The San Francisco Chronicle consistently ranks San Rafael as one of the best places to live in the Bay Area. Halfway between the city of San Francisco and the pastoral beauty of the wine country, San Rafael is a world unto itself.
San Rafael is the largest city in Marin and it brings a worldly twist to Marin’s outdoorsy charm. Its central downtown section offers a diverse selection of shops and restaurants, featuring an international spectrum of tastes.
Its lovingly restored Rafael Theater is simultaneously an architectural treasure and a center for the latest in films from all over the world. The County Civic Center was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and has been a movie set and a constant tourist attraction.
With fire roads and trails snaking through its surrounding rolling hillsides, San Rafael has enough variety to satisfy the most insatiable appetite for the outdoors. A wide variety of terrain provides the perfect setting for all sorts of adventures. And all this a mere 19 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge.