A Tough Decision
Making the decision to move to San Carlos is usually an easy one. With its great schools, mild weather, community vibe, and its proximity to both San Jose and San Francisco, San Carlos has become the destination of choice for many home buyers. But once you make the decision to move to San Carlos and you spend some time driving around the town, you’ll realize that there’s another big decision you’ll have to make: Should you live in the hills or in the flats?
Like other cities on the northern stretch of the Peninsula, the terrain in San Carlos changes dramatically as you start to head west. While the town is mostly flat in the area between El Camino and Alameda de las Pulgas, the terrain upticks quickly as you continue west. The change happens even more quickly in the northern Section of San Carlos known as Cordes, which is mostly hilly. And depending what you’re looking for in a home, both regions offer something for every home-buyer:
People who live in the hills of San Carlos often enjoy incredible views of the San Francisco Bay and/or the Pacific Coast Range to the west. Homes in this area are generally larger and newer than the homes in the flatlands, and it’s also easier to find larger lots in the hills, although that doesn’t guarantee that all of the land is suitable for building. Residents of the hilly areas also enjoy relatively quick commute access to Interstate 280.
Downsides? The views can come at a price of convenience. With the exception of parts of Cordes, getting to downtown San Carlos for shopping or dining requires a trip up and down the hill in the car. And if 280 isn’t your commute route of choice, getting to 101 in the morning through San Carlos can be an exercise in patience (especially if you’re going north on 101.)
Folks who choose the flatlands of San Carlos enjoy the “walkability” of their neighborhood and the proximity to downtown San Carlos for shopping and dining. If having a flat yard is a high priority for a home-buyer, you’ll likely have more choices east of the Alameda (not to say that there aren’t flat lots up in the hills — there definitely are.)
Downsides? Since San Carlos was developed from the El Camino westward, homes in the flats tend to be a bit older (as in 1930’s and 40’s) and lots size tend to be smaller than their compatriots in the hills. Some streets close to El Camino are downright cozy!
So What’s Your Pick?
Audience participation time… For those of you who already live in San Carlos, here’s an opportunity to help home buyers that are new to San Carlos. Why do you like living in the hills of San Carlos? Or… what makes the flats perfect for you and your family? What benefits or downsides did I miss in the description above?
Let’s hear what you have to say about the neighborhood that you call home! Brag about your home in the comments section, and be sure to vote in this poll:
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