Welcome to Belmont
Belmont is located almost exactly halfway between San Francisco and San Jose on the western side of the San Francisco Bay. Though the city doesn’t brush against the edge of the Bay directly, the rolling hills and clear plains ensure that most of the city has access to an unlimited supply of water framed sunsets. Belmont is part of the old San Mateo County, the part more concerned with tradition and history than with economic development and expansion. This has led to a strong community committed to preserving an older way of life.
Lay of the Land
Located in the heart of San Mateo County, Belmont is a city with a rich history and little in the way of commercial development and industrial zones. Located just south of San Francisco, Belmont is bordered by the towns of San Mateo, San Carlos, and Foster City. A modest city by any definition, Belmont lies on approximately 4.6 square miles of land and houses a total of 26,731 full time residents. However, the city is above average in an economic sense, with an average estimated household income of $106,535 and an average estimated home value of $914,290.
Belmont is sandwiched between State Route 101 and Interstate 280, making traditional transportation out of the city and to the rest of the Bay Area relatively simple via. The city also benefits from extensive public transportation and a fully developed regional infrastructure. On a local level the city benefits from a CalTrain commuter train station and SamTrans bus services. It also benefits from regional transportation options such as those provided via stations in neighboring towns for Bay Area Rapid Transit Services and county funded transportation services. Air travel is possible via the nearby San Francisco International Airport to the north, San Jose International Airport to the south or across the Bay at the Oakland International Airport.
Though Belmont lacks the dedicated commercial districts of some of its larger neighbors, it does have a commercial infrastructure appropriate for a town of its size. This includes several regional and locally managed restaurants as well as a wide array of professional services. Additionally, Carlmont Village serves as a default shopping center for the town. Carlmont features a wide range of restaurants, professional services, and even a large grocery store.
The main attraction in the city for residents and visitors is the extensive park system and community activities program. The city has a total of nineteen separate parks and community usage locations. Each of these locations offers a wide range of facilities and services. These include the traditional array of park amenities such as picnic areas, walking trails, and play areas. They also feature specific amenities such as dog accessible locations, multi-sport fields, and halls and staging areas for community rental and usage.
The centerpiece of the town’s Park and Recreation program is the Twin Pines Community Center. Twin Pines has an extensive program dedicated to supporting and assisting the town’s aging population. All of the services that the town provides, including extensive shuttle services, are provided free of charge. Additional services include financial planning classes, social events, several different types of support group, and numerous classes designed to maintain physical health, such as yoga and Tai Chi.
Finally, the city invests a significant amount of resources ensuring that the youngest members of the community are sufficiently supported and encouraged to develop appropriate social and physical skills. These include necessary support services such as early childhood day care and parent education programs. It also includes a host of enrichment activities such as seasonal events and activities based on the local library. The city also supports a wide range of athletic leagues for children of all ages.