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3 Can’t Miss Spring Bay Area Events

April 3rd, 2017

Spring Flowers

Spring is in the air! And what better way to greet the springtime than doing something fun in a really cool city? Whether you’re an extrovert who loves to mingle and stay on-the-go, an introvert who enjoys easy going activities, or a parent of small children looking for family-friendly entertainment, San Mateo, California has something for you.

Festivals and Parades

Local residents can find festivals and parades surrounding every corner of San Mateo. Each year, spring gives rise to the San Francisco International Film Festival, Beer Festival, Sidewalk Arts and Crafts Show, Street Performer’s Festival, and the San Francisco Carnaval’s Grand Parade and Festival. Springtime also hosts a number of parades, Cinco de Mayo, and New Years Festivals honoring a variety of cultures around the world. As part of the San Mateo community, you receive the benefit of having something available every night of the week.

Concerts and Theater

From traditional theater to performances by local musicians to visits from the stars, San Mateo community members can have their pick of entertainment. Annual spring events include the San Francisco Jazz Spring Season, Union Square Live, and a countless number of concerts by local artists and famous artists alike throughout the season.

Family-Friendly Events

Spring in the Bay Area holds great fun for parents and their children. From Easter in the Park, with its egg hunts, carnival rides, and live entertainment to Opening Day on the Bay with its opportunity to view life from the waters, you can give your child the adventure of a lifetime. Each spring offers families their pick of the International Children’s Festival, Extraordinary Egg Hunt, Major League Baseball, the San Mateo County Fair, and the Annual Flower and Garden Show.

Fun Just Around the Corner

With so many great options to choose from, you can have your pick from all that San Mateo and the Bay Area have to offer. We at 888 San Mateo apartments would like to share what we have to offer you, as well. Our residents have access to a wide assortment of community features, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, Yoga/Pilates studio, and heated swimming pool and whirlpool spa, to name only a few.

We also love pets and are proud to provide a pet-friendly community with a dog wash station and a bark park to help you give your pup the very best. Don’t delay. Come see what makes 888 San Mateo Apartments a great place to call home!


Three Memory-Making DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

February 2nd, 2017

Candy HeartsLooking for a way to create a custom-crafted Valentine’s Day experience that go beyond the classic cliches of a dozen red roses and chocolates? Following are three ways that residents of apartments in San Mateo can make the celebration memorable.

A Customized Gift Basket

Shopping for a customized gift basket should be almost as fun as receiving one. Buy a big, gorgeous basket, and fill it with small things that you know your loved one will love. Ideas include lusciously scented soaps, bottles of specialty syrups and liqueurs, books of romantic poetry, tickets to an upcoming concert featuring a favorite performer, jewelry and other personal adornments, and other assorted small items that your Valentine would like. To make it really fun, collect stuff all year round and hide them for when the time comes to put them all together in a customized gift basket.

A Weekend Travel Experience

The gift of a weekend getaway is just what many people need to give them the necessary boost to get past the winter doldrums. Booking a weekend in a lovely romantic spot within driving distance is a great way to have a relaxing mini vacation — as an added bonus, many of the cozy inns and charming bed-and-breakfast establishments in nearby Napa Valley may be offering seasonal discounts during this time of year. If you and your Valentine are nature lovers who relish solitude, February is a great time for a sojourn to California’s Lost Coast — winter has a special stark beauty in this area, and you’ll be far from the maddening crowd. On the flip side, if the two of you are urban environment aficionados, book the best hotel in San Francisco that you can afford and soak up that city life for a couple of days.

A Windowsill Culinary Herb Garden

This is an excellent Valentine’s Day gift for everyone from serious cooks to those who’d rather dine out the majority of the time. Serious cooks know the value of having a supply of fresh culinary herbs on hand. Even those who don’t spend much time in the kitchen will appreciate the visual appeal and delightful aroma provided by a culinary herb garden. They will also appreciate having fresh ingredients on hand for when they do cook or need a fresh sprig of mint for a cocktail of cup of tea.

If you’re looking for a place to relax and unwind after all the hectic holidays of 2017, give us a call. We’d love to give you a tour of our community.


4 Thanksgiving Decorating Tips

November 5th, 2016

There are many ways to decorate the home for fall holidays, but it’s the big, extravagant displays that get attention in magazines. Television shows also tend to feature homes where it seems like an entire crew was needed to get everything set up. This can make the idea of decorating your San Mateo apartment for Thanksgiving seem rather daunting. Fortunately, decorating for this holiday really isn’t that hard. Here are some tips for getting beautiful results without an overwhelming investment of either money or labor.

The Media Features Exceptions, Not Norms

The first step to a stress-free Thanksgiving decorating experience is to remember that media portrayals are exceptional. It looks like it requires an entire crew to get the effects they show because they literally hire one to do up their sets! Nobody who has any real-world experience with decorating really expects you to replicate those overdone looks in your apartment.

Keep it Simple

Thanksgiving is a day where everyone wants to pay attention to the food, and perhaps, the game on TV. Nobody wants to have to be super-careful to avoid ruining any decorations; that wouldn’t be relaxing at all. Therefore, decorations should be kept simple. Since Thanksgiving celebrations often involve large amounts of people, the decorations should also be either out of reach or indestructible.

Go for Natural Decorations

Thanksgiving’s celebration date makes it easy to tie its decorations in with the season. The same is true for Halloween. This makes it so that you can keep the bulk of your decorations in place all autumn long and just change key elements to match the specific holiday. One of the easiest ways to do this is to focus on natural fall decor like colorful leaves, dried twigs and similar materials. Since it can be hard to come by naturally-colorful leaves in California, it’s a good idea to stop at a craft store for your supplies.

Pumpkins Are Still Great

Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween. As fall produce, they’re equally at home on Thanksgiving. The only difference is that now, they should be left not carved. Small ones look great on the table, and serving pumpkin pie for dessert will complete the theme perfectly.

By following these tips, you can get your entire home to look special without an inordinate amount of effort or expense. To see our available floor plans and think about how you’ll apply your personal touches this Thanksgiving, just stop by our office. We’ll be glad to show you around.


Enjoy Upcoming Movies at Century 12 This Summer

August 6th, 2015

At our apartments for rent in San Mateo near Century 12, you can enjoy not only exquisite onsite comfort and luxury but also a wide variety of entertainment nearby. If you’re a movie aficionado, here are a few suggestions for August 2015:

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    Between August 1 and 6, follow Ethan Hunt on his fifth top-secret mission, brought to viewers worldwide by the screenwriter Drew Pearce. Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation is a great choice for the entire family, but keep in mind it is rated PG-13.

  • If you’re looking for a movie that is kid-friendly, however, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ might be the better choice. Embark on an animated journey that follows Sorbet and Tagoma’s efforts to resurrect Frieza with your kids on August 8 or 11.
  • If you prefer a healthy mix of action and science fiction, the latest movie from Fantastic Four franchise might be for you. The movie runs between two and five times a day between August 6 and 13.

If you’re still searching for an apartment near the best things to do in San Mateo, contact us, arrange your visit and find out why 888 San Mateo is the perfect place to call home!


Check Out the 2015 Concert Lineup at San Mateo County Fair

May 14th, 2015

Music, like great food, is a matter of taste. In one of the most exciting events in San Mateo this year, you will have the opportunity to catch an outstanding concert, no matter what your taste. The concert lineup at the 2015 San Mateo County Fair has something special for everyone:

San Mateo County Fair


  • Jefferson Starship! Leading audiences on psychedelic journeys for 40 years, these amazing artists will rock on with classic hits on Saturday, June 6.
  • Rhythm and blues fans will delight in Tony! Toni! Toné! on Sunday, June 7, reminding them of their heyday in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • Country rock comes to the stage on Monday, June 8, when The Long Run brings its tribute to the Eagles.
  • Tower of Power adds a little funk to their soul on two nights, June 9 and 10.
  • Charlie Daniels arrives on June 11.
  • The Hollywood Stones pay tribute to the Rolling Stones on June 12.
  • Sheila E arrives on June 13
  • Dia de la Feria brings Mexican music on June 14.

The fairgrounds are just 11 minutes south of our luxury community via San Mateo Drive and south Delaware Street.

Are you in the market for a new apartment in San Mateo? Contact us to arrange a tour of our beautiful property, today.


Find Pieces for Your Apartment at the Hillsborough Antique Show

March 12th, 2015

Even if you think you have absolutely no reason to buy a single thing for a single room in your apartment, you will still love browsing the stalls at the Hillsborough Antique Show, April 24 to April 26.

Hillsborough Antique Show

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Taking place at the San Mateo County Events Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, this is one of those events in San Mateo that appeals to a wide variety of ages and interests. Admission is only $10 per person per day and parking is free with the online coupon and your parking receipt.

You can come any time between 10 a.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Sunday, but if you want a chance at the choicest merchandise or know in advance just what you’re looking for, you’d better come early and be on your game.

Seasoned buyers, antique dealers, collectors and diehard garage sale addicts rush to their favorite booths and the haggling is fierce. With over 500 booths and 250 exhibitors selling everything from antique guns to Peter Max posters, you won’t come home empty handed.

There are plenty of year round events in San Mateo close by our luxuriously appointed apartments. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our exceptional community.


Get Your Container Garden Questions Answered in San Mateo

February 10th, 2015

We have fairly temperate weather in the San Mateo area, so it’s easy to keep plants in containers outside all year around. But container plants are very susceptible to pests and disease even during the dormant winter months.

UCCE Master Gardeners of San Mateo

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Among the many events in San Mateo coming up, Master Gardner Clinic on March 1 is where you can get all your questions answered by certified University of California Cooperative Extension volunteers.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., these master gardeners will be available at the Kohl Pump House in San Mateo Central Park to answer questions on all kinds of gardening topics.

Whether you’ve always wanted to start a container garden or have a full fledged jungle on your patio, you will benefit from the wise counsel of these knowledgeable volunteers.

If you’re having a problem with one or more of your container plants, bring in a sample of the plant, soil, or pest in a plastic bag and one of the master gardeners will identify the problem and suggest solutions. Not many events in San Mateo can boast this kind of service!

Our luxury apartments are conveniently located near all the actions in San Mateo. Contact us today to schedule a tour.