About Foster City
Foster City is a planned community; a city that is wholly designed from the beginning with an organized development plan as opposed to building by area segments, one neighborhood at a time. Everything is determined in advance: the population, shops, schools, of course, houses with commercial development built at a distance from the residential neighborhoods.
The city has developed into a strong member of Silicon Valley because it’s home to biotech companies Gilead Sciences, Applied Biosystems and the non-tech such as VISA which moved its headquarters there from San Francisco in 2012.
In 2015, Biomed Realty Trust and Illumina were approved for a 16 year build of a Life Sciences Research Campus. It’s a 20-acre biotech campus that is expected to generate1600 jobs and $50 million in taxes for Foster City.
Foster City Fast Facts
Average Sale Price
2016 $1.65 million
2015 $1.6 million
2014 $1.39 million
Things to do in Foster City
Fitness, celebrations and events
In terms of recreation, that’s been planned well also. With over 16 miles of navigable canals weaving through it, water sports are a highlight. Paddle boards, paddle boats, kayaks, and windsurf boards are available for rent. To see the most of Foster City via water, rent an electric boat from Duffy Electric Boat Rental.
If you plan ahead, you can have an exciting day at the Celebration typically with a pancake breakfast, food and art vendors, carnival rides, live music and a parade. Have a memorable night by renting a paddle or electric boat to watch one of the best fireworks displays on the Peninsula at Leo Ryan Park. Get the boat! You can bring more friends and refreshments! There’s a lot to do at the park when it’s not the 4th too: basketball, bike path, picnic, and tennis courts to keep you busy.
Believe it or not, Foster City has more parks per capita than any other city in California!
The community calendar is the best place to find up to date information on all Foster City happenings. And for details on all the parks, you can check the City’s site.
Dining in Foster City
Foster City isn’t a food mecca but one of my favorite restaurants is Sweet Basil Thai. It’s in an unexpected little strip mall at the back of the city, along the bay at 1473 Beach Park Boulevard.
To get a real feel for the people in town, stop at Penelope’s Coffee and Tea where you can chat at a community table or work on your laptop while you enjoy a good coffee. Kind of interesting that a place with such a “small town” feel is located on the first floor of a large building.
For the cheapest eats in town, hit Costco for $1.50 coke and hot dog.
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