What do YOU Love About Belmont?

There are so many things to love about "the hub of the Peninsula"...tell us what you love about Belmont.


Belmont is a great town in which to live, work and play. There is so much to love about this community.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re asking our Patch readers what they love about Belmont.

To get you started, here are a few things I love about our town:

1) I love running with my dog, Nellie, through the Belmont canyons---from the John Brooks Trail leading to Water Dog Lake to the Finch Trail that switchbacks through the southern side of the canyon with fantastic views of the bay and the East Bay hills. 

2) I love the author events and other community gatherings at the Belmont Library. 

3) I love hollowed out tree in front of The Lodge in Twin Pines Park.

4) I love the diversity of the people in my community---from my Japanese neighbors on one side, to the Indian, Chinese, Russian, Maltese, Guatemalan and Pakistani families who live throughout my neighborhood.

So, what do you love about Belmont?* Tell us in the comment section below.

*Want an "I ~heart~ Belmont" bumper sticker? Email me at jdentler@comcast.net, and I'll tell you how. 

Brian Logan February 13, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I love the intersection of Carlmont Drive and Alameda de las Pulgas. It's a three way stop where pedestrians can get hit three times crossing one street. It's so bad that I've nicknamed the intersection the "Dance of Death." Yes, I've complained to City Hall and not one thing has been done about it.
Steve Hayes February 13, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Nature (hills,views and green), location (center of Peninsula and close to beach, mountains and wine regions, great schools (both public and private), good transportation options (bike, car, bus, train and plane), weather (prefer cool to hot but looking forward to slight global warming) and diversity of people (race, origin and ages).
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) February 13, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Thanks Steve....I think you've summed it up very well!
monica February 13, 2012 at 07:41 PM
The funky mix of houses: rustic little cottages next to 1970s split-levels next to gated Spanish-style homes. No cookie-cutter, suburban grids here. I never tire of twisting and winding my way around Belmont's streets. Oh, and the deer. I love the deer. (And I hate the deer.)
Paul B. February 13, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Brian, I love it too, it's not the intersection that's to blame it is the self indulgent pedestrians that seem to be so self absorbed as to cut across diagonally, or time it so the cars are expected to wait while the pedestrians cross single file and switch between cross walks at a moments whim. We could fix it real fast by putting some semi freight haulers out there instead of soccer moms, NOT!
Paul B. February 13, 2012 at 09:35 PM
I love watching the migrations of foul every season and the changes between new flocks of birds that fly up or down Devils Canyon always wonderful!
Cathy Olinger McCracken February 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I love that the Dentlers are in my community!
Nina stahl February 14, 2012 at 12:26 AM
The location is absolutely perfect. I love the small town feel to raise a family with great schools k-12! I love the cool constant breeze that sometimes turns to a warm evening. We are a city that's a sleepy town with a great location.
Carol Neuman February 14, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I love all of the trees and green open spaces! I am not so in love with the many "dance of death" streets and intersections. 50 miles an hour on a narrow winding road just seems a bit too much and I am paying attention!
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) February 14, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Awww...thanks Cathy!
Alan Sarver February 14, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Joan, I love that when you try to list 3 things that you love about Belmont, you start with at least 4! There's just too much to love ;-)
Michelle Ladcani February 14, 2012 at 06:34 AM
I love that there is a University in our town (NDNU) and the beautiful trees. And nothing can beat running up and down Waterdog Lake :)
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) February 14, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Wow....good catch Alan....you're right, hard to list just three :)
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) February 14, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Just for that, you get a bumper sticker.
Judi February 14, 2012 at 06:19 PM
And don't forget our "People's Park" - Twin Pines, where we have concerts, movies & recreation opportunities.
Belmont February 14, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I once heard Belmont referred to as a "Poor Man's Woodside". I laughed! I love Belmont for its proximity to 92, 280 and San Francisco. It is a small town close to two major cities. Also, the jogging, hiking and biking trails are incredible. The schools are very good, both private and public, which gives lots of choices to parents. The shopping is excellent with 3 Safeways and Lundardi's. And last of all, Hillsdale Mall is only 10 minutes away on the back roads...Plus, all the wildlife coyotes, great horned owls, deer, rabbits, and all the birds...Why go to Yosemite...You will see just as much wildlife on the Crystal Springs Cross Country Course off of Hallmark...
Laura Dudnick (Editor) February 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I love the "I heart Belmont" bumper stickers! I want one!!!
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) February 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM
The bumper stickers are thanks to our mayor, Dave Warden. I'm happy to get you one!
Laura Dudnick (Editor) February 14, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Yes please! And I still have a bunch of Belmont Patch bookmarks, I'll trade ya :-)
Terri Cook February 14, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Mr. Logan, if you've never taken your Carlmont/Alameda issue to the Parking Traffic Safety Committee, I would encourage you to do so. It's an multi-departmental committee that helps resolve issues such as this. I receive their agendas and have never seen this matter listed, so I'm not sure who you've spoken to. You can call (650) 595-7425 to get the form, or it's available in interactive form on the Public Works Department's website at http://www.belmont.gov/subContent.asp?CatId=240000290.
Kevin Sullivan February 15, 2012 at 06:03 AM
I love the Rainbows that pop up in the late afternoon after a rain shower. There was another great one yesterday. I'm on record as a huge fan of the open space. Its fun when walking around in the neighborhoods, you can be looking over at Carlmont and then go around a corner to be staring out at The City and the Bay Bridge. Its also dark at night. Its easy to see the stars and the planets as they travel across the skies. There's probably more...
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) February 15, 2012 at 06:43 AM
Great observations Kevin, and good segue into this weekend's trail work at Water Dog Lake. For more information, refer to Kevin's blog at http://patch.com/B-672
Denise February 16, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I Love that you can call 911 for a medical call and have police and fire at your house in a few minutes. I Love that then you see they guys from Station 15 at Safeway the next week and they ask how’s it going.-I also love the deer and have given up on flowers ;-)
1Diane February 16, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Try the azalea family of plants which also include camelias and rhododendrens. I've had them out in front of my house (in the Hallmark area loaded with deer) for 24 years. The deer don't eat them, and they have plenty of pretty flowers and nice foliage. My azaleas are blooming right now and will bloom again in the fall, and they come in all kinds of nice colors. They also stay away from my neighbor's lavender plants.
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) February 16, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Thanks Diane...I've been looking for a new flowering shrub for the front of my home that will be deer-proof, so I'll try some azalea family plants!
1Diane February 17, 2012 at 07:22 AM
You're welcome, Joan. However, I think the front of your house has a western exposure, right? You might want to ask at the nursery if that might be too much sun. My azaleas get the morning south-eastern exposure. But I'm not a gardener, and it may not even matter. Check it out. ;-)
Brian Logan February 19, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Oh, I contacted City Hall and the matter was referred to that exact committee that Terri Cook mentions below. I was promised to be contacted to attend their next meeting. I still waiting for that contact three years later. Belmont City Hall at work.
DJ February 21, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I love the small town feel, where everyone knows your name......yes, kind of like Cheers..also..quite a divergent group of residents (as evidenced by the responses to your inquiry). I really like the peacefulness of this area when I walk my dog and that strangers say hello to one another when passing...I love that we go to the same restaurants over and over and that it's all comfortable and familiar.....quite a contrast to being raised in Brooklyn.


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