Marin County is conveniently located between San Francisco and the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country. Music, art and film festivals, and historical and cultural venues continue to attract people from all over the world. Surrounded by water on three sides, Marin County’s many beautiful natural sites include the famous Muir Woods redwood forest, the Marin Headlands, Stinson Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore, and Mount Tamalpais. America’s oldest cross country race, the Dipsea Race takes place annually in Marin County, attracting thousands of athletes.
Sausalito is a charming waterfront community that lies across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. You can stroll along the water and watch the sea lions cavort, rest in the plaza and listen to the splashing fountain, soak up the ambiance in the many open air cafes, browse through the unique boutiques and art galleries, check out the marinas, and stroll the grand promenades with San Francisco views. Enjoy a world-renowned art festival, jazz concerts by the bay. Sausalito is home to one of the largest houseboat communities on the West Coast, and houses the Bay Area Discovery Museum. There are many well groomed hiking and biking trails, as well as easy access to Muir Woods and Mt Tam.
The City of Mill Valley encompasses the hillsides and canyons of the southeast flank of Mount Tamalpais, 11 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. Nestled among redwoods and canyons, Mill Valley is only ten minutes north of San Francisco, yet the quiet, wooded atmosphere feels very rural. The history of Mill Valley includes a number of trends that have continued through the many eras of the City’s story. These trends include the appreciation of the City’s unique natural beauty and the desire to protect its natural resources, the enjoyment and encouragement of the performing and visual arts, and the strong commitment to community enhancement through public service. Mill Valley’s history tells the story of the unique people and events throughout the years which have contributed to make this City a very special place to work and live.
Tiburon & Belvedere
Tiburon is an affluent, sleepy town at the end of the Tiburon Peninsula that curls out into San Francisco Bay. The smaller city of Belvedere (formerly a separate island) occupies the south-east part of the peninsula and is contiguous with Tiburon. Tiburon is bordered by Corte Madera to the north and Mill Valley to the west, but is otherwise surrounded by the Bay. Angel Island is a short ferry ride away.
From fishing village to art colony to quaint town, Tiburon is one of those great places close to home where a visit of a few hours feels like a mini-vacation. Stroll great shops, dine and chat on decks that look out over the Bay toward San Francisco, or catch the ferry to Angel Island or San Francisco. A leisurely stroll along Main Street and Ark Row, two of historic Tiburon’s most picturesque streets, have interesting views of the town’s beautifully restored buildings which date back to the late-1800′s. An assortment of exceptional shops and galleries, and even a winery, offer convenient and unusual shopping opportunities.
The Town reflects the easy, outdoor lifestyle long associated with California, with open space, and parks in every direction. In Corte Madera you will find a magical blend of contrasts, from its rural, sprawling hillsides and bordering waterways to its cosmopolitan, fashionable homes and businesses. Corte Madera is the site of two upscale regional shopping areas: The Village and the Town Center.
The Town reflects the easy, outdoor lifestyle long associated with California, with open space, and parks in every direction. In Corte Madera you will find a magical blend of contrasts, from its rural, sprawling hillsides and bordering waterways to its cosmopolitan, fashionable homes and businesses.
Schools: Neil Cummins Elementary (Corte Madera) | Hall Middle (Larkspur) | Redwood High (Larkspur)
San Rafael is Marin’s oldest city and also Marin’s central city. San Rafael is the county’s governmental, business, and cultural center. Famous for its favorable climate, San Rafael makes a central base for taking day trips to scenic locations such as the Napa/Sonoma wine country, the Pt. Reyes National Seashore, and Muir Woods. San Rafael’s many Attractions include its namesake Mission San Rafael Arcangel, the landmark Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center, Victorian architecture, a lively downtown district, an historic China Camp, and more.
Escape to charming Novato – with quaint shops, superb restaurants, expansive open space and parks. Novato offers a great variety of fun and activities for everyone young and old alike. The charming downtown, unique dining, great shopping, wonderful lodging and central location makes Novato a great base for those who want to explore the Bay Area; San Francisco, the Marin Coast, Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, and all of Marin County are minutes away. Novato’s fine hotel and meeting facilities make us an ideal destination to hold a meeting, board retreat or wedding reception.
Greenbrae is a small community in Marin County, California, located at the opening of the Ross Valley. Part of Greenbrae is in an unincorporated area of the county while the remaining area is inside the city limits of Larkspur. Predominantly composed of hillside and waterfront terrain, its homes and offices are known for their views of the San Francisco Bay, Corte Madera Creek, and Mount Tamalpais. Greenbrae’s neighborhoods are bordered by downtown Larkspur to the south, Larkspur Landing to the east, the unincorporated area of Kentfield to the west, and the city of San Rafael to the north. Straddling Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, its most frequented points of interest include Marin General Hospital, Bon Air Shopping Center, and the Marin Rowing Association Boathouse.
Larkspur is located north of San Francisco near Mount Tamalpais. Larkspur’s Police Department is shared with that of the neighboring Corte Madera. Adjacent to Larkspur’s downtown is Madrone Canyon, which is a residential area and a redwood grove.
Kentfield is a community in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. The zip code (94904) is shared with the neighboring community of Greenbrae. The main campus for The College of Marin is in Kentfield, and is across the street from Kent Middle School. College of Marin is well known for its theatre department, with the highest transfer acceptance to Juilliard of any junior college in the state.
Ross is a small incorporated town in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. The population was 2,329 at the 2000 census. The town is bordered by Kentfield and Greenbrae to the east, Larkspur to the south and San Anselmo to the north. The hub of Ross is its downtown, nestled against the Ross Common, Fred Allen Park and Corte Madera Creek, and offering views of the surrounding hillsides and Bald Hill.
San Anselmo is an incorporated town in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. Neighboring towns include San Rafael to the east, Fairfax to the west, and Ross to the south. Mount Tamalpais dominates the view to the south. Among its notable inhabitants are Michael Jantze and George Lucas. Most of the downtown antique and boutique stores and restaurants, for which San Anselmo is well known, are along the banks of San Anselmo Creek.
Terra Linda is a neighborhood of San Rafael, California, located in the Las Gallinas Valley area of Marin County, just north of San Francisco. Terra Linda, a community in a valley surrounded by green and gold publicly-preserved open space hills, is a residential and light commercial/office community. Most of Terra Linda was built after World War II and was largely completed by 1970. About 900 homes in Terra Linda were built by Joseph Eichler in the early 1960′s.