“With its bay views and often pastoral setting, Farm Hill Estates is a quintessential post-war borough with a cohesive community.”
Redwood City’s western-most district of Farm Hill Estates (MLS #335) is where flatlands transform to sloping hillsides and homes tend toward a blend of 1950s and 1960s single, two story or split levels, designed to take advantage of magnificent views of the city and the bay beyond. Residential developer and founder of Oddstad Homes, Andy Oddstad, constructed many of these homes during the 1950s and 1960s. Over time, homeowners have remodelled, renovated, and remodelled yet again. Some new, grandiose homes are also found outside these classic tracts, offering a feel akin to Emerald Hills with its winding lanes, lack of sidewalks and more rural, organic feel.
Sprawling Farm Hill Estates is one of Redwood City’s higher-end neighborhoods and provides a variety of home sizes, styles and price tags. It is a peaceful, post-war suburban community with a dash of country charm. Community cohesion abounds in this borough, with neighbors being well connected and welcoming.
Residents enjoy access to Redwood City’s top-rated Roy Cloud Elementary School, a consistent top performer among California’s Academic Performance Index (API). Highway 280, a key commute corridor, is within easy reach, and for some homeowners, the Edgewood Park & Preserve is quite literally in their backyard.
Neighborhood Price Point
$975,000 – $3,000,000
- Post-war suburban residential community offering a blend of home styles from the 1950s and 1960s as well as renovations and new construction
- Many homes have views over Redwood City and the bay
- Within easy reach of highway 280
- Welcoming, tight knit community
- Children can attend the city’s highly acclaimed Roy Cloud Elementary School
- Some areas offer a peaceful countryside atmosphere
History of Farm Hill Estates, Redwood City
Andy Oddstad, owner of Oddstad Homes, was a residential developer who made a significant housing impact in San Mateo County. His “Medallion Series” development in Farm Hills commenced in the mid-1950s. In 1956, Oddstad was finishing three homes per day, resulting in the development’s near completion a year later. Oddstad Homes contribution to Farm Hills Estates came to a close in 1964. Oddstad’s tract homes are built on hillsides; some are 2 story or split level and offer approximately 2,000 square feet of living space. Quite a number offer views across the valley and are perched on 7,500 square foot lots. A few smaller homes are interspersed in these developments, providing a more modest 1,500 square feet of living space and 3 bedrooms.
Many of Farm Hill Estates largest homes sit outside the Oddstad development. These gracious 3,000 square foot dwellings with impressive bay views command upwards of $2 million or more and are far from the ‘average’ Farm Hill home.