Larkspur
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Population: 12,014
Number of Homes: 6,142
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Larkspur Real Estate
The Ideal Central Marin Community

Magical Larkspur, nestled into the eastern edge of Mt. Tamalpais, enjoys the finest weather in Marin County. Larkspur real estate enjoys wooded canyons which were once favorite hunting grounds of Spanish settlers. In the late 19th century, subdivisions offered ideal sites for vacation homes, plus homes for permanent residents.

Larkspur real estate buyers prize quiet, sunny Larkspur homes with diverse architecture, including cabins, Victorians, mission-style, New England, Tudor, California ranch, and modern. Settings range from deep canyons lined with Redwood, Bay, and Madrone trees (on the west side town) to level settings on the east side. Forty years ago, Larkspur was the undiscovered; now it is equal to Mill Valley in lifestyle and Larkspur home values match those in Mill Valley.

Larkspur provides the sought after walk-to-town that many  homeowners want. Downtown Larkspur is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and many Larkspur homes are within an easy walk to downtown. Stroll down Magnolia Avenue, the main street, and enjoy dining in fine restaurants, shopping in high-quality specialty stores, or a rest in an intimate coffeehouse.

The meandering town limits of Larkspur include part of Greenbrae to the north and the San Quentin Peninsula to the east along the bay, with the Larkspur Ferry terminal and the Marin County Mart at larkspur Landing with popular, bustling restaurants, and a variety of shops.

For Baseball fans: Special ferryboat service from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal delivers you on weekends directly to AT&T Park for San Francisco Giants home games.

Larkspur Schools, shared with neighboring Corte Madera, are highly regarded. Outstanding Redwood High School serves Larkspur and several surrounding towns.

Larkspur Community Information

Walking, Biking and Hiking in Larkspur

Larkspur offers a wide variety of outdoor hiking trails on Mt. Tamalpais and King Mountain.

The old railroad tracks through Larkspur are now a beautiful, level walking andcycling path that extends from Corte Madera to Kentfield and out across the marsh toward the San Francisco Bay. You can join this trail at its south end, at Tamalpais Drive in Corte Madera, or just in front of the Lucky supermarket in downtown Larkspur.

Favorite Places in Larkspur

The downtown business district extends a few blocks along Magnolia Ave, fron Town Hall to the corner of Doheney Dr. Shopes resume at the north end of Magnolia Ave, closer to Kentfield. The Marin County Mart, in east Larkspur on Sir Frances Drake Blvd, hosts a collection of shops and poular restaurants.

Downtown

  • Coquelicot, South of France in Larkspur. Lovely shop in the downtown, with unique linens, tableware, and antiques. Always a fun place to stop. Very delightful owners.
  • The Lark Theater, a late art deco movie house in the heart of town, has been renovated with comfortable seating. It screens first run Hollywood, independent, and art films. You can purchase wine and snacks in the lobby.
  • Silver Peso, downtown, is one of the oldest, funky neighborhood bars in Marin, complete with pool tables and shuffleboard. It's a good place to meet local residents.

North Larkspur

  • Folio, at 1118 Magnolia Ave, has the best stationary, custom invitations, and elegant home gifts.
  • Item, at 1102 Magmolia Ave, provides exceptional women’s shoes and accressories.
  • Jim Corbet's Hardware is a complete, old-fashioned hardware store. They have everything, including a very good kitchen section. Just moved to its new location on Magnolia Ave, at the corner of Bon Air Road.
  • What Poppy Wants, at 1106 Magnolia Ave, has a delightful and amazing collection of vintage designer clothing for women and men. Worth a visit.

Larkspur Restaurants

The downtown business district extends a few blocks along Magnolia Ave, fron Town Hall to the corner of Doheney Dr. Shopes resume at the north end of Magnolia Ave, closer to Kentfield. The Marin County Mart, in east Larkspur on Sir Frances Drake Blvd, hosts a collection of shops and poular restaurants.

  • C. J. Chinese Cuisine, across from the city hall, serves traditional Chinese food that is several notches above the average. Our favorite in Marin.
  • Emporio Rulli is the best for people watching and tasting the sweetness of Italy--an authentic Italian café. Offering a wide variety of pastries, cookies, coffees, gelato, wines, Italian foods, and interesting kitchen pottery. Very good light lunches.
  • Farm House Local on Ward Street, at the main intersection, serves excellent and innovative breakfast and lunch menus. Outdoor patio available.
  • Left Bank is French bistro in the historic Blue Rock Inn. Good burgers, Salad Niscoise, and other French standards. Very popular, with a great happy hour and bar. Outdoor seating.
  • Picco in downtown Larkspur has very fine food--probably the most elegant in town and one or our favorites in Marin. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The Pizzaria Picco next door gets rave reviews. Interesting wine selections.
  • Ristorante Fabrizio is a great down-home Italian Restaurant. It is open all day from lunch till late night dinner. If you dine outside on a warm day, you'll be transported to Italy. Across from the city hall on Magnolia Ave.
  • The Tavern at Lark Creek is in a Victorian building among the redwoods at 234 Magnolia Avenue. The loveliest dining is on the patio on a warm afternoon.
  • Yankee Pier brings a little bit of New England to Larkspur with its great chowder, fish and chips, and lobster roll.

North Larkspur

  • Rustic Bakery may be the finest bakery in Marin; pastries, muffins, bread, even crackers are exceptional. The café is always busy for breakfast and dinner. At 1139 Magnolia Ave.
  • Table Cafe is hidden away at 1167 Magnolia Ave. The food is exceptional: fresh, thoughtfully prepared, and light.

East Larkspur - Marin County Mart

The recently revamped Marin County Mart offers a dozen eateries along with a Food Truck event on Sundays. These are a few favorites:

  • Farmshop, listed in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 100 Restaurants for 2013, offers a full-flavored experience with style, and comfort. Using fresh local fair in every glass, on every plate, in every bite.
  • Marin Brewing Company, A popular meeting place for young and active people. Typical, satisfying pub fare to go with a beer.
  • Rustic Bakery may be the finest bakery in Marin; pastries, muffins, bread, even crackers are exceptional. The café is always busy for breakfast and dinner.
  • Three Twins Ice Cream serves excellent locally produced, organic ice cream.

Larkspur Hotels

  • Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Larkspur Conveniently located near the Larkspur Ferry and Larkspur Landing with restaurants, shops, and transportation, including the Marin Airporter.
  • Larkspur Landing Hotel Suite hotels suitable for extended stay and corporate housing. Great location at Larkspur Landing.
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