6.4 out of 10


37.5577865805484 -122.253638711006
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
  • LGBT+


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • 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 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5

"Pretty Nice Neighborhood"

Fish is a neighborhood on the southeastern shore of Foster City. As is the Foster City tradition, the streets are named after the neighborhood theme, which is in this case fish. So, Marlin Avenue, Seahorse Court, and Albacore Lane are among the street names here.

The homes in this neighborhood tend to be contemporary style homes, a bit on the smallish side, sometimes with backyards giving away to some of the plentiful Foster City waterways (these are the best houses in the neighborhood in my opinion).

More than half the homes here are for sale due to foreclosure, and this creates quite a bit of variation in home prices.
Homes here can go for as much as $1 million for a remodeled 1960’s home down to $400 K for a condo. The majority of homes seem to linger around $600K.

As far as renting goes, you can find a one-bedroom for $1600 to $2000 and a two-bedroom for $2000 to $2500.

The middle school, Bowditch Middle School is here in the Fish neighborhood, which is the main public middle school in Foster City. It gets very high marks, if test scores can be believed.

You also have Marlin, Sunfish, Pompano Circle and Shad parks in the neighborhood—which are small, but passable parks.
My favorite of these parks is Marlin because it gives way to the water and seems like it would be nice place to take kids in the summer.

There are also a handful of restaurants in the neighborhood (a Thai place and a Chinese place). None of these are spectacular, but if you don’t feel like going far to get some grub they will do.

Overall it is one of my favorite spots in Foster City.
  • Waterfront Living
  • Good Schools
  • Clean and Safe
  • A Bit Expensive
  • Too Many Foreclosures
  • Smaller Homes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5

"bayside living with a touch of middle-class suburbia"

Fish is a modest, bayside community nestled at the eastern edge of Foster City. The neighborhood is largely residential, bounded by Foster City Boulevard to the south, San Francisco Bay to the east, Marlin Avenue to the north and the Central Lake canal/slough system to the west. It is also firmly gripped in middle-class suburbia, to which case makes for a great environment to raise a family. For the perspective resident, it offers everything from mildly attractive homes to a couple reclusive, yet attractive condos.

Like I said, Fish’s residential quarters are a bit run-of the-mill. Homes are mixed between one and two stories, with some newer/remodeled houses scattered throughout the community. Many residences are usually condensed along each block, providing small, shallow front yards and attached two-car garages. The lucky ones that live along the small isles that make up Sailfish Isle and Dolphin Isle have the luxury of the Central Lake slew at their back porch. To which case, many residents have their little canoes and motor boats parked along the water to navigate through the canal system to which lead into other neighborhoods. For renters, there are a couple two-story apartment homes and duplexes situated along Marlin Avenue.

If you’re driving around the district, you’ll be met with polished suburban aesthetics which include fresh lawns, clean sidewalks and recently paved streets. For your shopping needs, Marlin Cove Shopping Center is the only semblance of commercial real-estate. The property only hosts a small market, a salon, a Round Table Pizza and couple boutique restaurants. For recreation, there is a long running trail that follows the Beach Park Boulevard and the vast San Francisco bay (which provide great views), but that’s about it.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers

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