San Carlos

About San Carlos

San Carlos is located between Redwood City and Belmont, with a population just under 30,000. Once part of the expansive Rancho de las Pulgas holdings and now a major biotech hub, “The City of Good Living” is a charming and central peninsula town with a quaint, historic downtown, local museums, and acres of open space. Along revitalized Laurel Avenue, shops and restaurants bustle with locals. Overlooking neat streets lined with single family homes stretching to the Bay Shore, San Carlos’ Pulgas Ridge offers miles of scenic hiking and biking trails for the outdoor enthusiast. The outstanding schools, transportation options, and unusually low crime rate add to the lure of this area.

San Carlos has its own elementary and middle school district, and all the schools consistently rank near the top in the State. High school students commute to Carlmont High School in Belmont or Sequoia High School in Redwood City.

San Carlos’ hilly terrain makes for some incredible views of the bay, but the hillside lots can also leave residents with very little usable yard space, so access to 14 local parks sitting on over 143 acres of land makes up for this difference. Another benefit is access to the SamTrans bus system and Caltrain system, which provide access throughout San Mateo County and up and down the peninsula with 35-minute limited stop service to San Francisco.

San Carlos is located in the 94070 zip code and consists of mainly single-family homes, but there are condominium and townhome properties located closer to the downtown area and at the top of the mountain ridge along Crestview drive.


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

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San Carlos Utilities

Electricity/GasPG &
WaterCalifornia Water Service
GarbageSan Carlos Solid Waste/Garbage
Phone LocalAT &
Long DistanceAT &
FireSan Carlos/Redwood City Fire Department650-802-4255San Carlos/RWC Fire
PoliceSan Mateo County Sheriff’s Office – San Carlos Bureau650-802-4277San Carlos Bureau
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