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.

Novato has more than 3,600 acres of open space, drawing both hikers and mountain bikers. The views from Mt. Burdell are outstanding. It has two public golf courses, the StoneTree Golf Club and the Indian Valley Golf Club, as well as a private course, Marin Country Club. Stafford Lake Park attracts visitors and residents who enjoy fishing, hiking, biking or day camping. Just north of Novato is the 900-acre Olompali State Historic Park.

Often considered the place to buy for homeowners looking for lower-priced Marin County real estate, Novato offers many higher end options as well, including: equestrian “mini ranches” along Indian Valley Road, luxury homes in Black Point, waterfront living on the lagoons of Bel Marin Keys, and custom-built homes tucked away in wooded Alameda Del Prado.

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