San Bruno, California

Little Italy

San Bruno Park View
San Bruno Park View
San Bruno Point Park
San Bruno Point Park
San Bruno City Park
San Bruno City Park
Golden Gate National Cemetery
Golden Gate National Cemetery

Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward. Leonardo da Vinci.

The Best Thing About San Bruno?

Public Transportation

San Bruno is a suburb with a small commercial district/downtown but it punches way above it's weight class for public transport options. The BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) system stops here and will take you down to SFO airport, up into San Francisco, across the bridge to Oakland (and the Oakland Airport) or Berkeley, or all the way around the bay and down to towns in the east bay including Dublin/Pleasanton, Fremont and even North San Jose. You can also take the Caltrain stop from San Bruno down the peninsula to Redwood City, Palo Alto, San Jose and even down to Gilroy. There’s really no better suburb to live if you want to avoid driving around the Bay Area traffic. Oh, and if you do want to drive you’re right on the edges of 101 and 280, the two major freeways in the area. Finally, and to many the best part, you’re just a mile from SFO, the major Bay Area airport.

The Worst Thing About San Bruno?

Airport Racket

If you live a mile or two from an airport you’re going to hear the planes. Most residents seem to have gotten used to it, or know about it when they move in, or live on the western side of the city and don't hear it as much, but just good to know going in that planes taking off make some noise.

Lifestyle of San Bruno

San Bruno is an interesting, maybe even quirky place. Mostly thought of as a suburb but with a fair number of apartment/condo complexes to supplement the single family homes it has a mix of young professionals/couples and families.

This diverse mix of locals share a funky downtown running along El Camino and San Mateo Avenue. The boutique mom-and-pop offerings include Kava Bar), a cool spot serving Fiji’s national drink, Neelan Pacific Market and Fiji Market, family-owned markets offering international spices and foods. There are also truly one-of-a-kind shops including: a Hula dance school, Paradise Hooka Lounge, martial arts centers and any number of other non-chain experiences that make San Bruno feel like an old-school downtown neighborhood.

There are of course plenty of suburban lifestyle happenings here. The outdoor experiences available are pretty amazing given the suburban settings. You have the Santa Cruz Mountains bordering the western edge of town, and a half dozen more wonderful outdoor parks and hiking trails inside the neighborhood borders. Raising the kiddos here means you'll get as much outdoor play as your heart desires and all the common little league sports happen within the parks and rec system San Bruno offers.

Schools in San Bruno

The San Bruno Elementary School District scores lower than the districts south of San Bruno with a B- on niche.com. Depending on the neighborhood however you can find a school that bumps up into the B+’s so just keep an eye on that if you’re watching the school scores. At the high school level San Bruno is part of the San Mateo Union High School District which jumps to an A+ on niche.com. Peninsula and Capuchino are the two public high schools in the city with Capuchino the higher performer in part due to their IB and AP offerings and in part due to the diversity of students and supportive administration.

Why You Should Move Here Now?

The Cool Quirk

We like the quirk of San Bruno. It’s quiet (notwithstanding the airport) relative to other bigger neighbors but has a diverse population in all the ways that's possible: age, race/ethnicity, etc., and that diversity is supported by local restaurants and shops that come from a diverse community of quirky shopkeepers. If you’re looking for cookie-cutter, posher neighborhoods then you can find them. If you’re looking for something with more flavor, put San Bruno on your list.