It’s safe to say there is no place else in the world quite like Mill Valley. Located in an idyllic woodsy setting at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais, it’s charming and sophisticated, laid back and happening all at the same time. The short drive into town from 101 makes it feel like you’re entering an alpine village, with crisp air and redwood-lined roads, culminating in a downtown that’s storybook charming. In many ways, Mill Valley is what people from other places picture when they think of Marin. The public schools are some of best and include; Tam High, Mill Valley Middle, Edna Maguire, Old Mill, Strawberry Point, Park and Tam Valley Elementary. If you prefer private schools you can choose between Marin Horizon or Greenwood. This ideal community includes a town square, numerous restaurants, boutiques, a movie theatre, a famous music hall and multiple linked steps and trails.
There’s a great family-owned market, a bookstore/cafe in an old train depot and a variety of upscale shops. Mill Valley has been able to maintain its small town vibe while offering big time services including two Whole Foods Markets, a fantastic public library, community center, access to Mt. Tamalpais, hiking, biking and multiple beaches. On your visit try; The Depot for breakfast or lunch, for dinner try El Paseo (sit at the bar for a more casual experience-limited seating), Playa, Bungalow 44 or Beerworks. Also, don’t miss Two Neat for a birthday cards and a laugh, Equator Coffee, and Illumigarden for curiosity. For surfing and skating pop by Proof Lab. Places to stay include Acqua Hotel or Mill Valley Inn. Home prices range from $700,000 for a condo/townhome to $10,000,000 for a luxury single family home. Each neighborhood around Mill Valley offers something unique. Properties in Blithedale Canyon take solace under the redwood canopy with a stream trickling nearby and popular Railroad Grade hiking and mountain biking trails. Homes on the ridge offer views, along with easy trail access. Tam Junction is a quick jaunt to Tennessee Valley, Tam Valley Elementary, Muir Beach, Little City Farms, and the fastest San Francisco commute.