7.0 out of 10


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Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Lack of Traffic
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Public Transport
  • Parking
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • LGBT+


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

"Nice Hillside Neighborhood"

Canyon is one of the western most neighborhoods in Redwood City, and like most places on the Peninsula the farther west you go, the farther up into the hills you go. This means 2 things, generally:

1. Pretty good views of the Bay.

2. Higher property prices.

In the case of Redwood City, it also means slightly newer homes than those in the neighborhoods just to the east. That is, homes from the 1950’s and 60’s rather than from the 1920’s and 30’s.

About a quarter of the homes for sale here are on sale for over a million dollars. We went to check one of these out and we can definitely see the reason for the eye popping price tag. Though it was built in the 1950’s, this house had been substantially renovated and looked more like a Reagan Era house than something from the Truman Era. It has beautiful wooden decks and really high ceilings—very classy looking on the inside, like you could invite the cast from Madmen over for martinis.

The median home in Canyon is around $850K with a handful of foreclosures marking the $500K low on the far eastern end of Canyon, while a $1.6 million home marks the high water mark at an undisclosed location in the hills.

But with a $1.3 million price tag—definitely not a home we will be purchasing anytime soon.

Another positive feature of this area is the school system. The local elementary for this area is Roy Cloud Elementary which is, by all accounts, truly outstanding.

Overall, this would be a pretty great place to raise a family.
  • Nice Views
  • Cool Older Homes
  • Great Schools
  • Hillside Problems
  • Expensive
  • Old Home Problems
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Prosperous neighborhood community"

Nestled deep into the San Francisco peninsula suburban hillside, Canyon is an affluent, family-friendly community. Geographically speaking, Canyon encompasses about two dozen windy neighborhood roads within the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is also somewhat isolated, but still well-connected among the greater Redwood City. For perspective residents, the area is almost completely residential and made up of a number of different upper middle-class homes.

Canyon’s residential aesthetics are pretty glamorous. For the most part, the neighborhood is made up of large, two-story homes plotted on even larger properties (many of which have large elegant yards). Homes are relatively old and built before the 1970‘s, but many have undergone a facelift in recent years. Moreover, residences are often hidden within the brushy, wooden landscape while other homes scale the hillside and afford views of the distant suburban landscape. Of the latter, long driveways lower into home fronts or long staircases climb the steep hillside up onto front porches. For numbers’ sake, you’ll likely be paying upwards of a couple million dollars.

Although public transportation is fairly limited, Canyon residents are wealthy enough to afford a luxury car or two. They have the convenience of living between Highway 280 and US Route 101, both of which connect residents to the San Francisco and San Jose area. For young families, John Giull Elementary School is located just a couple blocks east of the neighborhood’s limits while Sequoia Hospital is a small medical center that skirts the northern edge of the district.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers

Unranked Streets in Canyon

Esther Ln

"Feels like the country, but 10 minutes to downtown Redwood City"
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