Welcome To

San Carlos

Famed as the “city of good living” for its laid-back lifestyle.

Welcome to San Carlos

San Carlos is a small city that is highly sought after, with a beautiful mix of neighborhoods located on the flats and rising into the hills, a vibrant downtown with lots of restaurants and live music, good schools, and a convenient mid-Peninsula location.
San Carlos real estate mostly consists of mid-century single-family homes, with some condominiums located in the downtown area. Properties located on the quiet cul-de-sacs rising into the hillsides at San Carlos’ west often have views out to the San Francisco Bay. Home sales in 2018 ranged from $1,075,000 to $4,460,000, with a median sales price of $1,950,000.

The city’s convenient mid-Peninsula location means residents may commute south to work at Silicon Valley tech companies or north to San Francisco. San Carlos’ well-regarded schools have drawn many young families to the area in recent years. Popularly known as “the city of good living,” residents enjoy wonderful year-round weather and a welcoming small-town atmosphere. The locals are proud of their city’s community feel, with locally-run businesses and friendly residential neighborhoods.

San Carlos neighborhoods include:

  • Arguello
  • Brittan Heights
  • Crestview
  • Devonshire
  • Downtown San Carlos
  • East San Carlos
  • Eaton
  • Harbor
  • Laureola
  • McDougal
  • San Carlos Airport
  • San Carlos Village
  • White Oaks

Laurel Street is full of restaurants, locally-run businesses, and nightlife spots. The Michelin Guide recommends relaxed East Coast-style pizzeria Pazzo and the authentic Afghan cuisine at Kabul. Many Laurel Street bars and restaurants showcase live music performances, with highlights including cocktails at Savanna Jazz, live blues at Rail, and Hawaiian fusion food and drinks at Noelani’s Island Grill. Nearby Washington Street is home to a number of hip wineries, tasting rooms, and the Devil’s Canyon brewery, all of which regularly host live music.

The adjacent Big Canyon and Eaton parks offer more than 73 acres of open space, with hillside hiking trails revealing majestic views over the Bay. Family-friendly Burton Park has a variety of play areas and sports facilities.

San Carlos Elementary School District is ranked in California’s top 5%, with numerous high-performing schools in the city.

What’s it like to live in San Carlos?

With a laid-back small-town vibe, San Carlos is welcoming and tight-knit.

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