From Mill Valley to Larkspur, Which Marin County City Is Suited For You?

Whether you’re looking for a town surrounded by nature or world-class shopping, here are some of the best Marin County cities to live in


Mill Valley

Mill Valley is consistently ranked as one of the nation's best small towns, and considering it boasts breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge, it's easy to see why people love this town so much. Ideal for adventurers and nature lovers, Mill Valley is home to the gorgeous Muir Woods National Monument.

Locals and visitors alike love living so close to the city while simultaneously having direct beach access and an incredible downtown area home to great shopping, dining, and entertainment. The one downside to living here is that it's hard to be lazy with such an abundance of beautiful open space preserves, lush forests, and meandering paths around every corner.  

San Anselmo

Situated near San Rafael and approximately 20 miles north of San Francisco, San Anselmo is a relatively small town with plenty of charm and a vibrant tight-knit community. Niche users voted San Anselmo as the best place to live in Marin County. It is a tribute to its gorgeous creekside location, fascinating history, and a plethora of entertainment and dining options. 

The only thing that might be in danger while living in San Anselmo is your credit card, as this city is known for having a diverse range of non-mall shopping — and that's in addition to the many fine-dining establishments, biking trails, galleries, museums, and cultural attractions.


Larkspur is a pleasant and idyllic small town known for its compact community, quaint streets, and historic downtown district. If you prefer living a little farther away from the constant big-city traffic of San Francisco, Larkspur is a great place to move your family. It's far enough to avoid the urban congestion while still allowing for an easy work commute.
You'll find plenty of historic homes, world-class restaurants, adorable boutiques, and excellent schools. Like other Marin County neighborhoods, Larkspur’s towering redwoods surround the area parks, and there are multiple fantastic hiking spots suitable for all skill levels.

Corte Madera

Considered the twin city to Larkspur, Corte Madera is a sunny slice of suburbia nestled in Marin's countryside. An idyllic small town close to California's most popular natural attractions, Corte Madera is the perfect place for young families and retirees. Since the town is home to many lush green spaces and the notable Corte Madera State Ecological Reserve, it promotes an outdoor lifestyle. 

Another advantage to life in Corte Madera is the easy access to San Francisco, which is just 15 miles away. That means you get all the advantages of living near the city without dealing with the headache-inducing fog. Education is also a big deal to Corte Madera residents, and several of the town's educational institutions are California Distinguished Schools.

If you’re seeking Mill Valley real estate for sale or open houses in Mill Valley, reach out to Beth Brody today. She’s a talented and ambitious Mill Valley real estate agent who truly values helping her clients find their dream homes.

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