City in California
San Carlos, “The City of Good Living”, aims for a “small town” feel. Its main downtown area is composed mostly of small shops and restaurants. San Carlos was the first city in California to open a charter school (San Carlos Charter Learning Center), and its schools rank consistently well in statewide lists.
There are plenty of potential matches, it just depends on what your priorities, hobbies, etc are. I suggest you look at Homes in San Bruno, Millbrae, San Mateo, Foster City, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City. All of these towns along the peninsula are close to your potential job.