San Anselmo, California


Small town charm with big city convenience pretty much describes San Anselmo, a funky little town in Marin County California.  Once the hub of a railway system that worked its way from San Francisco to the west coast of Marin, San Anselmo still considers itself to be a hub.  Nowadays, however, it is a hub of activity.  With hiking and biking trails, great restaurants and cafés, shopping, and lots of community-sponsored events there is always something to do – no matter what your age or interest.

San Anselmo - Sun, Fun & Great Boutique Shopping


Blessed with the wonderful Mediterranean climate – comfortably warm summers and mild winters – that Marin County is so famous for, San Anselmo hosts activities and family-fun events year round.  Throughout the summer, visitors and residents alike help San Anselmo celebrate its early 1900s status as a silent film capital with its weekly Film Night in the Park.  Other fun activities in San Anselmo include the annual Art and Design Festival, the Community Fair and Parade that traditionally takes place the first weekend in October, and the yearly Holiday Lighting Ceremony that launches December festivities.

The San Anselmo Recreation Department sponsors a comprehensive program that caters to just about every area of interest and age group with activities ranging from playgroups and tumbling for toddlers; foreign language and photography for older kids; to health & fitness activities for adults.  The Recreation Department also has a wide-ranging sports program for the young and young-at-heart.

Among San Anselmo’s claims to fame is its reputation for great shopping.  Charming boutiques and loads of antique stores helped to earn San Anselmo the honor of being called the Northern California Antique Capital, the distinction of being named Best in the West for antiquing by Sunset Magazine, and the Pacific Sun’s recognition of San Anselmo as the “Best Non-Mall Shopping” town in Marin County. 

San Anselmo CA Real Estate

Only about 25 minutes from San Francisco, real estate in San Anselmo is at a premium, reflecting the popularity of the area.  Good schools, lots to do, and its proximity to San Francisco and the larger cities in Marin, coupled with the rural charm of its surroundings, make property in San Anselmo highly desirable.  Homes range from smaller Spanish-style to large ranch-style, and include architecturally significant homes that will delight the mid-century modern home enthusiast.  These homes, many with expansive views, designed by well-known designers including William Wurster and Aaron Green, can be found throughout San Anselmo.  In addition, Joseph Eichler, in collaboration with architect Claude Oakland, built a small tract of homes in the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood of San Anselmo.  For homebuyers interested in more contemporary houses, Sim Van der Ryn Architects, Pfau Architecture, and Serrao Design are a few well-known firms that have completed projects in San Anselmo.

Now just might be the perfect time to take the plunge and invest in some San Anselmo real estate.  Historically, Marin County is a strong real estate market, and prices remain steady even when the rest of California is experiencing a downward trend.  This year’s purchase could well turn out to be a bargain down the road.

If San Anselmo sounds like the town for you, then I would encourage you to take a quick look at homes for sale in San Anselmo, California.    If you are just beginning your home search, you might  want to expand your search criteria to include all homes for sale in Marin County, CA.


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