Colma is a small, incorporated town at the northern edge of the San Francisco peninsula. Its distinctive reputation as “the City of the Silent” dates back to 1924, when it was founded as a necropolis. In 1900, San Francisco passed legislation forbidding the establishment of any further cemeteries. Then in 1912, more legislation declared the removal of existing cemeteries as the land was far more valuable for the living than the dearly departed. Colma’s humorous motto as stated on its website is, “It’s great to be alive in Colma.”
Although it is San Mateo County’s smallest burg, Colma claims a population of 1,400 residents and 1.5 million souls. Among the notables whose final resting place is in Colma are Charles De Young, William Randolph Hearst, Wyatt Earp, Levi Strauss and Joe DiMaggio.
It is much more than a collection of beautiful and historic cemeteries, however, with distinctive Spanish-Mediterranean architectural influences. Its old world charm and decorative street lamps attest to its colorful history and ambience.
The real estate market is, of course, quite limited. The neighborhoods are quiet and attractive, the climate is mild and proximity to neighboring Daly City contribute to making this unusual little hamlet an interesting place to reside.