Welcome to Redwood City
Redwood City is a diverse hub of San Mateo County with a vibrant downtown. Located midway between San Francisco and San Jose on the shores of the San Francisco Bay, Redwood City offers a more urban feel with a country touch.
Redwood City is composed of many different neighborhoods with an eclectic array of housing options. Neighborhoods in the eastern part of Redwood City are mostly made up of mid-century housing, while the west features larger homes rising into the surrounding hillsides. Redwood City’s real estate mix also includes beautiful waterfront homes located directly on the San Francisco Bay.
What to Love
- A diverse and energetic city
- Eclectic housing options
- Lively downtown area
- 30 city parks
People & Lifestyle
Redwood City offers an enticing balance of urban convenience and scenic greenspace. The city also boasts a wonderful year-round Mediterranean climate, which was recognized by a government survey as the best in the entire world. Several major highways run through Redwood City and as well as a Caltrain station, making it easy to travel to other parts of Silicon Valley and the peninsula.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The lively downtown area surrounding Redwood City’s Caltrain station features an eclectic mix of restaurants and retailers. The stylish contemporary Italian restaurant Donato Enoteca serves delicious and inventive meals prepared with high-quality fresh ingredients. Meals at Donato Enoteca are enjoyed alongside house cocktails and an extensive selection of Italian wines. Vesta pairs mouthwatering wood-fired pizzas and creative globally-inspired small plates with an eclectic choice of craft beers and Californian wines.
Milagros is a fine choice for Mexican fare with a menu of tacos, burritos, and enchiladas inspired by the cuisine of Mexico’s Jalisco region. Milagros also offers a variety of wines, sangria, and cocktails prepared with blue agave tequila. In the Bayfront neighborhood of Redwood Shores.
The Marketplace at Redwood Shores is packed with specialty shops and chic eateries anchored by the upscale Nob Hills Foods grocery store. Other businesses here include award-winning sports bar and craft beer pub The Grill House. The menu features gourmet burgers alongside seasonal specialties such as grilled Caesar salad, shaved ribeye cheesesteak, and grilled salmon served with a lemon dill cream sauce. Drinks at The Grill House include 16 rotating craft beer taps plus northern Californian wines and artisanal cocktails handcrafted with small-batch spirits.
Things to Do
Redwood City has an abundance of outdoor recreation space, with more than 30 city parks and numerous nearby hiking trails rising into the Santa Cruz Mountains. Stulsaft Park extends over 42 acres with tree-shaded grass lawns, hiking trails, a playground with a tot lot, and an off-leash dog area. The smaller Maddux Park also has a playground with a tot lot plus a seasonal water feature which operates between June and September.
In the scenic foothills above Redwood City, La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve extends over an area of 6,142 acres. Six miles of trails run through the open rolling grasslands in the lower section of the preserve. An additional 3.5 miles of trails wind through the redwood forests in the preserve’s upper area. There are many ridgelines throughout the preserve offering sweeping views over the stunning mid-peninsula scenery, stretching from the Pacific coast to the San Francisco Bay. La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve is also known for its gorgeous displays of blooming wildflowers in spring.
At the edge of Redwood City’s affluent Emerald Lake Hills neighborhood, Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve offers great birdwatching and 10 miles of scenic hiking trails extending across a 467-acre expanse of grasslands and woodlands.
Redwood City is served by the Redwood City Elementary, Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary, and Sequoia Union High school districts. A few noteworthy local schools include:
- North Star Academy, Public, Magnet, 3-8
- Roy Cloud Elementary, Public, K-8
- Design Technical High, Public, Charter, 9-12
- Sequoia High, Public, 9-12
- Summit Preparatory Charter High, Public, Charter, 9-12