San Rafael, Marin County's civic hub located halfway between San Francisco and California's famous wine country, is Marin's oldest community and is the county's government, business, and cultural center. Famous for its temperate climate, San Rafael's location is optimal for taking day trips to scenic locations such as the Napa/Sonoma wine country, the Pt. Reyes National Seashore, and Muir Woods. Marin's second most popular tourist spot, the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center is located here as well as the replica of the historical Mission San Rafael Arcangel. San Rafael has 14 parks, yacht clubs, outstanding docking and launching facilities, tennis and swim clubs, an outstanding private high school and many miles of bicycle trails.
Serving as the county seat and the most populated city, San Rafael is a lovely bedroom community, vibrant college town, and historic residential haven all wrapped in one diverse city. The assortment of housing is diverse in size, age, architecture, and price range-which adds to the sense of balance within the community. Options range from contemporary homes in luxurious enclaves to condominiums that overlook the Bay, or spacious traditional estates in the Dominican section. North of town are many ranch-style and Eichler homes.
Activities are as varied as the housing in San Rafael, designed to fill the leisure hours of every age group with fun, exercise, and creativity. Wonderful parks, marinas, trails, tennis and swim clubs, Falkirk Cultural Center, sports programs, and classes from dance to music are waiting to be explored and enjoyed. Downtown San Rafael offers a variety of wonderful restaurants, live music venues and an independent film center.
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