Ten miles north of San Francisco across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, Mill Valley is one of the towns that keep Marin County on the map as a special place to live. A family-friendly community of 14,000 residents experience the charms of this town, which offers world class natural beauty and a bohemian and artistic culture centered around its cosmopolitan town, where chic boutiques, coffee shops and specialty food stores are intermingled with a wide variety of excellent restaurants and local bars.
Love of the outdoors runs deep in Mill Valley, which is bordered to the north and west by Richardson Bay and is nestled on the southern end of Mount Tamalpais. The highest peak in the Marin Hills, Mount Tamalpais offers over 100 miles of abundant park land trails for outdoor enthusiasts and is known as the birthplace of mountain biking. The Dipsea Race, America’s oldest trail race, was founded in 1905 and begins in Mill Valley and ends in Stinson Beach. Golfers can play at the only municipal course in Marin County and public tennis courts are available at Boyle Park. Mill Valley’s Mediterranean climate makes for mild but sometimes wet winters and the Bay area’s famous fog usually burns off in the mornings to keep the summer days pleasant and warm.
Mill Valley has several theaters including the Throckmorton, where comedy shows by Dana Carvey are not uncommon, and the Sequoia Theater, one of the hosts of the Mill Valley International Film Festival, a popular cultural event that was founded in 1978.
The town is less than five square miles and its zip code includes the adjoining communities in the neighborhoods known as Almonte, Alto, Homestead Valley, Strawberry and Tamalpais Valley.