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Owning Sausalito real estate is like living on the French Riviera. Only minutes to the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito residents enjoy the charm of this seaside town and the sophistication of San Francisco. Sausalito has striking vistas of San Francisco to the south and San Francisco Bay and Mt Tamalpais to the east and north.

Sausalito was settled by Portuguese and Italian fishermen and wealthy Europeans who appreciated the unique setting. William Randolph Hearst once owned a large property at the south end of Sausalito where he started to build an estate (designed in 1890 by Julia Morgan), but abandoned this project to build the San Simeon estate on the central California coast. This area of Sausalito is now home to multi-million dollar properties with spectacular views of San Francisco and the Bay.

Before the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito was a stopping place for sailing ships to buy wood from the hillsides and fresh water from its mountain springs. From the beginning it has been a mixture of a good-time town, working village, a major transit point (to San Francisco, first by ferry boat), and a private retreat.

Today, Sausalito real estate provides a wide mix of houses, from restored Victorians to cozy condos. There is a unique community of about 600 housboats on Richardson Bay that range from funky to spacious and elegant.
Sausalito is a tourist town, but tourists concentrate at the southeast end of the peninsula and rarely go into the adjacent neighborhoods. Most of Sausalito is quiet and residential. Adding variety and charm to the city, there is a Bohemian element descendant from the 60’s and 70’s, when Sausalito was a center of the Beat and music scene. All the residents of Sausalito seem to appreciate that they are living in a rare location, and are proud of their town.

Downtown Sausalito has a ferry terminal for efficient and addictive commuting to the Financial District in San Francisco. Traveling by boat is a great way to meet your neighbors.

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