7.1 out of 10


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Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Medical Facilities
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Not Just for the Birds"

Birds is the bayside neighborhood just to the south of the toll booths on the San Mateo Bridge. Being newly a fan of Eichler homes, especially when they are really well-kept like they are in this neighborhood—I really love this neighborhood. The streets are wide open and the homes have really well-kept lawns, the whole thing has a really sleek MOD sort of look to it, sort of like stepping into a 1960’s movie in a way.

It is also cool that it is bay side. You can see the San Mateo Bridge arching off towards Hayward and Union City, and you get a cool bay breeze as well. (Though, of course, sea level rise is a bit of a long term concern.)

There are also some pretty bland looking apartment villages out here. They are of the older cramped looking variety that have thankfully gone out of fashion.

There is also a veterinarian and a daycare center out here, so you will definitely have all of your little critters’ needs taken care of here.

The median home here goes for around $775K which would be about $3500/mo. That is almost there. We will definitely have to keep an eye on this neighborhood.

Only about 1 in 3 homes are on sale due to foreclosure, which is a good sign for the health of the neighborhood.

Overall, I would love to live here.
  • Cool Eichlers
  • Nice Bayside Location
  • Good Schools
  • Somewhat Expensive
  • A Bit Out of the Way
  • No Real Nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5

"Upper echelon of San Francisco peninsula bayside communities"

A small bayside community, Birds is one of the best cities in Foster City. It not only provides a warm, family-friendly aesthetic, but offers some of the nicest, most affluent homes in the city. And if you’re lucky, some properties overlook the beautiful San Francisco bay. Geographically speaking, the district is somewhat isolated, separated from the rest of the city by the Central Lake’s runoffs/canals that feed into the bay. It is also almost exclusively residential and encompasses about a dozen flat neighborhood roads.

Birds’ residential quarters are an inviting place to raise a family. It’s pristine looking suburban aesthetic and elegant community landscaping evoke a strong sense of community and tip it into the upper echelon of local peninsula properties. Homes are a mix between one and two-story residences with somewhat sizable properties and well-manicured lawns. They also provide polished house fronts and two-car garages with enough space in the driveway to park two more cars. Price tags for this real-estate will cost you a pretty penny, but well worth it considering its bayside location.

Although Birds’ public transit is fairly limited, it is nestled along US Route 92 and the San Mateo Bridge, the latter of which provides convenient access to the East Bay. For your shopping options, there are a couple neighborhood joints situated within the southeasterly commercial plaza (but nothing more than your daily errands). And if you like exercising outdoors, a long jogging path follows the San Francisco bay shore.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers

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