SAN RAFAEL

It is attractive to those who love the buzz of city life with plenty of amenities nearby.

Welcome to San Rafael

Situated 18 miles from the Golden Gate bridge and a straight shot down 101, San Rafael is the largest, most urban, and most culturally diverse area in Marin. It is attractive to those who love the buzz of city life, but also crave the ease of living in open areas with plenty of amenities nearby. With a radius of 23 square miles, you can find a variety of San Rafael homes for sale at any given time that suits your taste and personality.
 

Why Buy San Rafael Real Estate?

The numerous neighborhoods offer plenty of variety in terms of San Rafael homes for sale. There are areas for those families or individuals who want strong community connections, areas for those who prefer more privacy, and everything in between. Architecturally speaking, there is a style of home in San Rafael for all tastes and budgets, from the quaint bungalow-style homes in Gerstle Park and Sun Valley to modern Eichler homes in Marinwood, tucked-away homes in Lucas Valley, and sprawling ranch homes in the Dominican on hillsides with unparalleled views.
 
The majority of public schools are San Rafael City Schools a district with seven elementary schools, one K-8, one middle school, and three high schools. The northern part of San Rafael is served by Miller Creek School District with three elementary schools and one middle school. There are also several private school options in the area, including Marin Academy and Marin Catholic.
 
San Rafael is a dining cornucopia. The food scene is varied with a large selection of cuisine types basically everything from American comfort food to French bistro fare; the Caribbean to Vietnamese and pretty much everything in between. Of note is Sol Food, an iconic and extremely popular Puerto Rican restaurant that doesn’t disappoint.
 
For those who like to shop and eat locally, San Rafael is home to a twice-weekly farmer’s market at the Marin Civic Center. In addition, from April through September on Thursday evenings, it blocks off a section of Fourth Street for a festive downtown farmer’s market featuring live music and entertainment, organic produce and numerous food stands.
 
San Rafael’s shopping mall, Northgate Mall in Terra Linda, houses major department stores as well as specialty stores. It is in the process of a major transformation into a modern, open-air, mixed-use shopping area with residential housing, which will infuse a new level of vibrancy to the area.
 
With so many choices in neighborhoods ranging in price, terrain, and design, there are many options of San Rafael homes for sale in order to make this vivacious city your new home.
 

Fun Facts & Statistics

The second northernmost of California's 21 missions, San Rafael was founded in 1817 as an adjunct mission to Mission Dolores in San Francisco. San Rafael was a hospital mission, tending the sick from Spanish settlements and natives.
 
San Rafael is Marin’s “Hollywood,” first made famous by George Lucas when he shot parts of his classic movie American Graffiti on the city’s downtown streets. In that film, Lucas included exterior shots of the Christopher B Smith Rafael Film Center, a venue that still exhibits first-run independent and studio films, documentaries, classics, retrospectives, and world cinema, and hosts special events with filmmakers from the Bay Area and from around the world.
 
San Rafael is the location of Marin County’s sole remaining one-room, Victorian-era schoolhouse, The Dixie Schoolhouse. Originally opened in 1864, it is now a historic landmark and popular school field trip destination.
 
As the County Seat, San Rafael is home to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Civic Center and the annual Marin County Fair.
 
San Rafael has a number of niche museums, including the quirky Museum of International Propaganda which displays political propaganda and memorabilia from around the world amassed over the past 35 years.
 

San Rafael Nature & Geography

China Camp State Park, nestled along the shores of San Pablo Bay, is the largest natural area in San Rafael with intertidal salt marsh, meadow, and oak habitats plus an abundance of wildlife. It offers numerous options for camping, hiking, and biking.
 
McInnis Park is a popular spot that offers beach access, a swimming pool in summer, and plenty of picnic tables for outdoor dining and birthday parties.
 
There are several open preserves great for hiking and biking, including Lucas Valley Preserve and Terra Linda Preserve.
 

A Perfect Day in San Rafael

There are oh so many ways to enjoy time with family and friends in the area once you’ve done research on San Rafael properties and found your perfect fit. Start with a delicious and satisfying breakfast downtown at Theresa and Johnny’s Comfort Food, or treat yourself at the wildly popular Johnny’s Doughnuts. If it’s a Thursday or a Sunday, trek over to the farmer’s market at the Civic Center to stock up on locally grown produce, fresh seafood, flowers, and another locally made fare. Or visit the Falkirk Cultural Center to take a step back in time and revisit old San Rafael.
 
Animal lovers can visit Wildcare animal sanctuary to say hello to exotic animals being lovingly cared for while they recuperate from illness or injury. Art aficionados can go to Art Works in the downtown area to peruse art, jewelry, and ceramics made by local artisans.
 
There are oh-so-many lunch and dinner options, including Italian food on the patio at Café Arriverderci, a burger at Pond Farm Brewery, sushi at hot spot Shiro Kuma, Latin fusion at LaVier Cuisine or a little bit of everything at modern gastropub The State Room. For something different, venture over to Terrapin Crossroads on the canal and owned by the former Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh, or try the Range Café at Peacock Gap Golf Course.
 

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Overview for SAN RAFAEL, CA

65,018 people live in SAN RAFAEL, where the median age is 47.2 and the average individual income is $59,067.96. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

65,018

Total Population

47.2 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$59,067.96

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for SAN RAFAEL, CA

SAN RAFAEL has 25,922 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in SAN RAFAEL do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 65,018 people call SAN RAFAEL home. The population density is 2,571.66 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

65,018

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

47.2

Median Age

49.22 / 50.78%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
25,922

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$59,067.96

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Around SAN RAFAEL, CA

There's plenty to do around SAN RAFAEL, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

14
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
15
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score
27
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Tutti Benvenuti, UNTUCKit, and Feather River Train Shop.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.17 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.7 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.01 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.74 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.1 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.29 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in SAN RAFAEL, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby SAN RAFAEL. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Madrone High Continuation
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
1st - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
Laurel Dell Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
No rating available
Montessori De Terra Linda
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
Vallecito Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Bahia Vista Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
James B. Davidson Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
Sun Valley Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Marin County Special Education
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
No rating available
Marin County Regional Occupational Program
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
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