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Unsurpassed Natural Beauty in Marin
The villages, hills, and coastline of West Marin are best described in pictures, or better yet, a visit in person. This enchanting rural area is indeed a place where time seems to move slowly. The 350,000 acres of West Marin are protected in parks or by County zoning as agricultural land (historically, dairy farms) with development restricted to parcels with minimum sizes of many acres.
West Marin includes Stinson Beach, with its outstanding beachfront homes at Sea Drift, Nicasio, with its surreal town square and velvet-like, grass covered hills, and Inverness, stretched along inland Tomales Bay. Your best bet is to let us drive you west on Sir Frances Drake Boulevard to explore this unique area.
Owning West Marin real estate is like living in a dream, yet you are a short drive to San Francisco and the East Bay. However, once you get there, you may never want to leave!
These are the primary villages, from east to west, that make up West Marin real estate. If you would like more information on West Marin homes for sale, please contact Madeline Schaider Real Estate.
- San Geronimo
- Forest Knolls
- Stinson Beach
- Point Reyes Station
- Dillon Beach
- Muir Beach, at the south end of the Marin coastline, just 10 minutes by car from Mill Valley. Here is a wonderful history of Muir Beach.
Few people live in West Marin, but many people visit the Point Reyes National Sea Shore and Tomales Bay State Park with their beautiful white-sand beaches, dramatic cliffs and ridges, wildlife, and views from Bodega Bay to San Francisco. This is vacation paradise, but you can also live there in one of the many villages. You may find the West Marin home of your dreams.
Traveling to West Marin
There are three main routes from the south to West Marin, and all require that you relax and enjoy the scenery:
- Sir Frances Drake Blvd from Hwy 101 in Greenbrae, through the San Geronimo Valley and Woodacre to the Hwy 1 coastal route.
- Hwy 1 from Mill Valley (also named Shoreline Hwy) through Muir Beach to Stinson Beach and Bolinas.
- Panoramic Hwy in Mill Valley, north along the crest of Mt. Tamalpais, finally meeting Hyw. 1 in Stinson Beach.
The Marin County Transit District provides bus service to West Marin.
For more information about West Marin, we refer you to these Internet sites:
West Marin –Pt. Reyes, The 71 Mile Travel Guide
West Marin Guide
The History of San Geronimo Valley.
Please refer to our School section to identify the schools that serve each village.
West Marin Community Information
Restaurants in West Marin
- Bolinas Coast Cafe, Bolinas, (415) 868-2298. It’s Bolinas so it has to be organic and unusual. Worth the trip to see this seaside village.
- Drakes Beach Café, Inverness, (415) 669-1297
- Nick’s Cove, upscale rustic by famous restaurant eur Pat Kuletto, right on the water in Tomales, we went there for our Christams office lunch. Cabins for an overnight stay. (415) 663-1033
- Olema Inn, at the junction of Sir Frances Drake Blvd and Hwy. 1 since 1876. This lovely country inn serves fine food and offers six rooms with period furnishings.
- Osteria Stellina, Point Reyes Station. Pt. Reye’s newest addition, “Pt. Reyes Italian” with all local foods. We tried it last year for a birthday celebration. Loved it! (415) 663-9988
- Pellican Inn, Muir Beach. A true replica of an English country Inn just 15 minutes from Mill Valley. The food is very good and the atmoshere unique. They also have rooms for overnight stays. (415) 383-6000
- Rancho Nicasio Restaurant, Nicasio. Music, meat and potatos, in a fabulous inland setting. (415) 662-2219
- Sand Dollar Restaurant, Stinson Beach, (415) 868-0434
- Stinson Beach Grill, Stinson Beach, (415) 868-2002
- The Parkside Café, Stinson Beach, (415) 868-1272
- Two Bird Café, San Geronimo. Very good food and ambiance, just over the hill from Fairfax. (415) 488-0105
Places to Visit in West Marin
Hotels in West Marin