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Larkspur

Magical Larkspur, nestled in the eastern edge of Mt. Tamalpais, enjoys the finest weather in Marin County. Its residents enjoy wooded canyons which were once favorite hunting grounds of Spanish settlers. In the late 19th century, subdivisions offered ideal sites for vacation homes, plus homes for permanent residents. Downtown is listed on the National Register of History Places

Larkspur is known as the Twin City of Corte Madera. It shares a main street, history, and a police department. Houses for sale are at a premium as the number is limited and prices tend to be higher than houses Corte Madera.

If you’re looking for a quieter, more serene location than the more popular Corte Madera real estate community, sunny Larkspur is your choice. Homes boast diverse architecture, including cabins, Victorians, mission-style, New England, Tudor, California ranch, and modern. Settings range from deep canyons lined with Redwood, Bay, and Madrone trees (on the west side town) to level settings on former bay front land on the east side. Forty years ago, it was undiscovered; now it is equal to Mill Valley in lifestyle, and houses for sale bring prices comparable to those in Mill Valley.

The town provides the sought after walk-to-town that many homeowners want. Stroll down Magnolia Avenue, the main street, and enjoy dining in fine restaurants, shopping in high-quality specialty stores, or a rest in an intimate coffeehouse. The meandering town limits include part of Greenbrae to the north and the San Quentin Peninsula to the east along the bay, with the Larkspur Ferry terminal and the Marin County Mart with popular, bustling restaurants, and a variety of shops.

Magnolia Ave, the main street of town, merges imperceptibly with Corte Madera Ave, a main thoroughfare of Corte Madera. Proceeding north along Magnolia Ave, to the west, the canyons and foothills of Mount Tamalpias shelter wooded neighborhoods (see Baltimore Canyon) placed there long before autos arrived in Marin. To the right are the level, sunny neighborhoods that were slowly built up on the shallow banks of the bay (see Heather Gardens and Meadowwood). The town stretches on eastward to the San Francisco Bay with its waterfront Larkspur Marina neighborhood.

Larkspur Schools, shared with neighboring Corte Madera, are highly regarded. Outstanding Redwood High School serves Larkspur and several surrounding towns. Note that students living in the Greenbrae section of Larkspur may be assigned to the Kentfield School District.

Sections of Greenbrae and the San Quentin Peninsula are within the city limits.


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