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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 22 Pepper Creek Way, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21711461)
    35
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    3,431 sqft   lot 6,299 sqft
    Walk Score® 11
    Listing provided by Link Allen, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21711461
  2. Photo of 10 Woodbridge Way, Novato, CA 94949 (MLS # 21711757)
    23
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,133 sqft   lot 3,751 sqft
    Walk Score® 21
    Listing provided by Kathleen Schlegel, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21711757
  3. Photo of 5 Joan Avenue, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21711773)
    25
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,352 sqft   lot 8,750 sqft
    Walk Score® 81
    Listing provided by Marie Clay, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21711773
  4. Photo of 2080 Hawthorne Terrace, Novato, CA 94945 (MLS # 21711455)
    23
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,535 sqft   lot 1,673 sqft
    Walk Score® 45
    Listing provided by Jeanne Thorsson, Bradley Real Estate-Novato
    MLS 21711455
  5. Photo of 67 Bridle Path Lane, Novato, CA 94945 (MLS # 21711837)
    23
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,724 sqft   lot 1,198 sqft
    Walk Score® 1
    Listing provided by Julie Widergren, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21711837
  6. Photo of 19 Glen Drive, Fairfax, CA 94930 (MLS # 21711240)
    11
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,827 sqft   lot 5,702 sqft
    Walk Score® 15
    Listing provided by Russell Knudsen, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21711240
  7. Photo of 46 Upper Road, Ross, CA 94957 (MLS # 21709104)
    50
    5 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    5,394 sqft   lot 1.50 ac
    Walk Score® 28
    Listing provided by Bill Johnson, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21709104
  8. Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,245 sqft   lot 1,651 sqft
    Walk Score® 72
    Listing provided by James Fronk, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21710941
  9. Photo of 413 Bolling Circle, Novato, CA 94949 (MLS # 21711809)
    13
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,461 sqft   lot 775 sqft
    Walk Score® 13
    Listing provided by Sandy Mahoney, The Madison Company
    MLS 21711809
  10. Photo of 26 Mariner Green Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 (MLS # 21711808)
    21
    Open House
    4 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,542 sqft   lot 2,662 sqft
    Walk Score® 47
    Listing provided by Jackie Hu, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21711808
  11. Photo of 2107 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21711803)
    26
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,470 sqft   lot 8,734 sqft
    Walk Score® 37
    Listing provided by James Stafford, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21711803
  12. Photo of 74 Laura Lane, Fairfax, CA 94930 (MLS # 21711613)
    27
    Open House
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    2,305 sqft   lot 7,562 sqft
    Walk Score® 22
    Listing provided by Melann Mushet, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21711613
  13. Photo of 32 Heritage Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901 (MLS # 21711656)
    12
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,146 sqft   lot 2,400 sqft
    Walk Score® 8
    Listing provided by Iraj Zolnasr, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21711656
  14. Photo of 33 Adrian Terrace, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21711786)
    18
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,845 sqft   lot 4,485 sqft
    Walk Score® 24
    Listing provided by Jeff Sterley, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21711786
  15. Photo of 9 Hingham Cove, San Rafael, CA 94901 (MLS # 21711777)
    16
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,833 sqft   lot 3,999 sqft
    Walk Score® 47
    Listing provided by Paul Cingolani, Bradley Real Estate - Kentfield
    MLS 21711777
  16. Photo of 10 Prince Royal Passage, Corte Madera, CA 94925 (MLS # 21711177)
    26
    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    1,830 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Walk Score® 48
    Listing provided by Sharron Daeley, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21711177
  17. Photo of 56 Canyon Road, Fairfax, CA 94930 (MLS # 21710759)
    28
    Open House
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,202 sqft   lot 7,148 sqft
    Walk Score® 3
    Listing provided by Keith Hennessey, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21710759
  18. Photo of 89 Frustuck Avenue, Fairfax, CA 94930 (MLS # 21711618)
    32
    Open House
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,260 sqft   lot 5,401 sqft
    Walk Score® 69
    Listing provided by Kathleen Stranton, Bradley Real Estate Mill Valley
    MLS 21711618
  19. Photo of 239 Railroad Avenue, Woodacre, CA 94973 (MLS # 21709665)
    17
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,616 sqft   lot 11,208 sqft
    Walk Score® 24
    Listing provided by Norine Smith, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21709665
  20. Photo of 8 Manor Road, Kentfield, CA 94904 (MLS # 21711372)
    25
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,818 sqft   lot 8,760 sqft
    Walk Score® 49
    Listing provided by Tyler Grossman, Alain Pinel Realtors
    MLS 21711372
  21. Photo of 1032 Los Gamos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21711614)
    3
    Open House
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    850 sqft  
    Walk Score® 66
    Listing provided by Tamara Fisher, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21711614
  22. Photo of 43 Mount Foraker Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21711493)
    34
    Open House
    5 beds,  2 full baths
    1,942 sqft   lot 8,189 sqft
    Walk Score® 5
    Listing provided by Renee Adelmann, Marin Modern Real Estate
    MLS 21711493
  23. Photo of 33 Raven Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960 (MLS # 21711603)
    24
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,916 sqft   lot 16,248 sqft
    Walk Score® 4
    Listing provided by Eric Gelman, Paragon Real Estate Group - Greenbrae
    MLS 21711603
  24. Photo of 155 Eliseo Drive, Greenbrae, CA 94904 (MLS # 21711706)
    20
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,126 sqft   lot 7,270 sqft
    Walk Score® 43
    Listing provided by Ted Strodder, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21711706
  25. Photo of 175 Elm Avenue, Larkspur, CA 94939 (MLS # 21711720)
    34
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,875 sqft   lot 15,124 sqft
    Walk Score® 47
    Listing provided by Vance Frost, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 21711720
  26. Photo of 2 Doris Avenue, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21711063)
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    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,508 sqft   lot 7,500 sqft
    Walk Score® 20
    Listing provided by Christine Nessier, Alain Pinel Realtors
    MLS 21711063
  27. Photo of 60 Arroyo Road, Forest Knolls, CA 94933 (MLS # 21711719)
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    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,893 sqft   lot 1.30 ac
    Walk Score® 12
    Listing provided by Michael Cusick, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21711719
  28. Photo of 71 Central Avenue, Sausalito, CA 94956 (MLS # 21711715)
    16
    5 beds,  5 full baths
    3,665 sqft   lot 6,421 sqft
    Walk Score® 80
    Listing provided by Michael Burke, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21711715
  29. Photo of 19 Nave Court, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21709224)
    20
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,246 sqft   lot 8,102 sqft
    Walk Score® 77
    Listing provided by Jill Halyk, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21709224
  30. Photo of 29 Redwood Road, Fairfax, CA 94930 (MLS # 21711704)
    32
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,454 sqft  
    Walk Score® 26
    Listing provided by Michael Cusick, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21711704
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