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Foster City, California

Welcome to Foster City

Carefully constructed to offer the best of all worlds, Foster City is a planned community of the finest kind. Located on the Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area, this luxurious city offers an appealing blend of fashionable neighborhoods, stunning parks and quaint businesses, all situated around or on a 212-acre lagoon. In addition, Foster City is within easy driving distance of Oakland, Berkley, San Francisco and San Jose.

While affluent Foster City is perhaps most known for being the world headquarters of VISA International, it is also hailed as one of the nation's safest cities. Locals have even referred to Foster city as the "Wisteria Lane" of the Peninsula for the delicate homes, manicured lawns and picturesque suburban atmosphere. Like most of the other cities that line the area between Highway 101 and the San Francisco Bay, Foster City has a year round mild climate that makes it one of San Mateo's more desirable places to live.

The popular cult film Over the Edge was inspired by actual events involving the shenanigans of rebellious teens living in Foster City in the early 1970's. The movie is not only considered one of the ultimate teen rebellion movies of all time, it also inspired the music video for Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Foster City Hotels

For the ideal location midway between San Jose and San Francisco and many large businesses, Foster City enjoys many visitors throughout the year. Business travelers hosting large events frequent the Courtyard By Marriott Foster City or the Crowne Plaza Hotel, both of which offer tasteful, sophisticated accommodations with ample meeting space. Additionally, hotels in Foster City welcome guests who are visiting all of the greater Bay Area and want to have a centrally located hotel.

Foster City Restaurants

Restaurants in Foster City offer a wide array of atmospheres and cuisines for visitors and locals to choose from. Several quaint hotel cafés, such as Caffe Florian in the Holiday Inn Select and the Marriott's Courtyard Café, offer visitors a chance to dine conveniently in their hotels. Local favorites in Foster City include various Japanese and Mexican restaurants, as well as steakhouses like Black Angus or sports-centered restaurants like the wildly popular Clubhouse Bistro.

Foster City Travel and Attractions

One of the greatest, and most unique, features of Foster City is the lagoon. At a surprising 212 acres, the lagoon offers a variety of recreational activities such as boating, wind surfing and swimming; canoeing and dragon boating clubs keep the waters buzzing all year long. For a change of pace Elegant Lagoon Cruises offers private tours of the Foster City waterway with spectacular views and dining. The Hillbarn Theater in Foster City is also popular for the myriad performances and events that run throughout the year.

Foster City Shopping

Not only does Foster City offer plenty of popular places to shop for everything from house wares to clothes, a city run shuttle allows shoppers to travel easily from center to center. The Foster City Connections Shuttle offers free shuttle service within Foster City and two lines. The Blue Line runs the western portion, stopping at the Charter Square, the Edgewater Place and the Bridgepointe Shopping Centers. The Red Line shuttle stops at the Marlin Cove, Bridgepointe and Beach Park Plaza Shopping Centers.

Foster City Real Estate

Neatly manicured lawns, classic homes, a mild climate and 19 beautiful parks makes Foster City a tremendously desirable place to live. Real estate in Foster City is more expensive than many areas, primarily because of the quaint suburban setting, the central location to other cities in the Bay Area and the proximity to major businesses headquartered in Foster City, such as Sony Computers and VISA International.

Foster City Community

Foster City has a unique blend of small-town and big-city vibes, resulting in a community that is close, active and progressive. From the daily storytelling times at the Foster City Library to the public arts programs provided by the Foster City Arts & Culture Committee, both residents and visitors enjoy a wide range of ways to have fun and meet new people. The Foster City Parks and Recreation Department provides numerous activities for residents of all ages, from children's groups to adult sports programs.