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Corte Madera, Larkspur
Larkspur’s picturesque main street has many fine historic Victorian homes. Magnolia Avenue, running through the downtown area, and is known for its fine restaurants and shops. It has a small town feel. It is also home to Marin County’s largest ferry terminal. Corte Madera has several wildlife preserves, the largest being the 204-acre Ecological Reserve, a sanctuary for local and migrating waterfowl. On the eastern edge of town, the Ring Mountain Preserve offers hiking and biking while enjoying unsurpassed views of the Bay. Good, local schools have attracted a large number of children. Corte Madera is a fairly affluent, middle class suburb with almost two-thirds having college degrees.
The Larkspur School District serves the communities of Larkspur and Corte Madera. The district has two schools: Neil Cummins Elementary School (K-5) and Henry Hall Middle School (6-8.) Larkspur School District students reside in the Tamalpais Union High School District.
Parks & Recreation
Corte Madera has many parks, from small to large areas with tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields and soccer facilities. Larkspur has one large park with ball fields, and a playground. There is a Twin Cities youth little league and extensive youth programs.
Fairfax is a friendly town, large enough to provide shopping convenience in town, but small enough to foster a true sense of community, where neighbors know each other and meet in the pleasant downtown areas. San Geronimo Valley offers forested hills and open spaces.
The Ross Valley School District is an elementary/middle school district serving the central Marin communities of San Anselmo and Fairfax. Most Ross Valley graduates attend Sir Francis Drake High School in the Tamalpais Union High School District. The district includes four schools: Brookside Elementary School, Manor Elementary School, Wade Thomas School (K-5) and White Hill School (6-8.) The Lagunitas School District is a K-8 district on two adjoining campuses: Lagunitas Elementary School and San Geronimo Valley Elementary School. Both sites are located in the center of the San Geronimo Valley which includes the towns of Forest Knolls, Lagunitas, San Geronimo and Woodacre. Lagunitas School District students reside in the Tamalpais High School District.
Parks & Recreation
This community is ideal for outdoor lovers. There is one main park and nearby hiking and biking trails around Bon Tempe, Lagunitas and Alpine lakes.
Gracious homes, stunning views, wooded neighborhoods and good schools distinguish the Greenbrae and Kentfield communities. Growth in these communities was augmented by construction of the popular Bon Air Center, home of a number of businesses. Because of the way development and annexation preceded, many Greenbrae homes are actually in Larkspur. Greenbrae is home to Marin General Hospital, the county’s largest medical facility, and a wide range of clinics and medical specialty offices.
The Kentfield School District serves the central Marin communities of Greenbrae and Kentfield. The district includes two schools: Anthony G. Bacich Elementary School (K-4) and Adaline E. Kent Middle School (5-8.) Most Kentfield School District graduates attend Redwood High School in the Tamalpais Union High School District. Kentfield is home to the College of Marin.
Parks & Recreation
Greenbrae has one main park and several nearby hiking and biking trails. There is a Little League program for youths.
Mill Valley lies at the foot of Mount Tamalpais, the highest peak in Marin County and a dominant landmark. The town has a unique character. It has a charming downtown and is home to a theater, nightclub, art gallery, coffee shops, and the Depot Bookstore Café, a popular gathering place. Mill Valley is one of the larger populations in the County and education levels are among the highest in the nation.
The Mill Valley School District is an elementary school district serving Mill Valley and the unincorporated areas of Alto, Strawberry, Tamalpais Valley, Muir Beach, Panoramic Ridge and Homestead Valley. The district includes five kindergarten through fifth grade schools: Edna Maguire, Old Mill, Park, Strawberry Point and Tamalpais Valley. Sixth through eighth graders attend Mill Valley Middle School. All of these schools have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools. Mill Valley School District students reside in the Tamalpais Union High School District, with most attending Tamalpais High School.
Parks & Recreation
A wealth of recreational opportunities exist in the area including a nine-hole public golf course, three parks, two recreation centers, one with a pool, gym and ball fields. Numerous youth programs are available through the Parks & Recreation Dept. There are hiking and biking trails, a dog run, and a wide range of annual events such as the Dipsea foot race, Mill Valley Film Festival, Outdoor Arts Fair, Festival of Wine, and a Memorial Day crafts festival in Bayfront Park.
Novato began as Rancho de Novato, a Spanish land grant. Incorporated in 1960, it encompasses 28 square miles and has a distinct country-suburban feel. Features and landmarks include the huge Vintage Oaks Shopping Mall and Hamilton Field, a former air base converted to a residential and retail complex. It is also home to the Buck Institute, an internationally recognized scientific center focused on aging research. Novato is one of the larger populations in the County and has one of the highest education levels.
The Novato Unified School District serves students in kindergarten through grade 12 in north Marin. The district includes eight elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, one continuation high school, an independent study program for K-12 (NOVA) and two charters, one K-8 and one high school.
Parks & Recreation
A number of parks exist throughout the city and in some outer regions. Many youth and adult programs are available through the Parks and Recreation Department. There are many restaurants, churches, movie theaters, and a public library.
Ross is located between San Anselmo and Kentfield in the middle of Central Marin’s Ross Valley. The town got its name from James Ross, a Scotsman who came to California during the Gold Rush, made a fortune selling wine in San Francisco. He bought a tract of land in 1857 where the town now stands. Ross features some of the oldest and most exclusive estates in the County, both in the hills and along Shady Lane, a tree-lined road that connects Ross to neighboring San Anselmo. The small downtown has a grocery store, post office, butcher, florist, and a few small cafes and some offices. Ross has citizens of all ages. Residents generally have achieved a higher level of educational, and most work in mostly white color professions.
The Ross Valley School District has an elementary middle school district serving the central Marin communities of San Anselmo and Fairfax. Most Ross Valley graduates attend Sir Francis Drake High School in the Tamalpais Union High School District. The district includes four schools: Brookside Elementary School, Manor Elementary School and Wade Thomas School for kindergarten through 5th grades; and White Hill School for grades 6, 7 and 8.
Parks & Recreation
Ross has one park and the Marin Art and Garden Center with playground and picnic areas. Children play in the Ross Valley Little League.
San Anselmo was once the railroad hub of the County. It is larger than many of its neighbors, but retains a feeling of small town charm. The self- proclaimed “Antiques Capital of Northern California” has about 130 antique dealers, many bookstores, coffee shops, boutiques, and restaurants along San Anselmo Avenue next to Creek Park. Homes are typically older and smaller than those in nearby Ross. San Anselmo citizens are highly educated, and most people work in managerial, technical or sales professions.
The Ross Valley School District is an elementary middle school district serving the central Marin communities of San Anselmo and Fairfax. Most Ross Valley graduates attend Sir Francis Drake High School in the Tamalpais Union High School District. The district includes four schools: Brookside Elementary School, Manor Elementary School and Wade Thomas School for kindergarten through 5th grades, and White Hill School for grades 6th, 7th and 8th.
San Rafael became Marin’s first city in 1874. It’s the commercial, cultural, and governmental center of Marin. It lies 17 miles north of San Francisco and is surrounded by wooded, grassy hillsides and the bay. About one-third of the city’s 17 square miles is open space. Building projects and downtown revitalization efforts have added new sparkle to the city. Adjacent Terra Linda is home to the Marin County Civic Center, the architectural marvel by Frank Lloyd Wright. San Rafael has the largest and most diverse population in the county. Education levels are high; occupations run the gamut from service and sales to managerial professions. San Rafael’s housing also includes many rental units.
The San Rafael Elementary School District serves neighborhoods within the central Marin community of San Rafael. The district has six elementary schools, one K-8 school and one middle school. The schools for kindergarten through fifth grade are: Bahia Vista, Coleman, Glenwood, Laurel Dell, San Pedro and Sun Valley elementary schools. Gallinas is a K-8th grade school. J.B. Davidson Middle School serves students in grades 6-8. Students of the San Rafael Elementary School District are also in the San Rafael High School District.
The Dixie School District is an elementary district serving the northern San Rafael communities of Terra Linda, Marinwood, Lucas Valley and a portion of Contempo Marin. Dixie School District includes three elementary schools for kindergarten through fifth grades: Dixie School, Vallecito School and Mary E. Silveira School. Sixth through eighth graders attend Miller Creek Middle School. Dixie School District is within the San Rafael High School District and most Miller Creek graduates attend Terra Linda High School.
Parks & Recreation
China Camp State Park, a former shrimp fishing village now offers recreational opportunities as does nearby McNear’s Beach Park. The Film Complex at the Rafael Theater is on Fourth Street. McInnis Golf Course is just east of Hwy 101. There are many small neighborhood parks and extensive youth programs available through the Parks and Recreation Department.
Sausalito was named by a Spanish explorer for the little willows, or “saucelitos” growing along its shores. After incorporation in 1893, it became a major ferry and railway center, then a shipyard during World War II. It’s a favorite tourist destination for its art galleries, restaurants and boutiques lining Bridgeway and for the beautiful homes that line the hills facing the bay as well as the harbor. Its character is reminiscent of towns in the Mediterranean. The Bay Area Discovery Museum, a children’s exploratory learning center, is located in Sausalito at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. Sausalito’s mid-sized population includes mainly adults over 25. Many are single, and most are well-educated and work in managerial, technical or sales professions.
The Sausalito Marin City School District (SMCSD) is an elementary (K-8) district drawing its student population from Sausalito and Marin City. The district has three schools: Bayside Elementary, Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, and a charter school. SMCSD students attend high school in the Tamalpais High School District.
Parks & Recreation
The community is a veritable play land with parks and playgrounds, boat docks, trails and state recreation facilities all within a short distance of downtown.
Spanish adventurers called it Punta de Tiburon: “Shark Point.” Tiburon was once a working-class railroad town. Today it is a trendy, wealthy community with tennis and yacht clubs. Many homes have views of San Francisco Bay, Richardson Bay and Mount Tamalpais.
Adjacent to Tiburon is Belvedere, which means “beautiful view” in Italian. One of the smallest and wealthiest cities in the Bay Area, it is surrounded on all sides by breathtaking vistas. Mount Tamalpais, Richardson Bay to the west, Angel Island and the Tiburon hills to the north and east, and the San Francisco skyline and Golden Gate and Bay bridges to the south can all be seen from Belvedere. The two towns share the downtown business district.
Tiburon has a moderately sized population encompassing all ages. The well-educated townspeople work in managerial, technical, and sales positions. Belvedere has a small population. Almost three-quarters of residents are over 35. The populace is homogeneous, married, and most often university educated.
The Reed Union School District (RUSD) is an elementary district serving the southern Marin communities of Belvedere, Tiburon and a portion of East Corte Madera. The three school sites are located in Tiburon: Reed School (K-2); Bel Aire School for grades 3, 4 and 5; and Del Mar Middle School for grades 6, 7 and 8. RUSD students are in the Tamalpais Union High School District and usually attend Redwood High School.
Parks & Recreation
Blackie’s Pasture along Tiburon Boulevard is a former pasture that now includes a walking/biking trail and playgrounds, as well as soccer fields and a gazebo. There are several public tennis courts. Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation Department offers plenty of youth programs. The Belvedere is home to the Corinthian Yacht Club. Tiburon is a great dining town and tourist attraction with restaurants offering a wide variety of food and ambience. Good boutique shopping and annual entertainment events abound.
West Marin is worlds away from the Bay Area, yet only minutes from anywhere in Marin County. It is comprised of acres of grazing lands, dairy ranches, redwood canyons, alpine-like mountain ranges and picturesque beaches, which are preserved in their natural state for generations to come. Federal and state parklands surround the small communities of Bolinas, Nicasio, Stinson Beach, Inverness and Point Reyes, the Point Reyes National Sea Shore, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Mount Tamalpais State Park.
The Bolinas Lagoon is home to a unique bird population which is monitored and protected by the Point Reyes Bird Observatory and Audubon Canyon Ranch.
Nicasio is home to some 600 residents who have lived there for generations, many of them old dairy families. The George Lucas Skywalker Ranch film complex is nearby. The town has a historic Catholic church. It is also home to the popular Rancho Nicasio restaurant.
Point Reyes Station began in 1875 as a whistle stop for a newly built narrow-gauge railroad. By the early 1900’s, it had become an “emporium town,” in the words of historian Jack Mason, serving ranching families at the southern end of Tomales Bay.
With the creation of the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, park visitors have joined the mix of people on the street, and Point Reyes Station has now developed its own café society.
Happily, the town has managed to evolve without losing its rural charm. Ranchland surrounds Point Reyes Station on all sides, and the Old Western Saloon on a Friday night can be as rough and rugged as it ever was.
Stinson Beach is a small tourist-friendly town on Highway 1 that has no sidewalks. Many businesses cater to the beach lifestyle. There are older homes, but the town has newer developments including Seadrift, a gated subdivision on the beach.
Three-mile beach is one of Marin’s best. Picnic tables, snack shops and shower facilities.
The Shoreline Unified Schools District is a K-12 school district serving the West Marin communities along Bodega Bay and Tomales Bay. The district includes four elementary schools (Bodega Bay Elementary School, Inverness Elementary School, Tomales Elementary School, West Marin Elementary School,) a high school (Tomales High School,) and an independent study school (Shoreline Independent Study School), and a continuation high school (Shoreline Continuation High School).