In the early 1960s
a new community began to
form. Leslie Salt, Inc. acquired 1400+ acres and the unique area that was to become
Redwood Shores had its beginning. The area needed a city to belong to.
Belmont and San Carlos had no interest. Redwood City said, "Join us!"
Leslie Salt, Inc. formed
Leslie Salt Properties and the work began. Step one was
financing the project. Following in the path of Foster City, a
general improvement district known as GID-1-1964 was established with the approval of
the California Assembly. From
1966 to 1968 the initial improvements were constructed. On May 20,
1968, the City Council approved the final map for the first housing
units. 156 single family homes and 38 attached residences were the
beginning of this new and unique community.
In the spring of 1971 negotiations
began for new ownership of Redwood
Shores. Mobil Oil Estates, LTD. acquired Redwood Shores on February 29, 1973. At that time
there were 570 existing housing units. A new master plan blended housing and commercial
projects and was adopted in 1975. The 200 acre lagoon system was
soon to be realized.
The next few
years involved the next building phase. Since then, the Redwood Shores real estate market
has really grown. In the late1980s and 90s, significant growth saw
the development of several new housing projects.
Today, another mini-boom is under way with over 1,000 new homes
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