Mill Valley does get foggy however in my opinion I think that your best bet for less fog would be in the Altos section (near Horse Hill) that's where I decided to live for the very same reasons you mentioned. I wanted as little fog as possible and the Altos section seems more protected from the fog. Other areas you might consider are around Sycamore Park/Tamalpais Park, certain areas of Homestead Valley and Scotts Valley.
If you are not familiar with the areas I am talking about just let me know. I can send you a map of the different neighborhoods.
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If you live in Mill Valley you will get fog. That's just the way it is. You will get less in Corte Madera in Larkspur, and even less in San Rafael. It's not that much farther North--only a few minutes--and you get so much more for your money that you may find that it's worthwhile for you.
I have sold numerous homes in Mill Valley and agree that the answers you have received are all good ones. In addition to those, my suggestion to you is to get out on a foggy day after viewing the website suggested by Tristan and drive the areas to see what areas are better than others. There are pockets that do not get fog in Sausalito and Mill Valley but even those can be blanketed if the fog cover is heavy. Of that is the case then the fog cover lifts after the corridor of Corte Madera.
Good luck! I hope that you found something useful in everyone's advice. I learned a lot from just reading Tristan's advice as I wasn't aware of that website before!
BTW, Liz has a nice listing one block from downtown in case you are interested!
Anna K Pennington,
Decker Bullock Sotheby's International
Everyone is right. The map, http://bit.ly/FogPaths, shows the terrain and you can see the paths fog takes from the coast. See how it moves in via Tennessee Valley and crosses over low ridges from Muir Beach.
I live close to the MV rec center. I find the summers here to be warm and do not experience much fog. Plus the summer traffic flow is a little easier especially on the weekends. Strawberry is nice too, but depending on where you are it can get a little windy. My oldest daughter goes to Strawberry Point Elementary School and it stays clear and warm over there. Hope that helps.
As far as Mill Valley goes, in addition to the areas listed by the first response, the Strawberry area tends to be a bit better than others.