Welcome to Redwood City
The fun never stops in this family-friendly treasure on the shores of San Francisco Bay, where enriching community activities thrive
Humming with an effervescent pulse of energy, the dynamic Redwood City is a Silicon Valley pillar tucked against the docks of the San Francisco Bay. All summer long, the sounds of cheerful live concerts bellow out from the town square, in perfect harmony with the busy hustle of the docks. Waterfront parks and access to nearby open space preserves both keep Redwood City well-stocked in the Peninsula’s natural beauty, too.
As the only deepwater port on the Peninsula, Redwood City brags a colorful history that includes its transition from a town known for lumber and shipping into a city steeped in Tech monoliths like Oracle, Electronic Arts, and Informatica. Redwood City is notable, too, for its convivial Downtown, which underwent a renovation to invigorate the entire city. Even the city’s idyllic weather is a selling point, with the phrase, “Best Climate by Government Test” used as a slogan in the past.
Architectural styles are varied in the residential real estate of Redwood City, with homes constructed throughout the entirety of the 20th century. Mid-century gems, historic estates, and contemporary new builds make up a good portion of the market, ranging in design from Mediterranean to sleek modern. Properties located high up in sections such as Emerald Hills are especially coveted for their spacious size, luxury amenities, and resplendent vistas.
What to Love
- Dozens of free summer concerts in a variety of genres
- Ever-busy personality with a small-town orient
- Ideal location in Silicon Valley, just 30 minutes from San Francisco
There’s never a dull moment in Redwood City, or at least, there never has to be. One peek at the city’s event page
and you’ll find a social calendar loaded with activities, festivals, and celebrations, almost all of which are free. When Downtown isn’t hopping with art walks and holiday parades, it maintains a steady rotation of epicurean delights and wonderful independent shops.
Dining, Entertainment, Shopping
Buzzy restaurants and bars rest side-by-side with posh boutiques in Redwood City, full of diversity and top-notch experiences. At LV Mar
, innovative Latin tapas and delectable craft cocktails keep the party going, whether it’s a special celebration or simply a girls’ night out. Warung Siska
takes modern Indonesian cuisine and pairs it with California’s best locally grown ingredients to create a menu of mouthwatering meals.
Dive into California cooking more fully by making a visit to Timber & Salt
, where the seasonal Californian fare includes savory dishes like their Timber & Salt Burger and sumptuous salmon. When it comes to upscale Mexican and Pueblan cuisine, there’s nowhere better than Quinto Sol
, a restaurant dedicated to bringing out the best of each ingredient — from the 100% Agave Tequila with freshly squeezed lime to the slow-roasted carne asada.
Things to Do
One of the most engaging facets of Redwood City is its central heartbeat, and the city’s Downtown District is often hailed as the epicenter of entertainment on the Peninsula. From its convivial bars and landmark features — you won’t want to miss visiting the stunning Pulgas Water Temple
— to its artful theatre venues such as The Club Fox
, Downtown Redwood City provides a bounty of endless options.
If that isn’t enough to get residents excited, then there’s always the nightly “Movies on the Square”
in the summer. The vivacious Redwood City Salsa Festival
draws thousands for its mix of food and dance, while unique events cater well to locals. Pub in the Park
, for example, appeals with its laid-back lawn games, great local brews, and welcoming ambiance.
Redwood City is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- North Star Academy, 3-8, highly rated public magnet school
- Roy Cloud Elementary School, K-8, highly rated public middle school
- Sequoia High School, 9-12, highly rated public high school and one of the few schools in the Bay Area offering an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme