Marinwood, San Rafael

san rafael's sleepy, northernmost outpost packs a big punch with easy 101 access and family vibe


Welcome to Marinwood, San Rafael

It's easy to understand why Marinwood is a super popular destination for families, given its primo access to the 101 and the blissful feeling of being "away from it all" once arriving there.  It's also got a sweet, friendly reputation for community, maybe because of its attractive, well-organized Marinwood Community Center complete with pool, swim team, tennis program and even a "Camps" program operating during the summer and in school breaks that draws kids from around central Marin.  

When in Marinwood.....

  • Stock up on red vines and watch a Waterdevils swim meet.
  • Hit the local park and meet new friends.
  • Head to nearby Ignacio Valley Preserve open space for hiking/biking/running/horsebackriding. 
  • Brush up on conversational Italian or Spanish at one of the adult classes offered through the Marinwood Community Center.

Price Per Square Foot


Median Home Price

$1.15 million

Walkability Score


Walk/Bike score says, "Almost all errands require a car." 





Students in Marinwood mostly attend Mary E. Silveira Elementary, though some will attend Dixie.  Click here for a boundary map

Mary E. Silveira Elementary

great schools rating: 9/10 | School grades: B

Mary E. Silveira is part of the Dixie School District.  Though its scores rank somewhat lower than nearby Dixie, its students benefit from the same District-wide fundraising entity, Can Do, with enrichment in the form of PE, art, music, and technology.  There is also a GATE program for students who qualify.  There is a strong, active parent organization to support fundraising for Mary E. Silveira students, called MESHSA (Mary E. Silveira Home and School Association).  Read more information, below, about how fundraising is balanced between school and District.



Dixie elementary is part of the Dixie School District.  Test scores at Dixie regularly top the County for students achieving state proficiency.  There is also a GATE program for students who qualify.  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.  Dixie elementary school raises needed funds for "extras" like art, PE, music, and technology mainly through the District fundraising entity, Can Do, which pools money over the three elementary schools and one middle school in the Dixie School District.  Dixie also fundraises for its own school (separately from the other schools in the district) through the active Parent Club. However, this fundraising is monitored by the District to ensure that the larger fundraising efforts are directed toward Can Do. Contact Dixie School District for more details.  



Miller Creek Middle School is part of the four schools in the highly regarded Dixie school district.  It is supported by the Can Do fundraising entity and parent clubs, which provide enrichment in the form of art, music, PE and technology.   


High schoolers in this neighborhood usually choose to attend public Terra Linda High School, although they could choose to attend San Rafael High School.  

Popular private choices in the Dixie School District are Mark Day (San Rafael), St. Anselm's (San Anselmo), San Domenico (which has an efficient bus service from San Rafael to the San Anselmo campus), and Marin Academy (private high school in San Rafael) or Marin Catholic (Catholic high school, Greenbrae).



By car to Golden Gate Bridge: 30 min

Marinwood's close proximity to the 101 makes it a slightly easier hop to San Francisco than from Lucas Valley.  

Hand-Picked Marinwood, San Rafael Realtors

liz mccarthy

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




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


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