SAN RAFAEL

Mission San Rafael Arcangel was established on Dec. 14, 1817 and replicas of the original buildings
including a museum with historical artifacts stand on 5th Avenue between Court and B Streets. San
Rafael is the County Seat and home to the iconic Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is
Marin’s most populous city, and the most culturally diverse. It’s where much of the county’s business
gets done and home to a variety of diverse neighborhoods and homes to fit every budget and taste,
from modest condos to multi-million dollar estate properties.
 
San Rafael straddles 101, so has quick
freeway access from most areas and serves as a public transportation hub, with Marin’s bus lines
converging at the San Rafael Transit Center. The downtown area features a nice variety of shops and
restaurants andalso serves as the site for outdoor events. Each Thursday evening from April through
September 4th street is transformed into one of Marin’s best farmers markets. There’s live music, lots
of organic produce and delicious food. Downtown streets are also closed each June for the Italian
Street Painting Festival, where artists showcase their talents with intricate chalk drawings on the
asphalt.
 
There’s a popular farmer’s market a few exits North at the Civic Center that happens twice
per week all year long. Other notable places to visit are the lovely Dominican College campus and
the Falkirk Cultural Center, a meticulously preserved, 17-room Victorian mansion that is set on 11
manicured acres. San Rafael has 14 parks including the picturesque China Camp State Park, yacht
clubs, docking and launching facilities, tennis & swim clubs and bicycle trails. It is a community
where families can partake of a rich historical and cultural heritage while enjoying an active lifestyle.
With its diverse neighborhoods and homes to fit every budget and taste, from modest condos to
multi-million dollar estate properties, there is something for everyone. Serving as the county seat
and most populated city.
 
San Rafael is a lovely community, lively college town and residential haven
all wrapped into one package. The assortment of housing is diverse in size, age, architecture and
price range. There’s a neighborhood for every lifestyle.

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