how big of a home do you need? You can purchase a larger home in San Rafael. San Anselmo base prices are higher due to a number of different factors. Great question, many factors - suggest you look at both areas.... more
Ask my clients that closed their first home! With rent in San Francisco for a nice home or apartment, with parking they were paying $3800 a month! Well with that much going out monthly they were thrilled at buying a nice home in San Rafael for $585,000! With all the credits as well.
Happy yes, therapy? Not yet.. One still commutes to SF and the other relocated to San Rafael and rides his bike to work. A winner deal.... more
Issues of neighborhood safety are often best referred to the local police department or county sheriff's department. They have access to the most current information and are generally very willing to be helpful.
San Rafael has a bit of everything. The first impression you get driving through on the freeway might be that it has lot of car dealerships and a big box stores. But that's only the beginning. There are probably between 12 and 15 distinct neighborhoods in all price ranges, from the mid 600's for single family homes up to 4,000,000 for some magnificent estates. There are lower income condo areas with a higher crime rate, and areas near our business section which are smaller 2 and 3 bedroom bungalows. However, once you leave the core of the city, you have the old, original neighborhoods with a smattering of Victorians and early 40's homes, which transition into subdivisions at the tops of hills with panoramic views. In the easter part of the city you move into a tranquil area besides the bay, with water views, boat marinas, and a golf course. There are a number of enclaves with fabulous homes, both on the hilltops or in the valleys. As for how people care for their homes, I think you will find that until you get into the really high price range, most neighborhoods will be really well kept with great curb appeal, but there will always be a few exceptions. Typically you will find more of the rougher homes in the less expensive areas of the center, south and northeast.... more