Welcome to Stinson Beach
If continuous waterfront views, long days lounging at the beach and a small town aura sounds like an idyllic existence, then a Stinson Beach home for sale might be ideal for you—either to enjoy permanently or part-time. Stinson Beach feels like a world away, but is only 20 miles from San Francisco and the more populated areas of Marin County.
Why buy property in Stinson Beach, CA?
If you are one of those lucky people who can live and work anywhere, it could be a great time to look at Stinson Beach homes for sale. The small but mighty beach community has a tiny population, so people tend get to know each other well. At the same time, Stinson Beach draws its fair share of visitors, so it can support restaurants, shopping and even a full service grocery store.
Fun Facts & Geography
Stinson Beach is named after Nathan Stinson (and his wife Rose,) founders of the Willow Camp for tourists in 1890. By 1900, visitors could ride a ferry and train from San Francisco, then catch a stagecoach down to Willow Camp, all within one day.
Around 1950, developers were clamoring to expand the housing in Stinson Beach, so the beach was turned over to the State of California to help preserve the area’s quiet charm. The establishment of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 1972 placed Stinson Beach under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. These two moves have enabled Stinson Beach to remain a small community.
Stinson Beach is great for beach volleyball, and fishing is allowed with a license. Because of the plentiful waves, Stinson is very popular with surfers, too.
A Perfect Day in Stinson Beach
You did it…you found your perfect Stinson Beach home for sale, and now it’s all yours. Time to enjoy the sweet life in a small, charming beach town.
Start the day early and take a long morning walk on the three-mile-stretch of beachfront, taking in the views as you trek along. You might even spot some shells or sea lions along the way.
Stinson Beach has several great dining options, most with water views. Try one of the best known ones, the Sand Dollar, which the town’s oldest eating establishment first opened in 1921 and known for its seafood dishes. There also the Breakers Café, which serves brunch, lunch and dinner.
Adjacent to Stinson Beach is majestic Mt. Tamalpais, providing lots of opportunities to hike a good bit of the afternoon away. Or, due to the fact that the beauty of Stinson tends to attract creative types, there are a number of art galleries to wander through which sell everything from garden sculptures to seaside paintings and portraits.
For an afternoon treat, head over to the Parkside Snack Bar across from the beach parking lot, and grab a soft-serve ice cream. It’s next to a playground, ideal for the younger set.
End your day with a beach picnic and toast the sunset. After all, the fact that you’ve found your perfect piece of Stinson Beach real estate is something to celebrate every day.