Welcome to Mill Valley
Though there are faint traces here and there around Mill Valley of its former glory as a hippy enclave that once hosted John and Yoko in the 70's, it is now most definitely the bohemian chic heartland of Marin. Its weather pattern is distinctly San Francisco, with fog rolling in most days. But who can resist the glorious green hills, breezy City commute (by bike if you're up for it), and the downtown plaza that could almost be mistaken for any old charming Main Street America. That is, if the founder of Restoration Hardware or Remodelista weren't sitting next to you.
When in mill valley
- Bike, hike or stroll. The gorgeous scenery is what you're paying the big bucks for!
- Hang out in the plaza with a cup of coffee while your kids play.
- Drive out to ogle the ancient redwoods at Muir Woods or hit the beach.
- Train for a triathlon.
- Dinner with the family at Molina.
- Retire in your late 20's after founding an Internet empire.
Mill Valley is an open enrollment district serving five elementaries and one shared middle school. This is important because your child will not necessarily attend your neighborhood school at the elementary level. Link to enrollment information here. All elementary schools in Mill Valley are generally comparable by test scores, although Edna Maguire scores slightly lower in School Grade rankings than Park or Old Mill, which are also in the downtown Mill Valley area (Edna Maguire scores a B instead of an A). Ask an expert Hoodvibe agent in this market (see below) about the latest school district information and check out the Mill Valley District website (proximity makes a difference to whether your child will attend their neighborhood school but it is only one in a range of factors). Kiddo is the Mill Valley fundraising organization which pools money between schools across the District to supplement programs that would have been otherwise cut because of California state budget restrictions. More about finding your way around a California School District here. PTA fundraising per school is determined by Kiddo and the School District, but there are restrictions on per-school fundraising to ensure equitable distribution across the District.
Mill Valley Middle School is highly ranked by both Great Schools and School Grades. It is a large school, serving all of the Mill Valley community moving on from the five elementary schools, and enrichment funding is also channeled through Kiddo and the Mill Valley Middle PTSA.
The most popular high school option for students in Mill Valley is nearby Tam High, although some students do apply to attend Redwood High School in Larkspur (also in the Tamalpais Union School District) with its super-academic reputation.
Although many move to Mill Valley for the strong public schools, being so close to San Francisco and not short on cash, a steady trickle of kids attend nearby privates. Popular choices include Marin Country Day (Corte Madera), Marin Academy (San Rafael) or Branson School (Ross) and City privates like Hamlin School for Girls, Town School for Boys, Sacred Heart, or Stuart Hall.
Easy peasy hop onto the 101 into SF.
Hand-Picked Mill Valley Realtors
A consistent top producer in Marin County, Chelsea began her real estate career in 2003. Previously, she spent nearly a decade in the financial industry, the majority of her focus in institutional equity research sales to domestic and foreign institutions in the U.S., Italy, Switzerland, and the U.K. Chelsea’s extensive research and sales experience, combined with her managerial skills demonstrated by running a successful equity sales team in London as a Managing Director with Bank of America Securities, and her personal interest in real estate, made for an easy transition into residential real estate sales.
"Residential real estate agents are a mixed bag. I've worked with five over the last several years and have interviewed several more. Chelsea is far superior to any I have dealt with and I would use her again and again. It's not just in one area that she excels. She is the complete package: smart, responsive, creative and tenacious. In a down market Chelsea took the listing for our house, developed a creative marketing approach, and attended every broker and buyer open house. Compare this to other brokers who will often attend the first or second opening and then outsource additional showings to other agents. In the rare instance that she doesn't answer her phone she will respond within the hour, if not within minutes. She priced our house right and sold it quickly. We were so impressed that we retained her on the buy side. That transaction was unusual and more complicated than several commercial deals I have worked on. Unfazed, Chelsea's skills were put to test, again with a successful result. She does not take "no" or "next week" or "maybe" for an answer. She drives results for her clients. In a crowded industry with uneven talent, Chelsea is the right choice."
This exceptional real estate team sold $105 million in 2015 alone. Marin county natives, Barr and Whitney have built their outstanding reputation in luxury Marin real estate on a lifetime of local expertise and relentless drive to guide their clients through high-stakes Marin County real estate transactions. Barr and Whitney's joint experience - Barr is a sixth generation Marin native and active Marin parent and Whitney brings a decade of experience at Bank of America Securities to the real estate industry - gives them a unique knowledge of the complex, competitive market in the most desirable Marin communities, with an eye to ensuring their clients are making a sound long-term investment.
"The Barr Whitney team was highly recommended to us by several friends and they did not dissapoint. Drawing on their many years of experience and expertise, they meticulously guided us through the entire process of selling our house and finding our new home. With multiple offers, our house sold quickly, and at the highest price per square footage in the area! Simultaneously, they found our new home and were able to negotiate a great price and swift closing. The Barr Whitney team was amazing to work with, they are a professional and talented team who always puts your needs and concerns first and we will definitely use them again!"
Sarah and Lotte are a super dynamic team of world-class realtors with a deep knowledge of the unique, high-stakes luxury market in Marin County. Both Sarah and Lotte are longtime San Francisco-Marin residents who have raised children in both public and private schools, and are fantastic resources on the Sausalito community. With extensive backgrounds in business before beginning respective careers in real estate and an international perspective (Lotte is a native of Denmark), they pride themselves on working tirelessly for their clients, with a unique blend of light-hearted humor and fierce negotiating strategy. Together, Lotte and Sarah support numerous local charities, including the Community Land Trust of West Marin (CLAM), and on their time off like nothing better than exploring local roads and trails, either running or biking.
"I have never seen two more competent, hardworking, professional REALTORS. I have been blown away by their service. I highly recommend them."