Mid-urban: A New Kind of Lifestyle at Bay Meadows

We’re seeing people really take to a new style of living at Bay Meadows, where the best of urban living meets the best of the suburbs. We call it Mid-urban. Homeowners, retailers, workers, visitors and residents alike are loving the thoughtful craft-work behind the plan at Bay Meadows. In fact, homeowners, Jordan and Linh Savara describe it perfectly:

“Bay Meadows illustrates the best of the suburbs and urban living by feeling like it’s quiet but you are walking distance to a brewery, shopping and dining. The community itself is welcoming and you are able to build relationships with your neighbors. You really have the best of both worlds.”

“We chose San Mateo because we work in San Mateo and didn’t want a long commute. Bay Meadows appealed to us because it is a new development, nearby parks, up and coming businesses, relaxed feel and proximity to CalTrain.”

The term SUBURBAN evokes visions of parks, gardens, playgrounds, picnics, open space, soccer games, trees, clean streets; a place that is family-friendly, bike-friendly – where you know your neighbors and feel a sense of community. But the term “Sub” also acts as a description meaning “less than”.

Does a place that is not urban have to be less than? Why not meet in the middle? Why not design a place by taking the best of both?


Bay Meadows is a place where more than 18-acres of rambling open space, sustainably designed streetscapes, ribbons of walk and bike trails and a series of one-of-a-kind pocket parks with specialty neighborhood events catered to parents, gardeners, plus pets and their people are designed alongside a popular Caltrain location in a Peninsula town booming with start-ups!

“Picture lots of sidewalks (for walking a dog), lots of flowers and beautiful green trees everywhere. I loved the community dearly. It was such a treat to be able to walk my dog around such a well-kept community. I also enjoyed meeting the many friendly neighbors that fill the community.” Yelper, Angela Z.


Valeree and Radley fell in love with the new development at Bay Meadows and were further convinced that this was the perfect place for them by Radlee’s brother, who’d been living here with his family for the past year and absolutely loving it. “San Mateo has a great school district!…We LOVE the central location. It’s a convenient commute for both of us.” (Radlee works at Stanford and Valerie works in San Francisco.)

The term URBAN elicits scenes of commuters with nearby transit, increased employment opportunities, excellent walkability, unique, convenient (and often local) artisanal retailers and restaurants, plus easy access to cultural experiences.

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Residents, homeowners and office workers express why Bay Meadows embodies the urban side of Mid-urban, and we’re just getting started! With the openings of Blue Bottle Coffee, Tin Pot Creamery, ROAM burger, Survey Monkey, Open Text, Lift and more favorite Bay Area based names to come the experience at Bay Meadows is beyond typical and San Mateo continues to elevate its spot on the map.


“Just the spot the Peninsula needs. And just in time for summer when beer lovers are hunting for outdoor taprooms. Nicely nestled between apartment complexes in the Bay Meadows area of San Mateo. Right next to Caltrain too! I can see this Fieldwork location exploding within the next few weeks with after-work visitors and nearby families.” ~ Fieldwork Brewing Fan via Yelp

“The transformation of Bay Meadows and Downtown have been tremendous.” It’s even better to be a part of it. It is not unusual to have trouble finding parking downtown, waiting in lines for ramen or Philz Coffee. San Mateo has become the happening place to be! We had some friends who were living here before us, and quite a few have migrated south from San Francisco since we made the same move. San Francisco has become crazy expensive, and most people need a central location for commuting.” ~ Jason, Homeowner

Vineet Kannan and Aparna Jain, two software engineers in their 20s, made a move that is increasingly popular among the Bay Area’s young professionals: They abandoned their apartment in Mountain View and bought a townhouse in Bay Meadows, a few blocks from the Caltrain they use to commute to work — Kannan to a new job at Netflix in Los Gatos and Jain at Zynga in San Francisco. “We’re getting a brand new house, Whole Foods is right next to us and there’s a community garden, which is exciting for me,” Jain said.

“I work in the peninsula and my husband works in SOMA. He takes the caltrain to work every day and it takes him under 30 minutes in the bullet trains to get into the city. This makes Field House an excellent location to commute into the city (or stay local).” Yelper, Dani P.

How would you describe Bay Meadows Mid-urban lifestyle? What elements do you feel we’ve captured at their best? We’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line at info@baymeadows.com.

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.