Buying on the Peninsula
The idea of buying a home is an exciting prospect, and purchasing what will be one of your largest assets that has the potential to appreciate significantly over time is a life changing experience. On the Peninsula in particular, the buying process is very unique. Cultural diversity, amazing weather, and excellent education, coupled with a location close to everything including San Francisco, beaches, and Wine Country, all combine to make the Peninsula one of the most coveted places in the world to live, which in turn, makes it one of the most competitive real estate markets. Home to some of the most desirable towns in the nation, not to mention Stanford University and tech leaders such as Facebook, Google, and industry veteran Oracle, the Peninsula is a true hotbed of innovation and academic pursuit. The area is also rich in outdoor endeavors. Whether it be hiking Windy Hill in Portola Valley, jogging The Stanford Dish, strolling along the San Francisco Bay Trail, or biking Skyline Boulevard to San Francisco, the Bay Area is a treasure trove of activity. The Peninsula consists of a series of cities and suburban communities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, as well as various towns along the coast. Until post World War II, most of the cities and towns were centers for rural life. But after the war, middle and upper class San Francisco residents moved down the Peninsula and developed the small villages. Today, the downtowns of each Peninsula community have their own unique character, including the nightlife on Castro Street in Mountain View, exceptional dining and high-end shopping on University Avenue in Palo Alto, Woodside’s grocery store, saloon, and a few renowned restaurants on their main drag, and the cafes and boutiques of Laurel Street in San Carlos. The Peninsula is home to many of the most affluent cities in the U.S., including Atherton, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Hillsborough, and Portola Valley, but still manages to retain a warm, small-town feel throughout its neighborhoods, making it unlike any other place in the country. The architecture is as varied as the residents, and aptly reflects the area’s rich heritage. From Spanish Colonial Revival and Arts and Crafts, to the mid-century Eichler and 21st century green homes, the Peninsula is full of exciting diversity, storybook communities, and is an amazing place to call home.