Sausalito is one of the better-known destinations across the Golden Gate from San Francisco. With impressive views of the bay, sailboats lining the waterfront, and a lively main street, Sausalito has a small-town, seaside atmosphere that locals and visitors love.
It is protected from the San Francisco fog—the Mediterranean climate here brings far more sunny days and warmer temperatures than San Francisco, and it’s surrounded by some of the best hiking and outdoor recreation that Marin County has to offer. Secluded from the town’s busier waterfront streets and wandering tourists, Sausalito’s hillside homes offer expansive views of San Francisco Bay and often sell for more than $1 million.
San Rafael is an upscale, vibrant city where the median household income is more than $80,000. It is a community strong in education, technology and tourism. San Rafael is the county seat of Marin County and the region’s largest city. It has a combined culture that includes a revitalized downtown district, a college atmosphere, a lively film and technology sector, a characteristic artistic culture and plenty of outdoor activities.
Mill Valley lies west of Highway 101, between the highway and Mount Tamalpais. Lytton Square is the primary shopping area with a central plaza, restaurants, a movie theater, shops of every kind, and a “walk-to-downtown” is a is a highly prized.
About half of Mill Valley lies within the “incorporated” City of Mill Valley. This means that the homes and citizens in this area rely on the City for services, including Fire, Police, etc..The other half of town is unincorporated and relies on the County of Marin for its services.
Corte Madera has lots of charm and warm weather. There are many shopping options at two upscale outdoor shopping centers, The Village and Town Center. The town also has wetlands, lush open spaces, a large Town Park, the Corte Madera State Ecological Reserve and more. Corte Madera embodies the outdoor lifestyle characteristic of much of Northern California, and has a strong sense of community and small-town feel.