San Rafael, centrally located in Marin County just 17 miles north of San Francisco, is comprised of five square miles of water and tidelands and 17 square miles of scenic rolling hills and flat land.
Downtown San Rafael offers Marinites an urban feel with the ease of a small town. Rich in cultural diversity, the central business area boasts an amazing variety of specialty restaurants and shops, in addition to a beautifully restored Art Deco theater that houses the famed California Film Institute. Also a part of the downtown area is one of the most popular and beloved landmarks of San Rafael: the Mission San Rafael Archangel. Founded in 1817, the mission is where the city holds its roots.
Another famous landmark in San Rafael is the Marin County Civic Center, a national and state designated historical landmark designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
The oldest and largest city (population 55,000+) in Marin, San Rafael enjoys a moderate Mediterranean climate, perfect for days spent on the city’s many trails and paths, or in any one of its 19 parks.
In addition to the cultural benefits of San Rafael, the city is home to home to the well-regarded Dominican University and the famous production studios of Lucas Arts.
Homes in San Rafael vary from condos, lofts and townhouses to Victorian charmers in Gerstle Park, country club estates and waterfront view homes. There is something for every budget in this small city with big appeal.