I have also sold many homes on Shoreline and off of Shoreline in Tam Valley - and used to live on Shoreline Hwy. for a short while. I really enjoyed living there but yes, traffic can be an issue - esp. on the weekends and sunny days, but there are alternate routes to take to mitigate the problem. If you google the area and look at the routes, you could probably see the various backroads off Marin Ave. and/or Loring.
The benefits to living in that area are that you are closer to SF, 101, the beaches, Muir Woods and great hiking.
Prices are a bit less per sq ft than say downtown Mill Valley, Middle Ridge, and other areas. Resales are usually more days on market in general, esp. if the addresss is Shoreline, so pls. consider the overal picture when you decide.
If it were me I'd be very concerned about this aspect of living there. Best thing you can do is check it out for yourself at different times of the day, especially those you anticipate having to run around, both weekday and weekend days. That should give you an idea of what you are in for.
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Owning a home along HWY 1 is definitely a challenge. I grew up in Tam Valley and still travel this road often. The traffic has gotten a little worse every year and it will probably not get any better in the future. It's even a bigger concern if and when you have children. The price you offer for such a location should reflect this drawback.
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What is your visibility like as you join the main road? Some of the corners are a little sharp so you should make sure you are comfortable with that.
Good luck and hope this helps!
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I also live along Hwy 1 in Tam Valley and those of us who live here have ways of getting around without competing with Stinson, Muir Woods/Beach, Mt. Tam traffic. But, I hesitate going public with our tricks ... this is the Internet after all. Please feel free to contact me privately, Amy@SweetHomeMarin.com.