Archive for November, 2012

The Peninsula Bound Holiday Train Returns

November 26th, 2012

The nip in the air signals that the holiday season is just around the corner. Start your celebration off right by coming out to see the Caltrain Holiday Train, presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation.  Glowing with more than 60,000 lights and holiday decorations, the glittering “show train” will stop at eight train stations Dec. 1 and 2, collecting toys for local children.

The Holiday Train schedule can be found by clicking here.

Free entertainment will be provided at each of the station stops prior to the train’s arrival. During each 20-minute stop, people can enjoy holiday music led by a traditional Salvation Army brass band and on-board carolers. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and the whole gang will get off the train to greet children and pose for pictures.

Members of the United States Marine Corps Reserves and representatives from the Salvation Army will be on hand to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys for Bay Area children who might otherwise go without this holiday season.

The train starts both nights at the San Francisco Caltrain Station with musical entertainment at 4:00 p.m. and a chance to meet Santa before heading down the Peninsula. The same show will be repeated at four station stops each night.

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Holiday Traditions at Filoli, Let There Be Magic on the Peninsula

November 23rd, 2012

A Bay Area favorite, Filoli’s spectacular nine-day Holiday Traditions fundraising event has begun! Events sell out quickly, be sure to reserve your spot this season. With this year’s theme, Let There Be Magic, rooms throughout the first floor of the historic House and Visitors Center are transformed into a unique, magical showcase and holiday atmosphere that delights and inspires each guest as they enjoy the stunning decorations, festive music and exceptional merchandise of the Holiday Boutique. Numerous local choral and performing groups and Bay Area musicians’ music will add to the ambiance throughout this one-of-a-kind event.

Date: From November 23 through December 1, 2012
Time: Varies with each day and event, see www.filoli.org for complete details and tickets
Location: 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062

The kickoff to Holiday Traditions is the popular Premier Access Shopping Evening, Friday, November 23rd, where visitors enjoy live music, wine and appetizers. The Saturday Evening Dinner Party, an elegant occasion of dining and dancing to live music in the Ballroom, is a memorable way to celebrate the season. The popular Joe Sharino Band performs in the ballroom for concert style music, dancing and entertainment. In March of 2011, The Joe Sharino Band won their 17th Best Band Award from the 2011 Metro Magazine “Best of Silicon Valley Best of Readers 2011 Poll.” They are very charismatic and versatile, with the ability to energize their audience.

Buffet lunches and evening bistro dining are available at select times during the week with advance reservations. Young families will enjoy the Children’s Luncheon on December 1st, designed especially for children five to ten years of age, which includes fun food, a visit with Santa and children’s entertainment during the party in the Visitor Center, followed by musical entertainment in the House.

The collaborative efforts of more than 600 volunteers, along with Filoli staff, create Holiday Traditions each year. This long-standing event is Filoli’s largest and most beloved fundraiser and supports the preservation and stewardship of this historic site. Visit www.filoli.org for complete event activities.

Tickets: Beginning October 15, non-members may purchase tickets by mail, fax or by calling Filoli weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (650) 364-8300, ext. 508. For complete details and to download an order form, visit www.filoli.org. The order form may be faxed to (650) 503-2090 or mailed to: Attn: Holiday Traditions at Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062. Beginning October 22 tickets can be purchased online at www.filoli.org.

Ticket Prices: Vary with each event. See www.filoli.org for more details. Space is limited. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Some dates and times sell out early. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

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Helpful Thanksgiving Day Ideas from The Plaza, Foster City

November 21st, 2012

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time when family and friends gather to celebrate.  Although this holiday is a time for festivities, it can sometimes be a bit hectic when preparing your dinner and organizing the entire event. Today, we give thanks to you, our supportive community and neighbors in Foster City and those of you who will soon call The Plaza – “home”!

Make your Thanksgiving celebration lively and care-free with these helpful tips and links, and spend more time round the table with loved ones.  From recipes to table settings, music to crafts, The Plaza team has pulled together some helpful links to make your holiday a memorable one.

Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Potterybarn Thanksgiving Formal Dinner, complete with recipes, itunes download and more

Real Simple: Natural Fall Décor



Sunset Magazine: 8 Creative Fall Table Settings

Sunset Magazine:  How to Serve Thanksgiving with style

Martha Stewart: Thanksgiving Crafts

Pandora Radio:  LeeCo Thanksgiving Music

Food & Wine’s Thanksgiving Day Desserts: Perfect pumpkin pie & more amazing desserts

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving from the team at The Plaza in Foster City.

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Caltrain, SamTrans Have Special Hours for Thanksgiving Weekend

November 19th, 2012

Attention Transit Travelers and Black Friday Shoppers! If you plan on taking transit, Caltrain has special hours for the holiday weekend. Operating on a Sunday schedule Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. Caltrain will run a Saturday schedule on the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22
Caltrain will operate a regular Sunday schedule of 32 trains between San Francisco and San Jose, with shuttle service to the Tamien station. Train service will not operate south of San Jose.

Day After Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 23
Caltrain will run a Saturday schedule with 36 trains operating between San Francisco and San Jose. The schedule will include Weekend Bullet Express trains in the morning and early evening, a great way to start the shopping season.

Caltrain district offices in San Carlos will be closed on both Nov. 22 & 23.

At The Plaza Foster City, we understand convenience is key. Our location is centrally located between San Francisco and San Jose, with easy access to both BART and CalTrans. Whether utilizing transit for work or for play – we make it easier to get to your destination. Skip the traffic and ride in style. Our closest station is just over 1 mile from your front door at The Plaza!

Caltrain provides commuter rail service along the San Francisco Peninsula, through the South Bay to San Jose and Gilroy. Find Your Way

Did we mention? The Baby Bullet serves BOTH our nearby Hillsdale and San Mateo Stations on weekdays and weekends!

Tips for Cyclists Riding Caltrain

*Caltrain image credit: flickr executive education

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Meet Ryan @ The Plaza, Foster City

November 14th, 2012

General Manager, The Plaza Luxury Apartments


Meet Ryan Lopez, General Manager at The Plaza in Foster City

Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Ryan spends most of his time in Foster City these days – helping people find their perfect home at The Plaza! Ryan enjoys working in Apartment Management, and is excited to be a part of creating a new community along the Peninsula in beautiful San Mateo County. “The people I work for and work with make life so interesting. Every day is different, with new challenges, opportunities, and experiences.”

Share your perfect day with us…
Ryan: A round of golf in Maui with my wife, plate lunches and an afternoon on the beach in Napili.

What’s your favorite season on the Peninsula?
Ryan: Spring/Summer because I love warm weather, and seeing all the flowers in bloom.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?
Ryan: My favorite local restaurant is Hot Wok Cafe . I’d recommend the Wonton Noodle Soup (winter time) and Sweet Basil Thai – Crispy Chicken.

What’s been your favorite design feature you’ve seen in a new community?
Ryan: The outdoor living space at The Plaza has to be one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a new community. It brings all of the comforts of an indoor living room – outside.

Something you may not know about Ryan…
Ryan: My brother is the lead guitarist/back up vocals of The Plain White T’s.

Contact Ryan to find out how you can make The Plaza your new residence 877-305-4707.
555 Pilgrim Dr, Suite A Foster City, Ca 94404 (10am to 5pm, daily)


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Convenience is Key at The Plaza – Local Shopping

November 13th, 2012

When you live at The Plaza in Foster City, you enjoy easy access to an assortment of shopping venues.  Bridgepointe Shopping Center, with its variety of shopping and local restaurant favorites, is less than 1 mile from your new home at The Plaza. Easy access and convenience for all in Foster City, this center is a local favorite.

Another smaller center is less than 1 mile from The Plaza as well. Metro Center Shopping Center, located across from Central Lake and just down the street from our community, offers shoppers the day-to-day shopping of Safeway and Starbucks as well as some great dining options.

And for a truly local shopping or dining experience – don’t forget The Shops at 25th Ave or head to Downtown San Mateo, where you’ll find a variety of charming boutiques, specialty retailers, and restaurants to tempt any palate.

For those large one-stop-shops, Costco is less than 1/3 of a mile from your home….can anyone say convenient?

Looking to broaden your shopping options for the holidays?  Hillsdale Shopping Center is less than 3 miles with a quick drive down E. Hillsdale Boulevard. What will you find at Hillsdale Shopping Center?  From their site:

Hillsdale Shopping Center has the finest collection of department stores and specialty shops in the Bay Area – Nordstrom, Macy’s and Sears, plus 120 specialty stores and restaurants including a new Cheesecake Factory, Forever 21 Mega Store, DSW Shoes, H&M, Kiehl’s since 1852, Francesca’s Collections, Vans and White House/Black Market.

Hillsdale Shopping Center has special events throughout the year.  From pet photos with Santa to iPad giveaways, there is something for everyone.  Take a look at current and upcoming special events here.

Looking for even more options?  Click around on the map below and see what Foster City has to offer.


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Whatever your shopping needs, The Plaza in Foster City has you covered.

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Locals and Future Residents Looking Forward to The Plaza

November 12th, 2012

Just wanted to pass along a few photographs of our new rental community in Foster City.  Construction is moving along, as you can see by the photos, and we should be able to show the residences sometime this Winter.

Residents and locals alike are very excited about the release of our new community.  Foster City is an amazing place to live and the team at the Plaza attempts to showcase our community, Foster City and the incredible surrounding area via this blog, our website, twitter and facebook page.  Locals are happy about the local outreach as well as our residences. Some of that enthusiasm was recently posted to our facebook page wall –

Hey guys, just wanted to give a shout out in thanks for the promotion of Foster City. This is truly a great place to call home, and hope that employees of local businesses and those looking to live in a great place to work and play look to your incredible facility as a place to call home! Thanks again! – Steve T.

Thanks, Steve.  We look forward to opening soon and becoming a part of the Foster City community.

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All That Foster City Has To Offer Is At Your Doorstep

November 8th, 2012

Foster City not only offers a beautifully scenic backdrop with its signature lagoons and waterways but a thriving and stimulating environment to call home. It’s one of the Bay Area’s most delightful cities with a special affection for everything nautical. Here you’ll discover fine dining, great shopping, abundant recreation as well as incredible professional opportunities. This is one city that truly has it all. Please explore our interactive vicinity map to get familiar with this amazing city and see why it’s the perfect place to live, work and play every day.

And you don’t have to leave your home to experience relaxing outdoor space.  The Plaza is finishing up the touches on some of our exterior amenities, which will include a heated swimming pool and whirlpool spa, poolside cabana, outdoor kitchen and dining area, outdoor lounge area with TV, and zen garden – all adjacent to community park with children’s play area and bocce ball.

Below are some in-progress images to give you and idea of the community park and children’s play area. The finishing touches are currently being added to hardscape and landscaping in the pool courtyard and park.  Be sure to get on the registration list today to be among the first to move-in, beginning this winter!
Landscape Architect: Guzzardo |  Building Contractor: Devcon  |  Size: 1/3 acre

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