Nestled in the foothills of towering Mount Tamalpais, Mill Valley is an intimate community whose beauty is only matched by its rich history.
Festivals, parades, and events of all kinds often take place in the central plaza as residents celebrate their sense of community.
Mill Valley has a commuter express bus stops to speed you into downtown San Francisco in less than 30 minutes. Estimate drive time is 20 minutes without commute traffic. Alternatively, the Sausalito Ferry is 4 miles away and a 10-minute drive.
Since the Coast Miwok inhabited this region thousands of years ago, people have been enjoying Mill Valley’s natural environment. Today, there are municipally maintained open-space reserves, parks, and coastal habitats, and these areas, along with the Mediterranean climate, allow the residents to enjoy outdoor recreation all year round. There is also a thriving downtown in Mill Valley as well. Revolving around Lytton Square, the business district is home to art galleries, trendy fashion boutiques, open-air coffee shops, and more. Festivals, parades, and events of all kind are also seen taking place in this central plaza as residents celebrate their sense of community.
These charming characteristics, along with the excellent school district make Mill Valley an amazing place to reside and a perfect setting to raise a family.
Location, Climate and Weather in Mill Valley
Located on 4.8 square miles Mill Valley lies between Mt. Tamalpais on the west, the city of Tiburon on the east, the City of Corte Madera on the north and the Golden Gate National Recreational Area (GGNRA) on the south. There are two beautiful streams that flow from the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais through Mill Valley to the San Francisco Bay, the Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio and Cascade Creek. The town is surrounded by hundreds of acres of federal, state and county park lands. The environmental advocacy on the part of the residence ensures that the nature enveloping the city will thrive for future generations. Mill Valley experiences a mild Mediterranean climate. Winter lows rarely drop below freezing and summer highs rarely peak 90 degrees. This weather allows locals to enjoy outdoor recreation virtually all year long.
Mill Valley Schools
The Mill Valley School District has five elementary schools and one middle school with an enrollment of approximately 2,200 students in grades kindergarten through eight. Four of the schools are located within the City of Mill Valley, while two are in the adjacent unincorporated areas of Strawberry and Tamalpais Valley. The Mill Valley School District is ranked at “10” by the Great Schools organization. Schools Edna Maguire Elementary, Mill Valley Middle, Old Mill, Park, Strawberry Point and Tamalpais Valley all rank in mid-900’s by the California Department of Education Academic Performance Index (API). Tamalpias High School is nationally ranked and recognized as one of the premier high school’s in the nation with some of the State’s highest test scores, rates of graduation and college acceptance.