Larkspur
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Population: 12,014
Number of Homes: 6,142
Number Sold in 2010: 68
Median Price in 2010: $1,036,000

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 Larkspur Landing Shopping Center, 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 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 path that extends from Corte Madera to Kentfield and out across the marsh toward the Bay. You can join this trail at its south end, behind the Twin Cities Market at Tamalpais Drive and Corte Madera Ave, in Corte Madera, or just in front of the Lucky supermarket in downtown Larkspur.

Favorite Places in Larkspur

  • 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. (415) 924-0279
  • 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. (415) 924-7013
  • 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. (415) 924-5111.
  • Pearl at 1020 Magnolia Ave (north from downtown) offers high-end women's clothing. (415) 464-1808.
  • 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. (415) 924-3448.
  • 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

  • C. J. Chinese Cuisine, across from the city hall, serves traditional Chinese food that is several notches above the average. Our favorite in Marin. (415) 924-0717.
  • 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. (415) 924-7478
  • Left Bank is French bistro food 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. Hosts the popular “Cooks with Books Events” sponsored by the Corte Madera Book Passage Bookstore. (415) 927-3331
  • Marin Brewing Company, Larkspur Landing Shopping Center, across the road from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal. A popular meeting place for young and active people. Typical, satisfying pub fare to go with a beer. (415) 461-4677
  • 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 pizzeria next door gets rave reviews. Interesting wine selections. (415) 924-0300
  • 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. (415) 924-3332
  • Rustic Bakery may be the finest bakery in Marin; pastries, muffins, bread, even crackers are exceptional. A small café is always busy for breakfast and dinner. At 1139 Magnolia Ave. (near the north end). (415) 925-1556
  • Table Cafe is hidden away at 1167 Magnolia Ave., near the College of Marin. The food is exceptional: fresh, thoughtfully prepared, and light. They are open for lunch and dinner till 7:30. (415) 461-6787.
  • 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. (415) 924-7767

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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