Central Marin | San Anselmo, San Rafael, Ross + Kentfield

An expansive southward-facing peninsula with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the San Francisco Bay to the east.

Welcome to Central Marin

progressive centralized city abounding in charm in the bay area
A collection of picturesque neighborhoods, Central Marin is located within Marin County, an expansive southward-facing peninsula with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the San Francisco Bay to the east. An interior dotted by agricultural spaces and amiable neighborhoods, Central Marin is a county gem, offering its residents a flourishing community of forward thinkers.
One of the original 27 counties in California, created just months before the state’s admission into the union, Marin has a long history of coastal visitors, and Spanish influences before the Americans settled here for good. Its historic beginnings are still evident throughout the neighborhoods, such as the World War II-era munitions storage facility in San Anselmo or the Spanish statues and architecture still standing in San Rafael today.
Now, the communities of Central Marin are known for their auspicious beginnings and community-forward living. Blanketed in aesthetically pleasing architecture, Central Marin's real estate features houses in Victorian, Spanish, split level, Mediterranean, California Ranch, and mid-century modern styles. Often priced at over a million, these gorgeous homes only increase Central Marin’s residents’ quality of life.

Things to Love

  • Legacy in the film industry 
  • Abundance of beautiful green spaces and parks
  • Excellent school systems are ideal for setting up your kids for success

Local Lifestyle

Peaceful and picturesque, Central Marin hums with friendly, progressive energy found throughout its communities. Rated among the best places to raise a family by Niche, Kentfield is just one of the many draws of Central Marin. Central Marin is known for having a gorgeous commute in the county since making the trip to San Francisco means taking the Golden Gate Bridge. Retirees and families alike agree: Central Marin is bursting with ideal opportunity and lifestyle.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

Central Marin might only be a short trip from San Francisco, but the area itself is bursting with so many delicious eateries and fine shops that you won’t think twice about staying local. With so much to enjoy, Central Marin makes it easy to be proud of where you live.
MH Bread and Butter is a feather in the cap of local-focused, friendly eateries, offering traditional American soups, sandwiches, pastries, and atmosphere. Stay in San Anselmo for dinner at industrial-chic Pizzalina, where the community meets flavor at this above-average pizza joint.
A reservation at Bistro Vis is sure to mean a great night since their fine dining is not only delicious but full of ambiance and warm company. Grab a quick bite at cozy and appetizing Sushi 69, a night-time oasis of Japanese cuisine.

Things to Do

From the great outdoors to farm-fresh produce, Central Marin is constantly putting the community first. Committed to its people and the environment, activity is never lacking.
The San Rafael Summer Farmers Market is the place to be if you’re the type who enjoys farm-to-table food vendors plus fresh produce and other artisan goods that allow you to create your own dishes right in your community. Ross celebrates community each year during the Ross Town Dinner, where residents gather and enjoy each other's company under the soft rays of the Californian sun.
Central Marin’s most developed park, San Anselmo’s Memorial Park, boasts sports fields, grassy areas, tennis courts, outdoor facilities, and a children's playground. Take the kids over to Imagination Park, donated and founded by one of San Anselmo’s most famous residents: George Lucas himself! Celebrating Star Wars and Indiana Jones, the whole family will enjoy an outing at Imagination Park.


Central Marin is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
  • Bacich Elementary School
  • Branson High School 
  • Marin Academy High School
  • Ross School, K-8

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