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Quality of Life in Mill Valley : Real Estate Advice

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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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Tue Sep 16, 2014
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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 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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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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Sun Aug 24, 2008
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi Susan:

Sorry, work + back to school rush - Trulia took a backseat.

You know my answer - Marin, so I won't repeat. But I have to be honest, i am not familiar with Lafayette.

I do know that a lot of families are willing to either commute and/or pay a premium to live in Marin and they won't move away once they are here unless they absollutely have to.

I think that says a lot.

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