Redwood City, California
Redwood City has long held its reputation for having amazing weather, with the city slogan highlighting it – “Climate Best By Government Test.”
More than 80,000 people call Redwood City home and thousands more make their way to the city each day, as it’s the San Mateo County hub with its county commerce, government, courts and county offices located there.
Roughly 25 miles south of San Francisco and about the same distance to the north of San Jose, Redwood City is a very sought-after city because of its unique location from the Big City and the Silicon Valley. Couple that with good weather and you have quite a following!
Improvements to Redwood City have created something for everyone within the city limits. From a charming downtown with a 20-screen movie theatre and various boutique shops and trendy eateries, the downtown square (with its historic courthouse on Broadway across from the landmark Fox Theater) brings the community together with the synergy you’d see in a large urban environment.
But its alluring downtown doesn’t take away from the city’s tight neighborhoods. Redwood City is sectored in a way that boasts several close-knit communities amid its large framework. And there’s something for everyone. Whether you desire the woodsy, open space feel of Palomar Park to the estates of Edgewood Park, the state streets near Woodside Plaza or the larger family homes located in the Farm Hill neighborhood, there is a neighborhood in Redwood City that will satisfy any potential home buyer.
Community events include a weekly Farmer’s Market, multiple downtown and retail festivals, Music and Movies on the Square summer concert series and the largest Independence Day Parade west of the Mississippi.
Redwood City Area Schools
Clifford Heights lies to the north of The Alameda and west of Edgewood Road. It is sometimes referred to as Palomar Park and is one of Redwood City’s most desirable neighborhoods. About 1,000 residents call Clifford Heights home yet it is important to note that some of these residences still operate on septic tanks. Clifford Elementary, a K-8 school, is sought after for residents of this area. You can find a wide-range of homes in this area from 1960’s ranchers with approximately 1,600 sq ft to new construction homes boasting over 3,000 sq ft.
Cordilleras Heights/Emerald Hills
This area lies from Alameda de las Pulgas west to HWY 280 and borders the city of Woodside. Emerald Hills is highly sought after and is home to many of the largest and most expensive homes in the hills. Many of these homes are located up long winding roads but these homes also boast gorgeous views and extremely large lots. Emerald Hills Lake is located right in the heart of this area, which is a huge selling point for many buyers. The Elks lodge and Emerald Hills Golf Course are two main attractions.
Redwoods City’s western most area situated west of the Alameda off Jefferson Ave. Farm Hill has a mix of large and small homes differing from its Emerald Hills neighbor due to its sidewalks and walkability to parks and schools. Farm Hills has a quiet, suburban feel yet the neighborhood has a strong sense of community and togetherness. Roy Cloud Elementary School which is a K-8 is a California Distinguished School. Stulsaft Park is a popular area for kids and hikers with its 42-acres just waiting to be explored. Farm Hills is also home to the Emerald Hills 30 acre 9-hole golf course and Canada Community College.
Lenolt is located on the Redwood City-San Carlos border off Veterans Boulevard and El Camino Real. Its streets are named in alphabetical order ‘A, B, C’. which makes them easily identifiable. Lenolt is approximately one mile from the growing downtown and within walking distance to Caltrain. Lenolt is a great area to get your feet wet as a homeowner. Prices allow a for first time homebuyers to purchase a single-family residence at townhome prices in neighboring San Carlos. Lenolt is served by four parks (Hoover Park, Andrew Spinas Park, Linden Park and Fleishman Park) and many residents enjoy the North Fair Oaks Festival, a one-day food and arts festival featuring music, craft booths and food stands.
Located in the farthest southeast corner of Redwood City bordering East Menlo Park. It is one of the largest areas with multiple sub-neighborhoods. This is THE MOST affordable area in Redwood City and also the most diverse. Dumbarton features a wide range of housing including apartments, multi-residential buildings and single-family homes. Dumbarton provides easy access for commuters and accessibility to groceries and shopping.
High School Acres
High School Acres is bounded by Roosevelt Avenue, El Camino Real, Alameda de las Pulgas and the San Carlos border. It is one of Redwood City’s oldest neighborhoods, and the site of some of its most desirable and attractive vintage homes. It also offers a wide variety of housing with a mix of mix of expensive residences, semi-affordable and affordable homes.
High School Acres is home to the Mount Carmel and Wesley (Edgewood) Park sub-neighborhoods, which are highly sought after with large level lots, stately homes with great curb appeal and character. Sequoia High School is located here and home to over 2,000 students. One of the big draws for families in this area is the ever-popular Stafford Park which is a great spot for summer concerts, birthday parties and family gatherings.
Located adjacent to Horgan Ranch and bordered to El Camino Real to the east and Alameda to the West. Central park includes multiple city parks, two shopping centers and two public schools. Woodside Plaza has many affordable homes ranging from 1,000-1,500 square feet. Most are located on medium sized level lots. People move to this area for its affordability and end up staying due to the warm community and neighborly feel.
Horgan Ranch sits right next to Atherton, between Selby Lane and Woodside road, from El Camino to Alameda. Orchards once covered this land, and mini-farms with little houses on big lots that have been transformed over the years into more modern homes, with bigger lots than average. In this area you will find a mix of mid-level and high-end homes. The neighborhood feel may be described by some as rural, with a heavily wooded look and a noticeable absence of sidewalks. Back in 1927, Horgan Ranch was home to a flourishing chrysanthemum-growing industry.