Beautiful Marin County is located on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge, an easy commute to San Francisco’s downtown financial district. Yet Marin County feels lightyears away from San Francisco’s urban hustle and bustle. Marin is characterized by thousands of acres of protected open space – rolling hills, grassy knolls, sylvan glens, and of course majestic Mount Tamalpais, coastal redwood stands, and miles of breathtaking shoreline.
The communites of Marin County are nestled throughout Marin’s natural glory. The maritime villages of Sausalito, Belvedere and Tiburon, with spectacular homes offering postcard views of San Francisco Bay, offer easy access to waterfront dining and a full array of water sports and boating activities. In contrast, the bucolic sylvan communities of Kentfield, Ross and Mill Valley are more woodsy and private; many homes are set back from the street, or on hillsides with panoramic views of Mt. Tam.
Central Marin includes San Rafael, the largest of Marin cities, and County seat. The towns of central Marin also include, Corte Madera, Larkspur, San Anselmo and Fairfax, each with its own unique personality and small-town ambiance. Novato, the second largest city in Marin, is located at Marin’s northern border with Sonoma County. West Marin consists of picturesque rural villages and fishing hamlets that extend to the Pacific coast. All of these locations offer a lifestyle of comfort and the revitalization that can only come from the beauty of nature all around.
Families flock to Marin County, not only for it’s beauty, convenience and weather, but for its schools. Marin County schools include many of the highest ranking public schools in the state of California.
Marin County offers unparalleled recreational activities… hiking, running and biking in the open spaces, equestrian centers and trails, paved bike paths, tennis clubs, full service and specialty gyms and eight golf courses, as well as a multitude of water sports…paddle boarding and kayaking on the bay or ocean, wind surfing, fishing and scuba diving. For sailing afficianados there are a number of yacht clubs in Belvedere, Tiburon and Sausalito.
Marin residents can choose from a full array of amenities ranging from art galleries and antique stores to charming boutiques and fabulous restaurants serving locally sourced fare. During the summer there are farmers markets selling fresh local produce in almost every town, with several that operate year-round. Everyone looks forward to annual local events during the summer such as the Sausalito Art Festival, the Mill Valley Art Festival, and the San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival.
Nearby San Francisco provides a myriad of cultural options – museums, galleries, music, and theater, world-class restaurants, music, dancing, and sporting events. Its many historic and culturally diverse neighborhoods include a full range of shopping and dining opportunities.
Marin County is ideally situated within a short drive to the Sonoma and Napa wine country, and only a few miles away from Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The breathtaking coastlines of Monterey and Mendocino are also only a few hours drive from Marin.
For more detailed information about the various cities and towns in Marin, with links to their websites, see Marin Towns and Communities.