’s so new that we have friends who didn’t even know you can now drive through on Delaware Street and connect directly to Old County Road (that’s a tip for you commuters who need an alternate route to the always-busy El Camino Real). You’re going to be amazed when you drive by and immediately see the new headquarters for SurveyMonkey and OpenText, the trendy Tin Pot Creamery, Blue Bottle Coffee, soon-to-open Roam Burgers, and the open-air, outside-only, no-inside-seating Fieldwork Brewing Company (how Californian!) plus we hear that there’s going to be a Bay Meadows Farmers Market very soon! Oh, and all this is directly across the railroad tracks from Hillsdale Shopping Center and wow, have you seen what’s going on there?! (Brick and mortar is clearly not dead). As if all this isn’t enough to lure you in, Bay Meadows is home to Whole Foods, Peet’s, Starbucks, and a bunch of other restaurants – all of which have been there now for many years and kind of anchored the whole place.

Who’s buying here?

One of our more recent sales in Bay Meadows was to Michael Chai, a super nice, single tech guy whose mom visits regularly from Taiwan. The caveat? She doesn’t drive and needs a place with “walkability” let alone with a Caltrain stop right in the neighborhood! The perfect place for Mom. There’s even a Google bus stop right there (not that Mom will be using that)! Finding a place like this on the Peninsula is rare. This community is great for singles, young families (you should see the parks they’ve built), move-down buyers from big homes in Burlingame and Hillsborough, or really just anyone looking for an easy way of living literally midway between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. So, if you haven’t seen it, or haven’t been there for a while, Bay Meadows is definitely worth checking out. They’re still building brand new townhomes and commercial space and we keep an ear close to the ground for anyone that might be looking to sell.

Tell us what you think – do you like the idea of communities like these where everything is at your doorstep? Or do you prefer more of the traditional suburban lifestyle or just go straight to the real deal like downtown San Francisco?