The founders of Belmont, California tried to build their city in the flatlands but the allure of the hills was too great. After a few decades with activities centered around El Camino Real and the Old County Road, Belmont began to climb up into what early Spanish explorers had called “la Canada del Diablo,” the Devil’s Canyon.

Maybe they wanted to see the view. Whatever their reasons, by shifting its center to the hills, these visionaries gave Belmont a permanent identity different than any of its Peninsula neighbors. Today, Belmont is known for its hillside homes, its views, its trees and its acres of green space – things you can’t find in San Mateo, Millbrae, Burlingame or San Carlos; there’s nothing else like Belmont.

Belmont is a unique mix of old and new. You’ll find a fair share of ultra-modern homes in its lush canyons; a few miles away you’ll find a restaurant, The Van’s, that’s been at its Belmont Avenue location since 1921. On El Camino Real, the ultra-chic Iron Gate restaurant has been serving Steak Diane tableside since 1965, a short walk from downtown and Vivace, an Italian restaurant that’s been drawing raves since it opened in 2010.

Belmont ideally situated for those who work in either San Francisco or Silicon Valley, with a downtown Caltrain station and access to two major highways. Add to this its reputation for good public schools, a wealth of unique, physically beautiful neighborhoods and as a place where your real estate dollar stretches further and it’s easy to see why this serene, green city has become so popular.