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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. 1 Bed,  1 Bath
    544 sqft   lot 872 sqft
    Listing provided by Lynnette Kling, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21918748
  2. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,376 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Listing provided by Own Marin, Compass
    MLS 21918876
  3. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,234 sqft   lot 5,228 sqft
    Listing provided by Lisa Garaventa, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21918867
  4. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,419 sqft   lot 2,614 sqft
    Listing provided by Valerie Harlan, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21918793
  5. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,576 sqft   lot 6,099 sqft
    Listing provided by Dennis Naranche, Compass
    MLS 21918067
  6. 2 Beds,  3 Baths
    1,297 sqft   lot 872 sqft
    Listing provided by Candace Grippi, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21917688
  7. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,322 sqft   lot 6,970 sqft
    Listing provided by Sol Martinez, RE/MAX Gold
    MLS 21918627
  8. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,140 sqft  
    MLS 40875212
    3 Days on Market
  9. 4 Beds,  3 Baths
    2,827 sqft   lot 18,731 sqft
    Listing provided by Damian Friary, Damian Friary
    MLS 21918704
  10. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,778 sqft   lot 7,841 sqft
    Listing provided by Shana Rohde-Lynch, Compass
    MLS 21918673
  11. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,394 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Listing provided by Shana Rohde-Lynch, Compass
    MLS 21918635
  12. 4 Beds,  3 Baths
    1,920 sqft   lot 37,462 sqft
    Listing provided by Marshall Jainchill, Marshall & Co Prop Mgmnt Inc
    MLS 21918664
  13. 3 Beds,  1 Bath
    lot 6,970 sqft
    Listing provided by Josh Burns, Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21917804
  14. 4 Beds,  4 Baths
    3,157 sqft   lot 1.07 ac
    Listing provided by Tamara Goldman, Compass
    MLS 21918583
  15. 4 Beds,  4 Baths
    2,664 sqft   lot 7,406 sqft
    Listing provided by Eva Stoyanov, Compass SF
    MLS 21918463
  16. 2 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,023 sqft   lot 3,485 sqft
    Listing provided by Suzanne Shelhart, Compass
    MLS 21917875
  17. 4 Beds,  3 Baths
    2,319 sqft   lot 7,406 sqft
    Listing provided by Michael Gregory, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21916565
  18. 3 Beds,  3 Baths
    1,856 sqft   lot 1.32 ac
    Listing provided by Ryan Rodoni, Coastal Marin Real Estate
    MLS 21917983
  19. 4 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,786 sqft   lot 10,019 sqft
    MLS 21918370
  20. 2 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,210 sqft   lot 1,307 sqft
    Listing provided by Joy Layton, Estate Realty California
    MLS 21918229
  21. 2 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,328 sqft   lot 872 sqft
    Listing provided by Toni Shroyer, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21918351
  22. 2 Beds,  2 Baths
    975 sqft   lot 872 sqft
    Listing provided by Robert Donlan, BHHS Drysdale Properties
    MLS 21918225
  23. 2 Beds,  1 Bath
    932 sqft   lot 6,099 sqft
    Listing provided by Tyler Grossman, Compass
    MLS 21918153
  24. 2 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,010 sqft   lot 1,307 sqft
    Listing provided by Ted Strodder, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21918256
  25. 5 Beds,  6 Baths
    6,119 sqft   lot 26,136 sqft
    Listing provided by Susan Wylie, Savvy Lane, Inc.
    MLS 21918265
  26. 5 Beds,  5 Baths
    4,595 sqft   lot 26,136 sqft
    Listing provided by Tracy Mclaughlin, The Agency
    MLS 21918238
  27. 2 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,377 sqft   lot 1,307 sqft
    Listing provided by Benjamin Faber, Redfin
    MLS 21918278
  28. 4 Beds,  6 Baths
    5,242 sqft   lot 26,572 sqft
    Listing provided by Marsha Williams, Compass
    MLS 21918448
  29. 4 Beds,  3 Baths
    2,300 sqft   lot 9,148 sqft
    Listing provided by Ted Strodder, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21918140
  30. 4 Beds,  4 Baths
    3,615 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    Listing provided by Elizaveta Igudesman, Coldwell Banker
    MLS 21918315
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