San Carlos is a wonderful residential town in between Belmont and Redwood City. Its city motto is “The City of Good Living”, and indeed that is the feeling you will get on your first visit or hundredth to this gem of a town. With top-rated public schools, and its own cute downtown, revolving around Laurel Avenue, there are plenty of shops, cafes, and restaurants to poke your head into and stroll around.
Alder manor has some of the largest homes on the largest lots in all of San Carlos. Most of the homes are only about 50 years old. It is important to be aware that although almost all of the homes in this area have a San Carlos mailing address, most of the homes do not fall into the San Carlos School District. This area is home to Eaton Park with its beautiful, natural open space, meandering trails, and varied wildlife.
This is the largest neighborhood in San Carlos located in the “hills”. Although it is not in walking distance to Downtown or Burton Park, Beverly Terrace offers larger homes, larger lots and a bit more elbow room than Howard Park or El Sereno Corte. Another plus of this neighborhood is the amazing views that many of the homes have.
White Oaks (formerly known as “El Sereno Corte”)
Home to one of the most well regarded elementary schools, White Oaks Elementary. This area is one of the most sought after and well known areas and therefore the higher price per square foot reflects that. This area is in close proximity to downtown Laurel Street, Burton Park and charms buyers with tree lined streets and a cozy neighborhood feel. Many of the lots are standard 5,500 sq ft and most homes are under 2,000. There is a nice combination of older bungalows and newly constructed homes.
Howard Park is home to much of what we identify San Carlos with: San Carlos City Hall, Burton Park, and our downtown Laurel Street. Brittan Acres School and Central Middle School reside within the Howard Park boundaries. Howard Park is similar to White Oaks with tree lined. flat streets although there are quite a few streets with larger lots and some even with views. The “knolls” section is highly sought after which is a small hilly section within walking distance to downtown.
Clearfield Park is the section of San Carlos that is located between El Camino Real and Highway 101. This is one of the older yet most affordable areas in San Carlos. This area is made of mostly post- World War II homes many of which were built with cinder blocks. Rumor has it that these homes were built to house the families of GI’s returning home from the war. The attraction to the area is that you still benefit from the wonderful San Carlos School District, are within walking distance to the down town and this is the most affordable area in San Carlos. Most of the homes are at or around 1,000 sq ft on 5,000 lots. It’s a great opportunity to purchase a single family home at townhome prices.
This is the area of “north” San Carlos. Many of the homes in this area are in the flats and within walking distance to downtown Laurel Street with the remainder being on a more hilly terrain with views but no sidewalks. Most of the homes feed into Arundel, Tierra Linda and Carlmont High school. You tend to get more house for your money when you are north of San Carlos Avenue. You might say Cordes has options for everyone – good schools, views, access to downtown and more home for your money.