Nestled between El Camino Real to the East and I-280 to the West, most residents of Belmont Hills enjoy breathtaking views, abundant wildlife and a canopy of trees. I wake up every morning to the sound of birdsong. Belmont has serious regulations limiting the cutting down or even trimming of trees, especially mature native heritage trees such as Live Oaks, Cedars and Redwoods. They also have areas set aside as nature trails and tiny neighborhood parks dotted throughout. Cipriani Elementary school has a dog park adjoining it where canines (with their owners) daily enjoy frolicking, socializing and running off steam.
There is a big tradition of parents walking their kids to school up here. So, in addition to the parents dropping their children off, there are many hand in hand or side by side with their little ones taking that early morning walk. There are also dog walkers. There are bicycle lanes and even streets where bicycles are allowed in the middle of the lane. This area has few sidewalks so everyone steps carefully. There are traffic calming devises such as speed humps to make sure vehicles stay at a slow enough speed for safety. School mornings and afternoons have a crossing guard posted by Cipriani and Fox schools for additional security.
On southeast side of Alameda de las Pulgas and Ralston is the Carlmont Shopping Center. This open-air mall has just about everything you need close at hand. There is Lunardi's groceries, a nursery, beauty supplies, optometrist, candy store, two ice cream shops, a bakery, Japanese and Chinese restaurants, hair salons, Mexican restaurants, Ace hardware, kitchen and bath remodel showroom, dress shop for prom dresses, dry cleaning and alterations, Pizza parlor, Subway, Starbucks, a Grill restaurant, Liquor store, do-it-yourself car wash, Bank of America...all in a lovely setting with boardwalks and trees and a creek running behind. Nearby businesses cut hair, provide sandwiches, give mani/pedis, repair shoes, make bubble tea and provide swirly frozen yogurt.