Welcome to Southern Marin
collection of trendy-yet-charming communities in the bay area
Nestled in the foothills of Mount Tamalpais, Corte Madera joins Southern Marin’s other communities of Larkspur and Mill Valley in the San Francisco Bay, surrounded by stunning natural vistas and the dazzling commute across the Golden Gate Bridge. Enchanted by its location and atmosphere, many young families, professionals and retirees find a home in Southern Marin.
Land once occupied by the Miwok people, Southern Marin came under ownership of the Mexican government in the early 1800s, where it remained until the late 1800s. Eventually, helped by the California Gold Rush, growing railroads, and westward expansion, Southern Marin became well-known as a warm-weathered, friendly haven on the coast.
Today, Southern Marin may be dotted by small, quaint towns, but these communities pack quite a punch. From the gorgeous early Queen Anne Victorian houses in Larkspur to the historic town centers intermingled throughout the area, Southern Marin marries history with contemporary amenities flawlessly, inviting anyone seeking a better way of life to relocate within its borders.
Things to Love
- Emphasis on environmentally-conscious living
- Family-friendly and welcoming
- Numerous options for biking and hiking throughout the area
The neighborhoods of Southern Marin are characterized by charming downtowns packed to the brim with engaging boutiques and restaurants, all populated by friendly, hospitable residents. Progressive and environmentally conscious, Southern Marin’s atmosphere is modern and chic without losing its backbone of history and classic architecture. Seeking a reprieve from the sometimes-constricting life in a big city, Southern Marin appeals to families, professionals, and retirees alike.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Southern Marin’s wealth of charming downtowns makes it no surprise that the small communities offer more than enough for eateries and retail options.
If you want to enjoy fine French cuisine, make a reservation at Left Bank
, or head to Mill Valley for chic indoor-outdoor Mexican restaurant PLAYA
, which serves both authentic fare and signature cocktails. Satisfy your urban tastes at New American-style Bungalow 44
, home to hearty takes on classic dishes and a bustling bar scene.
Things to Do
Surrounded by community and nature, Southern Marin offers a treasure trove of activity for the whole family. From the outdoors to local celebrations, this neighborhood has it all.
Gear up in your best red-white-and-blue outfit for the annual Corte Madera-Larkspur 4th of July Parade & Festival
, which hosts themed floats, great food vendors, live entertainment, and more every year. Town Park
is always a prime destination no matter who you are as it has many courts, green areas, local classes, dog parks, and more.
Bothin Marsh Preserve is a gorgeous expanse of shoreline in the Southern Marin area, perfect for enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. Plan for an afternoon at Ring Mountain Preserve, which boasts breathtaking panoramic views, unique wildlife found nowhere else on earth, and excellent birding conditions.
Inquire within for more information on all of the wonderful schools Southern Marin has to offer - we will help guide you in a direction that will work best for your family and your children!