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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 837 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21702046)
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    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,714 sqft   lot 8,320 sqft
    Walk Score® 39
    Listing provided by Renee Adelmann, Marin Modern Real Estate
    MLS 21702046
  2. Photo of 147 Pine Drive, Fairfax, CA 94930 (MLS # 21706307)
    42
    Open House
    2 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,431 sqft   lot 17,250 sqft
    Walk Score® 5
    Listing provided by Nicholas Svenson, Decker Bullock Sothebys International Realty
    MLS 21706307
  3. Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,998 sqft   lot 4,792 sqft
    Walk Score® 42
    Listing provided by Debra Bernier, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21705489
  4. Photo of 217 Club Drive, Novato, CA 94945 (MLS # 21706334)
    28
    Open House
    4 beds,  4 full baths
    3,746 sqft   lot 11,627 sqft
    Walk Score® 4
    Listing provided by Julie Widergren, Decker Bullock Sothebys International Realty
    MLS 21706334
  5. Photo of 308 D Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 (MLS # 21706072)
    29
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,898 sqft   lot 4,800 sqft
    Walk Score® 78
    Listing provided by Laura Odisio, Decker Bullock Sothebys International Realty
    MLS 21706072
  6. Photo of 245 Tamal Road, Forest Knolls, CA 94933 (MLS # 21706327)
    33
    Open House
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,800 sqft   lot 1.00 ac
    Walk Score® 1
    Listing provided by Michael Cusick, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21706327
  7. Photo of 20 Washington Park Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21706299)
    38
    2 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,454 sqft   lot 29,908 sqft
    Walk Score® 7
    Listing provided by Britt Johnson, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21706299
  8. Photo of 3 Woodside Way, Ross, CA 94957 (MLS # 21706163)
    43
    Open House
    6 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,293 sqft   lot 13,430 sqft
    Walk Score® 29
    Listing provided by Donna Goldman, Alain Pinel Realtors
    MLS 21706163
  9. Photo of 10 Hotaling Court, Kentfield, CA 94904 (MLS # 21704800)
    24
    Open House
    5 beds,  4 full baths
    3,439 sqft   lot 24,699 sqft
    Walk Score® 21
    Listing provided by McArthur Love, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21704800
  10. Photo of 51 Bridge Road, Ross, CA 94957 (MLS # 21706297)
    27
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,127 sqft   lot 11,252 sqft
    Walk Score® 42
    Listing provided by Howard Wynn, Decker Bullock Sothebys International Realty
    MLS 21706297
  11. Photo of 336 Redwood Drive, Woodacre, CA 94973 (MLS # 21706305)
    41
    Open House
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    lot 1.54 ac
    Walk Score® 10
    Listing provided by Michael Cusick, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21706305
  12. Photo of 64 Bridge Road, Ross, CA 94957 (MLS # 21706039)
    45
    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    4,130 sqft   lot 28,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 31
    Listing provided by Elizabeth Young, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21706039
  13. Photo of 9 Nave Court, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21706287)
    14
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    865 sqft   lot 7,200 sqft
    Walk Score® 81
    Listing provided by Michael Jackson, Bradley Real Estate
    MLS 21706287
  14. Photo of 3 Crystal Creek Court, Larkspur, CA 94939 (MLS # 21706290)
    31
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,303 sqft   lot 4,587 sqft
    Walk Score® 62
    Listing provided by Kenton Wolfers, Decker Bullock Sothebys International Realty
    MLS 21706290
  15. Photo of Larkspur, CA 94939 (MLS # 21706292)
    39
    Open House
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,451 sqft   lot 1,320 sqft
    Walk Score® 79
    Listing provided by Tim Brown, Brown & Co. Real Estate
    MLS 21706292
  16. Photo of 10 Elkhorn Way, San Anselmo, CA 94960 (MLS # 21704969)
    25
    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    3,796 sqft   lot 18,239 sqft
    Walk Score® 24
    Listing provided by Jen Pennington, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21704969
  17. Photo of 1076 Los Gamos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21706270)
    22
    Open House
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    850 sqft  
    Walk Score® 56
    Listing provided by Tamara Fisher, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21706270
  18. Photo of 14 Smith Ranch Court, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21706286)
    42
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,318 sqft   lot 2,505 sqft
    Walk Score® 39
    Listing provided by Jennifer Pfeiffer, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 21706286
  19. Photo of 337 Clorinda Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901 (MLS # 21706282)
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    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    3,354 sqft   lot 27,473 sqft
    Walk Score® 38
    Listing provided by Niz Brown, Niz Realty
    MLS 21706282
  20. Photo of 35 Bayview Road, Kentfield, CA 94904 (MLS # 21705014)
    48
    Open House
    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,913 sqft   lot 12,800 sqft
    Walk Score® 49
    Listing provided by Keith Hennessey, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21705014
  21. Photo of 71 Camellia Circle, Larkspur, CA 94939 (MLS # 456282)
    41
    Open House
    2 beds,  2.00 baths
    1,451 sqft  
    Walk Score® 79
    Listing provided by Tim Brown, Brown & Co. Real Estate
    MLS 456282
  22. Photo of 3636 Paradise Drive, Tiburon, CA 94920 (MLS # 21703911)
    27
    7 beds,  8 full, 1 half baths
    6,297 sqft   lot 27,560 sqft
    Walk Score® 8
    Listing provided by IsobelWiener DanielleChavanon, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21703911
  23. Photo of 28 Minor Court, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21706162)
    25
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,754 sqft   lot 27,839 sqft
    Walk Score® 24
    Listing provided by Fran Donlan, Bradley Real Estate-San Rafael
    MLS 21706162
  24. Photo of 31 Wentworth Lane, Novato, CA 94949 (MLS # 21614871)
    41
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,804 sqft   lot 1.84 ac
    Walk Score® 12
    Listing provided by The Bowman Group, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 21614871
  25. Photo of 23 Crescent Avenue, Sausalito, CA 94965 (MLS # 21706257)
    15
    6 beds,  4 full baths
    3,290 sqft   lot 3,250 sqft
    Walk Score® 63
    Listing provided by Mark Rushford, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21706257
  26. Photo of 112 Vida Court, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21706208)
    25
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,680 sqft   lot 14,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 4
    Listing provided by Carolin Guerrero, Bradley Real Estate-Novato
    MLS 21706208
  27. Photo of 271 Fairhills Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901 (MLS # 21704761)
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    Open House
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    3,704 sqft   lot 11,073 sqft
    Walk Score® 12
    Listing provided by Debora Mainas-Stevens, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21704761
  28. Photo of 20 Quisisana Drive, Kentfield, CA 94904 (MLS # 21706250)
    32
    Open House
    4 beds,  4 full baths
    3,585 sqft   lot 9,901 sqft
    Walk Score® 29
    Listing provided by Lisa Garaventa, Decker Bullock Sothebys International Realty
    MLS 21706250
  29. Photo of 346 School Road, Novato, CA 94945 (MLS # 21706238)
    28
    Open House
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    3,086 sqft   lot 1.61 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Caroline Nelson, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21706238
  30. Photo of 950 Vernal Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21706237)
    27
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,924 sqft   lot 5,998 sqft
    Walk Score® 13
    Listing provided by Lisa Smith, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21706237
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