but its good weather, proximity to Highway 101, and top ranked schools, will always make it a desirable investment.
To build on the wisdom of other contributors, Kentfield in particular, just like Mill Valley and somewhat unlike Greenbrae, has much greater variance in different areas/neighborhoods with community, climate, terrain, lifestyle, and pricepoint. There are also more homes available that are not on open market in Kentfield. I'd be pleased to review such opportunities on request.
Decker Bullock Sotheby's IR
I've pulled together some pages for you which could help you compare Greenbrae and Kentfield more easily.
Greenbrae Home Prices and Market Trends: http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Greenbrae-California/marke
Kentfield Home Prices and Market Trends: http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Kentfield-California/marke
Greenbrae Amenities: http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Greenbrae-California/
Kentfield Amenities: http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Kentfield-California/
Let me know how I can help with anything else!
Community Manager, Trulia Voices
Greenbrae and Kentfield share the same great school district, however, Greenbrae's average price for a single family home is: $1,120,000 where as in Kentfield the average is $2.229,863. (Condominiums are not calculated in the average price of a home.)
Kentfield does have larger estate like homes which drives the average cost of a home up. Greenbrae homes are more modest and as a result highly desirable. Both share the same ammenities as far as shopping, but Greenbrae is closer to the freeway.
Weather wise, Kentfield has slightly more extreme weather, meaning it is hotter then Greenbrae in the summer and recieves more rain in the winter. Greenbrae is closer to the water and recieves more of a breeze in the summer
Bottom line: Both are wonderful places to live you can not go wrong in either areas. It just really depends on your budget! Greenbrae, you get more bang for your buck housewise. The location of Kentfield, is further away from the freeway and homes tend to be bigger and are in a more natural setting. Keep in mind what I am saying is a very broad generalization!
i hope that helps!
If you are available, tonight at I will be giving a free seminar, talking about all the different towns in Marin, if you are interested, the info is here: http://www.MyMarinHouse.com
I'd also be more than happy to give you a personal driving tour of the areas if you are interested.
Being a Greenbrae resident myself I am happy to try to answer your question from my point of view. Personally I think Greenbrae is one of the best kept secrets in Marin. As a general rule, Greenbrae home prices are lower than those found in Kentfield. The Kentfield address adds some cache therefore usually higher prices. Children in both Greenbrae and Kentfield attend the Kentfield schools and have access to all the wonderful amenities that are offered. My children are now in college (one graduating in June) but I can attest to the excellent schools. The weather in the two communities is very similar and usually warmer than what is found in Mill Valley. Kent Woodlands probably gets more rainfall but the rain amounts in Greenbrae can be pretty similar. I think Greenbrae has better proximity to shopping, transportation, the city, East Bay etc. and is a shorter commute. Kentfield is closer to the wonderful hiking and biking trails.
Bottom line, you can't go wrong in either community and it might just depend on what you can afford. I moved to this area over 16 years ago from the East Coast and am so glad we made the choice we did. If I had it to do all over again, I would do just the same.
Please feel free to contact me with further questions or comments.
Bev Shwert, Realtor Alain Pinel 415-297-7811