A hip and vibrant atmosphere with city amenities, local wineries, and a thriving downtown
San Carlos grew slowly until a flying field was built in 1919. A housing development and business boom followed. Today, San Carlos is unique from many cities in the Peninsula for having its own airport that’s a hub for aviation businesses and pilot training. You can charter your own private flights from several hundred small aircraft parked here. Another unique experience is the Mid-Peninsula Wine Trail, a street block of wineries in the Clearfield Park neighborhood. In addition, the newly revitalized downtown is bustling with activities like the weekly farmers' market and seasonal Wine Walks. You’ll also find plenty of eateries that are always busy during lunch and dinner.
San Carlos is made up of very distinct neighborhoods. Beverly Terrace features townhouses, condominiums, and large hilltop homes with spectacular views of San Francisco Bay. Alder Manor is adjacent to Redwood City’s Emerald Hills. It has new, private homes on large lots, and many have views from the hills as well. The White Oaks and Howard Park neighborhoods have a mix of pre-war architecture and brand-new construction. Eucalyptus Street in Howard Park is famous for the spectacular Christmas decorations the homeowners put out for the holidays. Cordes has multi-family buildings and is close to downtown. Clearfield Park has a unique mix of cinder block homes and industrial spaces. It’s considered the hippest neighborhood with live music events, occasional food trucks, and the wine trail.
San Carlos is nicknamed “The City of Good Living.” It has kept its charming small-town atmosphere while bustling with activities like art fairs and summer concerts. Outdoor enthusiasts love the parks and hiking trails with great views from the hills. There’s a close-knit community feel with friendly residents who often organize neighborhood block parties.
You’ll find most of the shops and restaurants downtown on Laurel Street. In the historic Tivoli building, Town pairs American fare with west coast wines. The Refuge is a neighborhood pub known for its pastrami sandwiches. Spasso is a traditional Italian restaurant with a cocktail bar and outdoor area.
Cuisinett Bistro and Market is a casual French restaurant that’s great for after-work happy hours. Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine serves Burmese-Asian dishes and specialty Tiki cocktails. The Cask Wine Bar has a selection of global wines accompanied by charcuterie plates, cheeses, and gourmet burgers.
Noelani’s Island Grill has Hawaiian fusion bowls and tropical flavored drinks. Sakura has sushi and teppanyaki prepared tableside by the chefs and is great for special occasions. Blue Line Pizza serves specialty and deep-dish pizzas with vegan options.
San Carlos has plenty of natural parks and green space for outdoor lovers. Eaton Park and Big Canyon Park have hiking trails and panoramic views of the bay and the surrounding areas. Arguello Park in Cordes has hiking trails, picnic tables, and barbecue pits. Close to downtown, Burton Park has sports facilities, picnic areas, a playground, and houses the Youth Center. It also hosts summer concerts and community events, like the annual San Carlos Hometown Days. One of the biggest festivals in the Peninsula, the San Carlos Art and Wine Faire, features food, wine, live music, and hundreds of artists.
San Carlos is served by the San Carlos School District.
Together with his wife and son, the Buljan Group has grown as a commanding force in the local real estate realm over the years selling every major landmark property in the community.