Living in San Mateo County

Between 1943 and 1946 another military installation, Dibble General Hospital, was built on the old Timothy Hopkins estate to care for the thousands of soldiers injured in the South Pacific in World War II.
After the war a post war boom occurred in Menlo Park. Under the leadership of farsighted Charles P. Burgess the City acquired 29 acres of Dibble General Hospital grounds at a price of $4,000 an acre. On this land a handsome civic center has been erected. Later, Santa Cruz Avenue was widened and improved and gradually became Menlo's first street. Pioneering steps were taken in zoning control, off-street parking in the businesses district, establishment of the Administrative-Professional zoning, which attracted such concerns as Stanford Research Institute, Sunset Magazine and the U.S. Geological Survey, and, in 1952, led to the City's first Master Plan.

Menlo Park has continued to grow in many ways to fit the needs of a progressive community, yet it looks back with pride at its past...its beginnings...and hopes to pass on to new generations the goals and ambitions of its pioneer families.

Known as the "Sleepy Hollow of California," Menlo Park did not take off as a community until after World War II. Despite its proximity to Stanford University, Sand Hill Road venture capitalists, dot-com start-ups and research institutions, "Menlo Park still at least seems like a small town," notes Michael Svanevik and Shirley Burgett in their recently published "Menlo Park: Beyond the Gate." Landowners first incorporated back in 1874, but chose to "disincorporate" a mere two years later. It wasn't until 1927 that today's city was established. Menlo Park now offers a suburban enclave with many urban amenities: from a bustling downtown and strong public school district, to plenty of parks and recreation facilities.

Bloomingdale's Featuring a mix of cutting edge fashion and collections from top designers, Bloomingdale's also has an expansive housewares department with everything for your home from cookware and fine china to crystal and collectibles.
Phone: 650-463-2000

Macy's...Sharing the same commitment to customer service and style of all Macy's stores, the Men's store features fashion, accessories and toiletries.
Phone: 650-326-3333

Neiman Marcus is one of the world's best-known specialty retailers highly regarded for its quality of merchandise and customer service. The NM Stanford Center store offers women's and men's apparel and accessories, gifts for the home, epicurean delights, children's clothing and toys, as well as The NM Cafe and The Salon at Neiman Marcus.
Phone: 650-329-3300

Nordstrom is a fashion specialty store that offers a large selection of quality fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for men, women and children.
Phone: 650-323-5111

Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose, Palo Alto is a community of approximately 61,200 residents. Part of the San Francisco Metropolitan Bay Area and the Silicon Valley, Palo Alto is located within Santa Clara County and borders San Mateo County.

The City‘s boundaries extend from San Francisco Bay on the east to the Skyline Ridge of the coastal mountains on the west, with Menlo Park to the north and Mountain View to the south. The City encompasses an area of approximately 26 square miles, of which one-third is open space.

Palo Alto is strategically located and easily accessible to major surface routes, including Interstate 280, Highway 101, Highway 84 - the Dumbarton Bridge and Highway 92 - the Hayward-San Mateo Bridge.

Air transportation is easily accessible by bus, automobile or shuttle service to San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland international airports.

Within the City, commuter rail transportation is conveniently located and the Palo Alto stop is one of the most used in the CalTrain system.

Alternative transportation options include numerous bike paths throughout the City and an internal shuttle service is also available.

More than 100 years old, Palo Alto is named for a majestic 250 year old coastal redwood tree along San Francisquito Creek, where early Spanish explorers settled.

The blend of business and residential areas anchored by a vibrant downtown defines Palo Alto’s unique character. A charming mixture of old and new, Palo Alto’s tree-lined streets and historic buildings reflect its California heritage. At the same time, Palo Alto is recognized worldwide as a leader in cutting-edge technological development. This exciting mix of tradition and innovation makes Palo Alto an extraordinary place in which to operate a business.

Unique among California cities, Palo Alto is a full-service municipality that owns and operates its gas, electric, water, sewer, refuse and storm drainage services at very competitive rates for its customers.

As befits the City known as “Birthplace of the Silicon Valley,” the City has developed a 31-mile dark fiber ring for ultra-fast Internet access.

Complementing its exciting and innovative business community, Palo Alto’s residents are highly educated, politically aware and culturally sophisticated. An abundance of local pride and numerous neighborhood organizations contribute to Palo Alto’s charming historic and upscale commercial and residential areas.
Characteristic of Palo Alto is the care taken to protect open space and parkland. Palo Alto has a remarkable number of City-owned parks for its size (34 at last count) and nearly one-third of its 26 square miles is open space.

Palo Alto’s San Francisco Bay location and natural environment offer the opportunity to enjoy bird and aquatic life in a natural habitat.

Proximity to Stanford University with its cultural and educational offerings add to the vibrance, innate charm and beauty of Palo Alto.

Distinctive in every way, Palo Alto offers its business community a diverse and exciting environment in which to work and live.

Coyote Point Museum
The Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education is the highpoint of the park and one of the Bay Area's major museums. It was the first ecology museum in America. The multi-level museum features exhibits on the six major ecosystems in the Bay Area. Hands-on interactive displays, computer activities, videos, films, and live animals provide an educational and fun experience for all ages.
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 342-7755

Coyote Point Park and Recreation Area
San Mateo County's Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo is a large 670-acre park complex. It is located on a point of land that juts out into the Bay south of San Francisco International Airport. It was once an island, separated from the main shore by a marsh, which was filled in in the 1800's for dairy farming.
The area was later used at different times as an amusement park, a Merchant Marine cadet school, and a college campus. San Mateo County acquired the land in 1942 and turned it into a park. The park is along the landing path for the airport, so it is a good place for airplane-watching. It is a scenic, diverse, and very popular park, especially for weekend group picnics. Besides its many picnic areas, it has playgrounds, beaches, large lawns, a marina and yacht club, a fishing jetty, a large nature museum, a conference center, and a public firing range. The park has a network of roads, bike paths, and pedestrian-only paths. 

Pillar Point Harbor
Pillar Point Harbor is a protected harbor of refuge along the San Mateo County California Coast. Pillar Point Harbor is home port to a vital commercial fishing industry, to sport fishermen, and to pleasure boaters seeking the amenities this modern coastal harbor facility provides. The Harbor has 369 berths and an inner and outer breakwater, making it one of the safest harbors in the United States. 

Broadway By the Bay
For over 30 years Broadway By the Bay (formerly Peninsula Civic Light Opera) has been delighting San Francisco Bay Area audiences with its productions of Broadway musicals. 
600 N. Delaware Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401
Tel: (650) 579-5568

City of San Mateo Golf Course - Public1700 Coyote Point Dr
San Mateo, California 94401
San Mateo County
(650) 522-4653

Peninsula Golf & Country Club - Private701 Madera Dr
San Mateo, California 94403
San Mateo County
(650) 345-9521

The Presidio Golf Course
For over a century, The Presidio Golf Course has been a San Francisco tradition – offering great golf experiences to presidents, officers, civilians and visitors from around the world. As the second oldest course west of the Mississippi, the Presidio Golf Course enjoys a rich history. The Presidio Golf Course Maintenance Division, under the leadership of Course Superintendent Kevin Hutchins, undertakes an ambitious project to renovate the signature 4th hole. The green, surrounding bunkers and approach area for the picturesque par 3 hole are completely rebuilt.

The Cliffs Course at Olympic Club
524 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States (San Francisco County) 
Phone: (415)587-8338 
Fax: (415)239-2165 

This club, which hosted the U.S. Open in 1955, 1966, 1987, and 1998, offers two regulation eighteen hole courses and a nine hole par 3 course. These beautiful courses offer spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and an abundance of trees make these courses very difficult. There are no water hazards on the Lake Course and only one fairway bunker. The Cliffs Course is a nine hole par 3 course, which plays alongside the ocean. The green fees indicated for the Cliffs Course apply only to members who do not hold golf privileges. No one may play this course unless they are a member of the Olympic Club. The club also hosted the PGA Tour Championship in October 1993 and 1994. The ladies’ par on the Lake Course is actually 76. Caddies are mandatory if you choose to walk the regulation courses. This club was originally founded in 1879 and was listed by the USGA as one of the first 100 clubs established in the U.S. In addition, it was recognized by "GOLF Magazine" in their 1995 list of "The First 100 Clubs in America." "Golf Digest" rated the Lake Course 11th best out of "America's 100 Greatest Courses" from 1995 through 1998, and the 3rd "Best in State" course for the same time frame. Other awards include a ranking of 17th in "GOLF Magazine's" 1995, 1997 and 1999 lists of the "Top 100 Courses in the U.S.," and "GOLFWEEK's" category of "America's 100 Best Classical Courses" for 1997, 1998 and 1999.

Perched high atop the hills in west San Mateo, CSM's campus provides a commanding view of San Francisco Bay and the surrounding community. Inside the walls of CSM's classrooms it is a different but equally engaging picture—for it is here that students from varied backgrounds and all walks of life come together seeking an education for the 21st century. 
1700 West Hillsdale Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94402-3784 
Tel: (650) 574-6161

Stanford University's Visitor Information Services welcomes more than 150,000 visitors to campus annually and provides information about the university and the surrounding area. Our staff is comprised of fifty student tour guides representing many academic disciplines and campus activities, including student leadership, performing arts, community service, and athletics. We provide visitor services from three locations on campus: Memorial Auditorium, Hoover Tower and Tresidder Union. Hours of operation for campus tours, prearranged special tours, and escorted visits to the Hoover Tower Observation Platform, are described below. Other service offerings include answering visitor questions, providing maps and directions to various campus locations, and selling parking permits.
Tour and Visitor Information: (650) 723-2560
Hoover Tower: (650) 723-2053
Campus Events Recording: (650) 723-0336