A charming town full of sidewalk cafes, delightful boutiques and plenty of community activities and fairs to tantalize you out of your home on the weekends Novato may be one of the best kept secrets in Marin. It is the second largest town in Marin and encompasses the largest variety of options for a Marin lifestyle. With three golf courses, two with homes surrounding the courses, two high schools, many stables, the Petaluma River for boating and ringed by open space for hiking and biking there is no place like home on the weekends.
Housing market data
Novato real estate provides the widest range of properties available in the county. Some of the homes in Pacheco Valley are the nicest mansions in Marin while smaller homes in San Marin are among the most affordable properties in the county. Detailed information on different Novato communities can be found below:
Hamilton was originally an army airfield from 1935 to 1947 and it continued operations until 1975. It re-opened as a community of new homes in 1999. Here home buyers can find new construction and a variety of tract styles with easy access to the 101 freeway.
San Marin comprises the northern parts of Novato with homes on the Petaluma River in Bahia starting as low as $300,000 and soaring into the 2+ million range for the large homes on 1+ acre lots. Every subdivision in this area is unique in feel and price. There are some communities tucked away just waiting to be found. San Marin is also home to the Buck Center for Aging.
Nestled in a small valley, this area is at the southernmost exit for Novato and is hard to find. Award winning townhomes hug the hills as the road meanders back to some lovely, quiet streets with exquisite homes sharing this private space. A short hike to some lovely falls at the end of the falls adds to the allure. Prices for townhomes are in the $400-$700,000s, Single family homes start around a million.
In Southern Novato, this community is dominated by the Golf Course and the stunning new clubhouse and pool and restaurant facilities. Rangy lots with pools surround the golf course. A mix of contemporary homes and one level ranch style homes are available. Most of the homes here are custom built and people stay for a long time, a testament to the lifestyle here. Some of the largest homes in Marin are nestled in these hills. Indian Valley College is here at the end of the road and many newer subdivisions built in the last 10 years dot the landscape. Prices are from$700,000-$3,000,000 for single family homes.
Novato Community Information
Novato is the gateway to Sonoma County and residents enjoy the blend of laid back wine country living and San Francisco bohemia. Novato is a haven for hiking and mountain biking with over 3,600 acres of open space.
Novato’s world class Marin Country Club golf course rivals the greens and fairways of San Francisco’s famed Olympic Club. In addition to Marin Country Club, Novato has two public golf courses and a network of 27 oak-studded parks, including a 16,000 square foot skate park for young skateboarders. Stafford Lake Park, a 139-acre expanse is a major attraction for visitors and residents who enjoy fishing, hiking, biking or day camping. Bird watchers and wildlife observers are drawn to Scottsdale Marsh, Deer Island Preserve and Pacheco Pond Wildlife Area.
Historical buildings dot downtown Novato, including the Novato History Museum (1850), City Hall (a former Presbyterian church built in 1896) and Druid’s Hall (1899). Novato’s Old Town, hosts traditional stores, boutiques and restaurants, and speaks to an earlier time in Novato’s history.
Novato’s recently restored Grant Avenue has made downtown Novato a welcoming place for visitors and residents to shop and dine. The Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, anchored by Costco and Target, includes more than 50 retail stores and restaurants. Well-known high technology companies have made their home in Novato, including the non-profit Buck Institute for Aging, a prominent complex on Mt. Burdell designed by famed architect I. M. Pei.
At the Pacheco Ranch Winery, the oldest land grant property in California, visitors can observe how grapes are grown and enjoy fine California wine tasting. At the Marin French Cheese Company, visitors can sample award winning cheeses and enjoy a picnic with views of the tranquil, surrounding meadow and pond.
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