San Carlos enjoys a central location nearly equidistant of San Francisco and San Jose (24 miles south of San Francisco, and 25 miles north of San Jose), and its residents enjoy convenient access to the amenities of both cities as well as the entirety of Silicon Valley.

Once home to the Ohlone Native Americans, San Carlos saw an influx of explorers and missionaries that led to the first Americans occupying the land in 1854.

In 1917, Frederick Drake arrived and took over the San Carlos Park Syndicate.  In this role, he led the development of city and was dubbed “the Father of San Carlos.” When the city was incorporated in June 1925, Drake created the motto “The City of Good Living,” which is still the city motto today.

Nowadays, San Carlos is home to over 30,000 residents and is known for its community-oriented events such as the annual San Carlos Hometown Days in May, and the Art and Wine Faire in October.


  • Alder Manor
  • Beverly Terrace
  • White Oaks
  • Howard Park
  • Clearfield Park
  • Cordes