Unfortunately, that's generally true for Mill valley, a great and beautiful place to live; easy commute to the city, wonderful people, great schools, nice community facilities, quaint town, beautiful shops, great restaurants, etc; but it does get foggy and damp. Also the hills can be steep and often times there is one way road up and down the hills.
If you want sunny places, Ross, corte madera are good, and the further north in Marin, the sunnier it gets.
We're 15 mins from the Golden Gate Bridge and in rush hour you're off the freeway and home when all those Ross and Corte Madera people are sitting in their daily traffic jam. ... In 2015 The Good Earth will be our anchor organic foodie store at Tam Junction with a demonstration kitchen (think Mario Batali) cafes and a wine store.Here you have great schools within biking distance and the beauty of the headlands.
Don't listen to the real estate agents that don't like this area because they just want to sell you higher priced listings. It's great here!
I lived near the intersection of Northern and Marin Avenue and couldn't wait to move. The fog rolls down Shoreline just after it swallows Sausalito, then it sits in the valley for the best part of many days. If you are unfortunate enough to be on the south side of the slope, with a northern exposure, you will be lucky to get 1 hour of sun in Winter.
I frankly would not even consider a house there outside of "Birdland", or well exposed sunny slopes in Tennesee Valley.
Prices are lower, and you will soon understand why.
All the best,
Yes, it's true Tam Valley and Tennessee Valley are cooler and foggier than other parts of Marin - though probably still warmer than San Francisco on most days!
The benefit is you will get a little more for your dollar there (whether you're buying or leasing - which is my specialty). You still get the benefit of top notch Mill Valley schools in Tam Valley. And, if you are commuting to San Francisco you are that much closer to the bridge. Some of my clients have timed it - 12 minutes form their Tennessee Valley house to the Golden Gate Bridge.
It's all about balance in the Marin property market and deciding what factors are most important to you.
There are many great things about this area ie; good school disctrict, easy access to SF, and it is more afforable than other parts of Mill Valley. There are always pluses and minuses to everthing...Best to ask a realtor who knows the ins and outs of each area so you can chose what works for your needs.
There are areas in Mill Valley that are foggier than others and it also depends on the time of the year.
Tennesee Valley and Tam Valley are more foggy than downtown Mill Valley and northern Mill Valley. They do have many beautiful days and the higher you get, beautiful views. The fall is the best time of year and even warmer than the summer.
If you are looking for warmer weather, the further north you go the warmer it gets. Also, inland cities like San Anselmo and Fairfax are warmer.
As Sylvia said in her post, the further north you go in Marin, the sunnier it gets.