Welcome to Central Marin
Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Rafael, San Anselmo and Fairfax
Settled near the intersection of Interstate 580 and Route 101, Central Marin is the gateway to San Francisco, the sparkling coast, and the awe-inspiring wine country. It’s a bustling hub of activity, where you’ll often see residents and tourists alike outside enjoying the fresh air, shopping in one of many quaint towns, or spending time with their families.
Close to the water, you’ll find Greenbrae, Court Madera, Larkspur, and San Rafael, bayside communities perfect for those looking to live near the water. Further inland you’ll come across Kentfield, Ross, Fairfax, and San Anselmo, neighborhoods perfect for outdoor aficionados who enjoy spending time in the woods hiking or simply enjoying the peaceful ambiance of nature. In Central Marin, there’s really no wrong choice, as you’re within close proximity to both the water and the woods, so picking your forever home has never been easier.
What to Love
- Warm, welcoming family-friendly neighborhood
- Close proximity to vibrant, diverse San Francisco
- A plethora of exciting outdoor activities
In Central Marin, residents can choose a secluded suburban lifestyle or a busy urban one. If you’re looking for an on-the-go lifestyle that includes meeting up with friends, testing out the latest restaurants, or heading to the beach, San Rafael is the perfect spot for you. On the other end, if you’re on the hunt for a home with ample privacy, greenery as company, and immediate access to fantastic hiking trails, Larkspur will provide you with all the serenity you desire.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Kick off your dining experience in Central Marin at San Rafael’s Lotus Cuisine of India, a bright and energetic spot to dig into authentic Indian fare. For a satiating breakfast or hearty lunch, head on over to Comforts Cafe in San Anselmo to enjoy home-style foods and buy specialty goods at their gourmet marketplace. The Baan Thai Cuisine is another exceptional spot to dine, with amazing Thai cuisine and impeccable ambiance. Other notable restaurant sensations are Village Sake, Stillwater, and Burmatown, to name a few.
Central Marin has excellent shopping centers and cozy neighborhood shopping streets such as those found on Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur or San Anselmo Avenue in San Anselmo. Sitting along the San Rafael Creek where boats come in and out of the San Rafael Yacht Harbor, Montecito Plaza is where you’ll explore high-end retail brands and casual to fine dining options. Northgate is another fantastic spot to spend the day, perfect for shopping the country’s largest brands, sitting down for a quick bite, or catching one of the latest blockbuster hits at their multiplex. And for a cozy boutique with hand-made jewelry and quality clothing, Emma's Shop is a can’t-miss.
Things to Do
Mt. Tamalpais State Park is an amazing location to spend the entire day outdoors, whether it’s hiking, biking, swimming, or sightseeing. A massive state park with hundreds of interconnected trails to explore, every day is a new adventure. It’s also home to Phoenix Lake, a popular local spot that’s just a few minutes into the state park. For a fun-filled activity the entire family will enjoy, Gravity Vault Marin puts your rock climbing skills to the test on both free climbing and harnessed courses.
The Marin County Fair is one of several events put on throughout the year, where you’ll experience heart-pumping rides, deliciously deep-fried goodies, and live entertainment. The Fairfax Festival is another family-friendly event that people from all over attend, to support local vendors, listen to live music, and foster community spirit. At Biketoberfest, sip on craft beers, enjoy live music, and admire their huge bike collection. And in the summertime, every Thursday and Friday San Rafael closes its roads for you to Dine Under the Lights.
Central Marin is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: