Coastside Cul-de-Sacs & Dead-ends

When you think of cul-de-sacs, you probably think of suburbia.  Some Peninsula folks may not think of the Half Moon Bay Coastside as “suburbia” like they know it.  Yet, Half Moon Bay neighborhoods do have some cul-de-sacs.  Listing Agents may refer to a dead end street as a cul-de-sac.  In our San Mateo County MLS (, the only Lot Description for cul-de-sac or dead-end is ‘cul-de-sac’.  This post is to let potential home buyers know that our community does have both dead end streets and cul-de-sacs, but the dead end streets may still be called cul-de-sac.

The kind of cul-de-sac that has houses in a circle-like layout like the embedded image culdesac-istockphotois what some buyers prefer who are looking for a community feel to their neighborhood.  Of course, neighborliness can still be fostered without living on a cul-de-sac, but some find the circular pattern promotes comraderie, and there aren’t that many cul-de-sac homes.  If you like this type of neighborhood, look in Casa Del Mar, Seahaven, Frenchman’s Creek, Ocean Colony, and Spanishtown in Half Moon Bay; Princeton-by-the-Sea (Clipper Ridge) in El Granada, or Arbor Lane in Moss Beach.

Some streets may be called cul-de-sac but really be a dead end street, where the houses are on either side of the street, but the street ends abruptly.    The Coastside has many such streets that are dead ends due to the semi-suburban/rural nature of many neighborhoods.  The Half Moon Bay neighborhoods that are more suburban-like that have dead end streets are Alsace Lorraine, Arleta Park (Wavecrest), the Shea homes on Seymour, Spanishtown in downtown Half Moon Bay.  The rest of the coastside neighborhoods throughout El Granada, Moss Beach and Montara are scattered with dead-end streets.  Just note they may really be dead end streets even if the MLS describes the lot description as ‘cul-de-sac’.

You will be able to see either the Google Hybrid View or Google Street View (365 degree) by drilling down to the property detail on the MLS search page of Coastside Real Estate & Lifestyles.  Here’s an example of a listing (courtesy of Patrick Ryan) at the dead-end of Guerrero Street in the Miramar neighborhood of Half Moon Bay (59 Guerrero).  And an example of a listing (courtesy of Arn Cenedella) on a cul-de-sac in the Seahaven neighborhood of Half Moon Bay (122 Jib Ct).