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A residential spot in Silicon Valley's San Mateo area
San Mateo is part of the San Francisco Bay area, located just a 25-minute drive from San Francisco. A fresh water creek (now dried over) attracted its original residents to build luxurious summer homes in the 1800s. Unfortunately, many of the mansions from that era are either destroyed (like Hayward Park, the mansion of a banking millionaire, which burned down in the 1920s) or in disrepair (like Bank of America founder, A.P. Giannini's estate, Seven Oaks).
What attracted the rich and the famous, however -- nice summers and beautiful bay views -- still remains. Though the area doesn't have much to offer on its own, proximity to areas like San Francisco, Palo Alto, and a redwood park are a plus.
Coxhead House is located near El Camino Real, also known as California's Mission Trail, and about 10 blocks from Central Park, complete with tennis courts, a playground, a baseball field, and a Japanese Tea Garden.
This historic bed and breakfast features just four cozy rooms, outfitted with features such as walls full of books, fireplaces, hardwood floors, and chandeliers. But some guests complain of worn linens and lack of modern amenities. There is free Wi-Fi in the inn -- and wood-paneled rooms and a small library evoke the pleasures of times past -- but some quirks exist here, such as a room with a detached bathroom, and limited breakfast selections.