Cordilleras Heights

Cordilleras Heights is better known as Emerald Hills or Emerald Lake Hills. Here you’ll find expansive lots and panoramic views, as well as homes that range from rustic 1920s log cabins to some of the city’s most expensive real estate. This part of the city has narrow streets sans sidewalks that wind their way through the hills, akin to neighboring city of Woodside with a Lake Tahoe or West Marin country vibe. Homes closer to Alameda de las Pulgas are less rustic and more suburban, and offer easy access to Downtown Redwood City.

Neighborhood businesses are centered around the small shopping center at Oak Knoll Drive and Canyon Road. There you can find Canyon Coffee, a local coffee shop, Sancho’s Taqueria, Speederia Pizza, and Canyon Inn, a popular spot to grab a burger and watch the game.


The Numbers

Number of Sales: 30
Average Days on Market: 37
Total Sales Volume: $51,512,000

Average List Price: $1,666,261
Average Sale Price: $1,717,067
Average Sale Price to List Price Ratio: 102.94%
Price Range: $1,050,000 - $2,950,000

Average Home Size: 2,281 sq. ft.
Average Price/Sq. Foot: $794

*Data from Sep 2016 - Feb 2017.



Emerald Hills

You'll find both new and old homes in Emerald Hills from rustic cabins built in the 1920s to large, modern homes built in the last 25 years. Emerald Hills also has some of the largest lot sizes in the city, and offers a great value compared to similar homes in Woodside and Hillsborough.


Emerald Lake has a rich history rooted in the Roaring 20s and the spirit of vacation living. In the 1920s George Irvine hoped to build a resort destination for folks from San Francisco. He called the area Emerald Hills and made a brochure, before losing the property to foreclosure. Soon after, Charles Holt and George Leonard acquired the land, built a golf course, and hosted picnics at Emerald Lake to lure potential homebuyers. With the end of the era came the Great Depression and a resort never materialized. Holt and Leonard lost their fortune, and development came to a halt with the exception of one-off rustic cabins, some of which you can still find dotting the hills today.

Emerald Lake was incorporated in 1920 as a “non-profit athletic, recreational, and social facility”. In 1926, 20 homeowners bought Emerald Lake for $10 and created the Emerald Lake Country Club. The deed required that there would be no building of bars, livery stables, funeral establishments, or blacksmith shops. Today the club is owned and maintained by 50 families who pay dues and contribute work hours. Membership also opens annually to residents of the area for summer use of the lake.

Holt and Leonard also built a second lake, now called Upper Emerald Lake complete with a beach, playground, and an outdoor amphitheater. Homes around the private upper lake are some of the most desirable in Redwood City, and rarely show up on the market.

Cordilleras Heights is named for the road that runs east to west through the neighborhood.  The district spans from Alameda de las Pulgas west to Edgewood Park and Highway 280, and from Edgewood Road south to Jefferson Avenue/Farm Hill Boulevard.



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