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When searching for a home to buy, community can be as important a consideration as the property itself.  Marin County, located just across the Golden Gate Bridge north of San Francisco, is made up of a collection of cities and towns each with its own unique personality.  Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Kentfield, Marin County, Mill Valley, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Marin County, Novato, Ross, San Rafael, Sausalito and Tiburon are the main cities in an area known for its natural beauty and outdoor lifestyles.  Marin County is home to such wonderful sites as Muir Woods, Marin Headlands, Stinson Beach, Pt. Reyes National Seashore and Mount Tamalpais - known as the birthplace of mountain biking!
 
Whether you are moving across the country or simply across the Bay, please use our school and community links to learn more about our beautiful towns and all they have to offer.

Belvedere

With spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Sausalito and Mount Tamalpais, Belvedere consists of two islands – Belvedere Island, Corinthian Island and the Lagoon.
 
It lies on the tip of the Tiburon Peninsula which extends into San Francisco Bay.  Resulting land and home values are high and Belvedere is one of the most affluent communities in California.  Stores and restaurants are not allowed in Belvedere, but the nearby community of Tiburon offers many amenties. 

Corte Madera

Corte Madera, one of the "Twin Cities" with Larkspur, stretches from the Bay on the east side to Mount Tamalpais on the west.  A small thriving community 12 miles north of San Francisco, it is generally sunnier than its neighbors to the south and is perfectly located within hiking, biking and driving distance to Marin’s many beautiful sites.
 
At the base of Corte Madera is Christmas Tree Hill - named because the lights in homes on the hill leading to Mount Tamalpais create the shape of a Christmas tree when lit.
 
Corte Madera is home to both The Village and Town Center shopping malls.

Fairfax

Fairfax, nestled in the hills and valleys of Central Marin, has a small town atmosphere and a progressive, laid back attitude.  Housing costs, by Marin County standards, are reasonable making it a great place to raise a family.
                                                                                                   
Downtown Fairfax has a real shopping area with a grocery store, restaurants and shops all within walking distance of many homes in the area.  With its Art Deco era movie theater, restaurants and music venues, Fairfax has a vibrant nightlife.
 
Surrounded by open space it is perfect for mountain biking, hiking and year round outdoor activities.

Greenbrae

Greenbrae, located in Central Marin, lies on both sides of the main thoroughfare Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.  With both hillside and waterfront land, homes can have views of San Francisco Bay, Corte Madera Creek and Mount Tamalpais. 
 
Well located near the Larkspur Ferry and close to the San Rafael/Richmond Bridge, Greenbrae is a great location for those commuting to the East Bay or San Francisco. Greenbrae is also home to Marin General Hospital and the Bon Air Shopping Center which serves as a hub for the community.

Kentfield

Located in the Ross Valley, Kentfield is a wonderful residential area with homes nestled among tree lined street.  Summers are warm and Kentfield enjoys a milder climate than its neighbors to the south managing to miss out on the San Francisco Fog.  It is however, considered to be one of the wettest areas in the Bay Area with an average yearly rainfall of 47.5 inches!

Its main street, College Avenue, is home to the Woodlands Market, the much favored Half Day Café and the local community college, The College of Marin. 

Marin County, Mill Valley, Larkspur

Larkspur, one of the “Twin Cities" with Corte Madera, is a lovely residential community in the center of Marin County.  The downtown area, which runs along Madrone Avenue, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is so quaint and resident friendly it could be quite possible to eat well, shop well and live well without ever leaving town.
 
Little known fact:  Janis Joplin’s last known address was on Baltimore Avenue in Larkspur!

Marin County

With its ideal location close to San Francisco and nestled amid the beauty of Marin, Mill Valley is a popular community to call home for many affluent commuters and their families. Home prices reflect the near perfect combination of a hip, small town atmosphere that is only a stone’s throw from San Francisco. In July 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Mill Valley tenth on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the US. In April 2012, Smithsonian Magazine placed Mill Valley fourth on its Twenty Best Small Towns in America list.
 
Mill Valley retains much of its earlier artistic culture through galleries, festivals, and performances and is home to a number of events such as: The Dipsea Race, The Mountain Play, Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival.

Novato

Novato is the northernmost community in Marin.  It lies about 30 miles north of San Francisco and stretches to the Sonoma County border. With more than 27 parks and 3,500 acres of open space, Novato maintains much of its rural atmosphere. From Indian Valley in the west to Blackpoint in the east, Novato offers numerous residential neighborhoods.
 
Novato is home to several corporations and a College of Marin campus.  The historic downtown has been completely revitalized and is once again a wonderful place to dine, shop and stroll.

Ross

Located just 15 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Ross is a premier residential community of only 1.6 square miles with a charming small town feel. Nestled between Kentfield and San Anselmo, Ross is anchored by the Ross Common with a small commercial area. Its lovely streets, gracious properties and low density make Ross a highly desirable place to call home.

San Anselmo

Located in the center of the Ross Valley, San Anselmo retains a great small town ambience with a friendly feel.  This historic and charming downtown shopping area offers many choices of restaurants, shops and antique stores.  In fact, Sunset Magazine rated San Anselmo as "Best in the West" for antiquing.
 
Numerous local parks, access to hiking and biking trails along with some the best schools in the area combine to make San Anselmo a desirable place to call home. 
 
 
 
 


San Rafael

San Rafael is the largest city in Marin County with a charming downtown that is its business and cultural center.  With restaurants, shops, galleries, live music venues, the Rafael Film Center and community events throughout the year, San Rafael has something for everyone.  A particular local favorite is the Thursday Night Farmer's Market
 
The San Rafael area has a wide range of residential neighborhoods, from historic Gerstle Park, to Terra Linda with its mid century architecture, to waterfront Peacock Gap surrounded on 3 sides byt the Bay.

Sausalito

Wonderfully situated on the Bay across from San Francisco and just on the northern side of the Golden Gate, Sausalito is a charming waterfront community with its downtown centered along the Bay. It is also  a popular and picturesque residential community with homes ranging from its well known houseboats to large homes further up in the hills with spectacular views.
 
Sausalito is also a popular destination with tourists who arrive via ferry from San Francisco and spend the day browsing the among the shops, enjoying the many restaurants and strolling along the waterfront.

Tiburon

With many properties nestled in the hills along the Tiburon Peninsula, Tiburon is a beautiful place to live, especially for those looking for views of San Francisco, the Bay or Angel Island.Easily accessible to San Francisco by Ferry, Tiburon is popular with both residents and tourists and offers numerous restaurants and stores clustered on or near Main Street next to the ferry landing.
 
Especially popular is “Friday Nights on Main” during the spring and summer months when Main Street is closed to traffic and is transformed into festive outdoor dining area.