Welcome to Larkspur / Corte Madera
Sunny suburban communities with picturesque neighborhoods and a vibrant shopping and dining scene
Larkspur and Corte Madera are quaint and vibrant Northern California communities north of San Francisco. Much of this wonderful city is residential. The vast majority of homes here have added privacy thanks to the lush greenery and trees that fill each block. Strolling through the area, you’ll feel as though you are in a small town that has the most delightful, tight-knit feel.
Shifting to the more commercial part of the city along Magnolia Avenue, you can experience the local shopping and dining scene. Walking down what feels like Main Street America, you’ll encounter charming boutiques and top-rated restaurants. A short distance away, you can spend time in nature by visiting one of the area’s parks or trails.
What to Love
- Sunny and scenic cities
- Tranquil suburban neighborhoods
- Fantastic dining and shopping along Magnolia Avenue
- Small-town vibes
Larkspur feels a world away from city life — even though it’s a short drive from San Francisco and Berkeley. Its delightful ambiance can be attributed to the city’s close proximity to major nature areas, such as Mount Tamalpais State Park and Cataract Falls. This vibe can also be attributed to the small-town environment in both residential and commercial locales. Corte Madera is situated directly on the Bay, which provides residents with impeccable views.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Head to Magnolia Avenue for a wonderful afternoon or evening out. Along this road, you will find a picturesque collection of small businesses that make you feel like you’re in the middle of a small town. Whether you’re planning a date night or some solo time, you’ll want to be sure to spend time in this part of Larkspur.
Locals have plenty of favorite stores and restaurants in this central spot. Explore the menu offerings at dining establishments such as Don Antonio Ristorante, Farm House Local, Restaurant Picco, Mag’s Local Yogurt, Left Bank Brasserie, BurritoVille Mex Food, and Emporio Rulli. Planning your next happy hour or weekend out? There are also several exceptional bars along Magnolia. Silver Peso is a favorite cocktail bar, while BACKSTAGE Wine Tasting Room provides an outstanding selection of wines and a laid-back atmosphere.
Also, in the area, you can explore top boutiques and shops — many of which are locally owned. As you begin your walk down Magnolia Avenue, stop into stores such as Urban Remedy (an organic food store), Pavilion, KENLYNN, L’Ambiente, and Coquelicot.
In Corte Madera, there is even more shopping and dining to explore. Off of 101, The Village at Corte Madera is home to upscale stores. Browse the latest arrivals at Anthropologie, J. Crew, Williams-Sonoma, Madewell, Tesla, and Macy’s. Across the street, Town Center Corte Madera provides even more high-end shopping. Check out stores such as SEPHORA, Athleta, Meadowlark Fine Jewelry, and Just Food For Dogs. When it is time to eat, be sure to grab a table at one of the many local favorites in Corte Madera, including Boca Pizzeria, RH Rooftop Restaurant, and Marin Joe’s Restaurant.
Things to Do
Among its many fantastic qualities, Larkspur is also well-known for having an outstanding selection of things to do and see. If you find yourself on Magnolia Avenue, catch a movie at the Lark Theater, which is located inside a gorgeous Art Deco building and plays classic, indie, and international films.
Want to explore the outdoors without venturing too far from home? Plan for an all or partial-day excursion at places such as Blithedale Loop Trailhead, Mt. Tamalpais, Baltimore Canyon Preserve, Temelpa Trailhead, Corte Madera Creek, and Crown Road Trailhead.
To enjoy the outdoors in Corte Madera, cast off from the Tiburon Yacht Club, hike through the Corte Madera Marsh State Marine Park, or take in the sights along the Phyllis Ellman Trailhead.
Residents of Larkspur have the option of sending their children to several highly-rated public schools that are located just minutes away. Both the local middle school and high school have received commendable ratings on GreatSchools.org.