Marin County School Ranking:

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  • Marin County has the highest per capita income of any county in the United States.
  • 20% of its 247,000 residents (60,000 families) are under the age of 18
  • At least 5 of the 10 best public elementary school districts in California are located in Marin County: including Reed Union, Kentfield, Ross, Mill Valley and Larkspur School Districts
  • Marin County is the least populated County in the Bay Area with 184 people per sq/km and has over 144,000 acres of National, State, and County Parks and Marin Open Space.
  • 84% of its residents are White / Caucasian, and approximately 10% are Hispanic
  • In the 2004 election over 73% of tallied votes were for Al Gore (confirmed) and the county has the highest concentration of political bumper stickers in the nation (not confirmed)

Marin County offers truly fantastic living: great schools, proximity to San Francisco and many high-paying jobs, many parks for kids' play and sports, as well as all sorts of hiking, biking, sailing and surfing. The county borders the breezy San Francisco Bay and offers some of the best sailing in the world. The Marin Headlands, with fabulous Mt. Tamalpias--dominates both the skyline and geography of the county, and offers more than 144,000 acres of hiking, biking, beach going, camping and nature watching. Two international airports (SFO and Oakland) are equidistant from most parts of Marin with driving time of about 45 minutes. There is a fantastic selection of restaurants and shopping in Marin as well as San Francisco. The Marin air comes directly off of the Pacific Ocean and is sweat and clean. Most Marin residents consider healthy living paramount and all sorts of related grocery shopping, dining, clubs and health services have sprung up to help residents fully realize that.

Marin is Separated into four primary areas:

The Four Areas of Marin County-- South, Central, North and West Marin

  • "Southern Marin" includes Sausalito, Mill Valley, Tiburon and Belvedere
    • Homes in Southern Marin are highly sought after due to its proximity to San Francisco and the home bidding process ranges from competitive to frenzied for homes properly priced
    • Southern Marin is more subject to the maritime influence (the fog and wind) which serves to keep it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. As you drive north past Mill Valley, you drive over a ridge that separates "Southern Marin" from "Central Marin"
  • "Central Marin" includes Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, Fairfax and parts of southern San Rafael
    • "Central Marin" is slightly more removed from the maritime air and is warmer to much warmer in summer and slightly cooler in the winter-as you move north and west through these towns this effect increases until you approach the coast again and the warming effect reverses
    • Homes in Kentfield and Ross are highly sought after and command some of the highest prices in Marin County due to its warmer climate, larger lots and fantastic schools systems
  • "Northern Marin" the area includes northern parts of San Rafael and areas north, exemplified by the town of Novato
    • Northern Marin is much more removed from the maritime influence and is much warmer in the Summer (it gets quite hot) and a bit colder in the winter.
    • Home prices are much more reasonable in northern Marin County and the Northernmost part of Novato (link) is still only 30 miles from San Francisco-but the commute during normal business hours is slow going
  • "West Marin" West Marin includes the Coastal Towns of Marin and is very sparsely populated. The weather in West Marin varies significantly the farther west one drives. The towns closer to Fairfax have weather similar to Fairfax which is warmer than most of Marin-beautifully warm, long summer days, and much less fog than both Southern and Coastal Marin. As you continue west (along Sir Francis Drake Blvd. or Lucas Valley Road) you reach a point where warming effect reverses amd becomes quite cool again. Once you reach the coast, the towns north of Point Reyes Station have weather very similar to San Francisco proper-- foggy and chilly in the summer, with the exception Stinson Beach which is south of Point Reyes and is sheltered by several points (the largest of which is Point Reyes). Traditional commuting from West Marin for work in San Francisco is possible from the Stinson Beach area as well as from several towns just west of Fairfax. Most professionals that make the commute from more distant Coastal West Marin either work East Coast hours or are Doctors that work non-traditional hours (e.g. 24 hour shifts twice a week).

Randi Deutsch
Real Estate Broker (CalBRE #00779948)
211 Second Street, Sausalito, CA 94965
cell: 415.699.9224 - fax: 415.384.4139

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