Mill Valley +
Mill Valley was named #4 on the list of “Best Small Towns in America” by Smithsonian Magazine, who noted that their search was based on the amount of culture (historical sites, botanical gardens, museums, galleries) in an area with less than 25,000 residents. Mill Valley has an incredible history filled with rich music and arts—home to even the famous Sweetwater Music Hall. The Mill Valley Film Festival is a major annual attraction, as well as the famous outdoor Mountain Play which takes place to inspire a strengthened community who celebrates nature and decades of tradition. Speaking of mountains, you can’t go anywhere in Mill Valley without being stunned by the amazing views of Mount Tamalpais, the highest peak in the Marin Hills (which is at 2,571 feet)! Mill Valley is also home to the oldest cross-country race in the nation: The Dipsea Run. The Dipsea is a 7.5 mile foot race that ends in Stinson Beach. Mill Valley also includes the sub-city area of Strawberry, too! Strawberry sits on a small peninsula that juts into Richardson Bay and boasts a lovely residential community and a newly renovated shopping center.
Sausalito is a diverse community with extensive history. It has served as a transit hub in Marin—acting as a link between most Northern California trains and ferries connecting to San Francisco. After serving as a prominent shipbuilding yard during World War II, Sausalito shifted its production skills into developing “The Arts.” Today various poets, painters and character actors have flooded into the beautifully developed area. Sausalito boasts a historic downtown area with fantastically photogenic boatyards / harbors and is home to art festivals, parades, and cook-offs. In the summertime, Sausalito hosts the community music festival “Jazz and Blues by the Bay” on Fridays.
Tiburon & Belvedere +
Tiburon is located just North of San Francisco, but still calls Marin County home. A popular attraction near Tiburon is Angel Island, where many school children and Bay Area visitors go for historical tours and family-style picnics on the island. Tiburon is home to the Audobon’s Society Richardson Bay Sanctuary, where there is significant marsh bird and mammal life, as well as significant creeks and waterways. The small city also houses Paradise Cay, a high-end waterfront community at the foot of the Tiburon Peninsula. Belvedere is barely one square mile in size, but has some very grandiose views of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding hillsides. Many of the properties in Belvedere are single-family homes, about 100 of those addresses are currently rental properties. This area has grown from a small fishing community to a popular sailing community and is now home to the prestigious San Francisco Yacht Club.
Corte Madera +
Corte Madera is home to some of Marin’s most fashionable businesses and residential properties, while still maintaining beautiful parks and waterways. On either side of the freeway, visitors can shop at both The Village and Town Center malls. Both shopping centers boast open-air uncovered plazas featuring upscale stores, and oftentimes, host community events and live music. The area is also famous for its great restaurants, as well as close proximity to award-winning schools.
Larkspur is home to Marin County’s ferry terminal. Residents often use the ferry to commute into San Francisco for work, while tourists come to use the waterway as a mode of site-seeing transportation. Another notable area in the town is Larkspur Landing—previously Hutchinson’s Rock Quarry—which has since blossomed into a beautiful shopping center with live music and featuring the County-renowned Farmer’s Market. The quaint downtown area is very popular, with restaurants/ bars such as the Melting Pot, the Silver Peso Bar, and Emporio Rulli. Check out The Lark, Larkspur’s 1936 art deco, nonprofit, single screen, state of the art community film center.
Greenbrae is famous for their waterfront home locations with spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay and Corte Madera Creek. The city is also home to Marin General Hospital—the only full-service, acute care hospital in Marin County, which is responsible for many programs and services that give support to the entire community. Another popular location in Greenbrae is the Bon Air Shopping Center, located at the base of Mount Tam and offering the services of over 50 local businesses, shops and restaurants.
Kentfield & Ross +
Kentfield is home to Marin County’s community college, College of Marin. College of Marin has some very impressive programs and boasts the highest transfer rates in the state to Julliard for various types of theater majors. Ross has a lot of art galleries and studios, as well as popular hiking trails and picnic areas. Lake Lagunitas, for one, is a great spot to visit—the lake itself is only a 2 mile circumference, but there are a plethora of various side-road trails to explore in the surrounding area. The small-town feel of both Kentfield and Ross is maintained because of the low-density development and beautifully landscaped streets.
San Anselmo +
San Anselmo is a community full of rich history and sunny weather in a fantastic location. The city houses a small sub-town of “Sleepy Hollow” where there are beautiful high-end homes and an abundant amount of hiking and biking trails. The downtown area is a popular destination for San Anselmo’s residents with plenty of cute consignment shops and other small businesses. Just a small jaunt away from San Rafael and Fairfax, a lot of local residents head to San Anselmo for an evening of fine dining and entertainment. San Anselmo hosts several community organizations and events, including their summertime Friday night event Film Night in the Park. In addition to all of these other attractions, San Anselmo is also home of great schools, including San Domenico School for boys and girls grades PreK-8, and girls only for grades 9-12.
Fairfax is home to Marin County’s night life. This small city boasts a lively downtown area with quite a few boutiques and shops–reflecting a feel that is unique to the neighborhood. Fairfax is very diverse, and there is a large push to go “green” by the local population. One town ordinance, in fact, sets Fairfax apart from other cities in Marin: chain stores are prevented from using take-out Styrofoam food packaging and plastic bags altogether. Fairfax hosts annual community events including the June Fairfax Festival, children’s Easter Egg hunt and reoccurring family-style barbecues. Fairfax is also home to one of California’s nicest golf courses, the Meadow Club.
San Rafael +
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 +
Welcome to Lucas Valley/ Marinwood, 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.
Terra Linda +
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.
Novato is Marin County’s northern-most city. It has an extensive history with Native American culture, and proudly celebrates this heritage at two distinct sites: Olompali State Park and the Marin Museum of the American Indian. Novato is also home to the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, where there are over 50 stores! The “Old Town” area houses long-established small shops and restaurants that reminisce of an earlier time in Novato’s history. One downtown street, Grant Avenue, has been recently restored—attracting an assortment of both local and out-of-town visitors alike. The city is also known for its unique Bel Marin Keys waterfront community, as well as the Marin Country Club Golf Course.
And did you know? Novato is the largest city in Marin with approximately 55,000 residents.
West Marin +
West Marin is the largest rural region of Marin County. It consists of quite a few cities, including Forest Knolls, Nicasio, San Geronimo, Inverness, Tomales, Point Reyes, Marshall, and Woodacre. Our very own Melissa Prandi, MPM, grew up in Woodacre herself! Residents of West Marin are highly concerned with environmental issues such as preservation of open space and protecting native wildlife. This area is rich with diversity, from stunning marine life to astonishing redwood forests. A beautiful place to visit indeed.
PRANDI Property Management
1321 Third Street
San Rafael, California 94901