About Redwood City
Redwood City, located between San Carlos and Menlo Park, is the county seat for San Mateo County. It is a large and diverse town, changing rapidly as Silicon Valley enterprise spreads north on the Peninsula. Development continues in the downtown area as high-density housing is built to accommodate growth.
Redwood City's original downtown is largely intact, and has been renovated and revitalized in the last several years. Court House Square is often the center of civic celebrations. It stand directly in front of the renovated Municipal Courthouse, originally built in 1910, which now houses the San Mateo County History Museum. Restaurants, live music, theater and shopping can all be found in downtown.
Parks abound in Redwood City, including Stafford Park, a local favorite. Redwood City is also home to a number unique and charming neighborhoods:
The Mt. Carmel neighborhood, with tree-lined streets and bungalows built in the 20’s and 30’s, takes its name from the Mt. Carmel Church and parochial school, beautifully designed with mission-influenced architecture.
The Woodside Plaza area features a quiet neighborhood with homes originally built in the late 40’ s and early 50’s.
Emerald Hills is home to rolling hills, large homes on large lots, and often great views of the bay or the western hills.
Running east to west through Redwood City is Woodside Road. This thoroughfare serves as the city's main commuting artery, and but it is also a link to the town of Woodside, the redwoods beyond, and eventually the Pacific Ocean.
Redwood Shores is a planned community on the bay side of Redwood City. This incorporated island is built on land reclaimed from the bay. Neighborhood parks, walking paths, and neatly organized communities are the central theme of Redwood Shores. The western area of the island , bordering Highway 101, is home to several Fortune 500 Companies, most notably Oracle.