Welcome to Belmont
Belmont is a San Mateo County city located mid-Peninsula, halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. Belmont is bounded by the Santa Clara Mountains to the west and the bayfront community of Redwood Shores to the east. Its name means “beautiful mountain” in Italian, and Belmont’s hilly topography delivers captivating views of the mountainside scenery and San Francisco Bay to fortunate homeowners Route 82 and U.S. Highway 101 pass through Belmont to the east, and a Caltrain station adds another commuting option.
Belmont’s eclectic real estate mix ranges from elegant 1920s residences, charming mid-century modern bungalows, and single-family homes to stylish, ultramodern new constructions. Many properties have been designed with outdoor decks and large windows to maximize the magnificent views.
What to Love
- Views over the Bay
- Wonderful shopping
- Excellent schools
- Outdoor recreation
People & Lifestyle
Belmont residents are a diverse mix of young families, college students, and retirees. Local schools are excellent, as is secondary education offered at Notre Dame de Namur University. Trails and rolling hillsides place Belmont’s peaceful residential streets within easy reach of the great outdoors.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Carlmont Village Shopping Center
is Belmont’s main retail hub with more than 45 stores and restaurants. Lunardi’s
is a grocery store featuring a full-service deli counter, handmade cakes, and a plentiful selection of organic produce and high-quality meat and seafood. There is also a popular farmers market on El Camino that offers attendees the chance to purchase fresh local produce.
There are a number of dining options at this open-air shopping center as well. Gourmet pub fare is served at OpenTable Diner’s Choice award-winner Waterdog Tavern
, delicious pizza pies at Village Host
, and authentic Japanese cuisine at Sushi Kuu
. Across the street from Carlmont Village, patrons of Vivace Ristorante
dine alfresco while enjoying Northern Italian dishes. More restaurants can be found along the streets close to state Route 82. Check out the casual Mediterranean eats at Falafelle
or the refined Spanish dining at Iberia
Things to Do
Water Dog Lake is a wooded canyon centered around a dammed stream that is accessible from trails beginning at neighborhoods nestled within the foothills to Belmont’s west. Other trails within Belmont lead to Hidden Canyon Park. Neighborhood parks are dotted throughout the community, including Twin Pines Park and an off-leash dog area at Cipriani Park. For all the adventure seekers out there, Planet Granite is a rock climbing gym located at the old Belmont Theater. For a more traditional, lowkey outing, head to Bel Mateo Bowl.
is a historic landmark on the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University and is available for private events. This grand Italianate-style Villa was constructed in the 1860s and is surrounded by a grotto and mid-19th century bamboo trees.
Public schools within Belmont are provided by the Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District and the Sequoia Union High School District.
- Central Elementary School, Public, K–5
- Cipriani Elementary School, Public, K–5
- Ralston Middle School, Public, 6–8
- Carlmont High School, Public, Magnet, 9–12
- Notre Dame Elementary School, Private, Roman Catholic, K–8
- Notre Dame High School, Private, Roman Catholic, Girls, 9–12