So you want to live in Redwood City?

Redwood City is one of the larger cities within Silicon Valley, with approximately 76,000 residents within a 34-square-mile area. Its convenient placement 27 miles south of San Francisco and 24 miles north of San Jose make it an ideal location for those who enjoy easy access to big-city amenities.

Homes with great prices

Homes in Redwood City are moderately priced compared to homes in many neighboring cities and towns such as Atherton and Woodside. A current review of the Multiple Listing System directory shows properties available ranging from $874,950 to $2,895,000.

The county seat of San Mateo County, Redwood City was first inhabited by the Ohone people, Native Americans indigenous to the central and northern California coast. Today the city is well-known as the home to technology firms such as Oracle and Electronic Arts.

The climate in Redwood City is Mediterranean and residents here enjoy warm, dry summers and – until recently – somewhat rainy winters. Typically December is the coolest month of the year, with July being the warmest. There are an average of 21 days per year with temperatures over 90 degrees and 10 days per year where the temperature drops to 32 or below (but not very far below).

In an effort to enliven the city’s downtown area, officials in 2006 approved the building of a huge 20-screen theater with a restaurant and retail space along with various shops that opened in prime locations. In the 1930s an addition was built in front of the historic courthouse on Broadway. That addition blocked the view of the courthouse and has since been removed and replaced by a lovely, visitor-friendly courtyard.

Today Redwood City residents enjoy a high quality of life that includes plenty of shopping, dining and recreational opportunities as well as special events all year long. Oracle is the city’s largest employer, providing work to 6,700 people. The annual Fourth of July Parade is considered to be one of the largest Independence Day parades in the United States.

Homes for sale in Redwood City

When it comes to buying homes in Redwood City, a larger selection is usually available than in many other Silicon Valley Cities. Currently there are 60 properties on the market. Compare that with 27 in Los Altos Hills, 19 in Mountain View, 29 in Atherton, 37 in Woodside and just 1 in Portola Valley.

The most economical buy, as noted above, is a three-bedroom, one-bath single-family home listed at $874,950. It features a remodeled kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, cabinets and granite countertops. Located on Alameda de las Pulgas, other amenities include central heat, an eat-in kitchen, a wood-burning fireplace and an attached two-car garage.

On the high end is a gorgeous five-bedroom, five-bath home with 5,700 square feet on Colton Court. Priced at $2,895,000, this residence is a mix of comfortable family living and truly modern sophistication. Amenities include central air, a separate family room and dining room, bay windows, a cathedral ceiling, a wet bar and a fire sprinkler system.

For individuals and families who seek a great lifestyle, moderately priced homes and plenty of things to see and do, Redwood City is an ideal choice.

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