Foster City is a very community-oriented city with many parks, walking and biking trails.  The events calendar is full of music and art festivals and the best 4th of July fireworks display in Mid Silicon Valley.  You can find out about the events in Foster City Living online magazine.

It’s an outdoor lovers dream.  Paddle boards, kayaks and wind surfing are available for the more adventurous.  Take a look at the Bay Area Dragons Facebook page to learn more about their lessons and racing all while giving back to charity.  There are soccer and baseball fields, dog parks, tennis courts and an electric boat rental.  Watching the fireworks from the water in an electric boat is awesome!

Hillbarn Theater, performing arts theater, showcases classic theater and locally-produced shows with nostalgic flair.

The Peninsula Jewish Community Center has a supportive resource center, providing a list of helpful resources for jobs, housing, medical assistance, and food.   There’s an extensive arts program that includes music, theater, exhibits and lectures.  The Byer Athletic center has a wide range of top-notch programs and services:  aquatics, sports clinics and leagues, group classes such as yoga and pilates, personal training and spa services!

The History

Foster City, a planned community, has an interesting and bumpy history beginning with its developer T Jack Foster.  It was an overwhelmingly difficult and complex engineering project, besides the enormous cost.  In more recent years, it has become known worldwide as a biotech center for companies like Gilead, Illumina and headquarters to non-bio-giant Visa.

After a lag of interest in the area during the 1980s and ’90s, we’ve seen a huge surge in growth with the new development of both residential and commercial projects all over the city and large redevelopment projects.   The astronomical success of Gilead has seen it go from small pod-type offices in a clump to now include a high rise building.

The downside of this growth is traffic – an incredible amount of traffic.  There’s one way in and out of the city at the Hillsdale Boulevard exit from Highway 101.   During commute, which now starts at about 2 pm, it’s horrendous.

The Hillsdale Shopping Center, which is on the west side of Foster City, using the same Hillsdale Boulevard exit, is currently undergoing major transformation. They demolished a large portion of the site by removing the outdated Sears building.  That section of the property will include a luxury cinema, bowling alley, and restaurants.  The renderings are gorgeous and reserved seating, a gourmet menu, waiters and a full bar at the movies sounds great but…the traffic.  Add the Christmas shopping traffic in and forget it.

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