Lucy, Home Buyer in Moving to SF Bay Area

How is the commute from Novato to downtown SF? By car? By public transit? If public, what mode? by LYG

Asked by Lucy, Moving to SF Bay Area Wed Jul 11, 2007

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Sylvia Barry,…, Agent, Marin, CA
Wed Jul 11, 2007
Hi Lucey:

I live and work in Novato, so I pretty much try to avoid the traffic. If I go to the city outside of the heavy traffic hours, I can pretty much be in Outer Sunset (where my sister lives) within 30 minutes, and in downtown, Market street within 40 miuntes if not less.

However, my husband commutes to the city every day and he does have to negotiate the heavy traffic.

There are several ways to commute to S.F.; by car, by bus or by car then ferry, which is what my husband does mostly.

If you drive, you would take 101 South. The traffic backs up a bit where highway 37 merges in from Vallejo, going towards Freitas Parkway in San Rafael, and finally where the three lanes 101 merges into 2 lanes around Lincoln in San Rafael. Heaviest traffic is between 8-9, but otherwise, it's much better. That's why I think South Novato around Hamilton, Ignacio, Country Club, Indian Valley and Pacheco Valley are popular with commuters

There are some local routes you can take to avoid heavy traffic at places. If you call me or email me, I will be able to help.

You can also take bus into town. There are quite a few bus stops and the schedule is pretty user friendly for commuters. UCSF has a bus going to various UCSF campus. My son took that when he did internship there. However, you do have to be careful of when the bus stop running. If you missed the bus, you might have to take the ferry.

My husband loves the ferry. That's when he can relax, rest and enjoy the ride - what better way to commute to the city than being on the gorgeous water and enjoy the wonderful, million dollar view! The riders on the ferry are very considerate and it's usually very quite in the morning.

Feel free to call me or email me with any questions. I would also love to help you find a home in Novato or other Marin county cities to fit your needs, whether it's commute, family, school, entertainment, ...etc.

Good luck!
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Kelley Eling, Agent, Palm Desert, CA
Sun Jul 15, 2007
That commute can be grueling. However, you will get the most house for your money in Novato compared with the rest of the Marin County 101 corridor. It all depends on what is more important to you: your time spent sitting in traffic or the money that needs to be spent in order to afford living further South.
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Artur Urbans…, Agent, Burlingame, CA
Wed Jul 11, 2007
Lucey, you would need to go by your own car, share a ride or take a bus. Regarding the Golden Gate bridge, you can bypass it by taking a ferry from Tiburon or Sausalito. 101 between Marin and Novato is quite congested during peak hours and on selected hours on weekends.
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