Aragon has some of the best floor plans for good-sized homes in San Mateo, and, despite its elevated home prices, offers excellent value for the dollar compared to its slightly pricier neighbor, Baywood, which is just a few minutes closer to downtown. (The neighborhood is west of El Camino, east of Alameda, and north of the 92 freeway.) Most recent Aragon sales have all landed north of $2.4 million, with neighborhood homes selling for between $2.4 and $3 million and a median of $2.525 million.
As a neighborhood with decades of cache, Aragon has attracted owners unafraid to put a personal stamp on their homes. Original Aragon construction was somewhat modest; the neighborhood’s imposing homes often had only two bedrooms. Over time, most Aragon real estate has been upgraded and expanded to where most now have at least three bedrooms and more than 2,000 square feet of living space.
Aragon takes its place not only among San Mateo’s finest neighborhoods, but among those of the entire county. Whatever the state of the overall housing market, Aragon will always sit atop many homebuyers’ wish lists.
To view a detailed google map of the Aragon neighborhood, click here. The MLS area is 436.
Excellent, central location
Leafy, tree lined streets
Homes tend to have a lot of character and a historic feel
Homes are on the larger side for San Mateo
Homes are more expensive than most in San Mateo
Slightly smaller lots than neighboring Baywood, but comparable to Burlingame
Aragon offers location, natural beauty, fine homes, a familial sense of community – and access to San Mateo’s most highly-regarded public schools. Aragon residents send their children to Baywood Elementary School, Borel High School and Aragon High School, completed in 1961 after a 20-year surge in San Mateo’s overall population. The Aragon and Baywood neighborhoods are the only two in the whole area that are within walking distance of schools K-12, a strong selling point. Often considered the most desirable of San Mateo’s high schools, Cold War-era Aragon High is rumored to have been designed for multiple uses: in times of war, it is said, the school could double as a munitions factory.
Like so much of San Mateo, Aragon was once the property of one person, in this case Tobin Clark. The Clark Estate began in Hillsborough and continued past what is now Aragon High School into land that was then unincorporated county land. Aragon – the subdivision laid out between Hobart Avenue (south), Notre Dame Avenue (north), Alameda de las Pulgas (west) and El Camino Real (east) — was annexed by San Mateo in 1929, right about the same time builders began constructing one- and two-story Spanish-style, Tudor and English-style homes on what would become a series of storybook, tree-lined residential streets.
Development would continue past World War II, but the bulk of Aragon real estate was completed between 1930 and 1940. The neighborhood quickly became a San Mateo favorite. Today, Aragon homes for sale command prices well over $1 million, with homes on Avila Road, Aragon Boulevard and Seville Way selling for between $1.1 and $1.6 million. A few outliers can fetch as much as $2 million, but this is not the rule. A basic three bedroom home will start around $1.1m and a three or four bedroom home that is fully renovated and move-in ready will sell in the $1.3m – $1.5m range. Lots in Aragon are usually about 6,000 square feet.
A HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER, TREE-LINED NEIGHBORHOOD WITH A HISTORIC FLAIR
Aragon, along with San Mateo Park and Baywood, is one of San Mateo’s most desirable neighborhoods. Comprised of tree-lined streets and large, well-built pre-war homes, Aragon sets a standard for family-friendly traditional neighborhoods. With great schools, spacious homes, easy access to shopping, restaurants, and convenient transportation options, this home meets almost every line item on an upper-middle-class homebuyer’s punch card including walkability to Central Park and San Mateo’s vivacious downtown.