Belmont, California

Bel Monte

Twin Pines Park
Twin Pines Park
Twin Pines Park
Twin Pines Park
Belmont Farmer's Market
Belmont Farmer's Market



Sunny Days: 260
71100 Affordability
85100 Schools
68100 Diversity
86100 Safety

The Best Thing About Belmont?

The Setting

One of the best things about living in Belmont is the setting. The city sits between the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west and the San Francisco Bay to the east. These are two of the most beautiful places in California and so living here means that every single day you get to look at these two beauties. They aren’t only amazing to look at though, in addition to providing breathtaking views they also provide world class opportunities for outdoor recreation. And these opportunities are available to you every single day you live in Belmont.

The Worst Thing About Belmont?

High Home Prices without a Downtown

So this is a weird answer given there are cities nearby like San Mateo and Palo Alto that have much more expensive home prices. Belmont however is supposed to be a wonderful but more affordable alternative to its super-schmancy neighbors. With a median home price well above $2m it’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world that thinks of Belmont as a reasonable option, particularly when it’s missing the downtown experience that cities like Palo Alto and San Mateo offer.

Lifestyle of Belmont

Belmont is mostly a suburban place with lots of parks and outdoor spaces including: Twin Pines Park - a favorite with locals due to its truly secluded and bucolic walking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, and a community center for play and local events. Waterdog Lake Park is another popular option, built for hiking and the nature passionate with plenty of scenic trails and tons of birdwatching. Finally, Cipriani Park is big with families due to the sports fields, tennis courts, big playground and to many the most important part, a huge dog park for fido to run around.

Belmont doesn’t have a true downtown, mostly restaurants along El Camino, including Vivace Ristorante: An Italian restaurant good for date night or family night. The Van’s Restaurant, which has excellent seafood and steak and a great view of the Bay, and Godfather's Burger Lounge: A popular spot for juicy burgers and gourmet milkshakes. Ultimately though for real nightlife you’ll need to pop down to Palo Alto or up to San Francisco.

Schools in Belmont

Belmont shares an elementary school district with Redwood Shores. The overall grade for the district is a B+ with academics coming in at an A-. As with many Cali school districts the schools suffer a bit in extracurriculars even if the teachers and academics are highly rated. Belmont High Schools are part of the Sequoia Union High School District, that also includes Atherton, Menlo Park and parts of other neighboring cities. The district rates A+ on and Carlmont High School in Belmont is one of the true gems in the area so you can look forward to high school for your kiddos if you end up here.

Why You Should Move Here Now?

The Quiet

If you’re desperate to get out of the city (any big city really) and experience the quiet of a suburb but with close proximity to bigger cities then Belmont should be on your list. It has no real downtown and so has less of the challenges many California cities face but you’re close enough to tons of other downtowns for the social experiences.

Neighborhoods in Belmont

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Cipriani is a high-end family-centered neighborhood filled with medium to large single family homes at the top end of the price range for Belmont. It has some of the best schools in the district in Cipriani Elementary and Carlmont High School so if you can find a way into one of the homes here you’ll love the schools. Cipriani Park is also in the neighborhood with beautiful ballfields, multi-use play areas, a playground and best of all, a dog park!

Homeview/Sterling Downs


The Homeview/Sterling Downs neighborhood(s) is the first neighborhood of Belmont and one of the better lower-cost entry point housing options in the area. Smaller mid-century cottage-style homes dominate the all cul-de-sac structured subdivisions and plenty of younger families choose the area for the lower costs and immediate access to the 101 freeway. The neighborhood has several parks with O’Donnell Park the “home base” for the Neighborhood Association and many community events. There are several gyms in the area, including Crossfit, that are part of the light industrial section of the neighborhood and a few restaurants walkable from most of the homes. The schools here are excellent, with most kiddos going to the prized Nesbit Elementary and then Carlmont High School - the path through the public schools is all A-rated.


Families/Young Professionals/DINKs

While there isn’t much of a downtown area in Belmont the Central neighborhood is the closest resemblance to one the city offers. It runs along the El Camino commercial district and has a number of casual, fast casual and fast food options for the family within walking distance of most of the housing. The area is sometimes included in other neighborhood designations, like Antique Forest and Carlmont, but the Central District surrounding El Camino is a bit distinct from the rest for the more commercial availability for locals. While there are plenty of mid-century single-family homes in Central there are also modern designs, and apartment complexes like the Sofi Belmont Glen, that offer nice rentals, a short walk to El Camino, and a good option for young professionals and couples looking to be in the area who aren’t ready for the mortgage. The neighborhood feeds Central Elementary School, another A-rated Belmont school, and then typically kids go on to Carlmont High School.

Belmont Woods


Belmont Woods is a hugely popular neighborhood in large part to the views and immediate access to outdoor recreation via Waterdog Lake and Hiking areas. It’s hard to beat the area if you want to luxuriate in the beauty of Belmont. The hilly blocks are an interesting mix of smaller mid-century cottages, new much larger homes, and plenty of condo/apartment options all for those looking for a quiet, green lifestyle. The schools in the neighborhood are great with many zoned for Fox Elementary another A-rated Belmont school. The western side of Belmont is truly unbeatable for the outdoor options in the neighborhood and via the Santa Cruz Mountains and Pacific Ocean that run just west of the city.