Located at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais, Mill Valley has a charm that sets it apart from its neighboring communities. Bordered on three sides by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument, and Mt. Tamalpais State Park, living in this trendy community is always in high demand.
Mill Valley is home to celebrity residents, thriving businesses, and active service organizations but it also is a community rich in a nurturing family environment. This town is served by some of the best public and private schools in the nation giving more reason for this being a family-oriented town with high end real estate.
The city is named for a saw mill established by John Reed in the 19th century, the site of which is now Old Mill Park. When the wooded area had been completely logged over, it was divided into small and irregular building lots, which were sold at auction. Many of the vacation homes built at that time were converted to residences during the Great Depression of the 1930s, especially after the Golden Gate Bridge increased access to San Francisco. Now an affluent residential suburb, many of Mill Valley's neighborhoods are reached by narrow, winding roads built in the early 20th century.
Mill Valley has a myriad of residential options, from beach-front to bay-side, secluded valley homes, or hill side homes with spectacular views. If that is not enough, the mild, year-round temperatures regulated by the ocean fog's cooling action and the city's easy ten mile commute to San Francisco would make this eclectic community a must see for anyone searching for their dream home. The Mill Valley median listing price for 2016 was $1.8 million.
The heart of the town is Lytton Square, where tourists gather, children play, dogs romp and adults sip coffee at tables from a former Greyhound Bus terminal.
The area is known for the convergence of coffee purveyors at the intersection of Throckmorton and Miller avenues. All are normally busy and are often used as the mid-morning coffee break sites for the many residents who work at home. There are high-end pet stores and baby stores, as well as wine stores and the city's historic grocery store, the Mill Valley Market, which is next to City Hall on Corte Madera Avenue.
Mill Valley is also noted for the annual, world-renowned Mill Valley Film Festival and the legendary foot race, the Dipsea, the second oldest of its kind in the United States, dating to 1905. Every June, runners compete in the grueling 7.1-mile cross country race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach.
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