Belvedere, California




San Francisco Bay, Mt Tamalpais, Tiburon Hills

Life In Belvedere

Views, views, views! It's no secret that Belvedere's idyllic vistas are one of the top reasons property in this community is some of the most sought-after in Marin county. Meaning "viewpoint or lookout" in Italian, Belvedere lives up to its name by providing bay area views that are second to none. Magnificent scenes of the San Francisco skyline, the Bay, Angel Island, Alcatraz, Mount Tamalpais, and the Golden Gate Bridge charm residents and attract visitors. 

Located on the San Francisco Bay, near Richardson Bay, Belvedere provides the perfect environment for sailing and boating. Nautical activities play an integral part in Belvedere's recreational and social activities. Many locals are members of the San Francisco Yacht Club or Tiburon's Corinthian Yacht Club. A colorful part of Belvedere is the diminutive Corinthian Island. Encompassing two municipalities, two-thirds of Corinthian island lies in Belvedere and one-third in neighboring Tiburon. The island has only 58 homes and is known for its views and convenient pedestrian lifestyle.

Coastal and upscale with picturesque charm, Belvedere has premiere views of San Francisco and lovely waterfront restaurants and amenities. 

Belvedere Architectural Styles

Many of the homes in Belvedere are architectural dreams. From a wide range of periods, well-designed custom homes were either designed by famous architects or embodying a specific architectural style popular over the past century. Homes in Belvedere possess the elegance and intricacy of the past yet are tastefully updated to reflect today's lifestyles. 

Architecture styles on the island include Queen Anne, Bay Tradition, Shingle, Greek Revival, Classical Revival, Colonial Revival, Mission Revival, Mediterranean Revival, Craftsman, and Tudor. 

Famous architects have designed breathtaking homes and structures in Belvedere, including Julia Morgan, Willis Polk, Clarence Ward, George Rockrise, Charles Callister, Joseph Eichler, Campbell and Wong's architectural firms, and Jones and Jones Emmons, as well as numerous structures by Albert Farr. Buildable land is scarce in Belvedere, so the prices remain at the highest levels in Marin County.

Affordability & Real Estate Insight

Exclusive and in-demand, some of the most expensive real estate in the Bay Area is located in Belvedere. At the end of 2020, the average building price per square foot was ranked as one of the highest in Marin county at $1,483 a square foot. Forty single-family homes sold in Belvedere in 2020, ranging in price from a low of $1,850,000 to a high of $10,175,000 (11 were off-market sales). There are only a dozen or so condominiums in Belvedere, and none of those sold in 2020.


The community of Belvedere is in the Reed Union School District, the same school district as neighboring Tiburon. The public school district comprises three schools: Reed Elementary (grades kindergarten-2), Bel Aire Elementary (grades 3-5), and Del Mar (grades 6-8). All three schools have been recognized as "California Distinguished Schools." St. Hilary School, a Catholic primary school for children grades kindergarten-8, is also an option for those seeking a private school. With a rating well into the 900s, according to the California Department of Education Academic Performance Index (API), the Reed Union School District continues to be considered one of the best school districts in the nation.

The History of Belvedere

Coast Miwok Native Americans first inhabited Belvedere and remained there, undisturbed, for thousands of years.  In 1834 Mexico granted land to an Irishman by the name of John Reed – marking the start of modern development in Belvedere. Similar to the neighboring communities of Tiburon and Sausalito, Belvedere was known as a fishing village. 

Belvedere Land Company, formed in 1888, developed the land for profit, subdivided the property, and constructed houses and roads. The first homes built were often summer homes owned by wealthy San Franciscans fleeing the cold, damp, foggy San Francisco weather. Belvedere Cove and the lagoon area were home to houseboats that anchored out, also seeking a more comfortable summer climate. Many of the buildings in Belvedere, built at that time, still exist today. These historical structures are significant cultural resources that not only increase real estate value but define the community. 

In the late 1940s, early 1950's the Belvedere Lagoon area developed, providing easily accessible lots for home building. Today the lagoon provides a safe water environment for aquatic sports, sailing in a sunfish, kayaking, or paddleboarding. For boating enthusiasts who want their yacht outside their back door, Belvedere's West Shore is the perfect place as homes sit on the San Francisco Bay, and many have deep water docks.