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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 25 Bella Vista Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960 (MLS # 21901193)
    5 beds,  3 baths
    1,941 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    Listing provided by Polly Watts, Maxim Properties
    MLS 21901193
  2. Photo of 12 Montevideo Way, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21900987)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,628 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    Listing provided by Bill Johnson, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21900987
  3. Photo of 430 Bella Vista Avenue, Belvedere, CA 94920 (MLS # 21901056)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    lot 7,405 sqft
    Listing provided by Adam Gavzer, Compass
    MLS 21901056
  4. Photo of 400 Deer Valley Road #3H, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21901176)
    1 bed,  1 bath
    753 sqft  
    Listing provided by Constance Kirwin, Smith Ranch Marketing Assoc.
    MLS 21901176
  5. Photo of 149 San Carlos Way, Novato, CA 94945 (MLS # 21900934)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,219 sqft   lot 7,840 sqft
    Listing provided by John Hammer, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21900934
  6. Photo of 1064 Los Gamos Road #G, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21900889)
    2 beds,  1 bath
    850 sqft   lot 11.63 ac
    Listing provided by Barbara Ivy, BHHS Drysdale Properties
    MLS 21900889
  7. Photo of Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21900938)
    4 beds,  4 baths
    2,750 sqft   lot 43,560 sqft
    Listing provided by Rick Warner, RE/MAX Marketplace
    MLS 21900938
  8. Photo of 19 Knoll Way, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21900945)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,612 sqft   lot 1.14 ac
    Listing provided by Lisa Lange, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21900945
  9. Photo of 18 Brodea Way, San Rafael, CA 94901 (MLS # 21900850)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    2,534 sqft   lot 30,927 sqft
    Listing provided by Richard Slaugh, Keller Williams San Francisco
    MLS 21900850
  10. Photo of 169 Montego Keys, Novato, CA 94949 (MLS # 21900901)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,084 sqft   lot 9,583 sqft
    Listing provided by Yvonne Young, Compass
    MLS 21900901
  11. Photo of 361 Ferndale North Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21900800)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,605 sqft   lot 3,484 sqft
    Listing provided by Ahern Kalmbach, Compass
    MLS 21900800
  12. Photo of 46 Bay Drive, Dillon Beach, CA 94929 (MLS # 21900912)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,525 sqft   lot 9,583 sqft
    Listing provided by Ben Arshi, Unicorn Properties
    MLS 21900912
  13. Photo of 595 Headlands Court, Sausalito, CA 94965 (MLS # 21900910)
    Price Drop
    1 bed,  1 bath
    825 sqft   lot 1,306 sqft
    Listing provided by Linda Saint Amant, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21900910
  14. Photo of 11 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere, CA 94920 (MLS # 21900880)
    4 beds,  5 baths
    2,902 sqft   lot 10,018 sqft
    Listing provided by Jeff Johnston, J Rockcliff Realtors
    MLS 21900880
  15. Photo of 153 Riviera Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901 (MLS # 21900836)
    4 beds,  4 baths
    2,970 sqft   lot 14,374 sqft
    Listing provided by Tracy Mclaughlin, Compass
    MLS 21900836
  16. Photo of 711 Glenhill Court, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21900985)
    4 beds,  2 baths
    2,208 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    Listing provided by Jennifer Schaible, BHHS Drysdale Properties
    MLS 21900985
  17. Photo of 409 Hilary Drive, Tiburon, CA 94920 (MLS # 21900825)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,469 sqft   lot 10,454 sqft
    Listing provided by Jerry Piro, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21900825
  18. Photo of 3 Hillcrest Avenue, Larkspur, CA 94939 (MLS # 21900791)
    4 beds,  2 baths
    2,004 sqft   lot 9,583 sqft
    Listing provided by Judy Smith, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21900791
  19. Photo of 421 Enfrente Road #B, Novato, CA 94949 (MLS # 21900613)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,081 sqft   lot 871 sqft
    Listing provided by Lisa Hemenway, Santa Rosa Business & Commercial
    MLS 21900613
  20. Photo of 799 Arlington Circle, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21900682)
    5 beds,  4 baths
    3,593 sqft   lot 32,234 sqft
    Listing provided by Jenny Ye, Keller Williams
    MLS 21900682
  21. Photo of 1370 Grand Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901 (MLS # 21900647)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,434 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    Listing provided by Britt Johnson, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21900647
  22. Photo of 17 Grove Street, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21900218)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,200 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
    Listing provided by Mary Jo Barnett, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21900218
  23. Photo of 4 Cielo Lane #3E, Novato, CA 94949 (MLS # 21900484)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,160 sqft  
    Listing provided by Marty Wickenheiser, BHHS Drysdale Properties
    MLS 21900484
  24. Photo of 746 Diablo Avenue, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21900581)
    3 beds,  1 bath
    1,093 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    Listing provided by Armando Ochoa, Re/Max Home Professionals
    MLS 21900581
  25. Photo of 200 North Avenue #219, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21900554)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    954 sqft   lot 871 sqft
    Listing provided by Roberta DiPrete, The Atherton Brokerage
    MLS 21900554
  26. Photo of 3 Ridge Court, Corte Madera, CA 94925 (MLS # 21900461)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,781 sqft   lot 9,147 sqft
    Listing provided by Eva Benard, Bradley Real Estate-Kentfield
    MLS 21900461
  27. Photo of 350 Eden Roc , Sausalito, CA 94965 (MLS # 21900514)
    1 bed,  1 bath
    725 sqft   lot 2,613 sqft
    Listing provided by Patti Cohn, Compass
    MLS 21900514
  28. Photo of 54 Dolphin West Isle, Novato, CA 94949 (MLS # 21900457)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,316 sqft   lot 9,147 sqft
    Listing provided by Keiko Kameda, Frontier West Properties
    MLS 21900457
  29. Photo of 15 Terrace Drive, Sausalito, CA 94965 (MLS # 21900434)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,568 sqft   lot 2,613 sqft
    Listing provided by Jonathan Marks, Alain Pinel Realtors
    MLS 21900434
  30. Photo of 1542 Center Road #102, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21900377)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    948 sqft   lot 435 sqft
    Listing provided by Martha Moran, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21900377
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