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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 473 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA 94945 (MLS # 21829460)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    1,804 sqft  
    Listing provided by Henry Hautau, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21829460
  2. Photo of 2485 Paradise Drive, Tiburon, CA 94920 (MLS # 21829013)
    4 beds,  4 baths
    lot 10,454 sqft
    Listing provided by Elisea Albertson, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21829013
  3. Photo of 22 fairfax, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 (MLS # 40846185)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    841 sqft   lot 379.00 ac
    MLS 40846185
  4. Photo of 171 Cobblestone Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21829495)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,462 sqft   lot 7,840 sqft
    Listing provided by Bowman Group, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 21829495
  5. Photo of 565 Woodbine Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21829162)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,201 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by Lynnette Kling, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21829162
  6. Photo of 152 Blackstone Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21829297)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,423 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    Listing provided by Benjamin Faber, Redfin
    MLS 21829297
  7. Photo of 420 Laverne Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21829217)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    3,249 sqft   lot 11,761 sqft
    Listing provided by Alan Harris, Gold Star Realty
    MLS 21829217
  8. Photo of 90 Village Circle, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21829300)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    732 sqft   lot 871 sqft
    Listing provided by Lisa Perotti, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 21829300
  9. Photo of 98 Lucas Park Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21829246)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,906 sqft   lot 10,454 sqft
    Listing provided by John Hammer, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21829246
  10. Photo of 86 Calypso Shores Terrace, Novato, CA 94949 (MLS # 21829209)
    4 beds,  2 baths
    1,939 sqft   lot 9,583 sqft
    Listing provided by Jeff Sterley, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21829209
  11. Photo of 211 Fourth Street, Sausalito, CA 94965 (MLS # 21829158)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,038 sqft   lot 3,484 sqft
    Listing provided by Rick Van Der Wal, Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21829158
  12. Photo of 569 Fairview Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21828836)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,700 sqft   lot 10,890 sqft
    Listing provided by Dennis Naranche, Alain Pinel Realtors
    MLS 21828836
  13. Photo of 25 Zanco Way, Novato, CA 94945 (MLS # 21829197)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,125 sqft   lot 7,840 sqft
    Listing provided by George Desalvo, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21829197
  14. Photo of 24 Corte Del Rey , San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21829270)
    4 beds,  2 baths
    2,098 sqft   lot 16,988 sqft
    Listing provided by Fran Donlan, Bradley Real Estate-San Rafael
    MLS 21829270
  15. Photo of 92 Marinero Circle, Tiburon, CA 94920 (MLS # 21828405)
    2 beds,  3 baths
    1,440 sqft   lot 4,356 sqft
    Listing provided by Jonathan Marks, Alain Pinel Realtors
    MLS 21828405
  16. Photo of 2780 Center Road, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21829172)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,667 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    Listing provided by Kathleen Freitag, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21829172
  17. Photo of 17 Lagoon Vista , Tiburon, CA 94920 (MLS # 21829135)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,696 sqft   lot 871 sqft
    Listing provided by Shana Rohde-Lynch, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21829135
  18. Photo of 421 Crown Road, Kentfield, CA 94904 (MLS # 21828460)
    4 beds,  4 baths
    3,550 sqft   lot 1.10 ac
    Listing provided by Tracy Mclaughlin, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21828460
  19. Photo of 34 Twin Creeks Court, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21829082)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,039 sqft   lot 3,484 sqft
    Listing provided by Jen Pennington, Compass
    MLS 21829082
  20. Photo of 3 Edgewater Road, Belvedere, CA 94920 (MLS # 21829185)
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,700 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    Listing provided by Janet&Sally Williamson, Pacific Union International
    MLS 21829185
  21. Photo of 205 Ignacio Valley Circle, Novato, CA 94949 (MLS # 21829128)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    1,801 sqft   lot 3,484 sqft
    Listing provided by Richard Celia, Bradley Real Estate-Novato
    MLS 21829128
  22. Photo of 110 Surrey Lane, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21829018)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,440 sqft   lot 4,356 sqft
    Listing provided by Rocky Vannucci, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21829018
  23. Photo of 794 Bolinas Road, Fairfax, CA 94930 (MLS # 21829059)
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,598 sqft   lot 23,958 sqft
    Listing provided by Mary Edwards, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21829059
  24. Photo of 703 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21829089)
    1 bed,  1 bath
    862 sqft   lot 871 sqft
    Listing provided by Linda Walsh, Linda Walsh Real Estate
    MLS 21829089
  25. Photo of 71 Almenar Drive, Greenbrae, CA 94904 (MLS # 21829027)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    lot 11,761 sqft
    Listing provided by Matthew Hilzendrager, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 21829027
  26. Photo of 115 Third Street, Sausalito, CA 94965 (MLS # 21828995)
    2 beds,  2 baths
    980 sqft   lot 3,484 sqft
    Listing provided by Pamela Couch, McLaughlin Management Services
    MLS 21828995
  27. Photo of 169 Montego Key , Novato, CA 94949 (MLS # 21829004)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,084 sqft   lot 9,583 sqft
    Listing provided by Polly Watts, Maxim Properties
    MLS 21829004
  28. Photo of 420 Fernbridge Place, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 478707)
    3 beds,  1.5 baths
    1,116 sqft  
    Listing provided by Patrick Lee, Madison Hunter
    MLS 478707
  29. Photo of 31 Mendocino Lane, Novato, CA 94947 (MLS # 21828954)
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,678 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Listing provided by Toni Shroyer, Bradley Real Estate-San Rafael
    MLS 21828954
  30. Photo of 2163 Danberry Lane, San Rafael, CA 94903 (MLS # 21828997)
    4 beds,  2 baths
    1,659 sqft   lot 7,840 sqft
    Listing provided by Denise Montalvo, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21828997
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