Hi - I've lived in Corte Madera for over 20 years and work in downtown Larkspur. There are two excellent family neighborhoods in Larkspur. They are Heather Gardens which is also very close to downtown Larkspur and the Hillview neighborhood also easy access to downtown Larkspur just not as close as Heather Gardens. Heather Garden is centrally located and is an easy walk or bike ride to all schools - elementary, middle and high schools.
In Corte Madera the best family neighborhhod is Madera Gardens.
Generally the weather in Larkspur is a bit warmer and milder with less fog and wind tha Corte Madera.
I hope this info is helpful. Lou La Gatta, Marin Realty Group... more
You are correct that Larkspur has some of the best weather in Marin. Personally I love the community. The fog in Marin seems to dissipate right about the Larkspur and Greenbrae communities. Parts of Corte Madera tend to have more wind and fog than Larkspur and Greenbrae do, but that also depends upon location within the community. This is not to say there is never fog here but this area of central Marin has quite possibly the best weather. I know because I live here.
That said, it seems that areas of Larkspur are either sunny or dark. Areas of Madrone Canyon and streets west of Magnolia Ave. such as Madrone and others can be rather dark. There are nice homes in the area but the darkness can turn off some people. It is based more on the neighborhood than it is based upon how high up one might be.
If you are interested, I'd be happy to give you a tour of the area and point out the different areas so that you can understand better.
I hope this helps.
Bev Shwert... more
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