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Cathy Youngling: California Real Estate & Homes - Marin County

Stinson Beach / Muir Beach / West Marin

Stinson Beach / Muir Beach / West Marin Links

Lifestyle. Living in these majestic, breath taking areas is about a choice of lifestyle.

Marin has beach communities that each have their own personality. In Muir Beach homes are situated on the cliffs above the small beautiful beach. The vistas are magical, and the lifestyle reflective and relaxed. Many creative folk have called Muir Beach home. Amazingly this community is only about 15 minutes to Mill Valley, but it is a million miles away in its mood.

Stinson Beach on the other hand is buzzing with visitors on weekends. Its long stretch of sandy beach attracts surfers, and sun-worshipper. The housing here could be a small shack or a multi million dollar retreat. The gated community of Seadrift is an exclusive neighborhood affording the residents a sense of privacy and privilege. Stinson is not without its culture, every summer there are wonderful Shakespearean plays performed “at the beach.”

Bolinas may be the most mysterious town in Marin. The people who live here don’t enjoy tourists and so, the street sign pointing the way to Bolinas, magically disappears on a regular basis. Set on a plateau between Tomales Bay and Stinson Beach, Bolinas has a rural and artistic flavor.

Dillon Beach is the Marin community the furthest north on the coast. It has a unique collection of trailers above the beach, a “resort”, and a neighborhood of homes on the hill with extraordinary views.

The communities of West Marin are agricultural, individual and full of history. As you drive from point to point you are struck by the amount of land that lies between. This is in large part due to the Marin Agricultural Land Trust whose purpose is to help preserve the land for agricultural purposes and protect it from development.

No trip to Marin is complete without visiting the Point Reyes National Seashore. It is a visit that will prove to be awe-inspiring. If possible plan to hike and camp here for a couple of days.

This part of Marin is what sets this wonderful county apart from the rest. It is hard to believe that nature is so close at hand when you are only minutes from one of the most sophisticated cities on earth.