Belvedere is a residential incorporated city located on the San Francisco Bay in Marin County, California, United States. Consisting of two islands and a lagoon, it is connected to the Tiburon Peninsula by two causeways. At the 2020 census, the population was 2,126. The per-capita (per person) income of Belvedere residents in the year 2000 was $250,000, but currently the average income is $283,000, making it one of the highest-income cities in California and the eighth highest-income community in the United States (highest with a population of over 1,000 residents). Belvedere and Tiburon share a post office and the 94920 ZIP code.
The City of Belvedere is located in Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, and was incorporated in 1896. The City is less than one square mile in size, surrounded on three sides by the waters of San Francisco Bay. The population of just over 2,000 are clustered in three neighborhoods:
The city is completely built out with single-family homes and approximately 100 rental units. The terrain is predominantly hilly and lush. Many residences were designed by famous architects and are considered historically significant. There are spectacular views of San Francisco, Angel Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, and Mt. Tamalpais, but no public beach or boat launching area.
The weather in Belvedere is extraordinary. Coastal breezes keep the air fresh and clear and the temperatures moderate all year. The average low in January is 42.9 degrees, the average high in July only 74.9. The city has mostly sunny conditions 260 days out of the year.
The median age in Belvedere is 53. For many years the population has been predominantly 55 years of age and older, however the number of young families with children is steadily growing. The city hosts swarms of children at its newly renovated playground, the most popular children's park in southern Marin.
Most of Belvedere's working population commutes to San Francisco. Many residents work as consultants out of their homes. There is no downtown in Belvedere. Shoppers find the usual products and services immediately outside the city limits in the Town of Tiburon's shopping centers and stores.
Volunteerism is a major way of life in Belvedere. Quieter in temperament than their counterparts in Palm Beach and Manhattan, Belvedere's residents mostly eschew lavish fundraisers and instead roll up their sleeves to help restore historic structures, plant community gardens, mend books for the library, help design the renovation of parks, and serve on the PTA. Residents actively serve on the boards of dozens of Marin County and San Francisco museums, performing arts groups, charities, and community foundations.
Depending on where their homes are located, residents of Belvedere enjoy views of San Francisco, Angel Island, Sausalito, the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco and Richardson Bays, and Mount Tamalpais.
Houses on Belvedere and Corinthian Islands encompass a range of periods and architectural styles from Victorian to Mediterranean to post-and-beam "mid-century modern". Many are "cliff-hangers". Houses on the Belvedere Lagoon were designed by architects in the 1950s and 1960s. Houses on the lagoon have their own boat docks. Many of the homes on Belvedere and Corinthian Islands have docks with access to San Francisco Bay.
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