Map of San Carlos
Population 29,803 (2014 estimate)
Single Family Homes Statistics
|Number of Sales||264||236||283|
|Average Days on Market||18||17||17|
|Average Sales Price||$1,797,213||$1,665,036||$1,455,633|
|Median Sales Price||$1,676,500||$1,600,000||$1,425,000|
|Median Price Per Sqft||$918||$852||$793|
|% of List Price Received||106%||111%||110%|
|Number of Sales||75||72||96|
|Average Days on Market||18||12||17|
|Average Sales Price||$968,889||$921,673||$817,711|
|Median Sales Price||$879,000||$875,000||$725,000|
|Median Price Per Sqft||$731||$710||$580|
|% of List Price Received||105%||110%||105%|
San Carlos History
San Carlos is known as the “City of Good Living,” and according to its’ 30,000 residents, it truly is a wonderful place to call home. Situated almost exactly halfway between San Francisco and San Jose, San Carlos offers both families and young professionals a quaint small-town vibe with a multitude of dining options and a vibrant community and nightlife.
Much like other cities along the Peninsula, San Carlos was part of the Rancho de las Pulgas. After many years of growth, promoted by real estate developer Frederick Drake, San Carlos was incorporated in 1925. Passersby can still find Drake’s real estate office at the corner of San Carlos Avenue and El Camino Real, and although used as a commercial space today the architecture still reminds residents of San Carlos’ rich history. Directly across El Camino is the San Carlos train station, a Romanesque Revival style building that originally built by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1888. Today the original structure is home to The Depot, the locals favorite breakfast destination.
Created in 1938 and named after former San Carlos Mayor Edward Burton, Burton Park is one of San Carlos’ prized parks. Baseball and softball games, soccer leagues, and community picnics are a usual sight at Burton Park. Further up the hill, in the wooded and more rural area of San Carlos are Eaton Park and Big Canyon Park. Avid hikers and dog owners are able to enjoy well kept winding paths that lead to expansive views of the bay, all while and experiencing a peaceful respite from busy peninsula life.
With tree-lined streets, San Carlos boasts many charming neighborhoods. Among them, the White Oaks and Howard Park neighborhoods are the most appealing. Walkable to downtown and with highly ranked schools families flock to these areas. Eucalyptus Street in Howard Park is a gathering place each Christmas season. Residents pridefully adorn their homes with stunning Christmas lights and Halloween decorations, and visitors from all over the Bay Area tour the street each year.
On downtown’s Laurel Avenue residents can find shops, boutiques, bakeries and a plethora of top peninsula restaurants. Among the dining options, San Carlos boasts Town, The Refuge, and Johnston’s Saltbox. Within the bustle of downtown San Carlos’ community events are many and often. Downtown is the scene for the Hometown Parade, a weekly farmer’s market, and the downtown summer concerts series.
Most notable, San Carlos holds the San Carlos Art and Wine Faire on Columbus Day weekend. Just a short walk east from downtown, San Carlos’ industrial area is booming with business. Devils Canyon Brewery was established in 2001, and found a home in San Carlos, producing over 10,000 barrels a year. Friends, families, and sports teams are sure to be found enjoying a beverage and the food trucks every Friday night when the brewery is open to the public. Not far from Devil’s Canyon, San Carlos is also the home of Domenico Winery. In 2001, Dominick Chirichillo established his own vineyards in Amador County, where he planted five acres of Syrah and three acres of Primitivo that go into his award-winning, hand-crafted wines that he and his wife Gloria share with the community.
Diverse restaurants, a lively community, and highly sought after schools truly make San Carlos live up to its name. San Carlos remains a pinnacle of “good living,” epitomizing the dream life for peninsula homebuyers.