Corte Madera is a diverse community in the center of Marin County. Probably one of the more sought after areas by a majority of buyers because it blessed with both the best weather and the best schools. There are five distinct areas in town, but can roughly be divided into the flatland homes and the hillside homes. The flatland homes were historically the less expensive homes and had always had a few rough edges, but in the past decade homeowners have taken a great deal of pride in remodeling, upgrading and maintaining, knowing full well the value of their investments. While there are definite differences in home values, the extremes are not so pronounced as in many of the other county cities. The flatland houses are located on both sides of highway 101 and are predominantly ranch homes from the early 1960's. The hill homes are a combination of older, stately, sometimes cozy homes, with a mixture of small homes and summer cottages that have been expanded over the last 50 years. With land at a premium, it is not uncommon for someone to tear a home to its studs in order to build one of the many magnificent homes you find hidden in the trees. Views from the hills are spectacular, looking east to San Francisco Bay and the East Bay, or north across the Ross Valley towards Mt. Tamalpais and the north.