MARIN TOWNS

Marin County.  Wow!  Where to start?  Breathtaking topography – rolling hills, rugged coastal mountains, thousands of acres of open space, Pacific Ocean sunsets, amazing views of San Francisco skyline, towering redwood forests, lonely windswept headlands and of course, the iconic Mt. Tam (our namesake!).  Incredible weather – sunshine, sunshine, sunshine with occasional fog & light winds.   Varied style & architectural elements  – sophisticated, rustic, elegant, modern & bohemian.  And, always socially aware.  Great shopping, tasty food, friendly & laid back people, music/art & a hip cultural scene, funky lifestyles, influx of wealth, liberal attitudes and top notch education; this, too, is Marin.

Marin is home to musicians and rabble-rousers, artists and actors, writers, aging hippies and hip young professionals.  We are a study in contrasts.  Eighteen of the zip codes in Marin County are included in Forbes’ 2006 most expensive places to live in the United States, yet there are still numerous 3-4 bedroom single-family homes in Marin that are within minutes of the city that can be purchased for about the same price as a nice 1 – 2 bedroom loft in San Francisco.

Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, South Marin has a trendy edge to it, and includes the affluent communities of SausalitoBelvedereTiburon, and Mill Valley.   Mill Valley is a charming town surrounded by redwoods, while Sausalito, Belvedere, and Tiburon are sleek bayside communities, many with waterfront properties. Luxurious homes with spectacular views, high end shopping, and an urbane attitude come with the territory.

Central Marin is considered a bit more down to earth, despite the fact some of Marin’s most upscale homes can be found in the area.  Corte MaderaGreenbrae, and San Rafael are working & good commute cities, while LarkspurKentfieldRossFairfax and San Anselmo have a more suburban, small town residential feel.  The community of Ross is especially exclusive, and is listed as being the 5th most expensive zip code on Forbes’ 2006 list.  The towns are as different as the neighborhoods in San Francisco.  The nuances are felt in a visit or a lunch in town and it is our job to help guide you through the ins and outs of each area.

Just past Fairfax (known for it’s local flavor and bohemian edge) you leave the suburbs and enter the peaceful San Geronimo Valley.  Rolling hills, ranchlands, and majestic stands of redwood trees mark the way into West Marin.  As the way passes through WoodacreSan GeronimoNicasio, Forest Knolls, and Lagunitas, life becomes rural, with a definite peaceful, earthiness to it.  Eventually the Pacific Ocean comes into view and you will find the coastal communities of InvernessPoint Reyes Station, Marshall, and Tomales.  A bit further south are the beach towns of Bolinas, Stinson Beach, and Muir Beach.  West Marin has long been a popular vacation spot, and has become a desirable location for year round residents as well.

Novato is North Marin.  It is also the fastest growing city in Marin County with extensive new construction and a very active real estate market.  Seven open space preserves and 27 parks help give Novato a definite rural feel.  North Marin is a developing economic powerhouse.  Home to the largest private employer in Marin County, Novato is also corporate headquarters to several nationally recognized businesses, including Birkenstock, Smith and Hawken, The Buck Institute for Age Research, TravelSmith, and The Republic of Tea – one of the largest tea distributors in the country.

Whether you are moving to Marin for work,  more living space where you can enjoy the best of the outdoors yet still be within close proximity to the city, the excellent Marin Schools and family-friendly environment, or Marin’s coveted and inspiring modern and mid-century modern residential architecture, we would welcome the opportunity to work with you and dig deep into every nook and cranny in Marin.

Some quick fun Marin facts:

Marin County /məˈrɪn/ is a county located in the North San Francisco Bay Area of the State of California. As of 2013 estimates, the population was 258,365.  The county seat is San Rafael.

Marin County is included in the San FranciscoOaklandHayward, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.

Marin County is well known for its natural beauty, liberal politics, and affluence. In May 2009, Marin County had the fifth highest income per capita in the United States at about $91,480.[3] The county is governed by the Marin County Board of Supervisors.

San Quentin Prison is located in the county, as is George Lucas‘ Skywalker RanchAutodesk, the publisher of AutoCAD, is also located here, as well as numerous other high-tech companies.

The Marin County Civic Center was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and draws thousands of visitors a year to guided tours of its arch and atrium design. In 1994, a new county jail facility was embedded into the hillside nearby.[4] Marin County’s natural sites include the Muir Woods redwood forest, the Marin HeadlandsStinson Beach, the Point Reyes National Seashore, and Mount Tamalpais.

The United States’ oldest cross country running event, the Dipsea Race, takes place annually in Marin County, attracting thousands of athletes.

Mountain biking was invented on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais in Marin.

50 percent of the land in Marin or approximately 167,000 acres in Marin are farms or ranches.