Welcome to Downtown
From the hills surrounding the exclusive, elegant "Seminary" and "Winship Park" neighborhoods through bustling downtown and across Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, the Wade Thomas neighborhood provides plenty of options. San Anselmo Avenue cuts through the main part of downtown and hosts a colorful selection of shops and restaurants, from local olive oil to bikinis to gelato. It's the kind of place where road bikers stop over for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat, neighbors wave hello in the street and tweens and teens rendezvous at the local frozen yogurt or bagel shop. Despite the large price tags, San Anselmo attracts a down-to-earth, creative crowd.
when in downtown san anselmo...
- Hike up Mt. Baldy for a gorgeous view over Marin to the City.
- Walk downtown for a family breakfast on the weekend.
- Bring your family downtown for live music at a "Picnic at the Plaza."
- Watch out for San Anselmo's most famous resident, George Lucas (beware of lookalikes).
- Belong to a club: Rafael Racquet (tennis and swim), Sleepy Hollow (summer swim), or further afield the Bay Club (tennis, swim and exercise).
- Get a frozen yogurt at Swirl and play at Memorial Park.
Price Per Square Foot
Median Home Price
Walk/Bike score rates super high ("Walker's Paradise"), which applies most in the coveted "Seminary" neighborhood nearest downtown.
Like many other Marin school districts, enrollment and funding are hot button issues at Wade Thomas. Fluctuating enrollment and District cost-cutting mean that class sizes are tightly monitored and students will be overflowed to another RVSD elementary if there is not space at grade level. Check with Ross Valley School District about enrollment for a particular grade level. 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 and Drake the least.
A fair number of kids go to private school, in the Seminary and Winship Park neighborhoods especially, with the numbers increasing into middle/high school. Popular choices are nearby St. Anselm's and San Domenico (San Anselmo), 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 San Anselmo 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."