San Rafael is a jewel of a city just north of San Francisco where you’re likely to spend weekends choosing between a plethora of multicultural meals out with friends or stand-up paddle boarding on the bay. With an easy commute to the city, this neighborhood has maintained its own unique and thriving identity. San Rafael is the ideal jumping off point to the best of Northern California: 40 minutes to San Francisco via ferry, 30 minutes to wine country and five minutes to a scenic waterfront park.
At its heart, San Rafael is the heartbeat of the area, with its vibrant downtown and artistic bent — Frank Lloyd Wright designed Civic Center, and George Lucas established Lucasfilm here in 1971 — but it has the town and community vibes locals love.
San Francisco 40m by car
Oakland 60m by car
WHAT TO EXPECT
A vibrancy that’s unparalleled anywhere else in Marin County.
Diverse and inclusive, with an easygoing attitude.
San Rafael is an artistic center of Northern California with cultural offerings that surprise and delight.
Diversity in housing is part of this neighborhood’s identity, with picturesque Victorians, midcentury homes built by renowned architects and everything in between.
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
A variety of neighbors, cuisines, outdoor activities and cultural events in one of the healthiest cities in the state.