While southern Marin is exclusive and posh, its neighbor, Central Marin County, is more down to earth and is the commercial backbone of Marin. Conveniently stretched out along both the east and west sides of Highway 101, Central Marin includes Corte Madera on its southern boundary, San Rafael on the north, and the San Rafael/San Pablo Bay to the east.
San Rafael, Greenbrae, and Corte Madera are working cities, complete with office buildings, shopping centers and businesses, along with quiet, residential neighborhoods. Larkspur, Kentfield, Ross, Fairfax, and San Anselmo all have more of a small town feel, with cozy neighborhoods and small, independently owned shops. All are well located for commuting either to San Francisco or the East Bay.
Surrounded by the open spaces that give Marin County its pleasantly rural feel, Central Marin is a hub of activity. For many residents, hiking, biking, and even horseback riding trails are - quite literally - right out the back door. The nearby bay offers opportunity for boating, fishing, kayaking, and windsurfing. Most Central Marin communities feature parks and state-of-the-art playgrounds for family fun, while conveniently located shopping provides for the day-to-day necessities of life.
Homes for Sale in Central Marin
Central Marin County Real Estate
Real estate in Central Marin is diverse and ranges from some of the most affordable housing in Marin to some of the most expensive. Fairfax and San Anselmo tend to be mid-range in price, while Ross and Kentfield have some of the most elegant luxury estate properties in Marin. Historic Larkspur is a small city with turn-of-the-century charm, and Corte Madera is full of neighborhoods with interesting single-family homes and reasonably priced condominiums.
For the mid-century modern enthusiast, San Rafael has several neighborhoods full of Eichlers and California ranch homes, including Marinwood, Terra Linda, and the Lucas Valley. Whether your preference is for contemporary or modern architecture, grand estates, or cozy bungalows, there is certainly something to fit every taste and most price points in Central Marin.
Contact the Marin Modern Real Estate Team, Central Marin Realtors, for experienced representation buying or selling a home in central Marin County, CA.