Belmont is a tranquil residential community in San Mateo County. The community culture represents the technology rich of the Bay Area.
The topography is wooded hills and ample open green spaces. The city is located half way between San Francisco and San Mateo. The Carlmont Village Shopping Center is the town’s local place to find shops, merchants, nurseries, groceries and restaurants.
Carlmont High School and Ralston Middle School are located here and are both Distinguished California Schools. The Peninsula Library System serves the city.
Belmont has attracted national attention for a smoking ordinance passed in January 2009 which bans smoking in all businesses and multi-story apartments and condominiums. The ordinance has been described as one of the strictest in the nation.
Belmont has number of parks. This includes Twin Pines Park, Waterdog Lake Open Space,Semeria Park and Davey Glen Park. he locally famous “Waterdog Lake” is also located in the foothills and highlands of Belmont.
The city’s largest hotel is Hyatt House, which in an apartment hotel and caters mostly to a business clientele, due to its proximity to Oracle headquarters.
The name seems to derive from the Italian “bel monte,” which means “beautiful mountain.” It was allegedly named such because of its “symmetrically rounded eminence” nearby.