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Mount Tamalpais and San Francisco Bay
LIFE IN MILL VALLEY
Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Mount Tamalpais, Mill Valley is an intimate community only 14 miles north of San Francisco. The Mediterranean climate and plethora of open-spaced reserves, parks, and coastal habitats allow residents to enjoy outdoor recreation year-round. Replete the charm of a European village – Mill Valley has a thriving downtown scene. The business district is home to art galleries, trendy fashion boutiques, open-air coffee shops, and more. Festivals, parades, and events of all kinds are also seen in this central plaza as residents celebrate their sense of community.
The combination of Mill Valley's idyllic location, friendly vibe, and relative ease of access to nearby San Francisco has made it a popular home for many high-income commuters. Views of Mount Tamalpais attract the hillside dwellers, whereas the Tamalpais Park area attracts those who crave a pedestrian lifestyle and walkability of downtown stores and restaurants.
MILL VALLEY ARCHITECTURAL STYLES
Many Mill Valley houses started life as rustic cabins built as summer retreats by wealthy San Franciscans in the late 19th century through the beginning of the 20th century.
The serenity of Mill Valley's architectural history still prevails in the homes found tucked away in the redwood canyons and sunny valleys of this quaint community.
Homes range from woodsy retreats and splendid mansions to downtown condominiums. Whether you seek a home with history or a modern single-family, Mill Valley provides an array of homes to suit any lifestyle.
By working with a local real estate expert familiar with the mico-markets and fluctuating property values, you can find the perfect home to fit your lifestyle and financial goals.
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AFFORDABILITY & REAL ESTATE INSIGHT
In 2020, 373 single-family homes sold in Mill Valley, ranging in price from $475,000 to $12,995,000. 52 condos sold ranging in price from $469,000 to $1,995,000
The Mill Valley School District has five elementary schools and one middle school with approximately 2,200 students in grades kindergarten through eight. Four of the schools are located within the City of Mill Valley, while two are located in the adjacent unincorporated Strawberry and Tamalpais Valley areas.
The Mill Valley School District is ranked at "10" by the Great Schools organization. Schools Edna Maguire Elementary, Mill Valley Middle, Old Mill, Park, Strawberry Point, and Tamalpais Valley all rank in the mid-900's by the California Department of Education Academic Performance Index (API). Tamalpias High School is nationally ranked and recognized as one of the premier high schools in the nation, with some of the State's highest test scores, rates of graduation, and college acceptance. Children grow up with a small-town feeling while having access to the airy architectural gem of a public library.
Before the first Europeans, Coast Miwok had a thriving community in what is now known as Mill Valley. There were groves of virgin redwood, grassy hills dotted with scattered oaks, creeks unchecked by dams, and marshes alive with birds and fish. This untamed wilderness remained this way until Spanish Missions began making their way up the California coast from Mexico. Not long after Mexico gained independence from Spain, it gave an Irishman named John Reed a land grant that encompassed Mill Valley.
In the 1850s, when California became a state, Reed's sawmill, Throckmorton's ranch, a few scattered farms, and some Miwok villages comprised Mill Valley. Not long after that, the North Pacific Coast Railroad laid down their tracks. Wealthy people from San Francisco began to frequent hiking, hunting, camping, horseback riding, and the population expanded. Roads and pedestrian paths were laid out, step systems built Cascade Dam and Reservoir for water supply, and set aside reservations for churches, schools, and parks. This environmental conservancy and intelligent city planning were rarely done in those days; towns simply evolved. Seekers of the good life continued to flock to California, attracted by the sunny climate, and many came to Mill Valley. Tamalpais Park was the first subdivision open to middle-income families; this turned out to be excellent timing. After the 1906 earthquake, many San Francisco residents chose to leave the city and build a house in Tamalpais Park. Before World War I, the architecture was brown shingle and craftsman style, sometimes with a Victorian influence. Architecturally speaking, many of these houses were bungalows.
By the beginning of the 1960s, the population swelled. The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival became a permanent annual event, and the old Carnegie library was replaced with a new award-winning library at 375 Throckmorton Avenue. In the 1970s, Mill Valley became an area associated with great wealth, with many people making their millions in San Francisco and moving north. New schools and neighborhoods cropped up, yet the city maintained its redwoods and protected open space. The 1990s also saw another influx of affluence. Many new homeowners gutted homes built in the 19th and early 20th centuries or tore them down altogether.
The past has truly shaped life in Mill Valley. From the early inhabitants around 1300 A.D to the present-day population, the town has always been a welcoming destination.