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Quality of Life in Marin County : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Mar 3, 2017
Whatthefuck answered:
Tue Oct 4, 2016
Matt answered:
I live on the south facing side of Tam Valley in the back. It is about 10 degrees warmer than the city, but about 10 degrees colder than San Rafael. However, this is most often only true in the summer. It can be very hot as well. Most days in Spring, Fall and even Winter are warm to extremely hot. It is currently 4pm and 75 degrees in my house. ... more
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Mon Sep 12, 2016
Carrie asked:
Hi- Does anyone know if there are hiking trails accessible from Grove Hill Avenue to Red Hill open space or Sorich Park? I like the Sequoia neighborhood in San Anselmo but I wonder if you…
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Wed Apr 29, 2015
Robert J. RAPP answered:
Depends how young your children are and I suppose what hobbies they have. The community, as mentioned above, is very much a hillside, affluent community with a downtown driven by it's art scene and proximity to the city of San Francisco. While many have pointed out the below average public school system in the area, let's not forget the county does have some exceptional private schools to counter. ... more
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Tue Sep 16, 2014
Katrina Kehl answered:
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Charlynn Baumsteiger answered:
Fairfax is an amazing community to raise children. We raised our three kids here and I can heartily recommend the excellent schools, welcoming community and availability to nature & outdoor recreation. We love the hiking & biking trails, beautiful lakes for our drinking water and a fun sustain-ably designed downtown. Yes to Fairfax! ... more
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Tue Aug 26, 2014
Justin Lieberman answered:
Hamilton is a great area to live. The weather is incredible. The wind will kick up a little along the levee and on some of the hiking trails. Hamilton School is right at the Main Gate entrance. There is also the Novato Charter School in Hamilton. The high school for the area is Novato High School. Many things for kids and teens to do. There actually is a skate park in Hamilton as well as a community pool. You can walk to the Hamilton Market Place from anywhere in Hamilton. There is a Pete's coffee and a few nice places to eat. I highly recommend the Hamilton area for any family looking for the best on Novato living. ... more
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Fri Jan 31, 2014
Dan Reich answered:
I live here and have found it to be a very close-knit and friendly community. The community center hosts meetings for the men's club, women's club and yacht club (which doesn't require you to own a yacht) the neighborhood is very dog-friendly, and living on the lagoon offers an unending panorama of changing light, waterfowl and tranquil views. The fact that it is at the end of the road makes it feel almost as though it is its own island, yet it doesn't feel isolated at all, as it's a short drive to great shopping and restaurants. Its perfectly flat terrain is ideal for walking and biking, and kayaking around the lagoons is a popular pastime. Many old-time residents sport license plate holders that say "We are unique...Bel Marin Keys" and I couldn't agree more. ... more
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Wed Nov 20, 2013
chefmail23 answered:
Good for kids=safe?
Sure. But the vacuum / bubble / Stepford aspect can be a harmful formative influence.
Drug use is prevalent among teens and preteens as there is nothing for children to do here.
Add to that the absentee parenting / nanny-will-do-all-the-work mentality and you end up with kids that
feel entitled and neglected.

Speaks volumes that most young adults leave immediately after high school.
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Mon Oct 28, 2013
Dianne Andrews answered:
I recently sold a home to a client at the tip of Strawberry and she absolutely adores it. It is a favorite walking spot for dog owners, and has dramatic San Francisco and water views. It is a very quiet neighborhood, and does not have the freeway noise. It has not only the great shopping center for convenience of boutiques, Safeway, and great restaurants, but also the ever so popular Rec Center with its swimming pool, and baseball field, where the schools play on the weekends. It is also appealing for commuters to the City or the North Bay, or East Bay, as access to the freeway is so nearby. Again, as others have mentioned, if you prefer the cozy downtown feel of Mill Valley, and the trees, coffee houses, and boutiques, the other side of the freeway is probably a better bet. Best to drive around and walk around to see what appeals to you. I am a 20 year Mill Valley agent so if you need any help finding your next Dream Home, I would be happy to help you ... more
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Fri Aug 30, 2013
Audrey Moira Shimkas answered:
May is lovely, but from June through August the skies are overcast and the temp is cool until about August when the sun finally shines on through the fall. But you can't beat the beauty of the area all year long. ... more
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Mon Jun 24, 2013
Kelley Eling answered:
In addition to spiritual and cultural life in Marin, it's beautiful and it's safe. Very family-oriented. I know of no better place to live.
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Tue Mar 12, 2013
Leigha answered:
Yes Kentfield is a great. We have great schools, parks, neighborhood activities. Hiking and biking trails.
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Tue May 22, 2012
Oggi Kashi answered:
Yes, there are. The weather in Tiburon can be quite different if you live along the water as opposed to the hills above. Belvedere has some protected areas that seem to be warmer and less windy. Depending on the depth of the fog, the east and west coastlines experience different temperatures.

The warmest time of the year is usually June through September with some foggy days here and there. The highs run in the mid 80's in the summer and the lows for winter are in the 40's.

Oggi Kashi
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
All data from sources deemed reliable but subject to errors and omissions, and not warranted.
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Tue Nov 29, 2011
Janice answered:
I suggest staying clear of Mill Valley Middle School and adjacent Mill Valley Community Center as they were both built on top of an old dumpsite containing carcinogenic chemicals and generating highly explosive, highly flammable landfill gases. ... more
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Sun Sep 19, 2010
Kc answered:
As a happy and long time Hamilton resident, it's interesting how in 2010, competing Marin relators continue to make generalized statements which are mis-leading and mis-representative of our neighborhood.

Let's be clear, Hamilton Field was decommissioned in January 1976, nearly 35 years ago. In fact, most of us parents were barely out of diapers ourselves at that time.

Yes, 25 years ago, after the site was sold to a private developer, they asked the USAF to cleanup a handful of acres which had been used as dump areas. The USAF agreed and completed a multi-million dollar cleanup effort. Let's be even more specific, these cleaned up areas are on the outskirts of the over 700 acres that makeup the large Hamilton area. There is not a single home or neighborhood even built in these old areas.

So, it is ridiculous to suggest that you can't plant a fruit tree in your yard because almost a mile away there happens to be is a tiny parcel of land which, 40 years ago, was used as a dump.

Interestingly, every single city/county in the country has such dumps, only they don't even ever need to clean them up and nobody gives it a second thought. The fact that, years ago, the USAF did announce their effort to take care of Hamilton was "spun" into a negative, rather than applauded.

Maybe that's because the neighborhoods in Hamilton are some of the most modern in Marin. I can only suspect that the idea of a "Truman Show-ish" development perturbed many county traditionalists and so they set out to "bad mouth" the area at that time. Well, I don't know anyone in Hamilton who doesn't love living here, so years later, it has been their loss.
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Wed Feb 3, 2010
Tristan Celayeta answered:
As you see you've gotten a lot of personal opinion. Most folk who look at Piedmont also look at Montclair and perhaps other proximate communities/neighborhoods. Why not include Kensington, or North Berkeley? Most folks who look at Mill Valley also look at Tiburon. I point that out because as house hunters you'll likely want to begin investigation with all prospective homes that satisfy your requirements.

A superb tool for ongoing investigation is The maps, air photos, terrain maps, street views, directions and travel times, etc. returned can be manipulated for analysis of communities, neighborhoods and particular properties. The real estate postings are sketchy but since it's at hand, useful for casual analysis. is a superb real estate primer and reference that you'll use over and again - bookmark it.

There are fewer families of Asian roots in all upper middle class neighborhoods than in the city but I don't think you'll find a "comfort" issue anywhere. Far down the road, when you are about to decide on a particular home, walk the neighborhood and introduce yourself to your prospective neighbors as you secretly interview. Otherwise you'll decide based on other peoples opinions. There is a pretty large difference in landscapes and climate between the North Bay and East Bay and there is a greater variety of microclimates in Marin given the terrain, Marin is much more topographically convoluted so there is a broader range of terrains. Schools are superb just about everywhere you're interested in looking. Community/culture is very personal, more an issue of your participation than opportunity. All the communities mentioned have community organizations and opportunity to join recreational, political, religious or social groups actively seeking new folks. And the city is at hand wherever you settle for family, friends and culture.

I find the parklands and watersheds of Marin more interesting than the East Bay and favored them when I lived in the East Bay for over a decade. I prefer the flavor and variety of Marin communities. I find I travel to the East Bay from Marin far less than vice versa. But that is personal.

There is no reason, other than hassle, that you can't look in both areas at the same time. You should spend time investigating both markets. Spend some time getting to know the unique character of all the communitites/neighborhoods within your geographic and socio-economic range. Then if you feel compelled to dismiss one area from consideration you'll be much more comfortable. I posit that when all your requirements are considered the best opportunity(s) will emerge.

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Thu Nov 5, 2009
Candace Nordstrom answered:
When I was a kid, COMMUNITY was so very important. It seems as though the sense of community is a lost art in many areas, but not in Tiburon. My parents BEGGED me to move here, and once I finally did, the "Tiburon bug" bit me almost instantaneously...but Shhhh...Tiburon is our little secret.

From Friday Night's on Main Street, to the Labor Day Parade, to Concerts in the Park, to the Reed Halloween Parade, to the Reed School Regatta, to Blackie's Hay Day, to family hikes up Ring Mountain or on the Tiburon Ridge where a 360 degree view begs for the most elaborate afternoon picnic, to family bike rides along the Tiburon MUP bike trail to enjoy views from Mt. Tamalpais, to Strawberry, to Sausalito, to the Golden Gate to Belvedere along the Richardson Bay, to visits to the Audobon Society to learn about nature in Tiburon, to soccer games played on McKegney Green along the bay, to baseball games where parents come together and laugh and celebrate their kids, to plentiful, casual high fives with friends at the local grocery store or post office, and the list goes on and on and on...

Sure the schools are phenominal, and one of the reasons I will continue to make Tiburon my home, but the COMMUNITY makes Tiburon the most AMAZING place to settle and call home.

I have posted a few home video clips of some of these events to You Tube. Feel free to use the links on my website at
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Wed Sep 2, 2009
Liz McCarthy answered:
This link for homes (for sale) in the Peacock Gap area of San Rafael will only be active until 10/2/09.

I also forgot to give you a link to great Marin community information:

Best of luck to you! Please let me know if I can help in any way.
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Wed Aug 12, 2009
Liz McCarthy answered:
Calbear, you scared me for a moment, as I'm a Liz too!

Best of luck with your search.

Liz M.
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