Michael Seaton - Realty Consulting Group ( Serviving the greater bay area)
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As for the schools: We opted not to enroll our son in the local public schools because we have been so pleased with one of the local private schools, Wilkinson School, which costs roughly half what other area private schools cost. The individualized education offered there, plus the incredible community of families affiliated with Wilkinson, made it a highlight of our 16 years here on the coast. Now that he's graduated from Wilkinson (it's K-8), he's enrolled full-time in Stanford Online High School and, again, we are enjoying an utterly fantastic educational experience. We're thinking we'll stay right here in Half Moon Bay for the rest of our lives. Remember the awful heat waves of this past summer? Never a problem here. Sure, we had our usual summer "marine layer," but so what? If we need sun, we can drive to the sun in a matter of minutes. And when we do have sun -- which is far more frequent that folks "over the hill" realize -- the San Mateo County coast is paradise. We lived in Redwood City when we first moved from Southern California. When we moved to Half Moon Bay, we wished we had been here from our first day in the Bay Area.
And the community here is wonderful - you see your neighbors at the grocery store and coffee shop, you know your neighbor's kids and they know yours (the kids may not appreciate this as they get older, but it's a pretty nice thing as a parent).
If you are only looking at test scores, the coastside schools are not rated as highly as those in the cities Val and Michael mentioned. However, it's important to look at the score breakdowns. Also, we have wonderful parent participation throughout the school system. We have an educational endowment that is growing fast and funneling funds to the schools. Many Half Moon Bay high school graduates go off to top universities, in California and beyond. We also have private schools on the coast, and commutable access to excellent private schools in San Mateo County and San Francisco.
Best wishes to you as you decide where to live and raise your family!
Let's get right down to it, the commute sucks(excuse my french) but it does and if highway 92 is blocked or it's Saturday or Sunday or a holiday or a sunny day, well it's not good then either. I agree with Val, if you work on this side try to stay on this side, just visit that side. Areas that have become very popular and still reasonably priced (similar to HMB) in San Mateo are the Fiesta Gardens and Sunnybrae. The public schools are fantastic(I've lived in SM for 30+ years) and their both close to highways 101 and 92. Belmont and San Carlos are much more expensive and I'm not a fan of the Redwood City Elementary School District(API's aren't as high) although Stanford has opened a new campus in Redwood City just off 101. If you aren't already working with a real estate agent, I'd be happy to show you the area that I've called home since I can remember.
Wishing you the best and welcome to the Bay Area,
Coldwell Banker Half Moon Bay
If you work at Stanford and for some reason decide to live somewhere else (and the main one is it is very expensive), I would consider Foster City, San Mateo, Belmont etc. First of all, commute between those cities and Stanford are much easier then between Half Moon Bay and Stanford. And schools in Foster City (especially) are VERY good - elementary and middle.
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