Woodacre, San Geronimo, Forest Knolls, Lagunitas, Nicasio, Olema and Inverness
The perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts, West Marin is a laid-back community where you’ll pass neighbors on horseback, biking through the mountains, or hiking in one of many trails in the region. Within close proximity to several bays, state parks, and beaches, you’ll constantly be on the go, surrounded by California’s marvelous flora and fauna.
West Marin comprises several fantastic neighborhoods, ranging from more rural communities to suburban ones. For rural, idyllic living you’ll want to direct your home search to Woodacre, San Geronimo, Forest Knolls, Lagunitas, Olema, Inverness and Nicasio.
When living in West Marin, residents are far from any bustling hub or major cities, giving the perfect country feel. You’ll have all the privacy and space you could possibly want, with trees lurking around every corner and outdoor havens within your very own backyard. It’s the perfect spot for retirees looking to settle down, with ample privacy and the sounds of nature as company. It’s also a great spot for outdoor adventurers being close to so many natural activities, such as hiking the wondrous Samuel P Taylor State Park.
In West Marin, fantastic cafes can be found in every community. Arti Cafe is a family friendly restaurant that features traditional Indian fare made with fresh organic ingredients. Another frequented spot in West Marin is the Two Bird Cafe, a cottage-style restaurant with a cozy fireplace and incredible food. For a real treat, head over to the old-fashioned tavern Due West to enjoy exceptional cuts of steak and fresh seafood. And don’t miss the upscale Sir and Star, where Californian cuisine is served with incredible garden views.
Horseback riding is a popular sport in West Marin, and Marin Tack & Feed is here to help. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new saddle or need some new gear for riding, you’ll find everything you need and more at this tack shop. Are you getting ready to host a dinner or small get together at your house? Then head on over to the Nicasio Valley Cheese Company and choose from a large selection of delicious speciality cheeses for your guests to enjoy.
Living in West Marin means exploring the great outdoors, and that starts at the Samuel P Taylor State Park. Here you’ll stroll under towering redwoods, hiker challenging trails, and camp under the stars. Roy's Redwoods Preserve is another terrific spot to hike, where you’ll become immersed in the dense redwoods as you make your way to several lookout points. There’s also the French Ranch Preserve for horseback riders, where you’ll cover acres of gorgeous fields, shady brooks, and glittering lakes.
20 years in the running, the Woodacre 4th of July parade is a can’t-miss event that brings people from all over the county in with an Independence Day parade, fair day fun, and a flea market where you can buy all your goodies. For some good company, great pub food, and nightly live music, the Papermill Creek Saloon is a long-time local favorite, where the environment is always vibrant and the entertainment is always fantastic.
West Marin is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
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