Redwood Shores History

Redwood Shores is a beautiful waterfront master planned community situated west of the City of Belmont. The community is located along the western shore of San Francisco Bay which has created winding waterways throughout the varying neighborhoods. Redwood Shores is also home to major technology companies, including Oracle Corporation, Electronic Arts, Nintendo, Qualys, Crystal Dynamics and Shutterfly.

In the 1960’s the owner of the land, Leslie Salt Company, built up the foundation on reclaimed land in the marshes of San Francisco Bay. The neighborhood almost did not come to fruition when the company filled in the soft ground known as “bay mud” formerly used for salt-evaporation ponds. This action developed a fear of the land’s sensitivity to serious earthquake damage. A battle commenced between government agencies and business interests and put Leslie Salt out of business. In 1972, Bank of America became the owner of the development. In 1973, after an international search to find a new developer, Mobil stepped in, bought the land and redesigned the previous owner’s bold plans.

Throughout the Peninsula, Redwood Shores was known as the home to Marine World/Africa U.S.A. from the 1960s to 1986 when the park relocated.  The former location of Marine World has developed into luxury homes and townhomes, condominiums, apartments, parks, preserved land, and Silicon Valley business parks and headquarters, including the headquarters of Oracle Corporation.

Redwood Shores residents have the advantage of a complex and pristine waterway system and lagoon. Residents can be seen kayaking around neighborhoods or out to Bair Island Ecological Reserve and Corkscrew Slough. The Redwood Shores lagoon is home to high school and college rowing regattas, including competitions among Pac-12 Conference universities. It is also the setting of Bay Club Redwood Shores, a private sports club with tennis courts, squash, pools, yoga, gym, water-park and clubhouse facilities. With it’s gorgeous waters and appealing luxury homes, it’s easy to see why Redwood Shores has quickly grown into a destination living place.