Corte Madera Real Estate
Ideal Central Marin Location for Families, Commuters, and Lovers of the Outdoors
Corte Madera is located in the heart of Marin County, stretching from bayside to the hills of Mt. Tamalpais. Corte Madera in Spanish means”cut wood” and, like other towns in Marin, supplied lumber to build San Francisco homes. Corte Madera real estate has been booming over the last few years as people discover the unique location and the excellent schools. Homes in Corte Madera, along with Larkspur and Greenbrae homes, are much sought after because of their convenient Central Marin location.
Great for Commuting
Corte Madera is ideal for commuters. On Highway 101, Corte Madera is 8 miles and about 10 minutes drive to the Golden Gate Bridge. The Corte Madera exit on the freeway is the last before heavy afternoon traffic going north. Commuters are a few minutes ride to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and close to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to the East Bay.
Corte Madera Home Prices
The median sale prices for Corte Madera homes in 2018 (through October):
- 56 single family homes sold for $1,475,000
- 22 condos and townhouses sold for $882,500
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Rental apartments are located on the west side of Highway 101 and on Paradise Drive near the bay.
- Casa Buena Drive includes Madera Valley Apartments and Parc Marin.
- Meadowsweet Drive–several.
- Tam Ridge Apartments on Tamal Vista–new high density complex.
- The Preserve at Marin–new luxury apartments on Paradise Drive, some with Bay views. Exceptional swimming pool!
- Town of Corte Madera information
- Corte Madera Chamber of Commerce
- Corte Madera Community Foundation
- Corte Madera Town Band
- Corte Madera History
- The Twin Cities Times, local news and events
- Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed, supports the maintenance and restoration of the Corte Madera Creek, which enters the bay at the tidal marsh.
Corte Madera Neighborhoods
West Corte Madera
As you enter west Corte Madera, you’ll find older, ranch-style homes–many on beautiful lagoons that are fed from Mt. Tamalpais and the Bay via the Corte Madera Creek. A little farther west is Chapman Park, a neighborhood of California cottages, Victorian homes, and hillside homes with views of the Bay.
The Old Town Square (Menke Park), where Madeline Schaider Real Estate is located, is at the foot of Christmas Tree Hill. The square is built at the site of the former train station. A few of the historic buildings surrounding the square are the 19thcentury hotel and horse barn.
On the west side of the square is Christmas Tree Hill with narrow winding streets and diverse and interesting homes with bay views. At the top of the hill, trails lead hikers to the open expanse of Mt. Tamalpais and to Mill Valley, Larkspur, and Kentfield.
Bayside Corte Madera
Bayside (east) Corte Madera enjoys protected marshlands, the Ring Mountain Nature Preserve, and proximity to the Tiburon peninsula. Most homes were built from the 1950’s through the 1980’s. Many homebuyers appreciate the easy lifestyle in these neighborhoods and have upgraded or rebuilt the houses.
Like most of Marin, Bayside Corte Madera has a mixture of level land and hills. The hillside developments of Mariner Highlands and Marin Estates have many curving, climbing streets with nautical names and often spectacular views of the Bay, the Easy Bay cities, and Mt. Tamalpais.
Madeline lives in Bayside Corte Madera, and has become the number-one real estate expert in this area.
Meadowcreek Station and Madera del Presidio
Bayside Corte Madera boasts two housing developments built 1988-1994, Meadowcreek Station and Madera del Presidio. These provide about 300 homes including single-family homes, town houses, and condos in a beautiful setting at the edge of Ring Mountain.
- About 9,900 (2015) residents live in in 3,800 housing units. Over 90% of people 25 years or older have a bachelor’s or advanced degree. Median household income in 2015 was $130,350. The median age is close to 45 years. The population is approximately 80% white, 8% Hispanic, 7% Asian, and 1% African American.
- Cost of living is about twice the national average and 50% higher than the California average.
- The ZIP code is 94925.
Corte Madera has long, dry summers, mostly free of the fog found further south in Marin County and San Francisco. Winters are short, cooler, and partly cloudy. Rain typically occurs from mid-November through March, fort about 55 days a year. The temperature varies from about 41°F to 85°F, and relative humidity year round is in the 70-80% range. Overall, the town has mostly mild, sunny days.
Corte Madera Video
The hilltops of Corte Madera rise to 900 feet in the west and 500 feet in Bayside Corte Madera. A large portion of town is near sea level as it was reclaimed from bay-front marshlands (see the Corte Madera topography map). Lower lying areas are in a potential flood zone, as are similar areas in other Marin County towns. The Town of Corte Madera has taken many precautions to prevent flooding of homes and neighborhoods.
The towns of Larkspur and Corte Madera share an excellent school district, with two elementary and one middle school:
Walks & Hikes
Christmas Tree Hill
Old Corte Madera near Menke Park has many stairs wandering up the hills above Menke Park. These were built by land developers in the early 20th century to lure buyers from the train station to small lots on the hillside. These lots were sold primarily for summer cottages. Several sets of stairs climb steadily up the hill to a fire road with fine views of the county and bay, then down again. You can download a map (Christmas Tree Stair Walk) or pick up a printed copy at the Madeline Schaider Real Estate office, three doors to the right of the start of your hill adventure. You can see photos at our blog. Note that parts of the walk are steep.
The Ring Mountain Nature Preserve and the adjacent Tiburon Open Space begins in Bayside Corte Madera. Walkers and runners never tire of the magnificent views of the north bay, the Tiburon Peninsula, and San Francisco. This low mountain ridge is easily accessible and provides relatively level trails. See our blog on favorite walks for photos and more information, including hiking trails..
- Local Bus Transit via Marin Transit. Buses 22, 113, and 117 serve Tamalpais Drive and Paradise Drive. Additional Marin Transit routes serve the stops at the intersection of Tamalpais Drive and Highway 101.
- San Francisco Commute Bus via Golden Gate Transit. Bus 18 travels between the College of Marin in Kentfield, through Larkspur and Corte Madera, to San Francisco. Other Golden Gate Transit Buses serve the stops at the intersection of Tamalpais Drive and Highway 101
- Golden Gate Ferry service travels between the nearby Larkspur Ferry Terminal and the San Francisco Ferry Terminal .
Corte Madera originated about 1900 and was incorporated in 1916. Initially a logging center in the last half of the 19th century, the economy turned to real estate development and dairy cows.
The current site of Menke Park, at the intersection of Corte Madera Ave and Tamalpais Drive, was the site of the main train station. The town began building around the station, with a grocery, horse barn, and hotel. Stops on the railroad provided access to parcels of land sold for summer cabins.
Madeline Schaider’s Real Estate office is on the west side of Menke Park.
The economy is centered on two large shopping malls and several car dealerships. One of the larger employers is Restoration Hardware, with offices in Bayside Corte Madera and a retail outlet in the Village at Corte Madera. There is also a large number of service business.
- Book Passage Bookstore is a real neighborhood bookstore with discriminating taste, a large selection of good books, and a constant program of lectures by authors, some famous or about to be famous (including previous Presidents), and classes. Enjoy the classic bookstore café for coffee, wine, lunch, and sweets. On Tamal Vista Blvd, next to the Century Cinema movie theater.
- Home Consignment Center at the Paradise Drive exit from Highway 101 has an large selection of used furniture and rugs, plus David Hurley’s new and used jewelry. If you don’t find it there today, look again tomorrow.
- Nugget Market on Paradise Drive is a high-end grocery store with a large selection of interesting (and sometimes gard-to-find) groceries.
- Peets Coffee and Tea is on the top of our list for coffee and tea lovers. They originated the concept of gourmet coffee shops and are still excellent and innovative. Caution for out-of-area coffee drinkers: they make strong coffee. There are two locations in Corte Madera, one at the Tamalpais Dr. exit from Highway 101, the other in the Village at Corte Madera.
- Tamalpais Paint on Paradise Drive in Bayside Corte Madera carries the best products and provides excellent service. There is no sense in going anywhere else to save a few dollars on a can of paint. They also have a great wallpaper department.
Corte Madera is host to two of Marin’s best shopping centers:
- The Village at Corte Madera, on the west of the freeway, provides the Gap, Macy’s, and Nordstrom’s department stores, the Apple Store, Williams-Sonoma, plus a variety of boutiques and restaurants. This is a major shopping destination for all of Marin. Check their web site for a complete list of stores.
- The Town Center, on the west side of the freeway, boasts a wonderful mix of local businesses, including REI, the Container Store, Crate & Barrel, Lewis Thomas Men’s Ware, and restaurants.
- Bay Club Marin is a classy, full-featured fitness club and spa. Madeline loves it for swimming, workouts, and volleyball. It’s a good place to relax and to meet people.
- Five Points Fitness in east Corte Madera, in the Paradise Shopping Center, is a place for serious exercise, with a staggering array of machinery and weights, plus many classes.
- Corte Madera Inn, a comfortable Best Western Inn next door to the Village Shopping Center. Good swimming pool.
- Marin Suites Hotel An extended stay hotel with kitchens in each suite. Next to the Century Cinema movie theater.
- Benissimo Restaurant, across the square from Madeline Schaider Real Estate, serves very good Italian food in a friendly, upscale neighborhood venue.
- Blue Barn, in the Town Center, has excellent salads and sandwiches.
- Burmatown on Corte Madera Ave is a small restuarant with excellent Burmese and Asian fusion food. Always busy!
- Café Verde, on Tamalpais Dr near the Corte Madera Town Park, is an informal pizzeria/trattoria serving three meals a day. Inside or patio seating.
- The Counter, credible burgers with many choices, at the Town center mall.
- The Cheesecake Factory, in the Town Center mall, is enormously popular and always busy. A good bet for large quantities of respectable food.
- Il Fornaio is a well-appointed Italian Restaurant with a great bar and excellent breads and pastries that you can take home. Part of a small restaurant chain, it was initially known as a pioneer in baking Italian breads. Good salads and pastas. You can expect a charming atmosphere and pleasant experience.
- Pacific Catch has good, honest, and fairly priced seafood with an Asian-American theme. Great sweet potato fries.
- Marin Joe’s Restaurant is a classic 1950’s Joe’s with plastic upholstery, a piano bar, old-time waiters, and constant crowds. Great for grilled meats and fish. It’s fun to sit at the counter and watch the cooking.
- Pig in a Pickle, in the Town Center mall, serves classic, strongly smoked, Southern barbecue.
- Stefanos Pizzeria is well known all through Marin for very good, thin crust pizza. A few doors away from Madeline Schaider’s real estate office.
- World Wraps, in the Town Center mall, serves a wide range of wraps and rice bowls with themes taken from many countries. Outdoor seating.
- Zinz Wine Bar, on the Old Town Suare, is a relaxed, friendly gathering place with daily wine tasting, snacks, and wine sales. The wines are carefully selected from choice, small wineries in California. This place can become a good habit.