6.6 out of 10


Ranked 6th best neighborhood in San Mateo
37.5572296642957 -122.331014897325
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Parking
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"Quiant Old San Mateo"

Just to the south and west of Downtown, Baywood-Aragon is one of those neighborhoods with lots of older homes that are really attractive in a quaint sort of way. Of course, when you get stately older homes in well-manicured lawns in an area already leaning towards price inflation, it can only lead one place: homes priced over 1 million dollars.

Homes here date as far back as the 1920s, with them having had their groundbreaking after 1950. These are older Mediterranean and Spanish style homes whose interiors have been vastly remodeled and whose exteriors have been immaculately preserved. With 3000 or more feet of space, you will certainly not feel cramped.

The median price for homes here is around $1.25 million, with the upper range of the spectrum cutting off at about $2.5 million.

There are also a number of high rise apartments on the north eastern end of the neighborhood for those looking to rent—something about the wide curving avenues here and the older Spanish style homes mixed with high rises remind me of Miami Beach for some reason.

The other draw of this neighborhood are the great schools both locally and for San Mateo in general. (These are complimented by excellent private schools as well.)

This is a pretty safe neighborhood as well despite being near all the entertainment venues of Downtown.

And of course, this proximity to Downtown also means it is a good spot for those who like to go out to good restaurant or to a
night spot on occasion.

Overall, one of nicest neighborhoods in San Mateo.
  • Attractive Homes
  • Good Schools
  • Good Spot for Commuters
  • Over Priced
  • Some Crime Worries Near Downtown
  • Old Home Problems
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Schools 4/5

"A neighborhood well-connected to its surrounding parts"

Baywood is a beautiful and thriving residential community within San Mateo and the greater San Francisco peninsula. As a result, it is well-connected to San Francisco, San Jose and its closer surrounding parts. Geographically speaking, the district itself stretches along North El Camino Real, is within close proximity of Downtown San Mateo and is within minutes of the San Francisco International Airport. And for the perspective resident, the area is exclusively residential, provides many suburban amenities and offers beautiful accommodations for the typical San Mateo local.

Baywood’s residential quarters are a picture perfect image of upper middle-class suburbia. The neighborhood is saturated with beautiful homes that come in all shapes, sizes and styles. For nicer homes, head towards Aragon Boulevard and Seville Way. For the most part, residences are situated on somewhat large properties with well-groomed front yards. If you trek along the district’s hillside, you’ll be afforded views of the San Francisco peninsula and surrounding hills of Skyline Boulevard. For those renting, a couple mid-size, garden-variety condos and apartment buildings line Virginia Avenue while others with deeper pockets live in the more attractive apartment buildings on Dartmouth Road.

For young families, the district’s public school system includes Baywood Elementary, Borel Middle School and Aragon High School, all of which lead their respective districts in student academic performance. Another plus is the district’s proximity to downtown San Mateo (within walking distance), which provides almost every commercial need you can think of. And finally, commuters have the nice option of working within two prolific job hubs: San Francisco and San Jose.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids

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