Welcome to Mill Valley
Mill Valley is a hip Marin County community located 14 miles north of San Francisco. Mill Valley was first developed as a summer resort in the late 19th century. The real estate mix includes elegant Victorian homes dating back to this period, along with charming mid-century bungalows, townhouses, and properties constructed in the early 20th century. Strict local zoning laws prohibit teardowns and new construction. Consequently, demand for Mill Valley homes far exceeds supply. Mill Valley is a vibrant community with a strong local culture centered on a downtown area with boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Many properties offer captivating views over canopies of redwood trees and majestic Mount Tamalpais. The gorgeous surrounding scenery provides plentiful opportunities for outdoor recreation.
What to Love
- Charming Village like downtown
- Vintage and Contemporary homes
- Independent shops and restaurants
- The Beloved Mount Tamalpais
- Muir Woods trails
- Theaters and music venues
People & Lifestyle
Mill Valley is an idyllic community with gorgeous scenery and great weather. San Francisco is just a short drive south across the Golden Gate Bridge, but this Marin County community feels a world away from the bustle of the City. This small community has a lot to offer with trendy restaurants, cultural venues, and access to incredible trails and open space areas.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Mill Valley’s downtown district offers a great choice of locally run shops and restaurants. Family-owned Mill Valley Market
has been a cornerstone of the community since the 1920s. The market specializes in gourmet groceries and artisan foods. From fresh local produce to sublime deli sandwiches and salads, Mill Valley Market is the go-to for all your daily needs. The store also has an impressive beer and wine selection, with over 400 different beers and a wine club that provides members with two bottles of carefully selected premium wine each month.
Downtown restaurants include Bungalow 44
, a chic New American eatery with exquisite seasonal cooking, happy hour oysters, and a lively bar area with specialty craft cocktails. Piazza D’Angelo
brings the cuisine of Northern Italy to Mill Valley. The menu includes wood-fired pizzas, handcrafted pasta, prime meats, fresh seafood, and scrumptious tiramisu. Buckeye Roadhouse
is located a short drive south of Downtown Mill Valley on Highway 101. Buckeye offers exceptional contemporary Californian fine dining in the enchanting setting of a rustic log cabin.
Things to Do
Residents of Mill Valley are never short on things to do. From cultural venues to outdoor trails and open space areas, there is always something to enjoy. The award-winning Mountain Play Theater
stages performances in spring and summer at the Sidney B. Cushing Amphitheater on iconic Mount Tamalpais. Marin Theater
offers a varied program of plays, workshops, after-school classes, and festivals in the heart of Downtown Mill Valley. Sweetwater Music Hall
is an intimate venue for live folk and rock music housed within a historic Masonic Lodge. Sweetwater hosted performances from musical luminaries such as Elvis Costello, Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, John Lee Hooker, Sammy Hagar, and Van Morrison from its opening in 1972 until the doors closed at its original location in 2007. Sweetwater reopened at its current location in 2012 with help from The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. This is the best place in town to catch performances from touring acts, and you can even take the stage during weekly open mic nights.
The Outdoor Art Club
is a beautiful events venue with a historic 1904 clubhouse surrounded by mature trees and pretty gardens. Mill Valley Community Center
also offers a large space for private functions along with a community garden, tennis courts, sports fields, fitness facilities, a golf course, and an indoor swimming pool with a retractable roof, jacuzzi spa, and 120-foot spiral water slide. Other community amenities include Mill Valley Library
, which hosts a variety of special classes and events.
Mill Valley’s largest event is the Mill Valley Film Festival
. More than 200 filmmakers from over 50 countries participate in the festival. Since the first festival in 1977, this almost two-week event has helped launch the careers of many talented new filmmakers.
In June, the Dipsea Race
sees runners race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach in the oldest trail race in America. The racecourse takes in landmarks such as Mount Tamalpais and the Muir Woods National Monument.
Mount Tamalpais State Park
features canyons, chaparrals, oak woodlands, and redwood forests. Ascend the famous mountain to experience incredible views over the surrounding scenery. Muir Woods National Monument
is a protected area with towering old-growth redwoods and hillside trails with views of the Pacific Ocean and Mount Tamalpais. The Tennessee Valley Trail makes it possible to hike into Muir Woods from the heart of Mill Valley. Bayfront Mill Valley Dog Park’s
incredible waterfront and Mount Tamalpais views make it one of the most scenic spots in the world to enjoy together with your four-legged friends. Mill Valley residents can also easily access the gorgeous white sand at popular Stinson Beach
- Public schools belong to the Mill Valley Elementary and Tamalpais Union High School
- Districts. Highlights include:
- Edna Maguire Elementary School, Public, K-5
- Old Mill Elementary School, Public, K-5
- Park Elementary School, Public, K-5
- Strawberry Point Elementary School, Public, K-5
- Tamalpais Valley Elementary School, Public, K-5
- Mill Valley Middle School, Public, 6-8
- Tamalpais High, School Public, 9-12