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Mill Valley Real Estate
The Town That Charms Everyone
Situated at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais, Mill Valley abounds in charm. The first time I wandered off the freeway and "discovered" Mill Valley, I thought I was in a Bavarian village set in a Redwood grove.
Mill Valley real estate is comprises of a great variety of neighborhoods that carry their own unique microclimates and terrain:
- Mountain ridges with views of the Bay and San Francisco
- Forested canyons with seasonal streams
- Level streets within walking distance of the Town Square
- Richardson Bay side (Strawberry Peninsula) with water views
Mill Valley real estate has always been prized and sought after. The unique homes of Mill Valley, plus its proximity to San Francisco, have always kept real estate values high. Madeline Schaider Real Estate can help you find you the perfect Mill Valley home.
Mill Valley has a large variety of neighborhoods and homes:
The Canyons and Middle Ridge
To the west of the downtown (Lytton) square are the Blithedale and Cascade Canyon neighborhoods separated by the Middle Ridge. Mt. Tamalpais looms over the canyons at 2,600 feet. These areas have many early 20th Century summer cottages updated to charming and elegant homes plus new homes built for the wooded settings. Some have spectacular views of Mt. Tamalpais and the San Francisco skyline.
Sycamore and Tamalpais Parks
East of the square are level and highly sought-after Sycamore and Tamalpais Park neighborhoods with a wide variety of homes from stately Victorians to post-WWII cottages.
Mill Valley Country Club and Scotts Valley
To the north and east of E. Blithedale Ave. are two “hidden” and very desirable neighborhoods, the Country Club (including a golf course and tennis/swim club) and Scotts Valley. The homes in these neighborhoods, built from the 1960’s on, are often on larger lots.
Over a low ridge to the south of downtown, Tamalpais Valley extends along US Highway 1 toward the coast. This may be the best area of Mill Valley for commuting into San Francisco.
The Strawberry Peninsula extends into San Francisco Bay east of Highway 101. It comprises elegant, modern mansions on the Bay, large Eichler homes from the 1950’s, and California cottages.
An eight to 10 minute drive up from downtown Mill Valley takes you to Panoramic Highway and a remarkable neighborhood on a ridge of Mt. Tamalpais. Some of these Mill Valley homes are hidden in redwood groves, with spectacular views of the Bay, ocean, or the peak of Mt. Tamalpais. This a special get-away place only minutes from downtown and San Francisco!
Mill Valley’s Natural Beauty
From downtown Mill Valley stairs and trails take you up onto Mt. Tamalpais for an endless variety adventures in nature and breathtaking scenery. The Dipsea Trail, famous for the Dipsea Race, crosses the mountain to Stinson Beach. It would take you years to see all of Mt. Tamalpais—providing a lifetime of enjoyment!
From Tamalpias Valley, you can take the level Tennessee Valley Trail through the Golden Gate Recreational Area to the ocean. A short drive along US Hwy 1 through Tamalpais Valley takes you to the costal villages of Muir Beach and Stinson Beach.
A short trip up the mountain to Panoramic Highway leads to the trails of Mt. Tamalpais State Park, with forests, meadows, and views of the ocean. The same route takes you to Muir Woods National Monument to the south and Stinson Beach to the north.
Mill Valley School Information This site has everything you need to know about the top-rated Mill Valley schools, including where to register your student and what school serves each neighborhood.
Mill Valley City Community Information
Special Mill Valley Events
The Mill Valley Film Festival is one of the most prestigious in the country.
The Mill Valley Arts Festival, which occurs every September in the redwood grove of Old Mill Park, is a top-notch place to see the best in local art and crafts.
Mountain Play Perhaps the best known of all Mill Valley happenings since 1913, is held every May-June in an open amphitheater on top of Mt. Tamalpais. You have the special option of taking a bus to the play and hiking down through Cascade Canyon in the late afternoon to the town square. This year's play was Guys and Dolls!
Favorite Places in Mill Valley
- 142 Throckmorton Theater, Madeline’s favorite place to take friends and out of towners! Tuesday Comedy Nights – Mark Pitta and Friends at 8 pm. Robin Williams or Dana Carvey have been known to drop by to try out their new material! (415) 383-9600
- Green Gulch. A Zen Center with guest house, conference center, and organic farm set in a beautiful gulch by the ocean.
- Green Jeans Garden Supply, High quality plants and unusual selections. (415) 389-8333.
- Mill Valley Community Center. Anyone can go, not just Mill Valley residents. Year round new building for sports and special events.
- Mill Valley Golf Club. A public course located near downtown.
- Mill Valley Market. A Mill Valley treasure. Gourmet food with fresh flowers, great wines, take-out, fresh produce, and meats.
- Muir Woods National Monument with majestic redwoods, just a short drive from the Town Square. Beautiful hiking trails. Open to the public.
- Pete’s Coffee, on the Town Square, serves the famouse good cup of Pete’s java. (415) 381-8227
- Robert Greene Fine Arts, One of the best art galleries in Marin. Robert in our office loves to shop here. (415) 381.8776
- Strawberry Village Charming, newly renovated shopping center with boutiques and coffee shops, and restaurants.
- Sweetwater Music Hall recently opened in the refurbished Masonic Hall across from City Hall. Nightly live music in state-of-the-art facilities. Comfortable, with very good food--with or without music. A major addition to Marin!.
- Tennessee Valley Trial From Tamalpais Valley to the Pacific Ocean. One of the easiest trails to walk, mostly flat.
- The Depot Bookstore On the square; a great bookstore and coffee shop. It has the best people watching patio in Mill Valley. (415) 383-2665
- Whole Foods Market, A wonderful place to shop for local, natural, and organic groceries. Great hot and cold take out food. Two locations in Mill Valley. (415) 381-1200
Mill Valley Restaurants
- Balboa Cafe on the town square (415) 415-381-7321
- The Buckeye Roadhouse, right off Highway 101 as you enter Mill Valley, is a traditional roadhouse gathering place with consistently great food. 415-331-2600
- Bungalow 44 downtown. Very popular. (415) 381-2500
- El Paseo Restaurant, Rocker/restaurateur Sammy Hagar and celebrity chef/cookbook author Tyler Florence recently reopened this romamtic restaurant with superb foor and wonderful ambiance. Close by is the Tyler Florence Shop with cooking and food products. (415) 388-0741.
- Frantoio Ristorante, Near Hwy. 101. Great bar and an impressive dining room with a working olive press. Good Italian food. Accommodates large parties. (415)-289-5777.
- Hawks Tavern is on Miller Avenue half way downtown. It serves an iteresting variety of beers on tap plus very good, California-Style tavern food.
- High Tech Burri in Strawberry Village serves wholesome take-out Mexican fare. (415) 388-7002
- La Boulange in Strawberry Village is an excellent and authentic French Bakery and café. Outdoor seating.
- Pizza Antica in Strawberry Village has very good pizza plus a full menu.
- Pizza D'Angelo, on the Town Square is a local favorite; the bar is a popular hangout. Italian food and a happening place. (415)-388-2000
- Small Shed Flatbreads, a block off the Town Square, has very good and unusual pizza-style flatbreads and salads.
- Stefano's Pizzeria, a block from the square, serves great pizza. (415) 383-9666
- Vasco, on the Town Square, serves Italian food. No Reservations. (415) 381-3343
Mill Valley Hotels
- Mill Valley Inn. Downtown romantic hotel, close to everything in Mill Valley.
- Aqua Hotel. Conveniently located near the freeway with beautiful water views of Richardson Bay and Mt. Tamalpais. Chic with a modern twist. (415)- 380-0400
- Larkspur Hotel is at the Highway 1 junction with Hwy 101. This is a refurbished Holiday Inn type motel with views of the water and Mt. Tamalpais. Connected to Fantoi0 Restaurant.
- The Mountain Home Inn. On Panoramic Highway at the top of Mill Valley. This is a romantic place to stay overnight near Mt. Tamalpais hiking trails or just for a wonderful meal and great views of Mill Valley and the entire San Francisco Bay.