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.

Many well-known Bay Area musicians have chosen to make Mill Valley their home. Mill Valley’s Sweetwater Music Hall has hosted some of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll since it first opened in 1972. Runners know Mill Valley as the starting gate to the annual Dipsea Race, dating from 1905. The Mountain Play, held in a natural amphitheater on Mt. Tamalpais, has been a San Francisco Bay Area tradition since 1913. The annual Mill Valley Film Festival is a celebration of the best in independent and world cinema.

Mill Valley’s seven public schools are some of the best in California, consistently receiving ratings of 9 or 10 out of 10. Widespread community support for public education means strong approval of parcel taxes and bond measures.

Real estate in Mill Valley ranges from small bungalows tucked away in secluded redwood canyons, to contemporary homes with sweeping views of Mount Tamalpais or San Francisco Bay.

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