Belmont is a vibrant Bay Area city with a little under 30,000 residents. With a name derived from “beautiful mountain” in Italian, Belmont’s hilly topography and proximity to the inlet of the San Francisco Bay make for an attractive setting.
Belmont is conveniently located on the mid-Peninsula and is immediately adjacent to San Mateo, Foster City, Redwood Shores, and San Carlos. It also offers easy access to a Caltrain stop and Highways 101 and 280 for commuters heading north or south. Downtown San Francisco is accessible via a 30-minute drive along Highway 101 or a 45-minute ride on the Caltrain system.
Belmont has over a dozen neighborhoods to choose from. Most neighborhoods are located on hillsides, with some properties offering exceptional views of the hills or San Francisco Bay. Belmont neighborhoods include:
- Belle Mont
- Belmont Heights
- Belmont Woods
- California Cottages
- Carlmont, Central
- Downtown Belmont
- Sterling Downs
- Western Hills
Most residents commute from Belmont to other locations within the Bay Area, though companies like Oracle, Volkswagen, and Cengage Learning all employ a considerable number of people within Belmont itself. Belmont is a city of professionals, with over 92% of local residents holding white-collar jobs. The city is known for its diversity, as more than 30% of the population was born overseas.
Belmont luxury real estate tends to range in the low millions. The least expensive homes go for roughly $1.2 million, with the median price being around $1.8 million and the highest upwards of $3.3 million.
Belmont contains two walkable commercial districts. In lower Belmont, at Ralston and El Camino Real near the Caltrain station, the shopping area offers a number of restaurants and shops, including a Safeway and Indian supermarket. Notable restaurants include Divino
with exquisite Italian fare, elegant French restaurant Iron Gate
, and classic American steakhouse The Van’s
. A farmers market is held each Sunday beside Belmont’s Caltrain station.
Serving upper Belmont is the Carlmont Village Shopping Center
, located at Alameda de las Pulgas and Ralston Avenue. This vibrant hub contains a wide selection of locally-run shops and national brands as well as cafes and beauty salons. Vivace
serves delectable authentic Italian food, and Waterdog Tavern
is an excellent spot for drinks and contemporary American eats.
Belmont has access to several excellent public schools through the Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary and Sequoia Union High School districts. Belmont-Redwood Shores district contains many of the best elementary schools in the state, and Carlmont and Menlo-Atherton high schools are both top-rated for academics.
With its diverse population and convenient location along the hillside, there’s always something exciting to do or see here.