Welcome to Novato
diverse collection of high-end neighborhoods outside of san francisco
Nestled against Mount Burdell to the north and Big Rock Ridge to the southwest, Novato is the largest city by area in Marin County. Flanked by Stafford Lake to the west, Novato rises from a plethora of stunning natural sights in addition to ten Marin County District Preserves. The warm climate and sunny days only add to the inviting, community-forward atmosphere.
Originally the site of many Native American villages, Novato began in 1839 as a Mexican government land grant. With the first post office opening in 1856 and a railroad built-in 1879, Novato quickly became cemented as a premier destination of Californian living — one of the oldest in the state.
Today, Novato is bursting with small-town charm — helped in part by the low population density, not to mention the number of gorgeous green spaces throughout the area. A historic downtown contrasts beautifully with the attractive architectural styles dotting the neighborhoods, such as the spacious single-family homes and townhomes in Ignacio or the more compact family homes and apartments in Rafael Village. With so many options in such a wonderful city, it’s no wonder many families and retirees call Novato home.
Things to Love
A plethora of restaurants and coffee shops
An emphasis placed on nature, green spaces, and eco-friendly living
Exceptional public schools perfect for setting your kids up for success
Humming with sunny, idyllic charm, Novato was listed among the best 100 places to live by Livability in 2018. This still rings true today, as the neighborhoods are known for safety and friendliness, while the heart of downtown is full of picturesque historic architecture. Both highly educated and home to a growing biotech sector, Novato is the perfect place to raise a family and retire. Moreover, its residents not only care about the community but the environment as a whole, making the area a beacon of environmental care and thoughtful, progressive action.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Novato is only an hour from San Francisco and even less to San Rafael and Sonoma, but you won’t need to leave city borders to find fun, stylish shopping options and delightful eateries for any taste.
Sink into pillowy sweetness at Rustic Bakery, home to pastries, scones, cookies, and some genuinely top-tier atmosphere. Unwind with some leafy greens at health-forward Blue Barn, which prides itself on not sacrificing taste for healthiness.
Celebrate the start of a new week by making a Sunday reservation at Rickey’s Novato location, where mouthwateringly good steak blends flawlessly with weekly live music and refreshing drinks. HopMonk Taverns, the eclectic mainstay of Northern California, is a sun-filled beer garden complete with dappled shade from oak trees and live music.
Things to Do
Surrounded by gems of nature in addition to community-planned events and festivals, Novato has more than enough to satisfy.
Relish the outdoors at Indian Valley Preserve or glimpse breathtaking views by visiting Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve. Overlooking the Petaluma River, Olompali State Historic Park
offers history and the great outdoors in one, while the exemplary Rush Creek Preserve is popular with equestrians, birders, and hikers.
Inquire within for more information on all of the wonderful schools Novato has to offer - we will help guide you in a direction that will work best for your family and your children!