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Rachel, Home Buyer in 94941

How far north do I need to go in Mill Valley to avoid the fog? I live off Shoreline Hwy at present and July/Aug are cold. Does downtown MV get foggy?

Asked by Rachel, 94941 Wed May 5, 2010

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Audrey Moira Shimkas’ answer
Get out of Mill Valley if you want summer warmth. It's beautiful, magnificent in fact, and I love the smell of the dried redwood bark in the canyons, but the temp is about 10 degrees cooler than, let's say, San Rafael, all summer long. If you like sun, at least get to CM or Lk, Greenbrae or central SR. Otherwise, bring a jacket and enjoy the overcast. In any case it is better than SF. Right?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 30, 2013
Hi Rachel,

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.

Lydia Puller
Realtor / Relocations Specialist
Alain Pinel Realtors
(415) 599-5028 cell
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu May 6, 2010
I'd love to help you. Feel free to contact me through my Trulia profile.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 16, 2014
I'd love to help you. Feel free to contact me through my Trulia profile.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 16, 2014
Hi Rachel,
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.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 7, 2010
Thanks for the responses everyone.
When I click on the web link in Tristan's answer it just takes me to a google map terrain view of the area. Not sure if I'm missing something here but it does not show the fog path.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 26, 2010
Hi, Rachel:

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
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 26, 2010

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.
Web Reference: http://bit.ly/FogPaths
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 6, 2010
Hi Rachel,

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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 6, 2010
Yes it's true, generally Tamalpais/Shoreline area tends to be foggier (and windier) and I think part of the reason the homes are priced a bit lower there. In general, keep in mind that the fog line is the hill in Corte Madera (on 101). So even on some days in the summer all of Mill Valley will be foggy and North of Mill Valley will be sunny. East Corte Madera tends to be a bit windier due to the fog line being there.

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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 6, 2010
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