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San Rafael

San Rafael was founded by the Spanish in 1817, when Vicente Francisco de Sarría established Mission San Rafael Arcángel, initially as an asistencia (sub-mission). San Rafael Arcángel was upgraded to full mission status in 1822, a month before Alta California declared independence from Spain as part of Mexico. Following the American Conquest of California, the community of San Rafael incorporated as a city in 1874.

Welcome to San Rafael

 

 
San Rafael is a jewel of a city just north of San Francisco where you’re likely to spend weekends choosing between a plethora of multicultural meals out with friends or stand-up paddle boarding on the bay. With an easy commute to the city, this neighborhood has maintained its own unique and thriving identity.
 

Key Details

 

  • WHAT TO EXPECT

     

    A vibrancy that’s unparalleled anywhere else in Marin County.

     

  • THE LIFESTYLE

     

    Diverse and inclusive, with an easygoing attitude.

     

  • UNEXPECTED APPEAL

     

    San Rafael is an artistic center of Northern California with cultural offerings that surprise and delight.

     

  • THE MARKET

     

    Diversity in housing is part of this neighborhood’s identity, with picturesque Victorians, midcentury homes built by renowned architects and everything in between.

     

  • YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH

     

    A variety of neighbors, cuisines, outdoor activities and cultural events in one of the healthiest cities in the state.

     

Attributes

 

busy, culturally diverse, convenient, artistic, eclectic
 

LOCATED IN SAN RAFAEL, CA

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Commute Times
San Francisco 40m by car
Silicon Valley 80m by car
 
 

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San Rafael:


There is so much to explore in San Rafael, whether you’re looking for culture, adventure or convenience.

 

San Rafael is the ideal jumping off point to the best of Northern California: 40 minutes to San Francisco via ferry, 30 minutes to wine country and five minutes to a scenic waterfront park.

 

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What to expect:


A vibrancy that’s unparalleled anywhere else in Marin County.

 

At its heart, San Rafael is the heartbeat of the area, with its vibrant downtown and artistic bent — Frank Lloyd Wright designed Civic Center, and George Lucas established Lucasfilm here in 1971 — but it has the town and community vibes locals love.

 

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The lifestyle:


Diverse and inclusive, with an easygoing attitude.

 

A walkable downtown with easy access to the San Francisco Bay and multicultural culinary treasures, San Rafael puts you in the heart of it all, and yet, as you explore downtown or even host a cookout, you’ll discover the unique way this neighborhood manages to maintain its relaxed attitude.

 

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Unexpected appeal:


San Rafael is an artistic center of Northern California with cultural offerings that surprise and delight.

 

Nightlife here is slower than in San Francisco, but you’ll discover its thriving art scene here when you take in an indie flick at downtown’s famed film center or find yourself swept up in the college-town atmosphere at a local cafe on a sunny weekend morning.

 

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The market:


Diversity in housing is part of this neighborhood’s identity, with picturesque Victorians, midcentury homes built by renowned architects and everything in between.

 

Homes in San Rafael are relatively affordable, compared to the rest of Marin County, with median values topping out at about $1.3m, and with that comes an eclectic array of gorgeous and practical homes with a wide variety in price and style so there’s something for almost anyone.

 

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You'll fall in love with:


A variety of neighbors, cuisines, outdoor activities and cultural events in one of the healthiest cities in the state.

 

Life and activity are part of what make San Rafael the bustling cultural epicenter that it is, but it’s the relaxed attitude and gorgeous weather that make it seem like home, and miles away from the busy urban hubs to the south.

 

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