Welcome to Sausalito
So close to San Francisco you can practically smell the sourdough bread baking in Fisherman's Wharf, Sausalito is nestled just behind the North Side of the Golden Gate Bridge. With killer views and an unbeatable commute, Sausalito tends to draw affluent City workers and retirees to its local community, and plays host to plenty of tourists taking day trips from San Francisco. Families are increasingly moving to Sausalito, tempted by the easy commute and the expansion of the popular local charter school, Willow Creek Academy. Sausalito is a proudly liberal, welcoming community, with over 35% of residents same-sex couples as of the 2010 Census. The diverse community, hustle and bustle by the shore, pleasantly meandering hilly streets and iconic collection of floating houses in the bay, make Sausalito truly a unique and wonderful place to call home.
when in SAUSALITO...
- Walk down to old-school local fave, Fred's, with the paper for breakfast.
- Take a picnic on an afternoon sail around the Bay. .
- Walk, bike, or hike on one of the gorgeous local trails or paths.
- Bypass the more touristy spots for a local dinner at Fish or Barrell House Tavern.
- Grab a cocktail and dinner at Cavallo Point. Have a lazy walk along the shore, taking in the views of the Golden Gate.
- Buy a Vespa. Pretend you're in Rome (but wear a sweater).
Sausalito Marin City School District, serving two demographically polarized communities (wealthy, homogenous Sausalito and lower-income, predominantly minority Marin City), has a long and complicated history. Its tiny, traditional K-8 public school (Bayside Martin Luther King) has struggled with low test scores and funding (despite being a Basic Aid school district, its smaller size has meant being stretched thinly to cover the whole school district hierarchy). For years, most Sausalito families sent their children to private schools, while Marin City students attended Bayside MLK. Now, a strong, public charter school has offered an opportunity for choice, and many Sausalito families have embraced Willow Creek Academy, also K-8, although according to Willow Creek, 50% of students at Willow Creek come from Marin City, so that school remains (arguably, according to some) representative of both communities. A highly controversial report conducted by the State at the request of the County Superintendent of Schools has concluded that Willow Creek has created a segregated school community and siphons badly needed funds from Bayside MLK, a charge that Willow Creek, and the Sausalito Marin City School District, heatedly contest. Read more here.
Although families increasingly move to Sausalito with the intention of their children attending Willow Creek Academy, private school is within easy range given Sausalito's great location. St. Hilary's in Tiburon (Catholic, parochial) is a very popular choice, but there is also the new Lycee Francais campus right in Sausalito, Marin Country Day (Corte Madera), and Marin Primary (Larkspur). You'll need the advice of a great real estate agent (we love our Hoodvibe recommended realtors, who are experts in the local school news) to help figure out which school will best suit your family.
Students from Sausalito-Marin City attend high school in the Tamalpais Union School District, with the closest high school being Tam High in Mill Valley.
by ferry: 25 minutes to sf
It's a magical commute by ferry from Sausalito across the Bay. There's also a great bus option, and (without traffic) a 10 minute hop to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Hand-Picked Sausalito Realtors
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."
This power-duo were recognized in 2015 as one of Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty "Top 5 Team Producers." Both have lived in Sausalito for 15+ years and most of their clients are referral-generated due to a high degree of client trust and loyalty. Camara found her love of realty after working in the mortgage industry for five years, handling diverse fields such as hedging, wholesale loan production, secondary marketing and builder development business. Nadine, a native of France, was the No. 1 Seller for the Eclectic Institute before beginning her successful career as a real estate agent. Both Camara and Nadine are deeply rooted in the Sausalito community, and pride themselves on local knowledge of everything from schools to Jazz by the Bay, to the best local remodeling teams. Charismatic and vibrant, Nadine and Camara like nothing better than helping their clients realize their dreams.
"Camara and Nadine have excellent communication skills. They kept us informed about everything that was going on. They thought of things that would come up, anticipated any issues that could arise, and kept us organized, and prepared for it all. I think they're terrific in every way."