"Sunshine Living" Design!

3135 Sunset Terrace, San Mateo



Stunning Lot! Versatile Floor Plan!

Great Value Listed at $1,648,000

House: 2,740 SF (Assessor) ~ Lot: 25,000 SF (Assessor) ~ Year Built: 1956 (Assessor)

“The important thing about this house, to me, is the way the landscape works with the house itself.  The light comes in from the clerestories and plays against the warmth of the wood.”

Quote from Shirley, original owner 3135 Sunset Terrace

CA Modern Magazine Fall 2014

One of the 12 coveted “Sunset Terrace Enclave” “Mogie” homes; Deigned by award winning Danish Architect Mogens Mogensen as part of his 1950’s “Sunshine Living” design homes.

Built for the original owners, Christy and Shirley Taylor in 1956. In 1988, Shirley, an architect and artist designed and added an amazing two-level art and music studio at the rear of the home with a dramatic exposed beam octagonal ceiling and bay views.

Hidden courtyard entry with original copper covered wide gate entry

Glass walls w/serene garden views at every turn, hillside, and city light views

Light-filtering Clerestory windows; skylights; exposed beam ceilings

Living Room boasts original copper wrapped fireplace

•  Generous Dining room with court yard views

• Large kitchen with breakfast nook; separate laundry room

Three Bedrooms and Three Baths ~ Master Suite with two additional bedrooms

Amazing Two-level art and music studio at the rear of the home via a breezeway with a dramatic exposed beam octagonal ceiling, bay views, private deck and full bathroom

• One car attached garage plus carport and driveway parking

Highly Desirable Schools: Meadow Heights Elementary, Abbott Middle & Hillsdale High School (Buyer to Confirm Admittance)

• Near Beresford Park which features many community activities including a community garden, Laurelwood Shopping Center featuring high-end grocery store Piazza's , Laurelwood Park, Hillsdale Mall which is undergoing a major redevelopment, the San Mateo Senior Center, commute corridors including Highways 101, 92 & 280 and the Hillsdale Cal-Train Station.   So much to offer in this dynamic location! 





Living it up in San Mateo!


Open House & Tour Schedule

Thursday June 22 ~ Public Open House 5:00-7:00

Saturday June 24 ~ Public Open House 1:30-4:00

Sunday June 25 ~ Public Open House 1:30-4:00

Tuesday June 27 ~ Realtor Tour 10:00-1:00


The City of San Mateo… Scrumptious Living!

San Mateo has certainly matured from a sleepy 1890’s town of 932 to one of the largest suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area at over 100,000 residents today. Sandwiched between San Francisco’s bio-tech and San Jose’s hi-tech, this delightful high energy city offers its residents and visitors an array of scrumptious living and entertainment choices.

As a busy employment center, Downtown San Mateo has flourished into a marvelous menagerie of over 800 shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. A 12 cinema complex at 2nd Ave is minutes from every cultural dining experience imaginable. At 5th Ave, one can experience the charm of San Mateo’s signature park, Central Park with its Japanese Tea Garden and Koi Pond, picnic area and playground plus fantastic open air music concerts in the summer and an enchanting ice skating rink in the winter.

The award-winning Main Library located at 3rd Ave was rebuilt in 2006 and offers the community a state-of-the-art resource center and two electrical vehicle charging stations. You can charge your car while you visit the library! Add impressive Draeger’s and quaint Trag’s Markets plus Talbot’s Toy and Bike shops and you’ve got yourself a delicious assortment of choices for shopping, entertainment and happy eating!

To add to the treat items available to its residents, Coyote Point and its museum, Poplar Creek Public Golf Course, Sawyer Camp Trail, Crystal Springs Reservoir plus the San Mateo Fair Grounds providing lots of fun events throughout the year, including the county fair! The San Mateo Performing Arts Center, located at San Mateo High School, is one of the largest theatres on the peninsula outside of San Francisco.

Various educational opportunities abound in San Mateo through the San Mateo-Foster City School District, the San Mateo Union High School District along with the San Mateo County Community College District and a number of private school opportunities including but not limited to the all-boys Serra High School, the small private Carrie School and a number of pre-school and after-school programs.

The economy of San Mateo is a varied mix of technology, health care, financial services, government, and retail trade fields being among the most numerous. Heath care providers rank as the top employers followed by educators. Franklin Templeton Investments, Roblox, Fisher Investments, Coupa, Solstice, PlayStation, Marketo, GoPro and NetSuite add substantially to this exciting and diverse footprint, as well.

Neighborhoods offers an extensive range of architectural candy for the eye from beautiful Spanish style homes in prestigious San Mateo Park and Baywood to modernistic “Eichler” style homes in The Highlands and 19th Avenue Park. As one of the largest cities on the peninsula, there is also a wide selection of condominium and high rise options from The Gramercy and The Mounds near downtown to the large and popular Woodlake condominium and townhome complex to the north bordering Burlingame. Bay Meadows original race track from the 1930’s is in the process of redevelopment into a large mixed use community scheduled for completion in 2017. And the area around Delaware and Hwy 92 is bustling with new home and commercial growth.

Like most cities on the peninsula, prices have risen dramatically for home ownership through the years. Due to its size, San Mateo offers a wider range of price points to its residents because of its larger inventory of homes, condos and townhomes compared to smaller neighboring towns.

In 2015, there were 370 homes sold as of May with an average of 15 days on the market and an average sale price of $813,000. As of this writing, there are a total of 228 properties sold. The average length of time on the market again is 15 days but with a median sale price up 10% to $910,000 with less inventory by 142 sales. Many highly qualified buyers coupled with tight inventory continues to be the #1 reason for escalating prices. 

To complete this delightful city’s appeal is its mild and often glorious weather. With an average high in the 70’s and a low in the 50’s, the City of San Mateo offers an amazing opportunity for fun and fruitful living. One could say this is the “icing on the cake” of this scrumptious vibrant city!

Written by Miriam Chirko and Published as a City Profile Piece in the SF Examiner on May 15, 2016