It's the "Sunshine Suburb along the Bayshore Blvd." Reminds a lot of people of a charming European village.
Very family oriented with small town character.
Call me at 650.520.7483 and we can discuss the possibilites.
And BID LOW on the house starting out to find a Motivated Seller...of course, try to get as many loan credits and credits for repairs, also, to get the best "Deal" possible. Probably best to rent first and then work on getting a good deal on a house next year (More Foreclosures expected...)
Have you checked out the website http://www.greatschools.net it rates all the schools and is a great resource for parents. I have two kids myself and understand the importance of good schools. When you look at that website the scores for Brisbane Elementary are rated a 6 out of 10(which is not too good) and the API is 791. I know you want to be close to your work , but the schools in Belmont, San Carlos, Foster City, Redwood Shores with your price range of $700K would get you a nice condo or townhouse there as well with EXCELLENT schools. All either 9 out of 10 or 10's! The commute is not too bad either. I hope this helps.