Neighborhood Spotlight: Woodside Plaza

During and after World War II, Redwood City saw rapid growth. Its population boomed from 12,500 at the beginning of the war, to more than 46,000 by 1960. During that time, the city’s suburbs grew in concentric rings around the downtown area, until a few developers set their sights on what would ultimately become the Woodside Plaza neighborhood (Valota-Alameda/Roosevelt-Woodside). In a short period of time spanning from the late 40’s to early 50’s, a flurry of construction left the area blanketed with 3 bed/2 bath ranch-style homes.


Aerial view of Woodside Plaza Shopping Center, 1953. Rows of new ranch-style homes can be seen upper right hand corner.

Now one of the most up and coming neighborhoods in Redwood City, Woodside Plaza offers a look and feel similar to Menlo Park’s Willows neighborhood, but with a notably smaller price tag. Pleasant tree-lined streets, quiet cul-de-sacs, close proximity to grocery stores, and a diverse selection of dining options have made this neighborhood a standout amidst Redwood City’s recent surge in housing demand.

Historically, Woodside Plaza has been known as a starter neighborhood for young families looking to set roots in Redwood City. And with the Henry Ford School District steadily improving its ranking, the area certainly still appeals to young families. But as Redwood City is growing, the neighborhood has seen a wave of renovations of more dated homes – a number of which we’ve worked on and sold. The resulting facelift has created a neighborhood in which more and more people feel comfortable settling long-term.

We love the neighborhood and plan to stay active there for a long time. In just over 3 months, we have been a party to 6 sales in the area, making us the neighborhood’s most active brokerage.

If you are interested in making the move to Woodside Plaza, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you find your new home.

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