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San Carlos California

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San Carlos, CA, aptly known as the City of Good Living, exudes a charming small-town feel despite its prime location in the Bay Area.

It has a rich history, with the Ohlone Indians as the first known inhabitants. In 1917, Mr. Frederick Drake left a mark by enhancing its infrastructure. He improved the water supply, piped water to the lots, installed gas and electricity, and paved the streets. His transformative contributions earned him the well-deserved title of “The Father of San Carlos.” Homes in the area feature modern and historically significant architecture, with some showcasing designs reflective of the 1920s. Regardless of style, the residences share a common thread—scenic views of the bay from the surrounding hillside.

CITY ATTRACTIONS: The downtown area has charming cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops, creating a vibrant hub for socializing. Not too far is the Mid-Peninsula Wine Trail in the Industrial Arts District, where you can taste the award-winning creations of Flying Suitcase Wines and Russian Ridge Winery. Head to Big Canyon & Eaton Park to explore rugged hiking trails, drop by the 23-acre Arguello Park for sports events and serene natural courses, or take on the challenge of hiking the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. These destinations offer diverse and fulfilling leisure options.

FUN FESTIVALS: San Carlos comes alive with vibrant celebrations throughout the year. In May, the “Hometown Days” carnival transforms Burton Park into a lively spectacle, while the renowned San Carlos Art & Wine Faire draws visitors from across the Bay Area in the fall. Each Sunday in summer, the Laurel Street Farmer’s Market adds a local flair. It is also home to the “Balancing Act” sculpture in Frank D. Harrington Park, often decorated on various holidays and events. These fairs provide diverse and enjoyable experiences, fostering a lively and connected neighborhood.

DESIRABLE LOCATION: The city attracts professionals due to its easy access to the San Francisco and Silicon Valley employment hubs. Residents benefit from a convenient commute to work via Caltrain and highway connections to the cultural and technological hubs of the Bay Area. This prime location enhances the city’s vibrancy and ensures many options for entertainment, employment, and exploration. Living in San Carlos means being at the crossroads of innovation and tradition, with the advantage of accessibility.

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10 Real Estate Facts About San Carlos, CA

  • San Carlos boasts a median real estate age of 58, with 22.9% of properties dating back to the 1950s. New constructions are reshaping the landscape, with some developments still ongoing.
  • Newly constructed buildings often integrate cutting-edge digital home technology for modern living.
  • Condos in San Carlos range from $829,000 to $2.3M.
  • Condominiums often range from one to three bedrooms spanning 920 to 2,077 sq ft.
  • Association fees cover garbage, landscaping, and shared area maintenance.
  • The single-family houses in San Carlos are priced from $1.2M to $5.3M, showcasing incredible bay and canyon views.
  • These detached residences often have two to four beds and one to 4.5 baths.
  • The spacious living areas range from 760 to 3,900 sq ft, with lots measuring 0.09 to 0.58 acres.
  • San Carlos boasts a secure environment with a low violent crime rate of 8.6 and a property crime rate of 28.9, both significantly lower than US average.
  • The city boasts an impressive job growth rate of 39.94%, making it an attractive and dynamic place for career opportunities.
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San Carlos is midway between San Francisco and San Jose. It is between Belmont to the north and Redwood City to the south. The city enjoys convenient access to major highways, including Highway 101, 82, and I-280.

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Things to do in San Carlos, CA

Hiller Aviation Museum

Have an immersive experience in the world of flight and enjoy a diverse collection of historical aircraft and aviation exhibits.

Eaton Park

A hilly 58-acre park offering hiking trails and panoramic Bay views for outdoor exploration and relaxation.

Devil's Canyon Brewing Company

A popular spot known for its Beer Fridays and a flexible space for private events and parties.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Give your kids an active and entertaining experience with indoor trampolines and various activities.


Schools in San Carlos, CA

School NameGradesAdmission
White Oaks Elementary SchoolK - 3Public
Central Middle School6 - 8Public
Carlmont High School9 - 12Public
Arbor Bay SchoolK - 8Private
St. Charles SchoolK - 8Private
La Escuelita Christian AcademyK - 12Private
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