Located on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge, 20 minutes from San Francisco’s downtown financial district, Marin County is a wonder of nature with protected open space consisting of rolling hills with grassy hilltops, Mount Tamalpais, beaches and coastal redwood stands, along with charming winding roads leading to several small intimate towns with luxury waterfront homes and hill side estates, and yet close to all the amenities of city life. There is no better location for enjoying the experience of small town and multi-cultural city lifestyle than living in one of the towns of Marin County. Belvedere, Tiburon, Mill Valley, Sausalito, Kentfield and Ross in Marin County include some of the most beautiful real estate properties in the world. Belvedere and Tiburon view properties have San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island and San Francisco Skyline views that take your breath away. Mill Valley, Ross and Kentfield offer more secluded, peaceful estates with views of Mount Tam and wooded hillsides that are for those who are looking for a glorious retreat. These locations, and numerous others in Marin are also valued for their outstanding public and private schools which draw home buyers from San Francisco. Central Marin includes San Rafael, the largest of Marin cities, which is also the seat of County government located in the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Marin Civic Center. The towns of central Marin also include, Corte Madera, Larkspur, San Anselmo and Fairfax, each with their own charm. West Marin consists of tiny rural villages that extend to the Pacific coast. All of these locations offer a lifestyle of comfort and the revitalization that can only come from the beauty of nature all around. Novato, the second largest city in Marin, is located at Marin’s northern border with Sonoma County. Living in Marin County offers unparalleled recreational activities within 10-15 miles of home such as hiking and biking in the open space, equestrian centers, tennis clubs and eight golf courses, as well as all the water sports from canoeing and kayaking on the bay or ocean, to wind surfing, to fishing and scuba diving. For those interested in sailing, yacht clubs in the area include many well known ones such as the Corinthian and Tiburon Yacht Clubs in the city of Tiburon, The San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere and the St. Francis Yacht club on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge in the Marina District of San Francisco close to the Palace of Fine Arts. Nearby San Francisco offers the culture of art museums, music, and theater, and include the well-known Museum of Modern Art, Asian Museum, San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Symphony. Nightlife includes world-class restaurants, music, dancing, and comedy clubs. From dining at the Top of the Mark to exploring the shops and international foods in all of San Francisco’s classic neighborhoods, there is no end to adventures in the city. And then you have a short drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, which never ceases to amaze everyone every time they see it, to return to the natural beauty of Marin and your home. Daily life in Marin includes all the amenities, from art galleries and antique stores to charming shops and great local restaurants. During the summer there are farmers markets with fresh local produce in almost every town, and one of them operates year-round. Everyone looks forward to annual local events during the summer such as the Sausalito Art Festival, the Mill Valley Art Festival, and the San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival that bring residents together for a few days of fun. And you have all of California at your feet for day trips, weekend getaways or longer vacations that include the beautiful California coastline and wine country of Napa and Sonoma Counties to the north, Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east, and Monterey and Carmel to the south. Click here for more information about public and private schools.