Marin Towns | Marin Real Estate

A locals guide to Marin County Towns & Neighborhoods.

Marin County defies description.  Sunny, occasionally foggy, sophisticated, rustic, elegant, chic, bucolic, trendy - they all apply - but Marin is more.  Thousands of acres of open spaces, sweeping views of the San Francisco skyline; towering redwood forests, Pacific Ocean sunsets, lonely windswept headlands, rolling hills, rugged coastal mountains; all of this is Marin.  Great shopping, good food, friendly & laid back people, music and art, funky lifestyles, lots of money, liberal attitudes; this, too, is Marin.

Marin County is infinitely interesting.  Home to musicians and rabble-rousers, artists and actors, writers, aging hippies and hip young professionals, Marin is a study in contrasts.  Eighteen of the zip codes in Marin County are included in Forbes' 2006 most expensive places to live in the United States, yet there are still numerous 3-4 bedroom single-family homes in Marin that are within minutes of the city that can be purchased for about the same price as a nice 1 bedroom loft in San Francisco.

Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, South Marin has a trendy edge to it, and includes the affluent communities of SausalitoBelvedere, Tiburon, and Mill Valley.   Mill Valley is a charming little town surrounded by redwoods, while Sausalito, Belvedere, and Tiburon are sleek bayside communities, many with waterfront properties. Luxurious homes with spectacular views, high end shopping, and an urbane attitude come with the territory.

Central Marin is a little more down to earth than its neighbors to the south, despite the fact some of Marin's most upscale homes can be found in the area.  Corte Madera, Greenbrae, and San Rafael are working cities, while Larkspur, Kentfield, Ross, Fairfax and San Anselmo have a more suburban, residential feel.  The community of Ross is especially exclusive, and is listed as being the 5th most expensive zip code on Forbes' 2006 list.

Just past Fairfax you leave the suburbs and enter the peaceful San Geronimo Valley.  Rolling hills, ranchlands, and majestic stands of redwood trees mark the way into West Marin.  As the way passes through Woodacre, San Geronimo, Nicasio, Forest Knolls, and Lagunitas, life becomes rural, with a definite Marin edge.  Eventually the Pacific Ocean comes into view and you will find the coastal communities of Inverness, Point Reyes Station, Marshall, and Tomales.  A bit further south are the beach towns of Bolinas, Stinson Beach, and Muir Beach.  West Marin has long been a popular vacation spot, and has become a desirable location for year round residents as well.

Novato is North Marin.  It is also the fastest growing city in Marin County with extensive new construction and a very active real estate market.  Seven open space preserves and 27 parks help give Novato a definite rural feel.  North Marin is a developing economic powerhouse.  Home to the largest private employer in Marin County, Novato is also corporate headquarters to several nationally recognized businesses, including Birkenstock, Smith and Hawken, The Buck Institute for Age Research, TravelSmith, and The Republic of Tea - one of the largest tea distributors in the country. 

Whether you are moving to Marin for work,  more living space where you can enjoy the best of the outdoors and nature yet still be within close proximity to the city, the excellent Marin Schools and family-friendly environment, or Marin's coveted and inspiring modern and mid-century modern residential architecture, we would welcome the opportunity to work with you.

Single-Family Homes for Sale in Marin
Under $250,000 $250,000 - $500,000
$500,000 - $750,000 $750,000 - $1,000,000
$1,000,000 - $1,250,000 $1,250,000 - $1,500,000
$1,500,000 - $1,750,000 $1,750,000 - $2,000,000
$2,000,000 - $2,500,000 $2,500,000 - $3,000,000
$3,000,000 - $5,000,000 Over $5,000,000


Condos for Sale in Marin
Under $250,000 $250,000 - $500,000
$500,000 - $750,000
$750,000 - $1,000,000
$1,000,000 - $1,250,000
$1,250,000 - $1,500,000
$1,500,000 - $1,750,000
$1,750,000 - $2,000,000
$2,000,000 - $2,500,000
$2,500,000 - $3,000,000






Pleasecontact us if we can help you find a home, condominium, loft or land in Marin County.   We look forward to hearing from you!


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