Belmont is in the center of the San Francisco Peninsula and the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Despite being only a half-hour away from downtown San Francisco and San Jose and even closer to Silicon Valley, Belmont feels like a small town with country living. Belmont attracts those who want life to move a bit slower and feel a bit quieter. It’s a great community for technology workers or retirees in the Bay Area. There are a variety of home styles. Most units are single-family homes ranging in size, but there are some multi-unit properties and some newer construction around El Camino Real on the eastern side of the community.
With a population of only about 27,000, Belmont is a bit more spread out than many of the other peninsula area suburbs. There isn’t a true downtown area, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great local hotspots and events for Belmont residents to enjoy.
One of the things residents enjoy the most about living in Belmont is its country feel. With a low population density and the venues and homes spread out, it’s easy to feel like you’ve truly escaped the city living here. The weather is pleasant for getting outside year-round.
While there’s no true downtown or “main street” in Belmont, there are still good dining and shopping options scattered throughout Belmont. Some favorite local gathering spots include Divino, Vivace Ristorante, Godfather’s Burger Lounge, and Iron Gate. Divino is one of the area’s favorite restaurants and serves traditional Italian in a casual but elegant locale.
Vivace Ristorante also serves Italian in a fun atmosphere and has both indoor and outdoor seating. Godfather’s Burger Lounge serves great burgers that locals swear are some of the best in all of California. It also has a unique experience with photos and slideshows featuring movie stars. Iron Gate offers fine dining and French cuisine.
Carlmont Village, with 45 different shops and restaurants, is the favorite place for shopping. Crystal Springs Village Shopping Center is also a popular option. Hillsdale Shopping Center is close by in neighboring San Mateo.
The 10-acre Twin Pines Park is a natural paradise a few minutes from the major thoroughfare of El Camino Real. They host events in addition to offering trails and picnic areas. There are other smaller parks, and the community has a strong family identity with fun events like Egg Adventure Hunt, Father-Daughter Dance, and Santa at the Firehouse.
What locals really love about living in Belmont is getting outside and enjoying the natural areas and green spaces nearby. Twin Pines Park is a lovely area right in the heart of Belmont. There is a small brook that runs through the park, and there are several picnic areas, short trails, and recreational areas, including rental spaces for events. The park also hosts free afternoon concerts on Sundays during the summertime. For larger green spaces, Hidden Canyon Park and Hallmark Park are located next to Belmont, as is San Mateo’s Laurelwood Park.
The Belmont-Redwood Shores School District serves Belmont early education while Sequoia Union High School District leads higher grade programs with the top-rated schools such as Central Elementary School, Cipriani Elementary School, Ralston Intermediate School, and Carlmont High School. Some notable private schools include Notre Dame High School. Notre Dame de Namur University is a neighborhood option for those continuing their education post-high school.
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