Nestled at the foot of Mount Tamalpais and extending to the marshlands of Richardson Bay, Mill Valley has the charm of a small European village combined with the richness of a sophisticated community. Its right-out-the-back-door premier parklands, including Mount Tamalpais State Park, Muir Woods National Monument and Golden Gate National Recreation Area attract visitors from around the world. Mill Valley’s ready access to locally grown foods and wellness practitioners help its residents lead healthy, vibrant lives. Its close proximity to the city of San Francisco makes it a convenient location for City commuters. In 2012, The Smithsonian magazine released their 20 Best Small Towns in America list, and Mill Valley came in number 4.
Downtown Mill Valley is home to a number of unique boutique shops, galleries, and restaurants as well as high-end pet stores, baby stores, and the city’s venerable grocery store, the Mill Valley Market. Life is centered around Lytton Square in front of The Depot Bookstore and Cafe. On weekends, hikers, runners, musicians, and moms and dads with strollers are drawn to the plaza to linger over a cup of coffee, chat with friends or simply bask in the sunshine.