Situated at the northern tip of Marin County, Novato is surrounded by hilly open space and coastal marshlands. As the second largest city in Marin County, Novato offers a wide range of services and shopping, as well as a host of year-round outdoor activities.
Recently restored Grant Avenue has made downtown Novato a welcoming place for shopping and dining. The downtown hosts a Tuesday evening farmers market, outdoor movies and wine festivals. The nearby Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, anchored by Costco and Target, includes more than 50 retail stores and restaurants.
Novato is home to some of Marin County’s largest businesses, spanning biotech, cutting edge technology, wineries and premium tea. The Buck Institute for Research on Aging is the nation’s first independent research facility focused solely on understanding the connection between aging and chronic disease.