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San Carlos

Hip town with a lively downtown area and farmers’ market

Welcome to San Carlos

San Carlos is a hip younger town nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the San Francisco Bay. Located between Redwood City and Belmont, San Carlos has a lively downtown area with great restaurants and a weekly farmers’ market. San Carlos also boasts great schools and expansive public parks.
Housing options in San Carlos include a mix of spacious contemporary and mid-century single-family homes. These properties are typically on quiet streets and cul-de-sacs with a close-knit community feel. San Carlos also features older properties dating back to the early 1900s, as well as condominiums and townhouses located close to downtown amenities. Homes rising into the hillsides at the southwest of town offer sweeping views over Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay.

What to Love

  • Mix of contemporary and mid-century homes
  • Laurel Street shopping and dining
  • Large parks and open spaces
  • San Carlos Farmers’ Market

People & Lifestyle

San Carlos is a vibrant community with excellent transportation links. Several highways pass through San Carlos, and there’s also a Caltrain station connecting to San Francisco, San Jose, and the many nearby tech hubs of Silicon Valley. San Carlos offers residents a fantastic blend of downtown amenities and outdoor recreation space.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Laurel Street is the heart of downtown San Carlos. This commercial stretch is lined with a trendy array of restaurants, boutiques, and specialty stores.
West Park Bistro is a Laurel Street standout pairing globally influenced contemporary American cooking with specialty cocktails and Napa Valley wines. The menu includes signature half-pound American wagyu beef burgers, sophisticated pasta dishes, and fresh seafood sourced from the Bay.
Pranzi utilizes the finest quality local ingredients to prepare delicious dishes rooted in the culinary traditions of Northern Italian. Pranzi’s scrumptious bread and pasta are all made from scratch on-site.
Johnston’s Saltbox highlights the Bay Area’s bountiful harvests with a seasonal menu of artisanal meals and desserts. The ever-changing lineup of mouthwatering meals here are paired with a fine selection of Californian wines produced at small family-owned vineyards.
Town also showcases the best varietals from the West Coast’s various vinicultural regions. This elegant eatery pairs a great choice of wines with prime steaks, fresh seafood, sushi rolls, and health-focused bowls.
Other hot spots for wining and dining on Laurel Street include Stamp Bar & Grill for inventive seasonal fusion fare, Delizie Cucina & Vino for intimate Southern Italian dining, and Taurus Steakhouse for authentic and rare cuts of domestic and Japanese wagyu beef.
A repurposed industrial area centering on Washington Street features a variety of craft beer spots and wineries. Highlights here include Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, Domenico Winery, and Cuvee Wine Cellars.

Things to Do

San Carlos offers lots of parks and greenspace for enjoying the community’s wonderful year-round weather. Crestview Park is one of many neighborhood parks within the city featuring a playground for kids. Burton Park also has a playground as well as courts for tennis and basketball, a baseball field, and a water play feature. Eaton Park extends over 58 acres with hiking trails providing sweeping views across the Bay Area. The adjacent 16-acre Big Canyon Park is traversed by rugged trails, which also provide magnificent views. Every Sunday, the year-round San Carlos Farmers’ Market brings lots of vendors offering fresh local produce and specialty prepared food items.


San Carlos is served by the San Carlos Elementary school district. A few notable local schools include:
  • Arundel Elementary, Public, K-3.
  • Heather Elementary, Public, K-3.
  • San Carlos Charter Learning Center, Public, Charter, K-8.
  • Central Middle, Public, 6-8.
  • Tierra Linda Middle, Public, 6-8.
  • Carlmont High, Public, 9-12

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