San Mateo lies on the Western shore of San Francisco Bay, which is approximately 16 miles from the city of San Francisco. It enjoys a maritime climate with Montara Mountains blocking off the ocean wind and fog. The city offers a mix of urban-suburban communities and is considered one of the best places to live besides San Francisco itself.
One of the major economic contributors to this city is the Sony Interactive Entertainment division, and Apollo Roofing Company serves all residents in the San Mateo area.
In terms of culture, San Mateo is filled with historic buildings that sing of its glorious past, such as:
- Pigeon Point and Point Montara Light Station
- Filoli Historic House & Gardens
- San Mateo County Museum
- Computer History Museum
The County Museum houses the developments of the peninsula over the years. For instance, the place where the Spaniards first spotted the San Francisco Bay is located in San Mateo County. Among the many events that take place in San Mateo, Maker Faire is quite popular. It attracts enthusiasts from different interests such as robotics, 3D printing, arts, computers, and hacker culture.
The city may have appeared modern in the 1960s but the process started much earlier, back in 1889. The Crystal Spring Dam was completed under head engineer Hermann Schussler. This led to the further growth in population, which in turn resulted in present-day San Mateo.