Can you describe how Belvedere looks and feels for a person that has never lived here?

Asked by Stephan, San Francisco, CA Mon Apr 23, 2007

Do residents maintain their homes and lawns? Are there dramatic differences between different neighborhoods or zip codes? Is there a dominant architecture throughout the city?

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Phillipa Cri…, Agent, Tiburon, CA
Thu May 8, 2008
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
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Eduardo Gute…, Agent, San Rafael, CA
Mon Apr 23, 2007
Belvedere is one of the most prestigious communities in the country. Located on the edge of San Francisco Bay, it affords dramatic views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate, Mt. Tamalpais and the city of Sausalito. The city is divided into two parts; the lagoon and the island. The lagoon was built when the island was linked to the mainland back in the 50's and is where you find typically one story homes with private docks on the shallow lagoon. Homes are arranged along quiet, tree-lined streets, while up on the island are home that date back over 100 years, Truly massive states mingle with the more modern along an island thick with vegetation and fabulous gardens. Views of the yacht harbors peek out from the narrow roads, or views across the bay to San Francisco.
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Bill Smith a…, Agent, Tiburon, CA
Mon Apr 23, 2007
Belvedere has a small town feel because it is a small town. Incorporated in 1896, it enjoys a great history. The architecture runs from Victorian to very modern. Homes are well maintained and remodeled to a high degree.
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