Approximately fifteen minutes north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge, Mill Valley has real estate that falls in every price range. There are usually approximately 200 homes on the market at one time here with an average price of $1.3 million with approximately 15% of the homes being under $700k. Besides the good commute to the city, Mill Valley is very family oriented, having excellent schools and activities for children. Because of the scarcity of available lots and land for building, there is little new construction Mill Valley real estate but many of the homes have been rebuilt or remodeled. There are many choices available to suit every buyer’s taste and there are also some grand old homes on beautiful lots waiting for a buyer to create their own dream home. Despite the seasonal fog, Mill Valley has always been one of the most popular neighborhoods to live in with many buyers coming from other areas of Marin.
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Nestled below majestic Mt. Tamalpais, Mill Valley is reminiscent of a charming European village. Surrounded by national parks, including Muir Woods, an ancient coast redwood forest, Mill Valley’s lush landscape of hills and canyons is a favorite place for people who enjoy hiking, mountain biking, golf and running.
MONEY Magazine and CNN.com, recently named Mill Valley as one of the 10 top cities in America in which to live. They noted that millionaires and well-known names in the film and music industries make their homes in this community
Downtown activities center around Lytton Square, where people gather for coffee at the Book Depot Café or for a game of chess while conducting some serious people-watching. Fashionable boutiques and restaurants fill the downtown. Sweetwater, one of the top roots music clubs in the nation, is well-known for its live musical performances and famous guest musicians who occasionally “drop in” for an evening to improvise.
Mill Valley is host to a range of cultural activities. The Mill Valley Film Festival is an internationally recognized festival that has attracted leading filmmakers and movie aficionados for the past 28 years. The Mountain Play, produced in June in an outdoor amphitheatre, attracts thousands of theater-goers to the top of Mt. Tamalpais to watch Broadway musicals performed by talented local actors. The Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club, a state historical landmark, was designed in 1904 by internationally known architect, Bernard Maybeck. Particularly notable for its unusual roof truss system, the Arts and Crafts style building exemplifies Maybeck’s creative use of natural materials.
Mill Valley, home of the Marin Mountain Bike, hosts the annual Dipsea Race, the second oldest footrace in the United States. The race takes runners over a 7.1 mile course up and over Mt. Tamalpais to one of the most beautiful California beaches on the Pacific Ocean.
Whether it’s for cultural events, dining, shopping or recreation, Mill Valley is a draw for both visitors and residents alike.
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