The suburban community of Redwood City is located in the Bay Area of northern California, approximately 25 miles south of San Francisco and 27 miles north of San Jose. The county seat of San Mateo County, Redwood City extends from the hillsides of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the San Francisco Bay shoreline. U.S. Highway 101 runs through the city, and Interstate-280 is easily accessible.

Incorporated as a city in 1867, Redwood City derived its name from the large quantity of timber that had regularly been hauled out from its waterfront (the only deep water port in the bay south of San Francisco itself). In the 1920s, the city's Real Estate Board and Chamber of Commerce each sponsored contests to find a slogan which would capture and publicize the city's finest qualities. The resulting slogan "Climate Best By Government Test" referred to a series of obscure climatological surveys conducted by the United States and German governments prior to World War I, during which Redwood City was found to be at the center of one of the world's three best climates (the others being The Canary Islands and the Mediterranean Coast of North Africa).

Redwood City was home to the famous trial of Scott Peterson, who was housed at the San Mateo County jail. This facility, the most secure in the Bay Area, was also used in 1976 to hold Patty Hearst (granddaughter of legendary newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst), who made national headlines when she participated in a series of crimes conducted by a radical group, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), which had previously kidnapped her.

Redwood City is fast becoming a major entertainment destination in the Bay Area. Some of the city's events include: Independence Day Parade, held continuously since 1939 and billed as "The largest Independence Day Parade in California"; the Stafford Park Concert Series; the CaƱada College Arts and Olive Festival; the Redwood City Kiwanis Farmers Market; the Fair Oaks Community Center Anniversary Celebration; and the Martin Luther King, Jr. "Freedom Festival." City landmarks include the San Mateo County Historical Museum and the Union Cemetery.


REDWOOD CITY - Town vs. County Stats

Avg Price in REDWOOD CITY: $1,989,600 / County Avg $4,101,700


Avg Sq. Ft. in REDWOOD CITY: 1,787 / County Avg 2,861


Avg Price per/sqft in REDWOOD CITY:$1114 / County Avg $1434


Avg Walkscore in REDWOOD CITY: 64 / County Avg 50


Avg Year Built in REDWOOD CITY: 1967 / County Avg 1969


Avg Days on Website in REDWOOD CITY: 84 / County Avg 57


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