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Marin County

Welcome to Marin County

Marin County is nestled on the peninsula facing San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge. It is a desirable location, in part for its proximity to the City, and for the sheer beauty of the county. Marin boasts the highest percentage of protected land in the Bay Area, which gives residents ample opportunity to find views and space aplenty, from sparkling city skylines, lovely Pacific sunsets, and rugged coastlines to miles of hiking, biking, and running trails.

Marin has a long history as a suburb, dating back to the days before the bridges were built. Many residents work outside of the county. As technology, healthcare, media, entertainment, food, and hospitality industries continue to thrive, some companies have relocated or opened up satellite offices in Marin and nearby counties. The economy is strong. The local shopping, dining, hospitality, educational, cultural, and recreational offerings reflect that. West Marin continues to support local agriculture, and Marin has an active restaurant and grocery scene, which takes full advantage of the vibrant local produce coming out of the local farms, ranches, cheese makers and dairies, and grape growers.

The lay of the land

Marin County shares its northern border with Sonoma County. The county has water on three sides, with the Pacific Ocean and Tomales Bay to the west, San Francisco and San Pablo Bays to the east, and the channel underneath the Golden Gate to the south. A combination of open space, watershed, and park lands link together to create a wide swath of open space that runs north, most dramatically with the Marin Headlands that soar out of the ocean and tower over the Golden Gate Bridge up to Mount Tamalpais and its surrounding parkland. The Point Reyes Seashore juts out into the Pacific. Further north, Mount Burdell provides Novato residents with views and vistas.

With 260,750 residents (according to the U.S. Census’ 2014 estimates) in the county, Marin has the second smallest population in the Bay Area spread out among 520 square miles (the third smallest in the Bay Area and the fourth smallest in the state), Novato is the largest city. San Rafael is the county seat. The bulk of the county population has settled in communities along the 101 corridor and the bay side, including Sausalito, Mill Valley, and Tiburon in the south, Corte Madera, Larkspur and San Rafael centrally, and Novato to the north. The remaining residents are spread out among smaller villages, beach towns, and valley hamlets in West Marin, such as Muir Beach, Stinson Beach, Point Reyes Station, Inverness, Marshall, Nicasio, Woodacre, and Lagunitas.

Getting around

Two main highways traverse the county (1 and 101). Marin has direct access to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge, connecting to the East Bay and San Francisco. Golden Gate Transit runs buses and ferries. Ferry terminals are in Larkspur and Sausalito, and are used by locals and visitors alike. The ferries running to AT&T Park when the Giants are in town are very popular and sell out quickly. The SMART train and pathway project is under construction and will connect Marin and Sonoma County from Larkspur to Cloverdale. Phase 1 is slated for completion in late 2016.

Local highlights

Marin County’s award-winning schools enroll nearly 33,000 students in 76 schools within 19 school districts. A variety of Catholic, parochial, secular, and other independent schools are available.

Higher education offerings include the College of Marin, part of the state community college program, Dominican College, two Theological seminaries, and the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael.

Although Marin’s professional sports are limited to San Rafael’s minor league baseball team, the San Rafael Pacifics, you’ll find plenty of ardent sports fans supporting the other Bay Area teams.

The Marin Civic Center was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and holds a distinctive spot in the hills north of San Rafael. It houses the Marin Symphony and hosts a variety of internationally known speakers and performers, as well as a local farmer’s market. The county has other cultural offerings, including the Mill Valley Film Festival, and repertory theater companies such as the Marin Theatre Company and the Ross Valley Players.

For live entertainment, options vary. The Marin Center has larger headliners, while the Sweetwater Music Hall & Café, Terrapin Crossroads, and Rancho Nicasio offer afford a more intimate vibe. Even smaller clubs in Fairfax, San Rafael, and Sausalito have live music most nights.

More than 40 spots are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A few highlights to consider: Muir Woods National Monument, the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley, which was built in 1904 and designed by Bernard Maybeck, Point Bonita Light Station, West Point on Mount Tam, the Sausalito Women’s Club, the Dipsea Trail in Mill Valley, and Rancho Olompali north of Novato.

The great outdoors

Marin is the birthplace of mountain biking, and you’ll find a series of single-track trails to ride at Camp Tamarancho in Fairfax or China Camp in northern San Rafael.

Mount Tamalpais State Park is the most obvious choice for hiking and has trails that will satisfy everyone. The views from East Peak are spectacular, with Bolinas Ridge and the Pacific, the hills of the East Bay heading toward Mount Diablo, and the headlands rolling to the Golden Gate and the city to the south. Even on foggy days the scenery is impressive.

Visitors take full advantage of the easy walking trails in the wildly popular giant redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument.

If you’re looking for rocky trails and remote beaches, head west to the Point Reyes National Seashore or the dramatic views and plunging slopes of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

For camping and hiking along a lovely creek, Samuel P. Taylor Park is a popular destination.

Angel Island, which sits across Raccoon Strait from downtown Tiburon and is accessible by a small ferry, provides 360 degree views of the bay. There are paths for cycling and running, and a handful of campsites that book up well in advance. The island is also a National Monument for its role as an immigration station and, briefly, an internment camp.

Cities Located in Marin County

  •  Belvedere
  •  Bolinas
  •  Corte Madera
  •  Dillon Beach
  •  Fairfax
  •  Greenbrae
  •  Inverness
  •  Kentfield
  •  Lagunitas
  •  Larkspur
  •  Marshall
  •  Mill Valley
  •  Muir Beach
  •  Nicasio
  •  Novato
  •  Olema
  • Pt. Reyes Station
  •  Ross
  •  San Anselmo
  •  San Geronimo
  •  San Rafael
  •  Sausalito
  • San Quentin
  •  Stinson Beach
  •  Tiburon
  •  Tomales
  •  Woodacre

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  1. Photo of 241 Roundtree Way, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21703459)
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    918 sqft   lot 1,329 sqft
    Walk Score® 41
    Listing provided by Andrew Falk, Bradley Real Estate-San Rafael
    MLS 21703459
  2. Photo of 34 Somerset Lane, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21702846)
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,936 sqft   lot 6,599 sqft
    Walk Score® 54
    Listing provided by Josh Burns, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21702846
  3. Photo of 1002 Trillium Lane, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21703053)
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,828 sqft   lot 25,648 sqft
    Walk Score® 11
    Listing provided by Cheryl Spence, Jupiter Real Estate Group
    MLS 21703053
  4. Photo of 241 Prospect Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901 (MLS # 21702939)
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,453 sqft   lot 11,705 sqft
    Walk Score® 16
    Listing provided by Christian Buckley, Coldwell Banker
    MLS 21702939
  5. Photo of 715 Arlington Circle, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21701656)
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,724 sqft   lot 11,922 sqft
    Walk Score® 5
    Listing provided by Martin Sanz, Bradley Real Estate-Novato
    MLS 21701656
  6. Photo of 30 King Street, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21703020)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,764 sqft   lot 6,299 sqft
    Walk Score® 31
    Listing provided by Stella Perone, Bradley Real Estate Mill Valley
    MLS 21703020
  7. Photo of 21 Central Drive, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21703405)
    Open House
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,343 sqft   lot 9,274 sqft
    Walk Score® 38
    Listing provided by Joan Kermath, Decker Bullock Sothebys International Realty
    MLS 21703405
  8. Photo of 687 Hilary Drive, Tiburon, CA 94920 (MLS # 21703016)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,233 sqft   lot 19,889 sqft
    Walk Score® 17
    Listing provided by Michelle Klurstein, Decker Bullock Sothebys International Realty
    MLS 21703016
  9. Photo of 39 Longwood Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901 (MLS # 21703241)
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    2,072 sqft   lot 7,680 sqft
    Walk Score® 50
    Listing provided by Sharon Faccinto, McGuire Real Estate
    MLS 21703241
  10. Photo of 811 Las Colindas Road, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21701564)
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,778 sqft   lot 11,430 sqft
    Walk Score® 34
    Listing provided by Renee Adelmann, Marin Modern Real Estate
    MLS 21701564
  11. Photo of 233 Kelly Drive, Novato, CA 94949 (MLS # 21703307)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,459 sqft   lot 775 sqft
    Walk Score® 24
    Listing provided by Sandy Mahoney, The Madison Company
    MLS 21703307
  12. Photo of 999 Las Pavadas Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21703300)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,579 sqft   lot 8,398 sqft
    Walk Score® 67
    Listing provided by Michael Milano, Bradley Real Estate-San Rafael
    MLS 21703300
  13. Photo of 290 Via Casitas Avenue, Greenbrae, CA 94904 (MLS # 21700709)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,296 sqft   lot 1,498 sqft
    Walk Score® 52
    Listing provided by Susan Hewitt, Decker Bullock Sothebys International Realty
    MLS 21700709
  14. Photo of 1579 Lincoln Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901 (MLS # 21702102)
    Open House
    1 bed,  1 full bath
    738 sqft   lot 1,411 sqft
    Walk Score® 27
    Listing provided by Lisa Dunlap, Paragon Real Estate Group - Greenbrae
    MLS 21702102
  15. Photo of 87 West Crescent Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901 (MLS # 21703066)
    Open House
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,600 sqft   lot 6,634 sqft
    Walk Score® 36
    Listing provided by Jonathan Marks, Alain Pinel Realtors
    MLS 21703066
  16. Photo of 140 Del Casa Drive, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21625186)
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,676 sqft   lot 7,028 sqft
    Walk Score® 40
    Listing provided by James King, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21625186
  17. Photo of 223 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA 94939 (MLS # 21702905)
    Open House
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,424 sqft   lot 6,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 75
    Listing provided by Tina McArthur, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21702905
  18. Photo of 10 Quail Court, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21703054)
    Open House
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,328 sqft   lot 7,649 sqft
    Walk Score® 41
    Listing provided by Wayka Bartolacelli, Alain Pinel Realtors
    MLS 21703054
  19. Photo of 3 Laconheath Avenue, Novato, CA 94949 (MLS # 21703187)
    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,126 sqft   lot 4,125 sqft
    Walk Score® 23
    Listing provided by Spiro Stratigos, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 21703187
  20. Photo of 3200 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio, CA 94946 (MLS # 21519949)
    4 beds,  4 full baths
    5,284 sqft   lot 60.00 ac
    Walk Score® 3
    Listing provided by Alexa Glockner, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21519949
  21. Photo of 160 Hillside Avenue, Kentfield, CA 94904 (MLS # 21703161)
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,160 sqft   lot 11,718 sqft
    Walk Score® 32
    Listing provided by Barbara Major, Decker Bullock Sothebys International Realty
    MLS 21703161
  22. Photo of 1658 Center Road, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21703093)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,560 sqft   lot 7,902 sqft
    Walk Score® 56
    Listing provided by Kirtis Donaldson, Bradley Real Estate-Novato
    MLS 21703093
  23. Photo of 41 Florence Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960 (MLS # 21703170)
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,733 sqft   lot 7,200 sqft
    Walk Score® 68
    Listing provided by Stefan Schermerhorn, Holmes Burrell Real Estate
    MLS 21703170
  24. Photo of 385 Fairway Drive, Novato, CA 94949 (MLS # 21702856)
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,456 sqft   lot 14,279 sqft
    Walk Score® 14
    Listing provided by Kimberly Morgan, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21702856
  25. Photo of 568 Louis Drive, Novato, CA 94945 (MLS # 21703149)
    Open House
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    972 sqft   lot 5,881 sqft
    Walk Score® 17
    Listing provided by Jennifer Bowes, Bradley Real Estate-San Rafael
    MLS 21703149
  26. Photo of 472 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA 94945 (MLS # 21702862)
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,708 sqft   lot 5,375 sqft
    Walk Score® 31
    Listing provided by Jay Larson, Decker Bullock Sothebys International Realty
    MLS 21702862
  27. Photo of 307 Oakdale Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21703130)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,506 sqft   lot 4,273 sqft
    Walk Score® 78
    Listing provided by Farnoosh Hariri, Coldwell Banker-Mill Valley
    MLS 21703130
  28. Photo of 182 Eliseo Drive, Greenbrae, CA 94904 (MLS # 21703115)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,128 sqft   lot 7,449 sqft
    Walk Score® 35
    Listing provided by Robert Craig, Decker Bullock Sothebys International Realty
    MLS 21703115
  29. Photo of 9 Maui Lane, Dillon Beach, CA 94929 (MLS # 21624822)
    2 beds,  3 full baths
    2,543 sqft   lot 9,640 sqft
    Walk Score® 3
    Listing provided by Karen Karlow, CENTURY 21 Bundesen
    MLS 21624822
  30. Photo of 8 Woodland Place, Kentfield, CA 94904 (MLS # 21703096)
    7 beds,  6 full baths
    5,530 sqft   lot 7.98 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Thomas Henthorne, Decker Bullock Sothebys International Realty
    MLS 21703096
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