Forbes, San Rafael

 super walkable to downtown san rafael, but this family neighborhood retains a friendly, peaceful vibe


Welcome to Forbes, San Rafael

Downtown San Rafael is by far one of the most colorful, diverse areas in Marin County, and Forbes is close enough to absorb some of this vibrance but also feels like a reasonably quiet, peaceful community somewhat out of the fray. There's a good mix of home types in the area, from historical beauties to Mission-style to more modern bungalows. With a reasonable (for Marin) price point and a higher-scoring public elementary school serving most of the community (Sun Valley Elementary), Forbes is a popular, convenient San Rafael option. 

When in Forbes.....

  • Head to Sun Valley Park for a family picnic and pick-up basketball.
  • Walk to nearby West End for dinner.  Indian, Thai, Mexican, Italian... 
  • Johnny's Donuts for fancy, organic donuts on weekends.
  • Walk to Le Comptoir for French cheese and a bottle of wine to take home.

Price Per Square Foot


Median Home Price

$1.15 million

Walkability Score


Walk/Bike score says, "Walkers paradise." 





sun valley elementary


Sun Valley Elementary is part of the San Rafael City Schools District.  Among San Rafael City District elementary schools, Sun Valley performs at the top for students reaching state proficiency in reading and math.  Like most schools in Marin County, there is a funding gap between what the school receives from the State and the cost of a high-quality education.  Read more about finding your way around a California School District here.  Sun Valley Elementary raises needed funds for "extras" like art, PE, music, and technology with a combination of PTO fundraising (this money stays at the school), and Head's Up (the large, District fundraising structure which pools and distributes money across the District). Head's Up also receives money from a County-wide program designed to support public schools, Schools Rule.  An important distinction is that San Rafael City schools are not restricted in how much money they can raise for the school by a requirement to share funds raised with the District.  This means that schools in more affluent communities will generally raise more money than schools serving a lower-income population.  Sun Valley has a strong and active PTO.  In addition, the city of San Rafael voted in 2015 to approve a Bond measure which will pay for a $269 million dollar improvement program across the District.  The goal will be to create "safe, innovative learning environments and instructional technology to support 21st Century learning" across the District. Construction on this project will unfold over the next eight years.  



Davidson Middle School serves a large, diverse community in San Rafael.  It is also part of the San Rafael City Schools District.  Funds are raised through a combination of PTA and District support, though the Head's Up program.  


High schoolers in this neighborhood attend public San Rafael High School.  

San Rafael City public schools generally serve a wider spectrum of families, more reflective of the state and country as a whole than the more homogenous, extremely affluent communities in other areas of Marin County.  Compared to many elementary schools in San Rafael City school district, Sun Valley serves a more affluent community.  Lower test scores and issues with lower funding and high enrollment are issues that may drive some families to private school, although many students in the San Rafael City District attend public school and find opportunities for enrichment and engagement with the larger, somewhat more diverse community. Popular private choices are St. Patrick's (Larkspur), St. Anselm's (San Anselmo), San Domenico (which has an efficient bus service from San Rafael to the San Anselmo campus), Mark Day School (San Rafael), Marin Country Day (Corte Madera), and Marin Academy (private high school in San Rafael).



Traffic can get a little slow on Redhill through San Rafael to the 101, but being on the right side of "the Hub" at Sir Francis Drake means that the commute to the freeway or Larkspur ferry is reasonably smooth.   

Hand-Picked Forbes, San Rafael Realtors

jason holmes

Consistently ranking in the top 1% of Marin-Sonoma County realtors, Jason Holmes loves what he does, and the results speak for themselves.  An avid outdoorsman and father of three daughters, he prides himself on local knowledge of all kinds, from the best bike trails to public and private school options, to an extensive network of vendors on-call for his clients for everything from contractors to tile guys and movers.  As co-owner of Holmes Burrell Realtors, Jason manages a media-savvy in-house team of marketers and PR experts to maximize exposure for his listings. He operates by a client-centered, client-driven philosophy and makes every client his top priority, no matter the budget.  

"Jason was excellent and we could not have asked for more from our agent.  He continually exceeded my expectations in follow up, understanding our goals and ensuring that we purchased the perfect home.  I never once felt like this was a guy just trying to sell us a home.  Jason asked us questions about our goals, listened to our responses and then set out to find us exactly what we were looking for in a second home...we could not be more pleased with his work, his ethics and his knowledge.  I highly recommend him and will not hesitate to call him when we are looking for our next home."

Phone: 415.686.0589


yoko kasai

Yoko Kasai and her three partners at Front Porch Realty Group believe in collaborative, friendly alliances with their clients, always with their best interests in mind. They combine high touch boutique service with comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the market. They believe that bigger is not often better and their casual, open, and friendly style attracts people that they love to work with. 

"I could not rate Yoko higher. She went above and beyond my expectations as a REALTOR. I will recommend her to anyone I know who is looking to buy or sell a home."

Phone: 415.847.6519


Liz McCarthy is a top producing Marin agent, awarded the prestigious "Outstanding Service Award" in 2009 by the California Women's Council of Realtors.  She prides herself on generating a referral-based business, working tirelessly for her clients.  Liz specializes in helping prospective homebuyers find the perfect Marin County neighborhood, and even hosts bi-monthly seminars for anyone thinking of moving to Marin County, with information about local schools, traffic, weather and more. Her top priority is going above and beyond for her clients with her thoroughness, honesty and attention to detail.     

"When you pick someone to represent you, you need someone who knows the area, and has contacts.  This is what ultimately helped us buy an affordable place in a highly sought after neighborhood — Liz’s connections.  The house never went on the market and we are so lucky because if it did we would’ve never survived a bidding war."

Phone: (415) 250-4929


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