Welcome to Sleepy Hollow
Drive far enough up Butterfield Road in San Anselmo and you'll start to feel the pace slow, the lots spread out and a feeling of tranquility settle in. Welcome to what is known locally as "Sleepy Hollow" (there's a sign announcing your entry). Sleepy Hollow is home to a fiercely competitive swim team (the fearsome Sea Lions) and modest community swimming pool with imminent plans for an upscale redo. Long, meandering Butterfield Drive bisects the mostly single-story, ranch-style houses in the development, many of which still have barns and horse paddocks in the back yard (although the only horses that seem to be left in Sleepy Hollow belong to the San Domenico Riding Stables). Still, it's easy to imagine the days when neighbors rode from the backyard stable to nearby Sorich Park trails, now well-trodden by mountain biker and hill walker.
when in hidden valley...
- Family picnics in the summer at Sleepy Hollow Pool.
- Bike to Nicasio for lunch and back; beer after at Gestalt Haus.
- Fight off hungry vegans for the last scoop of roasted cauliflower at Good Earth.
- Drive out to Stinson for a day at the beach.
- Meet your buddies for beer and pub games at the Dugout Bar.
- Kids play soccer and baseball at nearby Memorial Park.
San Anselmo's much buzzed-about addition to downtown. Hip, beautifully crafted clothes for the whole family and home decor, plus a screenprinting studio in the back.
Get your classic men's cut and hear all the local news, or join a lively debate about Stones vs. Beatles.
Homemade ice cream with local flavors and homemade waffle cone. It's worth waiting in the long lines for this unique deliciousness.
Local organic food mecca. Health nuts and slow food appreciators across the county and beyond are drawn to this Fairfax-born market with fresh groceries and a thriving warm food selection to eat in the bustling cafe or take home. Don't deny yourself a Limantour Lassi.
Trendy, designer clothes and shoes in downtown San Anselmo.
We dare you to leave without at least one book under your arm.
European eclectic classics.
Fancy groceries with full-service deli and warm food options. Famously friendly service (for Marin).
A newcomer to San Anselmo (as of 2016), this is a solid choice for a delicious, locally sourced and "responsibly raised" burger with all the fixins, plus they serve boozy milkshakes. Yum.
Popular, fancy-pizza and seasonal Italian food in a relaxed setting. Bring the family for lunch post-soccer at Redhill Field.
French comfort food done with a California farm-to-table twist.
Rustic elegance and tasty modern Italian food make this a popular choice for nice family dinners, or date nights.
The best fried egg sandwich you'll ever have.
Bring the whole family for delicious Mexican food, and watch the game while you're at it.
GREAT SCHOOLS RATING: 9/10 | SCHOOL GRADE RATING: Not available
Hidden Valley draws mainly from nearby Sleepy Hollow and pockets of Fairfax and other San Anselmo neighborhoods. Enrollment can exceed spaces available so check with Ross Valley School District to see whether your child will be overflowed to another elementary school. Fundraising can be a challenge in Ross Valley, with a district that spans two somewhat different communities (San Anselmo and Fairfax) across four elementaries and a shared middle school, a tightly regulated fundraising entity (the YES Foundation), and the recent controversy over the Ross Valley Charter (MAP) School. Enrichment is especially concentrated toward music and the arts, with an outstanding music an arts program integrated through elementary and middle school.
White Hill Middle School
White Hill Middle School is an increasingly popular choice for San Anselmo and Fairfax families, with a nicely upgraded campus and strong administrative leadership improving its formerly mediocre reputation. In 2010, a Bond Measure was passed, granting $41 million dollars for improvements throughout Ross Valley School District. A large portion of this money was directed toward building many upgrades and new buildings on the White Hill campus, to reflect the increasing enrollment numbers in the District. White Hill makes up for the shortage in State funding with the YES foundation, and a moderately effective parent club which supplements YES. An outstanding Jazz and Concert Band program, plus a plethora of lunchtime clubs, add to the enrichment on campus.
At the high school level the district changes to Tamalpais Union High School District, serving most of Southern Marin with three large high schools (Redwood, Sir Francis Drake, and Tamalpais) and two smaller "alternative" high school options. Although it is generally easy for students to attend any of the three high schools, most students in San Anselmo choose nearby Sir Francis Drake ("Drake"). The district is better funded than RVSD, and all three schools perform well in state and national rankings, with Redwood considered the most academic.
A solid contingent of Sleepy Hollow families opt for nearby San Domenico School (on Butterfield Road), however many also attend Hidden Valley. Other popular private choices are nearby St. Anselm's, Cascade Canyon (Fairfax), Mark Day School (San Rafael), Marin Country Day (Corte Madera) and the Branson School (Ross).
The extra drive from the 101 delivers a feeling that you are "escaping the City" frenzy, but adds a little to commute time. Biking to the Larkspur Ferry (to SF) or even biking over the GG Bridge to work is not uncommon.
Hand-Picked Sleepy Hollow Realtors
Arun Burrell, co-founder of Holmes-Burrell Real Estate, is a lifelong resident of Marin County and a former Marin public school elementary school teacher turned rockstar realtor. With over 100 million dollars of property listed and sold, Arun has worked with clients on every kind of property from fixers to turnkey, condos to luxury estates. He and his wife are raising their daughter in Marin, and he loves to work with families. Arun attended Marin Catholic high school, and he has an insightful perspective on public and private school options. He is a top Marin realtor, and is a fantastic resource for homebuyers and sellers in Marin.
"From the first meeting with Arun until the day our home closed escrow, I could not have asked for more in a real estate agent. He made excellent suggestions to help in the sale of our property, and at the same time, was very respectful of our feelings about our home. Arun was kind, cheerful, courteous, and went above and beyond the call of duty to make the entire process easy for all involved. If I had another home to sell in the Marin area, there is not doubt that I would hire Arun to help me do so."
The Tam team, founded by husband and wife David and Kira Swaim, came from larger firms and drew upon their experience there to build a unique real estate boutique located in downtown San Anselmo. They wanted to bring a realness to the world of real estate. They wanted to cut through a lot of the red tape and the old school way of real estate thinking and get to the basics; connecting, serving and looking out for their clients. Their backgrounds in marketing, sales, construction and real estate easily melded together to create one of the top teams in Marin. Raising children in local San Anselmo schools, Kira and David are super knowledgable about local schools. They are deeply involved in the community and work tirelessly for their clients.
"David and Kira are an excellent team to work with. They're hard working, easy to get along with, and are very knowledgeable about the area, the real estate market, and house construction and maintenance."
As the #1 agent for buyers and sellers in San Anselmo 2010-2014, Eric Gelman brings impeccable knowledge and experience to the table for his clients. He thinks of himself as a business strategist as much as a real estate agent, and he and his team at Bradley Real Estate pride themselves on getting to know their clients' goals and aspirations, then implementing a buying and/or selling strategy that fits them perfectly and delivers what they want. Whether it's positioning his clients to get the house of their dreams in the highly competitive San Anselmo market, or developing a marketing strategy to get top price for a seller, Eric Gelman is a great choice.
"I have to admit that I was reluctant at first to hire an agent who is so popular. I wondered if I would get the level of time and attention I wanted to sell my home. But after meeting with Eric, I was so impressed with his strategic approach and knowledge that I decided to go with him. And what agreat decision it was! Eric was extremely helpful in getting my home ready for sale, from sprucing it up to staging. Throughout the whole process he was very responsive to all of my questions, requests, and inquiries--I always felt like I was a priority for him. He got multiple offers for my home at a level that exceeded my expectations. Eric helped make this one of the most satisfying business transactions I've ever been a part of."