San Carlos is a wonderful residential town in between Belmont and Redwood City … it’s name means “The City of Good Living”, and indeed that is the feeling you’ll get on your first visit or hundredth to this gem of a town. With top rated public schools, and its own cute downtown, revolving around Laurel Avenue, there are plenty of shops, cafes, and restaurants to poke your head into and stroll around.
You’ll find a wide variety of homes in San Carlos, from quaint two bedrooms all the way up to master built homes perched in the hills with panoramic views of the bay – there’s even some gorgeous luxury condos just across the street from City Hall and minutes from Laurel Avenue.
Special Yearly Event: San Carlos Art and Wine Faire, held every October in downtown San Carlos
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- Cute downtown
- Vibrant downtown with excellent dining and shopping options
- Top schools
- Top-rated public schools
- Diverse neighborhoods
- Diverse neighborhoods ranging from classic, adjacent-to-downtown White Oaks to the funky charm of Devonshire Canyon
- Holiday lights
- One of the Bay Area’s most iconic neighborhood holiday lights celebrations
Stats & Trends
2022 was a topsy-turvy year for real estate in San Carlos. After spending several years creeping up to the high end of San Mateo County real estate, San Carlos prices peaked in April 2022. That month, the average home sold in San Carlos for $3.425 million, an increase of 35% year-over-year (and 54% since January, 2021). The city median reached $3.328 million, up 34% year-over-year (52% since January, 2021). From that point forward, prices tumbled, landing at a shade over $2 million by December (down 31% from 2021) before rebounding a bit in 2023. What does this mean? That despite increased interest rates, your dollar goes further in San Carlos in 2023 than it has at any point in the past five years.
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2022 Homes Sales by Price Range
Given the steep trajectory of San Carlos real estate during the first half of 2022, it’s not particularly surprising to see the upper reaches of price range gaining market share for the year. Last year, homes selling for more than $4 million tripled their share of the local market, from 3% to 9.4%. Homes selling for between $3 and $4 million accounted for 22.6% of the market, up 3% from 2021. Meanwhile, homes selling for less than $3 million, which made up more than three-quarters of the 2021 San Carlos market, comprised 67.9% of the 2022 market, a drop of almost 10%.
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2022 Homes Sales by Price Range for single-family homes in San Carlos
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Sale Price to List Price Ratio
Like much of the data coming from 2022, San Carlos' record of sale price to list price ratio began the year strong and then waned. From January to June, homes in San Carlos sold for more than 110% of their asking price with positive year-over-year changes for each month. Then, beginning in July, the ink turned red. From that point forward, San Carlos real estate commanded a lower percentage of its asking price than it did in 2021, and the change was most acute during the traditionally quiet winter months. In October, November and December, San Carlos properties sold for an average of 96.0%, 98.2% and 99.2% of their asking prices, 14%, 13% and 12% below what they sold for in October, November and December of 2021.
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