Welcome to San Rafael
Comfortable and trendy city with ample amenities and conveniences
Situated in Marin County, San Rafael is a thriving and bustling city just 18 miles north of San Francisco. Known for its spacious homes, upscale and trendy vibe, and sunny weather, residents love living in this part of the Bay Area. A large portion of the city sits on the San Rafael Bay, which provides locals with stunning views of the water.
Convenience is also a hallmark of life in this city. San Rafael links up with 101 and 580, which makes travel a breeze. Commuters can quickly reach San Francisco, Oakland, or Berkeley with relative ease. Residents also have the pleasure of living minutes away from top restaurants, businesses, and stores.
What to Love
- Top-rated public schools
- Upscale, spacious homes and neighborhoods
- Easy-to-access shopping and dining
- Gorgeous views of the San Rafael Bay
Life in San Rafael is charming and easygoing. It’s surrounded by lush green spaces, giving locals the ability to escape from city living. The Terra Linda-Sleepy Hollow Divide Preserve, China Camp State Park, and the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Reserve are all favorite nature spots that are located in town. Neighborhoods here have a mix of urban and suburban characteristics depending on where you are located. As well, its commercial districts are brimming with upscale shopping, art galleries, and top-rated restaurants.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Want to get out and explore the best that San Rafael has to offer? You won’t have to travel far. Throughout the city, you can find fantastic establishments that are certain to please.
Along (and just off of) the 101, you’ll find the highest concentration of retailers. Local, regional, and national stores simplify your errand runs. Get everything you need at places such as Whole Foods Market, Grocery Outlet, BevMo!, Target, and The Golf Mart. If you’re looking to add new artwork to your home, browse the exquisite selection at Marin Society of Artists, Art Works Downtown, The FolkArt Gallery, Garzoli Gallery, and Aurora Art Studios.
Things to Do
San Rafael is well-known for its fantastic selection of fun things to do and see. Whether you’re looking to spend time in nature or at a one-of-a-kind museum, amusement awaits.
Those seeking an eclectic day out in the city will find a myriad of engaging experiences. Start out at the Smith Rafael Film Center, which plays acclaimed independent and foreign films. Down the road, get your tickets to the Museum of International Propaganda, which displays unique artifacts of propaganda from years past.
More of a nature enthusiast? Spend the morning or afternoon at Terra Linda-Sleepy Hollow Divide Preserve, McNears Beach, Boyd Memorial Park, Peacock Gap Golf Club, Lagoon Park, San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Reserve, Robert Dollar Hiking Trail, Loch Lomond Jetty Trail, China Camp State Park, and McInnis Park Golf Center.
San Rafael’s public schools rank well among parents and educational professionals. On GreatSchools.org, Dixie Elementary earned an impressive 9/10 rating.