If your children are indeed very young, Belvedere may be a bit harder to navigate with strollers, but on the positive side, it's very close to the services in town of TIburon and you can easily walk there. Tiburon in general also isn't known as a "walkable" town, as it encompasses a large geographic area (unless you happen to find a home at the tip of the Peninsula (near Belvedere) where you can walk to the restaurants and shops right near the ferry. You didn't ask, but down-town Mill Valley is known as one of the most "walkable" areas and is very desirable for families for that reason.
On a side note: The weather in general in Tiburon and Belvedere (and Mill Valley) has MANY micro-climates, depending upon where your house is. It's important to understand this phenomenon that many folks moving to Marin from other parts of the country don't anticipate.
Last summer, all of Southern Marin (Mill Valley, Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito) were exceptionally cold and foggy for the most of the summer. Towns just north, (starting at Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, San Anselmo , Ross and Kentfield.are MUCH warmer in the summer). The winter weather tends to be similar wherever you live. If you do enjoy warm summer weather, this should be taken into account when you are looking for the best place to end up in Marin County.
As it sounds as if you are a mom to young children, I'd highly recommend joining the Southern Marin Moms Club. For a small annual membership fee, you can ask MANY moms their opinions of all the different towns in Marin. the link for the mom's club is: http://www.southernmarinmoms.com/
One of the Best!! Your family would absolutely love all that this wonderful town has to offer! Fantastic schools, parks, bike path, water activities....especially if you pick a location with a level lot close to downtown!! You would really get a feel of the community by attending one of the free "concerts in the park" during the summer.... more
While I agree with most of the answers provided make sure you do not let them run your credit without opting out of the â€œtrigger listsâ€ first! If you donâ€™t your personal information will be sold the next day to credit card and mortgage companies? If you donâ€™t opt out of these lists your information may fall into the wrong hands.
When you authorize your credit to be run without opting out, the next morning the three National Credit Reporting Agencies if you run a tri-merged report (or the agency you ran it through) compile a target list of consumers who have had their credit pulled in the last 24 hours. That target list is then purchased by lenders and firms who sell leads to credit card and mortgage companies. This practice stinks of invasion of privacy, unfair market practices, and would seem to be a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Unfortunately, this practice, known as "Prescreening," is absolutely legal so you have to take action to stop this from happening to protect your privacy.
If you do not want solicitations, junk mail and phone calls you need to opt-out of being reported on these pre-screened target lists for either 5 years or permanently. To accomplish this, as well as eliminate most of the junk mail that comes from target lists that are full of your personal information sold by the NCRA, simply call 1-800-5-OPTOUT (1-888-567- 8688) or logon to www.optoutprescreen.com. Your mortgage planner should do this for you as part of their service but if not you can do it yourself. Make Life Happen and Take control of your financial future by opting out!... more
You will probably pick up what you need in Tiburon on your way to Belvedere. At the free way exit is a large shopping center and there are smaller areas to pich things up before you cross the water to get to Belvedere, which is an island off the Tiburon peninsula.... more
Since 1965 Belvedere has experienced an annual decrease in home prices nine times, the last two downturns were in 2001 '02 and 03. Average days on the market for a sold home in Belvedere was 100 days for the month of April. One home sold today for $9,500,000 after having been on the market for the past two years starting at $16,000,00. Another home sold last week for $2,500,000, $350,000 less than thanwhat it sold for last August 07. Average asking price in Belvedere for a home this past month is $4,940,714.... more
Belvedere is a truly beautiful spot with views out over the San Francisco Bay and at the city of San Francisco. There is not a lot of flat land in Belvedere (there is one street on the main island that was a nine hole golf course in the 30's and 40's). The flat areas of Belvedere are in the lagoon area that were reclaimed in the 1950's
I bought my first piece of land on the tip of Belvedere island in 1975 and built my first home. The population of Belvedere is small about 3000 or less. Belvedere shares its zip code with Tiburon (about 7000 residents). There is no dominant architecture, the first homes would have been built as summer homes for San Franciscans, most of those do not remain. The oldest homes that have survived are from the early 1900's. Architecture is eclectic, as are the residents. Residents do maintain their homes and gardens and it is a treat to walk the streets... more
As anywhere, talk to your accountant and mortgage broker. But I can say that because of the historical rise in prices over the last forty years in Marin County, that you might have greater flexibility in terms than in most parts of the country.... more
Prices in Belvedere and Marin County are edging up, even if prices are falling in other parts of the country, Offering an amount? Use the comparables of recent SOLDS and ACTIVES; it will tell you if the home is priced right. A call to the listing agent will also tell you if any other offers are coming in. Finally, the number of Days on Market will tell you if the seller might be willing to accept a lower price.... more
Tiburon has it all. Main Street is lined with restaurants with outdoor seating on the water. It is a thriving magnet for tourists and boating people alike, who keep it busy nights and weekends.... more
There is a bike path open to runners and walkers along the entire Tiburon Peninsula, passing along the edge of Belvedere. Belvedere also has one beautiful downtown park, not needing more since it is really a small city.... more