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Cathy Youngling: California Real Estate & Homes - Marin County

San Rafael

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In the beginning of Marin there were the Miwok Indians. Then along came Father Serra who established the Mission San Rafael. From that day on San Rafael became the center of Marin and is so today, serving as the county seat.

San Rafael is large in area, and diverse in neighborhoods. Large portions of San Rafael follow the shores of the Bay. There are marinas and parks and homes that benefit from this water orientation. Birdlife abounds on the shores of the Bay. Many people keep boats in San Rafael, on which they fish or sail.

There are many neighborhoods in San Rafael with distinctively differ characters. A few of them are Country Club, Dominican, Sun Valley, Gerstle Park, Terra Linda, Los Ranchitos, the Canal, Peacock Gap, Glenwood, Forbes, and Marinwood.

One neighborhood may be abundant with Victorians, another full of Eichlers. You may be hard pressed to find a single family home in one neighborhood, and it may be difficult to find a home with out a gate at another. Truly San Rafael is the most diverse city in Marin.

There are two schools districts in San Rafael, San Rafael Unified and Dixie. Higher Education is found at Dominican University, set on a beautiful campus, this University has been steadily growing a fine reputation.

One of the jewels of Marin and California are the impressive buildings of the Marin Civic Center. The buildings were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and their modernistic design has led for them to be featured in several Sci-Fi thrillers. A visit here is a must for anyone coming to Marin.

San Rafael downtown has undergone a kind of renaissance. It is vibrant and alive. The Italian Street painting done as a way to raise money for arts in the schools has become a major event. Farmers markets are held both at the Civic Center and downtown.

If you want a city, full of diversity, history and life, come to San Rafael. At the heart of Marin.