Welcome to San Rafael, a lively, urban environment with all of the comforts of a small town. San Rafael is home to some amazing architecture, such as the Mission San Rafael Arcángel (the 20th of California’s 21 Missions) and the Marin County Civic Center (Frank Lloyd Wright’s last commission), while still maintaining beautiful natural elements like China Camp State Park. The downtown area has hosted the Farmer’s Market for over 20 years, and is place where local food, music and small businesses come together in a family-oriented environment during the warmer weather. San Rafael also has many sub-sections including: Marinwood / Lucas Valley, Terra Linda, Santa Venicia, Sun Valley, and Redwood Village.
Marinwood / Lucas Valley
Lucas Valley / Marinwood is an amazing place to raise a family! The Marinwood Community Services District organizes and maintains community locations including the local pre-school, tennis courts, community pool, and several parks in the area. The Dixie School District is a major appeal of the Marinwood area, and many of our residents relocate their children specifically attend one of the three elementary schools, as well as the California Distinguished middle school. In addition to the Marinwood Community Services District, there is the Jewish Community Center and the YMCA, both community-based buildings that host functions for local residents in the area. McInnis Park is another great highlight for parents and kids: it houses a miniature golf course, a skate park and much more! McInnis Park Golf Center is right next door boasting 9 holes on well-bunkered rolling greens, 3 water hazards, and beautiful views of the surrounding Marin beauty/ wildlife.
Welcome to Terra Linda, a small San Rafael sub-community with some pretty big landmarks. In addition to being home to George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, Terra Linda is home to the Northgate Mall—the only enclosed mall in all of Marin County. Down the street from the local high school is one of the county’s major full-service hospitals, Kaiser Permanente. Residents of Terra Linda, and the greater area of San Rafael, frequently see local Guide Dogs for the Blind service animals and their trainers walking down the street together, as Terra Linda is home to the National Headquarters for this wonderful visually impaired dog-training program.