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Magnificent Tudor in Burlingame

2817 Hillside Drive, Burlingame

Serving Sibby’s, Sushi. and Sparkling Thurs 3/9 4:30-6:30pm

Open House Sat/Sun 1:30-4pm

$2,695,000

4 beds, 3 baths

3,145 living sqft

10,088 sqft lot

The beautiful and prestigious Burlingame Hills, where the romance of early twentieth century architect imbues each neighborhood with alluring charm and stately grace. Such is the backdrop for this magnificent Tudor-style home with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Built in 1920s and extensively remodeled, the two-story design has been lovingly updated to blend modern convenience with period elegance. Custom-milled molding and trimwork of cherry-stained fir adorn the expansive rooms while richly textured walls present a fine array of Ralph Lauren colors that enhance the play of light. Established by the living and dining rooms, the excellent circulation of rooms on the main level welcomes entertaining. A culinary masterpiece blending functionality with beauty, the tremendous gourmet kitchen incorporates a casual dining area and showcases cherry wood, soapstone, and granite. Nearby, the inviting family room welcomes relaxation with a striking slate-tiled fireplace set in a wall of cherry hardwood floor-to ceiling book and display shelves. Graciously integrating indoor and outdoor spaces, a vast rear deck extends from these informal living areas and overlooks the delightful rear yard with private canyon views. Two main-level bedrooms plus two upper-level bedrooms cater to flexible living arrangements. Adding to the appeal, a finished basement opens to a rear patio and putting green

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Our Recent Solds in Hillsborough

10 Victor Park Lane, Hillsborough

6 beds, 3.5 bath

$4,480,000

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575 Darrell Road, Hillsborough

4 beds, 2 baths

$2,650,000

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Another Beautiful Home Sold By The Laugesen Team!

22 Madrone Ct, San Mateo
4 beds, 3.5 baths
Aprox. 3,059 sq ft
Aprox. 7,209 sq ft lot
 
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  •  Newly Constructed
  • San Francisco Bay and Golf Course Views
  • Four Bedroom and three and a half baths
  • Approximately 3,059 sq ft
  • One of the largest corner lots in development at approximately 7,209 sq ft
  • 150k in designer upgrades
  • Welcoming foyer with tile flooring
  • Granite counter tops in kitchen
  • Stainless Steel appliances, including Wolf and Sub Zero
  • Surround sound
  • Finished basement with family room and a bedroom suite
  • Wet bar with Sub Zero wine fridge
  • Attached 2-car garage
  • Highly-sought, prestigious location near commute routes and minutes from San Francisco International Airport
  • Walking distance to Laurelwood Shopping Center where you can enjoy shopping and dining

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Charming Home on Hidden Cul-de-sac

Best opportunity in San Mateo to own a charming 2 bedroom home with close proximity to Downtown San Mateo and Downtown Burlingame.

Open Houses: Tuesday (5/2) 10-1pm, Saturday (5/7) 1:30-4pm, Sunday (5/8) 2-4pm

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List Price: $949,000

2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms

Aprox. 1,100 sq. ft.

Lot is aprox. 2,432 sq. ft.

Great cul-de-sac location

Conveniently located walking distance to Downtown San Mateo, Burlingame Ave, and Caltrain.

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5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Sold My First House

secrets to selling your house hire a real estate agentFrom listing with an agent you trust and being wary of going the FSBO route, these homeowners share the lessons they learned from their first home sales.

Hindsight is always 20-20: Heed these secrets to selling your house from those who’ve successfully sold before.

Shopping for your next dream home seems like a blissful idea, until you realize you have to sell your current home first. And as many a homeowner can attest, even if you’ve purchased a home before, there’s a lot to learn when it comes to selling your house.

Here’s what sellers around the country say they wish they’d known about the home-selling rigmarole before they listed their home for sale.

1. How much is your home really worth?

“I didn’t do my homework about comp prices, so I had an unrealistically high number in mind,” says Jack, who recently listed his Miami, FL, home for sale. “I also wish I knew more about trending prices.”

In robust markets, it’s easy to get excited about your potential listing price, especially if you’re planning to put all that newfound equity into your next home purchase. But the worst thing you can do is have an unrealistic expectation about your home’s value — you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment. So do your research to find out what your home is worth: look at local comps, consider nearby home sales over the last six months, and then really narrow it down to properties that most closely resemble your own. If you suspect there’s something wrong with your foundation or that termites might be in the picture — the kind of thing you’ll most likely have to pay to fix later on in the selling process — it might be worth it to get a presale inspection (or at least fix some of the larger, known issues so you don’t have to tackle them on someone else’s timeline).

2. How important is your listing agent?

“There are several things I wish I had known, but far and away the biggest was to interview more than one real estate agency,” says Suzanne, who sold a home in Los Angeles, CA. “I went along with a relative’s advice: ‘This is the only agent who really has your best interest at heart, plus he’s only handled the more expensive properties in the area’— and my place sold for easily $25,000 less than it could have.”

Once you’ve decided to list your home for sale, the biggest decision you’ll make is choosing a real estate agent. Choosing a listing agent can be challenging, especially if you’ve never hired one before, but working with a recommendation can have its own pitfalls. Interview several real estate agents, and do it before you need to list your place so that you have plenty of time to make a decision. Judge them for their knowledge of the local market rather than their flashy presentations, and be wary of both pie-in-the-sky promises and a lack of enthusiasm for your place.

3. Does anyone even read listing descriptions?

“I wish I’d known that I really should have just written the description for the listing myself, because my real estate agent’s spelling and grammar errors were so egregious that as a buyer, I would never have looked at a house that was so poorly described,” says Dana in Portland, OR.

Just because your real estate agent is a professional doesn’t mean they’re also a professional writer or photographer. If you otherwise love your agent but cannot handle the typos in the listing (or the glare in those all-important listing photos), gently ask for revisions to the listing.

4. What’s the best home-staging tip?

“I wish I’d known that to sell a family home to another family, you have to declutter it of anything a family would ever use. Which means every toy, baby bouncy seat, and stroller has to get shoved in the back of your car for every showing,” says Hadley, who had a home for sale in Boston, MA. And don’t overlook the small details either. “Get the windows professionally cleaned!” says Kerry, also selling in Boston, MA. “Man, it made a world of difference. It also made me mad we lived with dirty windows for so long!”

Obviously, you want your home to be tidy. But when your home is for sale, it should be pristine. That means gleaming refrigerators, organized closets, sparkling surfaces, and nary a piece of clutter anywhere. In fact, sellers are often best off throwing as much as they can into storage bins and living an austere life until the place goes under contract. And don’t forget: You have to keep it clean. So you might want to put a cleaning service on speed dial.

5. Should I make plans for the pets during home showings?

“When I sold my first place, I had two cats and a dog. Somehow I had it in my head that it wouldn’t be hard to hustle them out before a showing. Of course, that was ridiculous — potential buyers stopped by during the workday all the time, which meant I had to leave my office, dash home, bundle all three pets into the car, and then drive around for an hour with the cats yowling before dumping them back at our place,” says Dan in Denver, CO.

In the rush to get your house listing-ready, the pet factor can be easily overlooked. But it’s a big one! For starters, no matter how clean your place is, pets can often find (creative) ways to undo your hard work. And a smelly litter box is no seller’s friend. Never mind that some potential buyers might be allergic to pets; that would be a terrible way to lose a sale. Your best strategy is to find a place for your fur children to stay while your place is on the market, then shower them with apologetic treats later. If that’s not in the cards, make it as easy as possible to remove the pets and all of their things from your home quickly so you can do one final sweep (literally) — and take that litter box with you!

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5 Spring Home Improvement Projects for Under $1,000

By Yuka Kato

Spring is not only the best time of year to give your home a good cleaning, it’s also the best time of year to take on several home improvement projects. Spring projects like these can improve your home’s looks and performance, and rarely cost more than $1,000 , so you can easily take care of these issues before they have a chance to lead to bigger problems down the road.

Siding Repair

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Winter weather can really do a number on your siding. Hail stones can dent or damage anything from aluminum to vinyl, while painted wood siding frequently needs to have sections replaced that have been subjected to moisture over the cold wet months. In most cases, repairing a section of siding can help your home maintain its curb appeal, while also helping to ensure that problems like rotting wood don’t spread, necessitating further repair.

Costs
The average cost to repair siding of nearly any type is about $300, with a full range of up to $1,000 for more invasive types of repairs.

Money Saving Tips
The best way to save money on a repair is to try to color match the new siding to the old. That way you only have to replace damaged boards, rather than the whole section. You can also paint aluminum or vinyl siding to match existing siding if you are unable to find matching planks to help keep costs down.

DIY Considerations
Aluminum and vinyl siding can both be very easily repaired by most homeowners. Things like dents can be popped out of aluminum, and cracked or broken boards can be removed and replaced without needing to disturb too much around them. Wood siding, masonite, brick, and fiber cement siding, however, should be left to professionals for repairs, as should any major repairs that appear widespread.

Paint Your Front Door

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Just like the paint on the rest of your home, your front door can be subject to things like peeling, cracking and fading over time. The freeze/thaw cycle in the winter can make this even more obvious, as can things like salt or ice melt getting splashed on the door by slush as people make their way indoors. Repainting your door is fairly easy and inexpensive, and can really give your home’s curb appeal a big boost.

Cost
The average cost of painting a front door is about $100 per door. The total cost ranges from about $20 for a DIY job to $300 for high-end doors and paint jobs.

Money Saving Tips
The best way to save money on front door paint jobs is to invest in high quality enamel paints for the job. They’re less likely to need touch ups as frequently as other paints, which means you need to paint less often. If you’re comfortable painting the door yourself, tackling this job DIY can really save you a lot of money as well. Just be sure to use a primer and two coats of paint to ensure you’re doing it right.

DIY Considerations
Most people can comfortably tackle the job of painting themselves. The only time you may want to leave it to the professionals is if you have a door with windows, glass inserts, or a lot of carvings and features that may take a specialized approach.

Stain Your Deck

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All that snow, ice and freezing rain hitting your deck this winter could have done a lot of damage to the stain and finish of the wood. Stain is necessary not only to keep your deck looking great, it also helps prevent the wood from absorbing moisture and rotting over time. So if your deck has begun to peel and show the wood through in places, it’s time to put on a new coat of stain. Doing so will not only help protect your deck from the elements, it will also improve your home’s curb appeal.

Cost
The average cost of staining a deck is around $2 a square foot, assuming a deck of around 500 square feet. In most cases the cost will not be any higher than $400 for the total job.

Money Saving Tips
Your deck will need to be power washed before it can be stained, and this needs time to dry before the stain can be applied. Save time and money by doing the power washing yourself; schedule the professionals to come in after the deck has had a chance to dry. If you’re comfortable with tackling the job yourself, DIY can also save you professional fees, as most pros will take about 4-5 hours to do the job, and charge for their time.

DIY Considerations
Most able bodied homeowners will be able to tackle this job on their own. Keep in mind that you will need to rent or purchase a power washer to thoroughly clean the deck. You’ll also need to remove old, peeling stain, and apply at least two coats to ensure good coverage.

Air Duct Cleaning

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After running your furnace all winter, it’s a good idea to get your air ducts cleaned come spring. This is particularly crucial if you’ve had any work done indoors over the past year, as construction dust and debris can build up in your ducts, reducing your HVAC system’s efficiency. Likewise, if you or your family suffer from allergies, cleaning out the ducts periodically can help improve your air quality.

Cost
The average cost of having your ducts cleaned is between $300 and $500 for a professional cleaning. The total range of costs is between $200 for cleaning the ducts in a small house to $900 for older ductwork that may need some upgrades done at the same time.

Money Saving Tips
Change your filter regularly on your HVAC system to help prevent dust and dirt build up in your ducts. You should change these seasonally at a minimum, but some brands recommend changing them monthly. Remove your filter and hold it up to the light; if you can’t see through it, it’s time to replace it. Clean and wipe down your grates periodically as well to help get rid of buildup that could be falling into the ducts, necessitating their cleaning.

DIY Considerations
Special equipment and knowledge is required to clean out the ducts properly. While you could possibly clean around the openings and the grates, cleaning the ducts themselves should be left to the professionals.

Fertilize Your Lawn

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Help bring your lawn back to life after a cold, snowy winter with fertilizer. Fertilizing your lawn helps feed it with nutrients it needs to grow. Some fertilizers can also help eliminate weeds, and improve the overall quality of your lawn at the same time, so it requires less water or maintenance in the future.

Cost
The average cost to fertilize your lawn is around $.03 a square foot, assuming a 6,000 square foot lawn. The total costs range from around $.02 a square foot for a DIY job to $.04 a square foot during the peak season.

Money Saving Tips
Make the most of your lawn fertilization by ensuring that you water your lawn either early in the morning or late in the evening to prevent the sun from drying out both your grass and the fertilizer at the same time. If you have your lawn professionally serviced regularly, ask about bundling in fertilization with other services such as mowing to help reduce costs.

DIY Considerations
Nearly any able bodied homeowner should be able to tackle this job. All you need is a spreader and the ability to traverse your entire lawn. If you have a lot of steep hills or other issues, however, it may be better to hire a professional.

Keeping your home looking and functioning well in the springtime doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Follow these tips to help ensure your home looks and functions its best this year. For more cost savings, visit these Cost Guides.

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The Laugesen Team’s Recent Sales

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35 Laureldale Rd, Hillsborough

Represented Seller

$5,300,000

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1360 Tartan Trail Rd, Hillsborough

Represented Seller

$3,000,000

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146 Crescent Ave, Burlingame

Represented Buyer and Seller

$1,706,000

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1225 Laguna Ave, Burlingame

Represented Seller

$2,400,000

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38 Henry Place, Millbrae

Represented Buyer

$1,400,000

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75 Folsom #801, San Francisco

Represented Buyer and Seller

$1,548,000

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212 Eaton Rd #15, San Mateo

Represented Seller

$1,000,000

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The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Remodeling

The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Remodeling

The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Kitchen Remodel

Home Depot & Coldwell Banker Real Estate teamed up to provide you with the ultimate guide to kitchen remodeling.

Step One: How to Plan Your Kitchen Remodel

Taking the time to plan a new kitchen design is arguably the most important step in the remodeling process. A clear, well-conceived plan will guide you through each phase of the remodel and help ensure that the work progresses smoothly and stays on budget. In our first post, we show you the steps to take and provide you with some valuable remodeling design tips. Read It Here

Step Two: Creating a Budget

After deciding on a plan for your kitchen remodel, the next step is assigning a budget to the project. The easiest, most accurate way to establish a kitchen-remodeling budget is to break down the project into smaller jobs. In post #2, we show you which major remodeling expenses to calculate and other ways to keep your costs on target. Read It Here

Step Three: Put On Your Hard Hat (And Thinking Cap) Time for Construction Planning!

Kitchen-remodeling projects should follow a logical work sequence, as those that don’t are subject to problems down the line. In post #3, we provide a typical progression of work for a moderate remodeling project. Read It Here

Step Four: Picking the Right Appliances

A key component of any kitchen remodel is selecting new products that fit with your design,  budget and construction timeframe. In our final post, we take a brief look at six categories of kitchen-remodeling products. With several models, options and variations within each category, picking the right product for your specific kitchen can seem daunting. However, it’s actually a lot of fun and easier than you might think.

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Tips for Homebuyers in a Hot Seller’s Market

 

This may be a really good time to be in the housing market – if you are a seller, that is. There just aren’t enough homes on the market, so if you are selling right now, you may find yourself in a more favorable position. Multiple offers and bids over list price for some properties aren’t unusual these days.

But what if you’re a buyer – one of many out there in the trenches looking right now? With lots of competition from other buyers, how do you “survive” the house-hunting wars and, hopefully, land that home you’re after? While there are no guaranteed ways to succeed, here are a number of tips to help increase your chances of getting into a home of your own before long:

  • Work with a real estate professional. There’s a myth among some novice homebuyers that it’s only the sellers who need a real estate professional. But that couldn’t be further from the truth, especially in a seller’s market. Having someone who knows the local market well, has experience in evaluating homes, knows how to successfully negotiate, and will be your advocate through the entire process from start to finish, is important. Take the time to interview several real estate professionals so that you can select the person that you believe is the most qualified to help you through the home buying process.
  • Get prequalified for a mortgage. Getting prequalified lets you know how much home you can afford and it also shows sellers that you’re a serious buyer who is much more likely to be able to close escrow.
  • Do your research. Although your real estate professional will provide lots of help in your home search, it’s important to do a little homework on your own up front. It will help the home-buying process if you know which areas you’d like to live in, what you can realistically afford, the type and size of home you’re after, the features you’d like, etc. Nearly all buyers start their search online, and a great place to begin is ColdwellBankerHomes.com.
  • Be prepared to compromise. Everyone wants that big, gorgeous home in the best neighborhood but you may have to compromise a bit – especially when the market is competitive. This doesn’t mean settling for a home you dislike; it just means going after homes with the features that you really need rather than what you simply want. For example, if your preference is to be in a community with great schools you might take a smaller home, or perhaps one without a pool or a formal living room. Or you might decide to commute a little longer to work so as to find the right house at the right price.
  • Make a strong offer. Work with your real estate professional to put together a strong offer for the home you’re after. You may also want to work with the seller on closing date and contingencies. Sellers often have their own preferences regarding when to close and if you’re flexible that may help put you in a better position as a buyer.
  • Don’t wait too long. In a competitive real estate market, time is of the essence. If you spend too long making an offer on a home you like, it can give another buyer a chance to come in first with a strong offer. Sellers are usually motivated and want to act as quickly as possible. So when you find the right property, don’t waste time.
  • Connect with the seller. If two offers are close, it may help your chances to try to personally connect with the seller. We’re not talking about become their BFF. Consider writing a sincere letter explaining how much you love their home including your hopes and dreams about living there one day – holiday gatherings, cooking meals together in the kitchen, or having barbecues in the yard with friends. Anything that helps personalize you and your offer may make a difference.

Although a seller’s market can be challenging for homebuyers, there are still opportunities out there for qualified buyers.

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Redwood City is the new Hot Spot to be!

By Erin Hurley

30 Things You Need to Know About Redwood City Before You Move There

1. A Throwback To The Good Old Days Of Theater

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The Fox Theatre in downtown Redwood City opened in 1929 during the motion picture craze and is still going strong today with a range of live shows, from Broadway to Joan Rivers. Step inside and be transported back to the days when simply going to the movies was an adventure in and of itself.

2. Its Climate Can’t Be Beat

30 Things You Need to Know About Redwood City, CA Before You Move There
The sign above downtown Redwood City proclaiming the city is “Climate Best by Government Test” isn’t just a gimmick: Before World War I the U.S. and German governments conducted tests to determine the world’s best climates, and Redwood City nabbed one of the top spots along with the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean. So all you need for a vacation are some lawn chairs (and maybe a mai tai).

3. You Can Meet Your Farmers Face To Face

30 Things You Need to Know About Redwood City, CA Before You Move There
On Saturday mornings between April and November our local farmers and vendors gather in Redwood City to show off all the goodies they’ve grown and made by hand. Strawberries, persimmons, veggies, fresh flowers, even jewelry – it’s basically a one-stop shop.

4. It’s Home To Some Real Characters

30 Things You Need to Know About Redwood City, CA Before You Move There
In 2002, when the world was still laughing over Dreamworks Animation’s Oscar-winning hit “Shrek,” the studio packed up from Palo Alto and made Redwood City its new home. Since the move, Dreamworks has continued to produce hit animated movies including “Shrek 2” (duh), “Madagascar,” and “Kung Fu Panda.” Must be the great government-tested weather.

5. Yes, The Name Is Accurate

30 Things You Need to Know About Redwood City, CA Before You Move There
The moniker “Redwood City” wasn’t chosen at random: The towering trees once covered the San Francisco peninsula. They’re still easily found today (they even surround City Hall). A prime spot to look up and gape is on the Purisima Redwoods Loop, a trail passing through many of the giant specimens.

6. There’s A Whole New Downtown…

30 Things You Need to Know About Redwood City, CA Before You Move There
In the 2000s the downtown area of Redwood City was revitalized with a huge development initiative, and transformed from not-so-impressive to a can’t-miss Peninsula destination. A huge theatre complex, boutiques, restaurants and stores—this city’s got it all for a night (or day) on the town.

7. … and It’s Still Growing

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Redwood City’s development push also shows no sign of slowing down. The city has already begun construction on a new downtown office complex called Crossing/900, and there are future plans to build a new headquarters for Zazzle and a Stanford satellite site. Talk about a town literally on the rise.

8. It’s A Gamer’s Mecca

30 Things You Need to Know About Redwood City, CA Before You Move There
In Redwood City there stands a little company you might have heard of, called Electronic Arts. That’s right, this video game giant is headquartered right here, producing hit games like Madden, Dead Space and Mass Effect. And the campus has its own basketball and volleyball courts too. Have to keep those creative juices flowing, right?

9. Picky Eaters Have No Excuses

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When it comes to finding food in Redwood City, the only thing you won’t find is a lack of choices. Chinese, American, Persian, a dizzying number of Mexican restaurants—there’s something for everyone. Try Arya Global Cuisine for delicious Persian, Italian or Middle Eastern dishes all at one theater district spot, or the fresh seafood ceviche at La Viga Restaurant nearby. Getting hungry yet?

10. It’s “Jurassic Park” With A Sense Of Humor

30 Things You Need to Know About Redwood City, CA Before You Move There
He smashed his way through Reddit like a… well, like a dinosaur through San Diego. But in reality Dug the T-Rex calls a Redwood City neighborhood his real home. Dug’s owners dress the over-sized tin lawn ornament up in various costumes like Elvis and Barney, and go all out on holidays like Halloween and Christmas. And it’s pretty awesome.

11. A (Long) History Of Education

30 Things You Need to Know About Redwood City, CA Before You Move There
If you’re looking for a high school that stands apart from the rest, Sequoia High School has a big advantage over the competition: It was the first ever high school established on the San Francisco Bay Peninsula (way back in 1895), just four years after Stanford University. It’s even on the National Register of Historic Places.

12. Relax And Raise Your Glass

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No one’s judging here—sometimes we all need a glass of wine at the end of a long day. If I’m singing your song, Redwood City has you covered with its own La Honda Winery (complete with tasting room) and the elegant yet intimate 840 Wine Bar and Cocktail Lounge. Now all you have to choose is red or white… or maybe both?

13. It’s Home To An Engineering Legend

30 Things You Need to Know About Redwood City, CA Before You Move There
EA isn’t the only top company that calls Redwood City home. The one and only Oracle has been based here for over 20 years, and continues to churn out software used in 145 countries worldwide, including every Fortune 100 company. The sleek, imposing Redwood Shores campus is impossible to miss.

14. Lifestyle Of The Rich And (Often) Famous

30 Things You Need to Know About Redwood City, CA Before You Move There
Redwood City is neighbors with Bay Area cities that are ranked among the most expensive places in the country, like Woodside, Menlo Park and Atherton. A number of today’s top companies are also based close by. As a result, the city attracts many wealthy residents, and factors like average incomes and home values are significantly higher than the national average.

15. It Keeps History Alive

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The historic Redwood City courthouse dates back more than 100 years, and saw many criminals pass through its doors for judgment and sentencing over the years. When it was shut down in 1988 the old building seemed to be on its way to demolition—until the San Mateo County Historical Society saved it and turned it into the San Mateo County History Museum. Today the building offers a fascinating glimpse into days gone by.

16. You Can Shamelessly Rock Out In Public

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This city loves its summer music. All around Redwood City during the summer months you can catch live performances ranging from rock to jazz to country. Sometimes you might find rock and roll blasting in the austere Courthouse Square, or maybe salsa music in the park that just makes you want to get up and shake it. And the best part? All the concerts are free!

17. It’s In Deep (Water, That Is)

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Fun fact: Redwood City has the only deepwater port in the southern San Francisco Bay, which makes it an ideal spot for shipping and transporting. It’s actually considered the fastest growing small bulk port in the state. Combined with the booming downtown, this city is basically unstoppable.

18. Our Ice Theatre Group Has No Mercy

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Yep, you read that right. The Nazareth Ice Oasis rink is home to the city’s award-winning Theatre on Ice team, which combines the already difficult sport of ice skating with choreography, dancing and theatre. And they do it quite well. The nationally-ranked team has won multiple medals at international competitions, with no intention of ending their streak anytime soon. And you thought cross-country was exhausting.

19. It Has Killer Biscotti

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For a sweet taste of Italy in Redwood City don’t miss La Biscotteria, where you’ll drool over traditional Italian classics like panettone, cannoli, and of course incredible biscotti. The charming bakery has been serving these delicacies to the public for 10 years and still gets rave reviews. Make a detour (and some room in your stomach) for these sweets. Delizioso!

20. It Knows How To Keep Things Spicy

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Redwood City might not be the first destination that you think of if you’re looking for a Latin celebration, but you would be pleasantly surprised. The annual Salsa Festival brings everyone together for a day of hot music and dancing with a salsa competition and even tequila tasting. Enough said, right?

21. Get A Glimpse Of Ancient Greece

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On the western edge of Redwood City you’ll find something unexpected—a temple that looks like it was transported here from thousands of years ago. The Pulgas Water Temple was constructed to honor the huge Hetch Hetchy water transportation system built during the Depression to bring water to the Peninsula. Today this Beaux-Arts temple is a peaceful spot to stop and admire, or even for tying the knot.

22. A Hometown Brewery

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Looking for something a little more special than Coors or Budweiser for that get-together with your college buddies? Look no further than the FreeWheel Brewing Company, where you’ll find hand crafted English style ales brewed 10 feet from a taproom that serves as the perfect place to enjoy time with friends and family.

23. It’s Got A Criminal Record

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The infamous and highly publicized Scott Peterson trial was held at the county courthouse in Redwood City in 2004 to determine whether Peterson had murdered his wife Laci and their unborn son in 2002. The trial was moved from the Peterson’s hometown of Modesto to Redwood City after it was ruled that the hostility in Modesto toward Scott was too high to conduct a fair trial.

24. It Has All The Answers

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For 24 years teams have gathered at the Redwood City Trivia Bee to show that we know the answer to… basically anything. This local trivia competition poses questions like “What do the red and white stripes on a barber pole represent?” Entrance and sponsorship fees help to support literacy in the area, so you’ll leave feeling as good about yourself as the winners.

25. The Perfect Spot For A “Me Day”

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Escape your hectic schedule and relax at Spa Luxe, Redwood City’s own full service day spa. Try a soothing massage, a cleansing facial, or even see a professional chiropractor. And if you’re still not convinced, it’s been recognized by the local news as the best day spa for two years in a row.

26. A Fun Way To Beat The Summer Heat

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Not much is worse than a scorching hot summer day when you just can’t cool off, and the beach is too far away. But in Redwood City you don’t have to sweat it out: Stulsaft Park has the perfect solution with fountains shaped like giant colored crayons that spout cool water.

27. It’s Got A Soft Spot For The Bard

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Just because Shakespeare is high drama doesn’t mean it has to be high cost. San Francisco’s Free Shakespeare in the Park program offers a classic play every summer at Redwood City’s Sequoia High School campus. Catch the witty comedy The Taming of the Shrew in 2014.

28. It’s On A Boat! (Well, Boats)

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Who needs the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade when you’ve got the Redwood City Lighted Boat Contest and Parade? Each December the Sequoia Yacht Club challenges residents to a boat decorating contest and the gussied-up boats go for a glowing and floating parade around the harbor for all to see.

29. A Luxury Getaway Right Nearby

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Who says you have to go to into San Francisco for a fancy hotel in the Bay Area? Redwood City is home to the elegant Hotel Sofitel, designed in a French style with a gorgeous waterfront location and all the bells and whistles expected from a luxury hotel. Check out the tennis courts, swimming pool and the bar serving specialty cocktails.

30. Roads Are So Yesterday

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A drive through Redwood Shores is reminiscent of the canals in Venice, with peaceful winding water where you’d expect to find roads. That’s because an area of Redwood Shores sits below the high tide elevation and creates a lagoon. But we don’t mind: The water serves as a prime spot for recreation like kayaking and swimming, and makes for a great photo op.

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