Belmont, meaning “beautiful mountain” in French, is a peninsula community halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. Situated primarily on the hills overlooking San Francisco Bay and the coastal range, the area is abundant in trees, vast canyons and gorgeous wooded hillsides. Homes are nestled throughout, reflecting a solid residential base.
The small, but busy downtown has easy access to freeway and rail transportation and is a mix of locally owned shops and commercial shopping. The population of approximately 25,000 works in San Mateo County with only 17% commuting elsewhere. There are excellent private and public schools with exceptionally high test scores and one of the few peninsula Universities in Notre Dame De Namur on the site of the historic Ralston Mansion.
Belmont has a rich heritage of fine homes from the turn of the twentieth century. During the late 1990s housing demand increased dramatically, in large part due to the growth of the nearby headquarters of Oracle Corporation. Belmont continues to enjoy the security of a very low crime rate, less than one-fifth the national average.
Highways: Belmont is served by US 101 and Interstate 280 for north/south traffic and is halfway between State Highways 92 and 84 for east/west traffic across the bay and to the coast. Major local streets are El Camino Real (US 82), Ralston Avenue and Alameda de Las Pulgas.
Rail: Served by Southern Pacific mainline with local spurs. Commuter service is provided by CalTrain to San Francisco and San Jose.
Trucks: Approximately 50 common carriers serve the area. Overnight deliveries are made to all points within 500 miles and all California cities.
Bus: Service is provided by SamTrans, San Mateo County Transit.
Water: Belmont is 20 miles south of San Francisco port facilities, 4 miles north of Redwood City deep water port facilities and 30 miles from Oakland port facilities.
Air: San Francisco International Airport is located 10 miles North. San Jose Airport is 32 miles south. San Carlos Airport, 3 miles south, is a general aviation facility with a control tower and 2600’ runway.
Belmont encompasses a land area of approximately 5 square miles boarded on the north by San Mateo, south by San Carlos, east by Highway 101 and west by Highway 280. Elevation is 10 feet to 750 feet above sea level. Population according to the 2005 census is 24,522.
There are approximately 24 acres of industrial land in the City of Belmont. Island Park, the primary industrial area, lies east of Highway 101 and is bordered by the Redwood Shores section of Redwood City. Included in this acreage total are two industrial parks or districts. The terrain is flat, drainage is good and there is excellent access. Sizes of water mains and sewer lines range from 6” to 24”.
Mostly sunny and clear with annualized temperatures ranging from an average high of 65F, low of 49F. Average precipitation 19.3 in.
Belmont has 13 churches, a branch of the County Library, service by 6 newspapers, over 60 radio station and sundry television stations. Recreational facilities include 10 park/playgrounds. Other facilities include an ice skating rink, 1870 Art Gallery, San Mateo Art Commission and the Wiegand Art Gallery at Notre Dame de Namur University.[/box]
Community Health Facilities
Belmont has access to 4 general hospitals: Mills Memorial, San Mateo County General, Sequoia and Kaiser Hospitals. In addition, the community and surrounding area is served by Sequoia Medical Group and several convalescent hospitals.
Rentals for studios, one and two bedroom apartments and duplexes range from $650 per month and up. Two and three bedroom houses rent from $1,500 to $2,500+ per month. Sale prices of existing single family homes in 2006 ranged from $625,000 to $2 Million with the average being $977,579. Condo prices ranged from $338,000 to $840,000 with the average being $549,858.