Moving to Belmont, California

In the middle of San Francisco and San Jose lies Belmont, California. The city rests off the coast of the San Francisco Bay just west of Redwood Shores. Residents can enjoy a short drive from the major cities while avoiding the hustle and bustle of the inner city life. Families often find themselves settling into the quaint suburban town. Demographic studies reported by DataUSA found the average age in Belmont to be 39.6 proving this to be a young town. As a result of families gravitating towards Belmont, the school system has become highly rated and is now held to the highest standard.

Small coffee shops and restaurants have sprouted up over the years to cater to the families and Belmont has truly become the perfect small-town for kids to grow up and couples to grow old together without missing out on any of the perks of city life. If the idea of being able to drive into the city when you crave it and escape when you need a quiet space is intriguing to you, you may find that Belmont is the perfect place to call home! The town has made “mastering the little things” into an art form. You will be awed by how the school system, neighborhoods, and even eateries have set high standards for themselves and continue to live up to them for the community.

Eateries and Entertainment

It is no secret, the best food is found at the little “Mom and Pop” shops where they put the most pride into the food they create and find the most joy in communicating through their sacred food.  Falafelle is just that place. When you walk in you might be less than impressed by the small shop, but once you meet the people, and taste the food behind it, you’ll be coming back for more. The Greek restaurant has acquired over 500 reviews on Yelp and maintained a solid 5 star rating.  The pictures alone will have your mouth watering! Godfather’s Burger Lounge and Kabul Afghan Cuisine are also local favorites and over American and Afghan cuisine so your palate will never get bored.

If you are looking to get outdoors, you won’t find a shortage of activities. California Windsurfing offers beginner lessons and rentals for windsurfing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boards. You can opt for a relaxing option and rent pedal boats to cruise the lake on or tune in to your adventurous side and learn to windsurf. Either way, you’ll be great by instructors who are passionate about the water and teaching others and have dedicated their business to providing the best experiences out on the lake for both adults and children.

Twin Pines Park is another great option to get some fresh air. Covered by eucalyptus trees, you’ll be covered from the beating sun and be able to enjoy the stunning scenery in the heart of Belmont. A multi-use field, open trails, and a historical photo tour location makes this one of the most popular parks in town. You can also find picnic areas with BBQs, a playground, and rental facilities. So if you are planning a family reunion or need the perfect spot to host birthday parties, Twin Pines is your place!

Cost of Living

Small-town family oriented living in the Bay Area, unfortunately, does not come cheap. BestPaces studies cities’ cost of living standards across America and compares each city to the national average. A score of 100 is used to represent the national average. A cost of living score below 100 means the city is cheaper than the national average and above 100 means the city is more expensive than the national average. Belmont’s cost of living score is 379.1, but don’t let that run you away from this ideal town. The amenities Belmont has to offer are unrivaled. Utilities and health-related expenses are also lower than the national hours ranked at 98.2 and 97. Groceries hover just over a score of 100 with a score of 110.8 and transportation scored 161.8. While many of the costs even out, if Belmont has one sore spot it is housing. Like much of California, the supply simply cannot catch up with demand in terms of housing. The median home cost is $1,806,000 million and the median household income is $106,287. Renting in Belmont is always an option while you’re saving for your dream family home. The average rent is $1,940 for a studio, $2,400 for a one bedroom, and $2970 for a two bedroom apartment. Roommates are another great way to break up the costs so you can live in your dream town and not pay the price of it!


After all the housing talk, what are we waiting for? Let’s dive in to take a look at where you may want to plot your steak in Belmont. Crestview Apartments is the perfect spot if you’re looking to save up for a while. Rent for a two bedroom apartment starts at $3,000. Split up with just one roommate would put you at $1,500 a month! Sofi Belmont Glenn and Old County Road Apartments are two more popular alternatives for apartment living and even allow you to bring your pets along to your new destination!

Belmont Heights is the first neighborhood we recommend taking a look at. The neighborhood is secluded from much of the everyday activities going on in the heart of town. It is filled with traditional family houses with a welcoming community and cul-de-sac layout. Outdoors activities include tennis courts and hiking trails nearby. Houses here sell for around $790,000 but don’t hit the market often, so if you catch a house for sale here you’ll want to take advantage of it quickly. Sterling downs will set you closer to the bay. This quaint area of town will bring you back in time where you can pick up a dozen donuts at the small bakery and donut shop in town or pick up In-N-Out for lunch and take a stroll through Alexander Park. Houses here start at $900,000.You can find luxury living in Central Belmont surrounding Notre Dame de Namur University. Homes here sell can sell anywhere in the ballpark from$1.5 to $4.5 million. According to Nextdoor, you can find residents hiding out at some of the best Mexican restaurants in the area including Coyote’s Mexican Café.


The education in Belmont has been awarded an A+ grading by Niche and will take students all the way through college without ever having to leave the town. Carlmont Highschool is the best-rated school in the area scoring an A+ and has been ranked the 3rd best public high school in San Mateo County By Niche. It is not hard to find a top-notch school in any area of Belmont as nearly every school has been awarded an A grade by Niche.  Should you choose to move to Belmont, you will not have to worry about the stress of assuring your child receives an excellent education.  Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is located in Downtown Belmont. The fully accredited private school is known to be the third oldest college in California founded over 165 years ago. It is a smaller university and finds pride in having smaller class sizes for a hands-on learning experience meaning your child will receive the highest quality of education!

Time to Move

If you are already plotting your course to move to Belmont, congratulations! This town is full of possibilities and already has a lot to offer for students and families alike. While this may be true, we know that packing and moving all your belongings can be a daunting task. Here at A-1 Self Storage, we want to help make that move the best it can be! By renting a self storage unit, you can have the flexibility you need to have a “smooth move” into your next home. If you are moving into smaller accommodations than your previous arrangement, you may find you need to downsize. That doesn’t mean you will need to sell or give your belongings away - simply store them with us and you can keep the things that you love!

We love being able to help our customers with the tools they need for moving their items in and out of their home or self storage unit as well, which is why we offer moving supplies for purchase at our facilities. Our self storage managers are prepared and excited to make your moving and self storage experience great. Come by any one of our facilities or call to start renting today!


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