Tiny Belvedere, less than one square mile in size, is a waterfront gem reminiscent of the Italian riviera. It is primarily a bedroom community, and boasts some of the most stunning residences in all of Marin County. In addition to waterfront properties which front on the San Francisco Bay or the Belvedere Lagoon, the hilly village, accessed by picturesque winding roads, offers homes with drop-dead views of San Francisco and beyond.
Belvedere is part of the sought-after Reed School District, which is divided into three campuses in nearby Tiburon. The Belvedere-Hawthorne Nursery School is also a popular draw for many young families who move to the community.
Although Belvedere does not have its own downtown, the upscale waterfront boutiques and restaurants in nextdoor Tiburon provide plenty of shopping and dining opportunities for Belvedere residents. In addition, the greater Tiburon community provides a whole host of services and accomodations.
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Corte Madera is conveniently located adjacent to the San Francisco Bay, extending to the lower slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. The town contains a mix of housing neighborhoods as well as some of the best shopping opportunities in Marin, with two upscale malls: the Corte Madera Village (anchored by Nordstrom and Macy’s) and the Town Center. The town lends itself to a healthy outdoor lifestyle with numerous bike and running paths, including access to Ring Mountain’s abundant hiking trials. Shorebird Marsh is a 31 acre protected wildlife habitat and a prime spot for birdwatching. The Larkspur-Corte Madera School District is a big draw for families seeking to relocate to Marin County. In addition, Corte Madera is part of the Tamalpais Unified School District; Marin’s highly regarded Redwood High School is located in nearby Larkspur.
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Fairfax is an environmentally conscious community located just west of San Anselmo, and is considered by many to be the most progressive city in Marin County. Parts of Fairfax, particularly its quaint downtown area, are reminiscent of 1970’s counterculture. The Art Deco era movie theater is the centerpiece of a vibrant nightlife with top-notch restaurants and well-known clubs with venues for jazz and other popular music. Natural foods cafes, Italian restaurants, coffee houses and wine bars offer diverse dining opportunities. A recently opened Good Earth grocery offers a spectacular selection of organic natural foods and locally sourced products.
Because it is surrounded by open space and a nature preserve, Fairfax is a mecca for mountain bikers, hikers and runners. The town’s sylvan setting in the forested hills and its Mediterranean climate encourage outdoor activities year-round.
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Greenbrae is a small community located at the opening of the Ross Valley, with a portion of the community located in an unincorporated area of the county, with the remainder within the city of limits of neighboring Larkspur.
Greenbrae is known for its tastefully landscaped custom homes, many of which have views of the San Francisco Bay, Corte Madera Creek and lowlands, and Mt. Tamalpais. A special effort was made during the development of this area to preserve the hundreds of majestic oak trees that grace the hillsides. Greenbrae residents enjoy a very convenient access to the freeway and to the Larkspur Landing Ferry Terminal.
Greenbrae is home to Bon Air Shopping Center, which features over 50 unique shops, services and restaurants, as well as Marin General Hospital, Marin’s acute care hospital. The recently remodeled Marin Country Mart (formerly Larkspur Landing) offers multiple upscale boutiques, a diverse assortment of gourmet dining options, a wildly popular Soulcycle studio and a beautiful Saturday Famer’s Market.
Because Greenbrae is unincorporated, it does not have its own website. However,residents of Greenbrae are part of the Greebrae Property Owners Association, which has its own website. Other information about the community can be found on the City of Larkspur website.
Kentfield, one of Marin’s most coveted addresses, is an unincorporated Ross Valley community situated at the base of Mt. Tam and bordered by Greenbrae and Ross. Because it is unincorporated, Kentfield is governed by the Marin County Board of Supervisors, who are known to pay close attention to the wishes of the residents, especially concerning development.
Kentfield encompasses several different neighborhoods. Kent Woodlands is characterized by larger estates set back from leafy meandering streets, many giving way to jaw-dropping vistas. Similarly, the Del Mesa area, which is accessed by Laurel Grove Avenue, typically includes larger lots and homes with lots of privacy. Other neighborhoods in Kentfield, particularly the area near the coveted Bacich elementary school, are sought after by families looking for sidewalks and easy, safe access to the schools.
Most homes in Kentfield are part of the Kentfield School District, however a portion of homes in the Del Mesa area are located in the Ross School District. Both schools are excellent options! In addtion, the main campus of the College of Marin, a two-year community college is located in Kentfield.
Like all of the Ross Valley communities, Kentfield residents have quick and easy access to hiking and biking trails as well as kayaking, rowing and paddleboarding on Corte Madera Creek.
The idyllic town of Larkspur sits nestled at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais. Its bucolic “downtown” neighborhood is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a typical turn-of-the-century town. Fashionable stores, cafes and restaurants, many with outdoor dining, and the iconic Lark Theater line Magnolia Avenue along with dozens of historical buildings.
Larkspur is divided into two distinct areas adjoining Highway 101. Its downtown and surrounding residential neighborhoods are located west of Highway 101. A former quarry, which has been tastefully developed with homes, offices, a movie theater and a charming outdoor small known as Marin Country Mart, is located to the east of the highway along the San Francisco Bay shoreline. The Golden Gate Ferry terminal, which provides easy ferry transportation to San Francisco throughout the day, is located across from Marin Country Mart.
Larkspur is a sought after address because of it’s charm, attractive amenities, fantastic weather, numerous recreational facilities and great schools, including Redwood High School. For more information about the town itself, click on the Larkspur logo:
The bucolic hamlet of Mill Valley offers something for everyone: a vibrant downtown shopping area filled with upscale boutiques, art studios, several gourmet groceries, coffee houses, cafes and world class restaurants. Mill Valley is nestled at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais between Sausalito and Larkspur. It’s proximity to the mountain and access to trailheads make it a go-to destination for hikers, bikers and runners. Homes in Mill Valley range from upscale condominiums, charming cottages to elegant estates. Fabulous views abound. Mill Valley is noted for its strong school system; Tamalpais High School is one of five high schools in the prestigious Tamalpais Union High School District. Click on the logo below to visit Mill Valley’s website:
Novato, the second largest city in Marin County, is located in the northernmost part of the County adjacent to the Sonoma County border. It is an incredibly diverse community offering everything from high-tech development, big-box retail, numerous historical buildings, a charming downtown with an old-fashioned vibe, two public golf courses, numerous playgrounds and recreational facilites, a College of Marin campus, as well as several thousand acres of gorgeous meadows, rolling hills, parklands and wetlands.
There are numrous residential neighborhoods throughout Novato, ranging from apartments and townhomes to large hillside estates. Typically real estate in Novato is more affordable than in other parts of the County.
Schools in Novato are part of the Novato Unified School District. The City of Novato website can be reached by clicking on the logo below:
A leafy enclave reminiscent of the East Coast, Ross (fondly referred to as “Mayberry of the west) is known for its elegant brown shingled homes, award winning schools, and strong sense of community. Ross Common, the hub of the town, includes several upscale restaurants and cafes, a Woodlands Market and an assortment of small boutiques and salons. Nestled on the eastern flank of Mt. Tamalpais, the town has easy access to hundreds of trails in the Mt. Tam watershed, making it a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Click on the logo below to visit the Town of Ross website.
San Anselmo is a family-friendly community located in the Ross Valley between the cities of Ross and Fairfax. Historic “downtown” San Anselmo is lined with small boutiques, cafes, upscale restaurants and antique stores. Neighborhoods in San Anselmo include the leafy Barber Tract (adjacent to Ross), stately Yolanda Park, the charming, walkable blocks near downtown, the traditional Seminary homes, sunny Morningside, and pastoral Sleepy Hollow.
Families flock to San Anselmo due to its strong sense of community, excellent climate and the numerous recreational opportunities found in San Anslemo’s many parks and rolling hills.
San Anselmo is part of the highly regarded Ross Valley School District. Sir Francis Drake High School, which is noted for its unique system of small learning communities and academies, is located in San Anselmo.
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San Geronimo Valley
Heading west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, past Fairfax, you leave urban Marin behind and enter the pastoral serenity of the San Geronimo Valley, which extends all the way to the coastal towns in West Marin. This bucolic region includes the small hamlets of Woodacre, Lagunitas, Forest Knolls, San Geronimo and Nicasio; the countryside is characterized by rolling hills and open meadows as well as stretches of forested land. The towns in San Geronimo Valley are typically quiet, sleepy and rural, just like the local residents prefer.
San Rafael, the county seat of Marin, is the oldest, largest and most culturally diverse city in Marin. It its heart is its vibrant downtown shopping district, with a mix of Victorian buildings, ethnic restaurants, retail stores and office buildings.
Dominican University of California, is located in a quiet, leafy residential portion of the City. Dominican offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as adult degree completion programs.
The Marin County Civic Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is home to the county’s government offices. The center also includes several peforming arts venues and convention halls; it is also the venue for the popular Marin County Fair held every July.
San Rafael has a diverse selection of residential neighborhoods to choose from, including Gerstle Park, Sun Valley, Forbes, Terra Linda, Dominican, Loch Lomand and Peacock Gap, as well as several others.
Parklands and open space account for nearly 30 percent of the city’s land.
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Nestled in the hills just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito is a charming waterfront town that is often compared to the South of France. Once a bohemian hamlet, Sausalito retains a pleasantly offbeat character with an upscale attitude. Stunning views, art galleries, boutiques and waterfront restaurants make Sausalito a favored tourist destination. A Mediterranean climate, easy access to San Francisco via road or ferry, and an interesting selection of real estate ranging from houseboats to grand hillside estates make Sausalito a very desirable place to live as well. Click on the Sausalito logo below to visit the city’s website:
Magical Tiburon, a highly sought after address, offers world class views of San Francisco and the surrounding hills, a mild Mediterranean climate, and a complete range of amenities. “Downtown” Tiburon includes a delectable assortment of restaurants and cafes, many with waterfront settings such as the iconic Sam’s Waterfront Cafe. There is a movie theater, nursery, a variety of shops ranging from the eclectic to the exclusive, and several gourmet groceries, including a Woodlands Market. Homes on the Tiburon peninsula range from luxury condominiums, midcentury modern residences to sprawling hilltop estates. The Reed School District, which includes three campuses, is first rate. Commuters enjoy easy access to San Francisco via the Golden Gate ferry. Click on the logo below to visit Tiburon’s website:
West Marin is the largest rural region of Marin County, and includes seven unincorporated coastal communities: Point Reyes Station, Olema, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Tomales, Dillon Beach, and Inverness. West Marin is generally considered to be west of Muir Beach and Nicasio on the Pacific Ocean side of Mt. Tamalpais. The towns that comprise West Marin combine rural charm with the dramatic beauty of the Pacific coast. Homes in these hamlets range from small cottages to large, secluded estates.