Welcome to San Carlos
A mellow city with hip charm — picture bustling downtowns paired with wide residential streets
A sophisticated city perched between Redwood City and Belmont, San Carlos appeals to anyone who values modern amenities mingled with charming architecture and a caring community. The streets unwind with pockets of verdant green space and countless amenities, all built around a renovated, active downtown with everything a larger city could want in a smaller locale. People of all ages love San Carlos for its quiet classiness, which pairs perfectly with the hip, charming vibe of downtown to create a welcoming atmosphere for anyone.
The homes are just as charming as the rest of San Carlos. Styles range from historic to mid-century modern and contemporary, thanks partly to the vast array of local architects ready to build from the ground up to give you your dream home. Parents love the area for its consistently great schools, recreation, and fun; others love the lively downtown that’s reminiscent of a larger city, and still others flock to the area for its wonderful parks and natural beauty. San Carlos is a gem of the San Francisco Bay area, and it’s no wonder it’s held in such high regard.
Things to Love
- Lots of parks and beaches
- Great schools and educational opportunities
- Perfect spot for commuting — it’s never been more convenient
- Full of activity and culture
- Tons of community events all year round
- Home to that iconic sunny California weather
San Carlos lives up to its name, blanketed in an atmosphere of sophisticated charm and friendliness. Literally meaning “The City of Good Living,” the ongoing community events, excellent schools, and dedication to its residents mean that this city delivers on the promise. Its population of around 30,000 gathers for Wine Festivals, art walks, farmers' markets, and more, always happy to be around neighbors and friends. Industry and commuting are easy, as other cities such as Belmont and Redwood City are just a short drive away, with San Francisco just an hour away. From sunny days to welcoming neighbors, San Carlos has it all.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
San Carlos’ well-loved downtown is centered around Laurel Avenue, littered with charming mom-and-pop shops, restaurants, world-renowned brands, and more. No matter your favorite style or comfort food, you can find it here.
American food has never tasted as good as it does at Johnston’s Saltbox
, where vibrant cuisine — all made in-house right from scratch — is served on a breezy patio or indoor seating surrounded by light, airy surroundings. For a pub atmosphere, simply spend an evening at The Refuge
, known for its decadent pastrami sandwiches and juicy burgers, plus its wide array of Belgian beers.
Casually classy is the name of the game at Cuisinett Bistro and Market
, a French-style restaurant with sandwiches, salads, and straightforward entrees. What really kicks this destination up a notch? Its excellent selection of wines. For dessert, or even just a treat any time of day, head over to Gelataio
, where handmade, authentic gelato can be found in a myriad of flavors.
Things to Do
San Carlos is full of recreation. There are numerous parks, green spaces, and community events, evidence of a city that prides itself on providing for its residents.
Between its water spray play area, sports fields, picnic tables, and other features, Burton Park
in San Carlos is a must-see for any local. In the winter, enjoy the feel of community and holiday cheer as you visit the Holiday Lights on Eucalyptus Street
, where neighbors turn into friends and vendors, making the charming night even more delicious, fun, and magical.
The whole family is sure to enjoy Hiller Aviation Museum
, which hosts over 50 aircraft, not to mention its drones, flight simulation opportunities, and activities. Of course, you can’t go wrong with Domenico Winery
, which boasts an old-world atmosphere complete with a tasting room, dark wood interiors, and handcrafted varietals.