In between tasty bites of ahi tuna crisps, 15 year-old Arianna is all smiles as she describes the favorite thing about her new home: “We never really had a pool before.” Her 12 year-old sister Arabella jumps up, “I really like the pool, too! And the clubhouse. And the gym.”
A joyful crowd toasted the grand opening of Bay Meadows’ new apartment homes, Quimby and The Russell. And no wonder everyone’s moods were so light. Not only was the evening weather ideal, but with the apartments already 75 percent leased, residents were celebrating becoming a part of these new communities.
Over at the Blue Bottle Coffee / Tin Pot Creamery tasting station, Jay and a friend debated the rules of bocce vs. petanque, “Yea, with bocce, it’s more like bowling whereas petanque is more of a tossing game.” Jay’s friend looks skeptical. “I want to see this in action.” “You’re on,” came the response. And the pair was off to try the custom-built petanque court in The Russell’s courtyard.
Whether friends were sipping California wines or getting their first taste of New Orleans Style Iced Coffee from Blue Bottle, folks were pleased to relax and explore more of their new residences.
The Half-Block Commute
Recently moving into The Russell, Veronica had been living in San Francisco. As for leaving “big city” life for “midurban” living, Veronica can’t resist. “The quiet, the open space and I still can walk and bike to grab a bite to eat … everything is at your fingertips. The bike parking is right there. And I walk a half block to commute to San Jose on Caltrain.”
Veronica points out her recent purchase, a lime-green bike, which is safely stored in The Russell’s bike corral. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Veronica moved to California because she “needs to be near the water.” As a scuba diver and rafting aficionado, she has plenty of options for nearby recreation.
What most excited Veronica about life at Bay Meadows? “Downsizing, simplifying. I was a homeowner previously and this gives me more flexibility. And I was still able to hire someone to paint accent walls in my new place and to build a custom-built couch.”
The Ladies Who Lift
There was even a party within the party over at the LIFT Fitness booth. Owner Erin Wetzel and a team of LIFT trainers were inundated with residents inquiring about LIFT’s philosophy of fitness. In addition to Barre, Bike, there’s also options for Baby. “Parents in particular are so excited to hear that we have childcare on-site,” Erin noted.
As the evening wound down, one resident summed up the general vibe that everyone seemed to be feeling, “The Warriors just won the finals and I’m lounging in my new home at Bay Meadows. Not bad!”
Conveniently located between San Francisco and Palo Alto in San Mateo, Bay Meadows offers new homes for sale and for rent within walking distance of Caltrain. Ease of transportation is only one of many reasons you’ll fall in love with Bay Meadows. Beautiful, new, clean homes sit among 18 acres of open space, which includes parks, a community garden, public art, ball fields, bocce and basketball courts and a new playground. All this just a walk from Whole Foods, Chipotle, Crunch Fitness, Hillsdale Shopping Center and more. Plus, we’ve got best-in-class purveyors, such as Blue Bottle Coffee and Tin Pot Creamery, coming soon to Bay Meadows’ Town Square. Learn more about what Midurban offers by following our Facebook page.