7.1 out of 10

Belmont

Ranked 35th best city in California
37.5143355161853 -122.289325520929
Great for
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Cost of Living
  • Parking
  • Pest Free
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jan 10, 2012

"Very Nice Upper Middle-Class City"

Belmont is the upper middle class community just to the southwest of Foster City.

At Belmont’s heart there is a fairly vibrant commercial area where stores like Sandal World mix in with old bunker style warehouses with curved roofs. If you are an REI type, you might enjoy Planet Granite in Belmont—great for climbers. There is also a pretty good selection of bars and nightspots here—especially if you are into sports bars. The best choices, in my opinion, are Aussiello’s Tavern and the Lariat Tavern. You will also find lots of restaurants here, from Koriander (an Indian place) to Shalizar (an Iranian place). There are also lots of Italian and French places like Iron Gate.

Notre Dame De Namur University, an independent Catholic college with an emphasis on Masters programs, is also in Belmont, so you get a fair number students in the area as well though they mostly commute into Belmont. The schools for younger folks are also excellent—a big draw for families.

Up in the hills surrounding this area, are a number of quaint older homes dating back to the 50s and 60s. As you creep up into the hills, the homes tend to get newer and more expensive, with a fair number around the $1 million range. The median home price in Belmont is probably around $700K with the majority of the lower cost homes being near the freeway and the majority of those above being on the higher elevations.

Sadly, about half the homes are currently on sale due to foreclosure, which means that home prices are probably below the average they would otherwise be.
Pros
  • Good Restaurants
  • Great Schools
  • Nice Homes
  • Great for families
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Home Prices are High
  • Not Great for Clothes Shopping
  • Not really for singles
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
Jan 05, 2012

"woodsy residences and affluent community"

Nestled between San Mateo and San Carlos, Belmont shares the same upper middle-class appeal as its affluent neighbors. Its proximity to the San Francisco Bay and commute between popular job hubs of San Jose and San Francisco make it a popular spot amongst young families. Aesthetically speaking, it is a quiet residential community, filled with woodsy hills and great stretches of open space. And with a population of over 26,000 residents, Belmont has a bit of a small town ambiance that radiates throughout the community.

A city in San Mateo County, Belmont’s residential quarters are complete with leafy sidewalks, large homes and a sense of tranquility that never seems to get old. The town itself spreads about 4.6 square miles and sits among foothills. Most homes sit on inclines and own great views of the countryside and San Francisco Bay. Residents have enough money to spoil their elegant homes and large secluded yards. To get to these residences, you have to climb steep, narrow and winding roads that carve around the densely hilly/forestry geography. For the average resident, median house prices are estimated at about $830,00, while the typical household rakes in just over $100,000/year. Also, Belmont’s racial makeup is predominately white (about 2/3rds), while the minority is mixed between Hispanic and Asians.

Nestled in between US Route 101 and Highway 280, the city lays few ground to residential quarters. It’s most notable shopping hub is located along El Camino Real. Belmont’s top employers consist of Oracle (up to 1000 Belmont employees) and Cengage Learning which delivers high-quality tutoring for all ages. For young families, crime is relatively non-existent, making for an attractive family-friendly environment. Moreover, the city’s school district ranks among the top in San Mateo County. They include Carlmont High School and Ralston Middle School, both of which boast high test scores
Pros
  • Always find parking
  • Great for families
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 20, 2010

"Great intermediate between the city and Silicon Valley"

I lived here for almost 2 years when I worked down in Silicon Valley. I wanted to be close to the city to go out at night, yet not have a heinous commute to work. Belmont was only about 30-35 minutes to Silicon Valley (45min with traffic). It had a cute little downtown shopping center at Alameda de las Pulgas & Ralston Avenue which offered everything from a supermarket to a post office to hardware store. It literally has everything you need.

The other great thing about Belmont is that it's close to 2 malls - Hillsdale and Palo Alto which was great for weekend shopping. Super friendly. Good schools and close to 2 community/local colleges: Community College of San Mateo and College of Notre Dame.
Pros
  • Always find parking
  • Great for families
Cons
  • Not really for singles
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students

Unranked Neighborhoods in Belmont

Belmont

3.5/5
"Quiet, Sheltered Neighborhood for Families"
37.5100220727563 -122.319803364892

Central

3/5
"Good Leafy Neighborhood Close to Some Action"
37.5204293083621 -122.290079648403

Cipriani

3.5/5
"Nice Family Neighborhood"
37.5184128447302 -122.303142632735

Farallon

3/5
"All About the Hotels"
37.5271331186754 -122.269934002804

Homeview

2/5
"Bland, uninteresting neighborhood"
37.5214047142667 -122.271761437985

McDougal

3.5/5
"Very Nice Family Neighborhood"
37.515075265483 -122.283108930589
"Location, Location, Location"
37.514959895643 -122.318520113552
"Very Servicable Middle Class Neighorhood"
37.5270136199908 -122.278114095449
"For those with deep pockets"
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