Known for its funky, rustic charm, Fairfax is a global thinking, environmentally conscious community, often considered the most progressive of Marin’s incorporated cities. Fairfax is home to many local artists and musicians, and there’s still a whiff of 1960s counterculture. It is proud to have passed ordinances preventing chain stores, take-out Styrofoam food packaging and plastic bags.

The town’s Mediterranean climate encourages outdoor activities year-round. Fairfax is a draw for families who appreciate that its elementary schools and middle school are ranked some of the best in the state.

Right next door are the redwood-studded lands of the Marin Municipal Water District, where residents can enjoy an abundance of hiking and mountain biking trails.

The Fairfax Marin Museum of Bicycling pays homage to biking in Marin County, generally regarded as the birthplace of the mountain bike. Just over the hill is West Marin, with its artisan cheeses and Point Reyes National Seashore.

On weekends, families head out for a short bike ride, returning in time to catch a little league game. Others might wait in line for organic ice cream at the Fairfax Scoop or picnic in the sun outside Good Earth Natural Foods. The town’s Art Deco era movie theater is the centerpiece of a vibrant nightlife, with top-notch restaurants and well-known clubs that draw a crowd from throughout Marin.

Homes in Fairfax are generally built on hillside lots, and many have multi-leveled decks. Redwood and vintage oak trees are a far more common sight than grassy yards. Real estate prices in Fairfax tend to be more affordable than many other Marin communities.

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