San Anselmo California




Mount Tamalpais and San Francisco Theological Seminary

Life in San Anselmo

For those looking for a slower pace of life, great weather, and naturalistic views – San Anselmo is the perfect community to call home. Residents enjoy views of the historic San Francisco Theological Seminary. Ideally positioned upon a hill, the 150-year-old structure is known for capturing sunlight from many angles. This quaint community is known for having beautiful older homes with spacious lots and peaceful hilly views. While the 20-minute commute to San Francisco may feel less convenient but the wildlife and serenity that comes with being removed from the city are what makes San Anselmo attractive. In fact, the famous film icon George Lucas lives here. 

Affordability & Real Estate Insight

In 2020 the median sale price of the 168 single-family sold homes was $1,495,000.  Twenty-two of these homes were off-market sales. The price range was from a low of $415,000 to a high of $3,650,000.


San Anselmo schools are part of the Ross Valley School District serving Fairfax, San Anselmo, and Sleepy Hollow. San Anselmo has a distinguished, highly sought-after school district with APIs over 850 and ranks of 9 or better on the state-wide ranking system.

San Anselmo schools include Lower Brookside (grades 1-5), Hidden Valley (grades 1-5), Wade Thomas Elementary School (grades K-5), White Hill Middle School (grades 6-8). Saint Anselmo's private Catholic School was founded in 1924 and supports (grades K-8). The community also has San Domenico School with a co-ed elementary (grades PK-8) and an all-women high school (grades 9-12). The primary public high school is Archie Williams High School in the Tamalpais Union School District, but others elect to attend Marin Catholic, Redwood, or Tamalpais High Schools.


San Anselmo has been a center of activity since the days when the Coast Miwok roamed the surrounding oak-studded hills and fished the fresh waters of San Anselmo Creek. A land grant by the Mexican Government later marked the area now known as San Anselmo as the "Canada del Anselmo" or Valley of Anselm. It was mostly farmland until it was included on the North Pacific Coast Railroad line. In 1874, this line ran from Sausalito to Tomales. There were two stations, Lansdale and Yolanda. Remnants of the rail line can be seen where Center Boulevard was constructed on a raised roadbed that used to be the railroad track. This was discontinued after the Golden Gate Bridge completion and the increased accessibility by automobiles.

San Anselmo also has some historical locations, one of which is the Theological Seminary. Originally founded in San Francisco, the seminary relocated to San Anselmo in 1892, becoming one of the ten oldest institutions of higher learning in California. The opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937 boosted San Anselmo's population, which continued to grow until 1960 when the number leveled off to where it still basically remains at 12,000.