Welcome to Foster City
A true coastal, waterfront town brimming with outdoor beauty and an eclectic personality
Those in search of a community ripe with waterways, where backyard docking is just as common as waterfront dining, need to look no further than Foster City. Outdoor activity abounds in the inviting mix of land and water-based fun, and locals are surrounded by shorelines, community parks, and tons of stellar niche shops.
With its constant flux of pedestrians strolling the manicured streets, it’s easy to see how living in this small town can feel like residing as one big family. Built on the scenic marsh of Brewer Island, Foster City was incorporated in 1974 and stands as one of the newer cities of the Bay Area.
Since the city’s establishment is fairly recent, its residential housing is generally crafted in styles dating from the early 1970s and forward into modern times. Many of the homes and properties are consequently full of fresh, functional, and light architecture that suits the fair-weather city perfectly. Townhomes and luxe condos with private entrances are all available in this unique, low-key city.
What to Love
- Pet-friendly lifestyle and tons of dog parks
- Views of the Bay at every turn and, in some cases, direct water access from 16-miles of water canals
- Just 15 minutes from the San Francisco International Airport
In addition to being ranked by Money Magazine and Forbes as one of the top places to live in the country, Foster City residents can appreciate the perks of living in the famed “Silicon Valley.” Top employers in the area include the headquarters for companies such as Visa, Sony, and Phillips. It’s also a popular location for commuters who want to avoid the hassle of the big city.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Foster City is a primarily residential location. However, the city is replete with local eats, waterfront shopping, and niche boutiques dotted within its borders, including the shops at Edgewater Place Shopping Center
. Offering many specialty storesand several service centers enable shoppers to grab a quick spa or wellness treatment during their retail excursion.
The city is also home to several remarkable restaurants whose cuisines run the gamut from upscale Thai at colorful locations like Sweet Basil
, to gourmet pizzas and Mediterranean fare at Waterfront Pizza
. Additionally, quaint, local cafes like Penelope’s Coffee and Tea
stand are ready to provide fresh brews and a chill, welcoming environment ideal for meeting up with friends and unwinding.
Things to Do
Foster City’s inherent friendliness is reflected in its city amenities and range of activities, and the residents here take great pride in their community. The well-maintained Foster City Dog Park
, for example, continues to bring dog-lovers of the city together with its two separate off-leash, fenced-in sections perfect for letting your pups meet new friends.
A fitness center, a refreshing public pool, wellness classes, and state-of-the-art gym area are just a few of the great amenities inside the Peninsula Jewish Community Center
, which aims to celebrate the dynamic energy of Jewish culture while catering to those of all faiths and backgrounds in the community.
As a Bay Area neighborhood, Foster City has access to a number of incredible schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Audubon Elementary School, K-8, highly rated public elementary school
- Brewer Island Elementary School, K-5, highly rated public elementary school