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SAN RAFAEL

As Marin’s most populous city, it is the most culturally diverse, and home to a variety of diverse neighborhoods and homes to fit every budget and taste, from modest condos to multi -million-dollar estate properties.

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San Rafael enjoy’s the temperate climate throughout its 22.4 square miles. It has an excellent school district, many different neighborhoods and is an amazing place to raise a family.

San Rafael is approximately 22 square miles, the second largest city in Marin after Novato.

San Rafael is the central bus hub in Marin County. Conveniently located in downtown San Rafael and immediately adjacent to the 101 Highway. The bus ride to San Francisco is about 45 minutes. San Rafael is located 20 miles from Lombard Street in San Francisco and estimated drive time is 35 minutes without commute traffic. Alternatively, the Larkspur Ferry Terminal is located 5 miles south in Larkspur Landing.

San Rafael’s deep-rooted history in Marin County can still be felt today. Many of the turn-of-the-century buildings have been restored and are beautiful remnants of times past. These buildings include the Marin History Museum, the Falkirk Cultural Center, and the 106-year-old Dominican University. An enduring symbol of the town, the Mission San Rafael Arcangel, is an authentic recreation. It was founded in 1817 as part of California’s mission chain and is a replica of the original mission. The Marin Civic Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is an architectural treasure and a nationally designated historical landmark.
San Rafael enjoy’s the temperate climate throughout its 22.4 square miles. It has an excellent school district, many different neighborhoods and is an amazing place to raise a family.

Location, Climate, and Weather in San Rafael

Located in the North Bay 15 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, San Rafael is the oldest city in Marin County. San Rafael is approximately 22 square miles, the second largest city in Marin after Novato. There are 30 recognized neighborhoods in the San Rafael General Plan. Some of the most notable are Gerstle Park, which is west of downtown Fourth Street and features historic homes, Forbes, Sun Valley, West End, the Canal which borders the San Francisco Bay, Terra Linda, which features many Eichler homes and the Northgate Shopping Mall, Santa Venetia, an area near the Civic Center that extends to the Bay, and the affluent Country Club, Dominican, and Peacock Gap areas.

The town enjoys mild winter lows seldom reaching the freezing mark. Average temperatures range from the middle 40s to the low 80s, with around 34 inches of rain annually.

San Rafael Schools

The city of San Rafael serves more than 5,400 students at 11 different schools and is comprised of two different school districts.
The first is San Rafael City Schools which administers six elementary schools, one middle school, a combination elementary/middle school, two comprehensive high schools, a continuation high school, and an independent study high school.

The second is Dixie School District which oversees four schools: Dixie Elementary, Mary Silveira Elementary, Miller Creek Middle School, and Vallecito Elementary. High school students in the Dixie School District attend Terra Linda High School which is part of the San Rafael City Schools district.

There are many private schools to allow students to pursue their own distinct brand of education. To name just a few; Saint Raphael School, established in 1889, is a Catholic institution and serves pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Marin Waldorf School provides an education that will prepare children to fulfill their highest potential as free human beings energized by a life-long joy for learning for children in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Brandeis Hillel Day School is an independent co-educational school for students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade and whose mission is to serve the Jewish community by providing children with an outstanding academic program in general and Judaic studies. Marin Academy is a college preparatory high school whose mission invites students to reflect and demand action, creating a vibrancy that captures their attention and imagination.

Dominican University of San Rafael is an independent international school with a long history in the community, and excellent academics.