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5 Fun Spring Activities in Foster City

March 2nd, 2017

DaisiesSpring is here! The sun is finally making an appearance after months of cold, foggy and rainy weather. With the weather getting warmer, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy the beautiful sights and activities in Foster City. Take a look at a few things you should be doing this spring.

Five Things to Do in Foster City This Spring:

  1. Go for a walk, run or bike ride on one of Foster City’s trails. You’ve got many choices if you’re in the mood for some exercise. The Levee Pedway is part of the San Francisco Bay Trail and runs along the west side of O’Neal Slough. It’s a scenic, flat trail that’s perfect for bicycling or a relaxing stroll. You can drive from your apartments in Foster City to the Levee Pedway in less than 10 minutes.

    Another option is the Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park overlooking Central Lake with nearly 21 acres, including bike paths, a boat launch, basketball courts, picnic area and more.

  2. Check out the Foster City Farmers Market. Get fresh vegetables, fruit and other items on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The market is at the Charter Square Shopping Center at 791 Beach Park Boulevard.
  3. Celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors. This free, fun event is on Saturday, March 18 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Leo Ryan Park Meadow. Holi is an Indian festival where people throw colored powder at each other to celebrate spring and bring the community together. Activities will also include Indian music, dance and food. Learn more about the Holi festival at the Foster City Parks and Recreation Department’s website at calendar.fostercity.org/.
  4. See the classic Neil Simon farce “Rumors.” Regarded as one of Neil Simon’s funniest plays, “Rumors” is playing at the Hillbarn Theater at 1285 East Hillsdale Boulevard, Foster City, from March 9 to April 2. To learn more and buy tickets, visit www.hillbarntheatre.org/ or call (650) 349-6411, extension 2. Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for youths.
  5. Enjoy the free Jazz in the Library series of concerts. See live performances by a variety of bands playing different genres of jazz at the Foster City Library, 1000 East Hillsdale Boulevard. Concerts are on the following Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.: April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4 and May 11.

Spring is also the perfect time to make a move to Foster City. If you’re looking for a place to live, check out luxury apartment living at The Plaza in Foster City, California. To learn more, call (650) 349-9999.

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3 Reasons to Catch a Wave at Half Moon Bay

January 19th, 2017

Half Moon BayIt is only right that a luxury home lifestyle accompanies a luxury lifestyle overall. When you need a scene outside of the amenities of The Plaza, you can catch a wave at Half Moon Bay. Here are 3 of the best excuses.

The Cleanest Beaches

Choosing to take your recreation at Half Moon Bay is an easy decision – the coast line sells itself with some of the clearest water on the coast and beautiful sandy beaches that you will never want to leave. Imagine a vacation resort that actually looked just like the picture, and you are beginning to realize the kind of lifestyle choice you have in Half Moon Bay – and you can have this lifestyle every day, not just on holidays and weekends!

The waves here are some of the best in the world, and you can often find professional surfers practicing their moves here. Because the seaside culture is so prevalent, you can easily find a mentor if you are looking to improve your skills in a more serious way.

Luxury Amenities

Half Moon Bay is within walking distance of everything that you would need to create a perfect visit to the beach for friends or family. You can take a full holiday on the coastline, or use the area for a short jaunt to clear your head. You have an incredible array of fashion boutiques, restaurants and quality convenience just a stone’s throw away.

Great People

A beautiful environment engenders a camaraderie that is truly remarkable to see and even more incredible to partake in. You will make friends almost instantly with interesting people with a lot going on. You have the ability to get in touch with your Plaza neighbors on the wavefront, and you will always have an opportunity to introduce a new wave of tourists to your lifestyle nearly every day. The best people in the world come here with their families to vacation, and they bring an energy that always seems to renew the environment. Take full advantage of the opportunity by learning the waves and the culture so that you can be that all knowing resource that everyone loves to shake hands with!

You can have the best Foster City lifestyle every day at The Plaza. All that you need to do is call one of our dedicated housing specialists, and you can move into your new Foster City apartment just in time for the best waves of the season.

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10 Fun Facts About Foster City

December 2nd, 2016

Foster CityWhether you have lived in Foster City your entire life or you are just now considering the move, there is a lot of history in the area to learn, as well as information about the current state of the town. It is a growing area and one that anyone would be happy to call home. Learn more about the town with these fun facts.

Fun Facts About Foster City

  • Foster City was founded in the 1960’s and is named after T. Jack Foster, who owned a lot of the land that now makes up the city.
  • T. Jack Foster played a big role in the design of the city at the time of development. His family’s firm, Foster Enterprises, is very active in real estate in Foster City as well as throughout the San Francisco Bay area.
  • Foster City is considered to be a part of Silicon Valley. This is due to the fact that it is close to Silicon Valley cities and has similar local industries.
  • In 2009, Forbes ranked Foster City as #10 on their list of America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well. Money has also recognized the city on their Best Places to Live list several times.
  • Foster City has over 16 miles of man-made canals. They are known as the Foster City Lagoon and they provide gorgeous views and activities throughout the town.
  • We have had quite a few athletes come out of Foster City. Some of the most notable include Kevin Mitchell, a San Francisco Giants player, and Jeff Kent who was awarded the MVP of the National League.
  • The founder of PayPal, was raised in Foster City. Peter Thiel is also a political activist and gay libertarian.
  • The movie Over the Edge is based on events that occurred in Foster City. You can find more about the story in an article published in 1973 titled “Mousepacks: Kids on a Crime Spree.” The article can be found in the San Francisco Examiner.
  • The wettest month of the year in Foster City is January. Other than that, we enjoy a mild Mediterranean climate that consists of warm dry summers and cool wet winters. The warmest month is July with average temperatures of 80.8 degrees.
  • There are many companies with headquarters located in Foster City. Some of these companies include Visa, Gilead Sciences, Philips and Sony.

Foster City is a great place to live! If you are looking for a Foster City apartment, be sure to stop in our office today for a quick tour and to see what we have available.

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Top 7 Things To Do in Foster City

October 3rd, 2016

When you live so close to the water, it’s pretty hard to run out of awesome activities to keep yourself busy. And when you live in Foster City,you’ll find a ton of fun activities to fill your free time. Whether you’re new to the Bay Area or you’re entertaining guests from out of town, check out this quick rundown of the best things to do in this beautiful city.

Top 7 Best Things To Do in Foster City

1. Explore the Water with California Windsurfing

Tap into your adventurous side and have a day full of fun out on the water with California Windsurfing. Rent a boat, and head out on the water today!

2. Relax at Oceanic Foot Spa

Need a little time to relax and get away from your busy schedule? Check out the one-of-a-kind pampering experience at Oceanic Foot Spa.

3. See a Show at Hillbarn Theatre

For an experience that is unique to Foster City, catch a performance at Hillbarn Theatre. This venue has been a staple in the community since 1941 and is still going strong with amazing performances year round.

4. Grab a Cocktail at Clubhouse Bistro

Check out one of the best happy hours in town at Clubhouse Bistro. Perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail, you’ll love the cool vibe, excellent service and great drink specials here!

5. Chill at the Lagoon

Foster City is home to 21 parks and one of the best spots in town to hang out and enjoy time with friends is at the Lagoon. Visit the Lagoon and checkout the beautiful boardwalk, paved trails and plenty of open water for the water activities of your choice.

6. Golf at Mariners Point

Get out and enjoy the weather at this fun and affordable 9-hole golf center. Ideal for perfecting your swing, Mariners Point has a big, double-decker driving range, great views of the water and a Bar & Grill for lunch.

7. Play at the Dog Park

Whether you have a dog of your own or simply want to enjoy a nice walk surrounded by a bunch of furry friends, the Foster City Dog Park is a great place for an afternoon walk. This large dog park features synthetic turf, water stations and Lagoon access.

Have Fun in Foster City

With gorgeous views, plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy and a cool bar/restaurant scene, Foster City really is a great place to live. For more information on the available floor plans at our Foster City apartments, visit us online today!

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4 Ways to Celebrate National Coffee Day

September 16th, 2016

No morning is truly complete until you’ve enjoyed a cup of freshly brewed coffee. That cup of coffee is especially important on National Coffee Day, which is celebrated on September 29th. Whether you prefer to drink coffee in the comfort of your Foster City apartment or at a local coffee shop, you’ll have no trouble finding a fun way to celebrate this special day. Consider adding one of the following destinations to your itinerary on National Coffee Day:

4 Things to Do on National Coffee Day

  • Stop by See U. The perfect spot to relax with coffee and a good book, See U aims to inspire the coffee lovers of Foster City. The cafe is well known as the regular meeting place for the Silicon Valley Women Federation. Whether you’re involved in this influential nonprofit or simply want some caffeine, you’ll enjoy the neighborly feel that infuses every nook and cranny in this welcoming coffee house.
  • Hit up Penelope’s Coffee and Tea. A local favorite, Penelope’s Coffee and Tea is the perfect spot to grab your morning cup of Joe. While hot coffee is always welcome, many of the regulars at Penelope’s favor the coffee shop’s delicious iced coffee. While you’re grabbing iced coffee, be sure to pick up a pound of coffee to take home. Penelope’s also offers a variety of breakfast burritos and Greek pastries.
  • Enjoy breakfast and coffee at the Century Centre Cafe. If a cup of coffee on its own isn’t good enough for you, you’ll prefer a visit to the Century Centre Cafe, which offers delicious coffee along with a variety of affordable breakfast options. Whether you order a pastry or an omelet, you’ll be satisfied with both the quality of the food and the ambience at this welcoming cafe.
  • Head to Mollie Stone’s Markets to buy organic coffee beans. If you prefer to brew your coffee at home, you’re in luck — you can find some of the best coffee in California at the Mollie Stone’s in nearby San Mateo. The store also stocks excellent coffee creamers and stevia that you can use as a healthy sweetener. Grab all of the things you need to make a wonderful cup of coffee, and then enjoy in peace in the comfort of your apartment.

The only thing better than drinking a good cup of coffee at Foster City’s finest cafes is enjoying it in a beautiful apartment. That’s exactly what we’re able to provide at The Plaza. Reach out today to learn more about our floor plans and amenities.

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5 Spots to Devour Chicken & Waffles

September 3rd, 2016

Getting to know an area can be a challenge, but with a few tips and tricks, there’s no doubt that you’ll quickly find your way around The Plaza and the surrounding community. If you live in our Foster City apartments, you know there are numerous nearby restaurants and venues serving something for just about any occasion. When looking for great chicken and waffles, the area has more than a few great choices.

Where’s the Best Chicken and Waffles in San Francisco?

When it comes to finding chicken and waffles in the San Francisco area, these are some of the top rated destinations. Each offers their own unique take and all are worth a visit (or two!)

#1: Auntie April’s Chicken, Waffles & Soul Food Restaurant

Simple, straightforward, and exactly what you want when you want great chicken and waffles, Auntie April’s Chicken, Waffles, & Soul Food Restaurant is the perfect choice. This is authentic and affordable food that anyone can enjoy. Don’t forget the pecan pie when you this location on 3rd St.

#2: Frisco Fried

Another authentic location, Frisco Fried is a family owned location. The hint of cinnamon in your waffles gives it just that extra something you are looking for. It’s also on 3rd St.  It’s a very affordable meal, too.

#3: Soul Groove

For something a bit more unique, check out Soul Groove. This location offers your favorites but also vegan options. You’ll be able to enjoy the Chicken Fried Soul Sandwich with its buttermilk battered chicken and maple flavored waffles. It’s located on Larkin St.

#4: 1300 on Fillmore

Check out 1300 on Fillmore for something a bit more elegant. It has all of the flavor and texture you want, with all of that extra sophistication you are looking for. Check out the rosemary waffles with their chili maple syrup butter sauce. It’s located on Fillmore Street in the heart of the city.

#5: Little Skillet

Affordable and traditional, Little Skillet is an excellent option for those looking for a filling meal. There are crowds at this location pretty much from the time they open until they close. The fried chicken is ideal for those who want crispy, hot and fresh food.

Enjoying the Best Close to Home

When you live at The Plaza, you get to enjoy the very best that the region has to offer. If you are considering finding a place to call home, give us a call to learn about our available floor plans and to book a tour with us.

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Let Me See Your Sushi Roll: 3 Must-Try Sushi Spots Near Your Foster City Apartments

August 18th, 2016

If you have not tried sushi before, you need to run out and give this inventive dish a chance to win you over. To enjoy a great first impression, however, you must select a sushi joint with an excellent reputation. Highly regarded sushi spots only use the freshest ingredients, including fish obtained that day from local sources. Once you try the best sushi in the area, you will know just what to strive for when making your own at your Foster City apartments. Here are three must-try sushi spots located right in your neighborhood.

Tokyo Village

Tokyo Village is well known for its delightful combo of delicious food and attentive wait staff. You will feel highly cared for when you venture into this sushi spot. Browse through the menu to find a few interesting dishes you want to try. You cannot go wrong with the clam miso or sashimi combo. Ask the wait staff to suggest a beverage that will complement your meal well.

Tokie’s Around the Corner from Your Apartments in Foster City

Tokie’s has been a fan favorite since its inception in the early eighties. This restaurant features dozens of innovative roll options, from the firecracker to the baked salmon. You can add sides of edamame or gyoza to round out your meal. You will want to finish your visit by slowly enjoying a fresh made bowl of green tea ice cream. This restaurant offers an expansive range of sake you can enjoy before heading home to your apartments in Foster City.

Akizu Sushi Bar and Grill

Akizu Sushi Bar and Grill will never fail to impress, no matter what menu item you order. You may enjoy starting off with the scallops and ending with the yellow tail. Your meal will always start with miso soup. After that, you can select from an endless variety of sushi rolls. Makes sure to try the crazy dragon roll at least once for a truly awe-inspiring sushi experience. If you arrive during happy hour, your meal will usually come with a free dish of ice cream at the end.

Giving well-prepared sushi a chance to win you over is a wise choice. Once you taste this exciting dish, you may be inspired to try every available variation and even make your own rolls at home. When you are ready to consider alternative housing options, you can call the team at 650-349-9999 to discuss the available floor plans at The Plaza apartments.

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5 Spots for the Best Sunset Views Near Your Apartments in Foster City

August 1st, 2016

Catching the sunset is just that much more magical when you are surrounded by a beautiful landscape or cityscape. Watching the bright hues of the disappearing sunlight bounce off the surrounding area can increase your enjoyment factor many times over. Each time you head to a new place to catch the sunset, you capture the memory of that viewpoint in a new light. Here are five amazing spots to catch the best sunset views near your apartments in Foster City.

Leo J. Ryan Park

At Leo J. Ryan Park, you can catch the sunset from every angle imaginable as it bounces off the waters of Central Lake. At its lowest point, the sunlight seems to frame the cityscape along the other side of the water.  If you have a chance, view the sunset from the waterside gazebo or a sailboat of your very own.

Coyote Point Near Your Foster City Apartments

The beaches at Coyote Point are an excellent reason to leave the comfort of your Foster City apartments to view the local sunset. The nearly endless water provides the perfect backdrop for the sunset, especially when there are wispy clouds in the sky. Kids will enjoy watching the sunset from one of the six slides in the large play space.

Bair Island

The outer Bair Island space is the perfect spot to capture your favorite sunset memories. The surrounding marshland looks absolutely magical as the sunlight shines down from above. The walking trails will lead you forever toward the sun’s lowest setting point.

Redwood Shores State Marine Park

With its blend of natural and manmade structures around the edges, the Redwood Shores State Marine Park provides the perfect sunset backdrop. Your view will change in phenomenal ways with every direction you turn. Keep your eyes peeled for the sight of a heron flapping away into the bright sky.

Gull Park

Choose a spot on the beach or the open grassy fields of Gull Park as your ideal sunset viewing location. When the sun starts to set, you may notice the trees make the area look like a professionally painted scene.

If you have a camera, consider capturing the sunsets from these vantage points and using the prints to decorate your apartment. Your photographs will allow your guests to peek inside your memory banks to enjoy the beauty of the sunsets for themselves. To learn more about the available floor plans at The Plaza, give the management team a call at 650-349-9999.

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Why We Love the Bay Area

July 12th, 2016

The Plaza is known for its convenient location when it comes to the long list of events happening area. Since summer is in full swing, there’s seemingly endless opportunities at your disposal in regards to entertainment and fun. With this being said, here’s a look at why The Plaza is an excellent location for Bay Area lovers.

Bay Area Landmarks

The Bay Area has an impressive list of landmarks such as:

  • The Golden Gate Bridge – Being one of the most prolific bridges in history, The Golden Gate Bridge is an architectural wonder. Being built in 1936, The Golden Gate Bridge has accumulated a few world records since its creation (such as the World’s Longest and Highest Bridge Over A Body of Water). Long story short, it must be seen to be believed!
  • The Golden Gate Park – Golden Gate Park is known as one of the largest man made parks on Earth. Before it became the wonder it is today, the Golden Gate Park site consisted of sand dunes. It’s location was once beyond the city’s limits, but today the Golden Gate Park is known as an urban gem due to the concerts, museums, plants, trees and picnic spots that frequent the area.

Sports

If you’re a sports fan, the Bay might be the sports epicenter you’re looking for. Whether looking college or professional teams, you can easily find a baseball, football or basketball game within a stone’s throw away from the Bay. In addition to this, the Bay has also been home to many Olympic athletes (to a point whereas a hall of fame was created to keep track of them all).

Culture

Whether it be food, music or entertainment, the Bay area is light years ahead of most of the country. With the Haight and Ashbury being known as an integral part of the music scene in the 70s, it’s safe to say that you might see the next big act of tomorrow at a local bar today.

As for unconventional sports (such as surfing), feel free to ask around as the locals will gladly point you in the right direction. If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, there’s plenty of long stretches of road to explore in a city that’s known for its consistent amazing weather.

If you’re interested in finding out what else is in store for you when it comes to apartments in Foster City, feel free to contact us today for more information.

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4 Great State Parks for Your Summer Camping Adventure

July 5th, 2016

If you’re looking for the finest luxury apartment in Foster City, The Plaza offers everything you want and more. This wonderful community offers fantastic features for every type of family. From outdoor dining to pools and fitness, every need you might have in the most elite hotel can be met year round from your own home. Families here take advantage of the excellent neighborhood and beautiful community feel. Many of the residents in this area love to take advantage of all the outdoors has to offer in the great state of California. From long days at the beach to hiking and biking, any activity you might be looking for is only a stone’s throw away.

4 State Parks for Your Outdoor Adventure

Many Foster City residents have a great affinity for the outdoors. If you’re looking for a place to take the family or to go with friends for a great weekend adventure, you should definitely visit one of these parks.

  1. Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The state’s oldest state park, Big Basin, offers beautiful Redwoods and glorious shade from the heat of the California summer. This wonderful camping area offers miles of hiking trails and is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is a great location to rent lodging or bring your own RV or tent.
  2. Calaveras Big Trees State Park. There’s plenty to do at Calaveras Big Trees State Park with hiking and biking trails and plenty of space for camping. There are also lovely cabin rentals at a fair price for an affordable vacation the whole family will enjoy.
  3. Crystal Cove State Park. Enjoy the great outdoors in the California fashion. At Crystal Cove you’ll find sandy beaches, great surf and tide pools to relax near. You’ll also find wooded canyons. In Orange County, this State Park offers scuba diving and all of the adventure of the sea, along with biking and all the adventure of land.
  4. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. A beautiful landscape for anyone who wants to be nestled among the redwoods of the Big Sur River. There’s space for camping and RVs and there are cabin rentals for your outdoor getaway.

Looking for the Best Apartment Living in Foster City?

Foster City is a wonderful location to enjoy the best life has to offer and still be able to get away to nature any time you would like. If you’re looking for the best luxury apartments in Foster City, contact us today to see which floor plans are still available at The Plaza.

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