good answers below...Belmont, San Carlos, Burlingame, and many others...you can easily search neighborhoods, schools/API scores, and more here
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Depending on your price point, there are a lot of good areas. I would advise if you can afford it be West of 101 because you will have better schools for your 7 year old, and if you can be West of El Camino Real even better.
Can you share your price point, it would help a lot? Aragon and Baywood along with San Mateo Park are the best of the best in San Mateo, but can be very pricey. All over $1.2M.
One area that is friendly and affordable, you see many second generation San Mateo folks is the Village, and it's much more affordable and people are very down to earth.
One suggestion is maybe you would prefer to rent before you purchase so you can get to know the area better. If you need any information at all, please feel free to write or call.
Burlingame is a great choice because you are virtually equidistant from San Mateo and the city. And renting is a great idea when you don't know the area. What I would do is get a handle on pricing - and I'm happy to help you with that - then find a rental in the area you think you want to move, but spend time in other potential areas to make sure.
Keep in mind that San Mateo has some great schools and some not so great.
Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
You probably want to be near your job and your 7 year olds school.
Check out http://www.smfc.k12.ca.us & click on schools, than elementary - there you can find the
elementary school that is closest to your job location.
Consider also ease of transportation, price range, rent or own, parks, shopping, how many bedrooms etc. Can give price range of possible neighbors that are conveniet to you.
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