If you decide to live on the Strawberry side be prepared to hear freeway noise and although E. Blythdale going to the center of Mill Valley can get congested the Strawberry side has its own traffic issues. You will find more condos in the area as well and it just does not have that quaint feel of Mill Valley proper.
If you are interested in Buying a home in Mill Valley give yourself time to investigate all areas. I have a map of all the neighborhoods in Mill Valley that I'd be more than happy to send to you simply email me and I will forward you a copy.
You should also have a Top 5 list of what it is that you really want in a neighborhood or community. Are you okay with freeway noise? Do you prefer a more foggy environment or are you more interested in the sun and warmer spots of Mill Valley? Want to be close to the trails? Walk to shops? Whether or not Mill Valley proper is better than the Strawberry side is subjective.
A lot of Buyers feel that if they don't buy now they are going to miss the boat but truthfully more homes will be coming on the market, more short sales abound, more motivated sellers, we are nearing the last quater of the year and there will be plenty of opportunities to buy a home that meets all of your needs.
Think about your Top 5 requirements in a home and neighborhood and then work from there. If you need more information please feel free to contact me.
Alain Pinel Realtors
If you'd like to find out what homes are available in the Strawberry neighborhood, please don't hesitate to contact me.