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Get to know Mill Valley

When most people think of Marin County, they’re likely picturing Mill Valley, a happening place at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais. The drive into town from 101 makes it feel like you’re entering an alpine village, with crisp air and redwood-lined roads culminating in a downtown of storybook-level charm. There’s a family-owned market, a bookstore-café in the old train depot, and a top shelf variety of shops and eateries. Mill Valley hosts the nation’s oldest cross-country trail running event, The Dipsea Race, each June, along with a popular autumn film festival. Tuesday night stand-up goes down at The Throck, where locally-rooted celeb comics are known to drop in. Residents of Blithedale Canyon take solace under the forest canopy, while Tam Junction has the shortest San Francisco commute. Each neighborhood offers something unique.

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Living in Marin County

Marin County represents the best of two amazing worlds. It has easy access to the global metropolis that is San Francisco yet is rich with the wonders of the natural in its parks, trails, and beaches. As an urban place, Marin is an assortment of small towns, each with its own distinct vibe. As a natural place (one, it should be noted, that’s noticeably sunnier than the city) it contains giant forests and miles upon miles of hiking and biking trails, and it’s close to the agricultural and vinicultural wonderlands of Napa and Sonoma. Those who want to live in Marin and work in the city enjoy what may be the world’s most beautiful commute options — either via the Golden Gate Bridge or by ferry (or even kayak) across the San Francisco Bay.