Welcome to San Carlos
Charming tree-lined streets and a vibrant downtown
San Carlos has plenty of local history dating back to the 1700s when Lt. Juan Manuel de Ayala and his crew anchored the ship 'San Carlos' in the bay. It is considered to be how this vibrant and hip SF Peninsula city got it's name. Laurel Street in downtown offers several boutiques, restaurants, Farmers’ Markets, and more for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Residential neighborhoods are charming and full of tree-lined streets that give way to large, older homes situated on expansive lots. Modern, new construction and older bungalows are mixed with open spaces and parks providing a safe, cozy, and welcoming neighborhood feel. Whether you prefer a luxury home with views, a convenient downtown condominium with all the amenities, or something in between, San Carlos has a housing option for you.
What to Love
- The hip and vibrant downtown
- Charming neighborhoods with a variety of architectural styles
- The annual community events
- The convenient locale to San Francisco and the SFO Airport
People & Lifestyle
San Carlos residents, a mix of young and old and lots of families, enjoy a variety of community amenities including several parks, outdoor recreational options, museums, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, breweries, wineries and community events.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Laurel Street is the main thoroughfare that provides lots of shopping and dining options.
The street is filled with boutiques like JoeyRae
, Holly Hill, Praire, and White Sage Boutique. Shelby's Garden is a unique, local, and family-owned gift shop providing creative gifts for all your needs, while The Reading Bug
is a one-of-a-kind children's bookstore designed to look like an enchanted forest.
There are lots of great eating establishments...Town
is set in the historical Tivoli building, f
eatures regional American cuisine, Stamp Bar and Grill
, has a casual atmosphere and quality food made from scratch daily. Spasso Ristorante and Wine Bar
is an excellent choice for a quick lunch or a celebratory dinner. Another excellent choice for lunch or dinner is Pranzi
, a unique Italian restaurant offering quality food that's been locally sourced. Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
is alive on Fridays, with live music, multiple food trucks, and plenty of family-friendly entertainment. There are also several wineries that offer tours and tastings.
Things to Do
San Carlos has much to offer its residents, from afternoons in the park to visiting museums and much more. Children love Burton Park, which offers multiple playgrounds, picnic areas, sporting fields, a water play area, and much more. History buffs can immerse themselves in learning at the San Carlos Museum of History
or at the Hiller Aviation Museum
Community events include: "Hometown Days"
carnival in Burton Park in May. Every October, San Carlos Art and Wine Fair
is a resident favorite that hosts more than 250 artists, beverage and food vendors, live music, and more. In December, visitors come from all over the Bay Area to see Eucalyptus Street
decked out in holiday decor and lights.