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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. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,288 sqft   lot 872 sqft
    Listing provided by Forest Kelley, Forest Kelley Real Estate
    MLS 21928649
  2. 3 Beds,  3 Baths
    2,102 sqft   lot 3,050 sqft
    Listing provided by Shana Rohde-Lynch, Compass
    MLS 21928600
  3. 4 Beds,  2 Baths
    2,104 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by Victoria Ovieda, Intero Real Estate Services
    MLS 21928427
  4. 4 Beds,  2 Baths
    2,104 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    MLS 40888579
    3 Days on Market
  5. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,209 sqft   lot 11,326 sqft
    Listing provided by Stefan Schermerhorn, Holmes Burrell Real Estate
    MLS 21928513
  6. 2 Beds,  1 Bath
    958 sqft   lot 6,099 sqft
    Listing provided by Blaine Morris, Compass
    MLS 21928478
  7. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,125 sqft   lot 7,406 sqft
    Listing provided by Andrew Falk, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21928399
  8. 4 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,398 sqft   lot 9,584 sqft
    Listing provided by Toni Shroyer, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21928415
  9. 3 Beds,  3 Baths
    2,048 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    Listing provided by John Davis, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21928327
  10. 4 Beds,  3 Baths
    2,491 sqft   lot 4,792 sqft
    Listing provided by Mark Millstein, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21928062
  11. 2 Beds,  3 Baths
    1,326 sqft   lot 6,099 sqft
    Listing provided by David Tucker, Holmes Burrell Real Estate
    MLS 21928298
  12. 4 Beds,  2 Baths
    lot 9,584 sqft
    Listing provided by Renee Adelmann, Bay Area Modern Real Estate
    MLS 21927998
  13. 2 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,250 sqft   lot 3,050 sqft
    Listing provided by Stephanie Pratt, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21928302
  14. 4 Beds,  2 Baths
    Listing provided by Michael Burke, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21928233
  15. 3 Beds,  3 Baths
    1,785 sqft   lot 4,356 sqft
    Listing provided by John Brannan, Brannan Realty Group Powered by RE/MAX Gold
    MLS 21928496
  16. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,600 sqft   lot 7,406 sqft
    Listing provided by Vance Frost, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 21928212
  17. 4 Beds,  3 Baths
    2,050 sqft   lot 3,921 sqft
    Listing provided by Lindy Emrich, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21928185
  18. 4 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,693 sqft   lot 1.13 ac
    Listing provided by Stephen Pringle, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 21928102
  19. 1 Bed,  1 Bath
    756 sqft  
    Listing provided by Christopher Jurach, Redfin
    MLS 492420
    9 Days on Market
  20. 2 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,193 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    Listing provided by Barbara Major, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21928270
  21. 3 Beds,  3 Baths
    1,396 sqft   lot 872 sqft
    Listing provided by Sandy Mahoney, The Madison Company
    MLS 21928215
  22. 3 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,544 sqft   lot 10,890 sqft
    Listing provided by Kristie Martinelli, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21928162
  23. 3 Beds,  1 Bath
    1,145 sqft   lot 9,148 sqft
    Listing provided by Rick Stern, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 21927916
  24. 4 Beds,  3 Baths
    3,006 sqft   lot 2.20 ac
    Listing provided by Thomas Henthorne, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21928469
  25. 2 Beds,  3 Baths
    1,672 sqft   lot 872 sqft
    Listing provided by Sarah Newmarker, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21927957
  26. 3 Beds,  3 Baths
    2,034 sqft   lot 872 sqft
    Listing provided by Dana Williams, Compass
    MLS 21928186
  27. 2 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,118 sqft  
    Listing provided by Susan Cox, Northgate Realty
    MLS 21926760
  28. 4 Beds,  3 Baths
    2,446 sqft   lot 18,731 sqft
    Listing provided by Lisa Holmes, Country Air Properties
    MLS 21927476
  29. 2 Beds,  2 Baths
    1,509 sqft   lot 3,485 sqft
    Listing provided by Leland Spelman, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21927878
  30. 5 Beds,  2 Baths
    2,400 sqft   lot 7,841 sqft
    Listing provided by Kimberly Morgan, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21927787
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