Welcome to Marin
Gorgeous homes and scenery across the bridge from SF.
Marin County offers a gorgeous landscape of rolling wooded hillsides and pristine sandy beaches just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. The communities of Marin County offer tranquil small-town living within easy reach of all SF’s big-city attractions. Marin County is also an incredible recreation destination with secluded beaches, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, and tens of thousands of forest acres. The enchanting and sought-after homes here include waterfront properties and peaceful getaways nestled in wooded hillsides.
What to Love
- Gorgeous landscape
- Peaceful communities
- Homes surrounded by water and woods
- Sprawling outdoor recreation areas
Mill Valley is an idyllic small city nestled at the foot of Mount Tamalpais. Nature trails provide stunning views along mountain ridges and forested canyons. Mill Valley also features a charming downtown area with great restaurants and retailers. Housing options in Mill Valley are a captivating mix of early 20th-century summer cottages and elegant contemporary residences nestled in the wooded hillsides. Many Mill Valley properties offer spectacular views across the Bay to the SF skyline.
The quaint small town of Tiburon is located on a peninsula, with 17 miles of Richardson Bay shoreline. This in-demand community offers spacious homes on large lots, many of which boast bay frontage and private beach access. Between Mill Valley and Tiburon, Strawberry features an eclectic real estate mix with ridgetop and bayfront homes ranging from cute cottages to lavish estates.
Sausalito is the southernmost community in Marin County and the closest to the Golden Gate Bridge and SF. This picturesque community has a large number of houseboats, along with beautiful single-family homes in a range of styles.
To the north, San Rafael is Marin County’s largest city and county seat. San Rafael developed around the historic Mission San Rafael Arcangel, and the city’s housing options represent many styles and time periods. Homes in San Rafael include elegant Victorians and classic California bungalows close to downtown amenities, well-preserved Eichler homes, and breathtaking contemporary estates.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Marin County is a diverse area with lots of options for dining, shopping, and drinks. Larkspur’s Marin County Mart
is an open-air commercial hub with dozens of stylish boutiques and eateries, plus a year-round Saturday Farmers’ Market and Sunday food trucks. Highlights here include seafood specialties at Hog Island Oysters
, craft beer at Marin Brewing Company
, and signature flatbreads and other scrumptious baked goods at Rustic Bakery
On the Richardson Bay waterfront in Tiburon, Sam’s Anchor Café
combines delicious fresh seafood with mesmerizing views. Dining choices in Mill Valley’s charming downtown area include nutrition-focused organic eats at Café del Soul
, happy hour cocktails and oysters at Bungalow 44
, and inventive cocktails and Mexican dishes at Playa Mill Valley
Sausalito’s curving bayfront features restaurants pairing sophisticated meals with stunning waterfront views. Standouts include authentic Northern Italian cuisine at Poggio Trattoria
, sourdough-crust pizza at Bar Bocce
, and Californian coastal cooking and cocktails at Barrel House Tavern
San Rafael’s vibrant Fourth Street features an enticing mix of longtime favorites and trendy new arrivals. Run by the same family since the 1950s, San Rafael Joe’s
serves flavorful Italian cuisine in a lively space with frequent live music. There’s also refined Tuscan cooking at Il Davide
, creative farm-to-table bistro fare at Vin Antico, and craft beer paired with wood-fired pizza at The State Room
Things to Do
Marin County’s beautiful landscape is full of sprawling outdoor recreation areas and scenic trails. Directly opposite San Francisco at the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands
offers spectacular views and wildlife watching. Many hiking trails at Marin Headlands provide great lookouts. There are also several beaches and campgrounds. To the north of the Marin Headlands, the 554-acre Muir Woods National Monument
features hiking trails winding through stunning old-growth redwood forest.
60 miles of hiking trails run through the 6,300-acre expanse of Mount Tamalpais State Park
. Ascend to the 2,571-feet summit of majestic Mount Tamalpais to enjoy unforgettable panoramic views encompassing San Francisco and much of the North and East Bay areas. The vast 71,000-acre Point Reyes National Seashore
features a diverse natural landscape stretching to numerous large and unspoiled beaches on Drakes Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Marin County is served by numerous high-performing school districts.
Old Mill Elementary, Public, K-5. (Mill Valley)
Tamalpais Valley Elementary, Public, K-5. (Mill Valley)
Del Mar Middle, Public, 6-8. (Tiburon)
Mill Valley Middle, Public, 6-8. (Mill Valley)
Redwood High, Public, 9-12. (Larkspur)
Tamalpais High, Public, 9-12. (Mill Valley)