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Corte Madera is known as one of the "Twin Cities" along with Larkspur, its next door neighbor that shares contract services such as fire and police protection. Known also as The Village of Corte Madera, it was incorporated in 1916 with its name translated as "cut wood" in Spanish. An historic village square, a 22-acre park with tennis courts, two playgrounds, recreational equipment and numerous hiking and biking paths make this an ideal setting for those seeking the best of the country and city combined.

Only 12 miles from San Francisco tucked away in Marin countryside, Corte Madera occupies an area of four square miles of land, plus surrounding water tidelands. Beautiful Mt. Tamalpais to the west. East Corte Madera is a flat, mostly ranch-style home area, including some properties that back up on the bay or Ring Mountain, an ancient Miwok site. Tamalpais Drive follows the west side of town up past the recreation center and City Hall to the base of Christmas Tree Hill. Extending from the San Francisco Bay on the east side of Highway 101 to Mt. Tamalpais on the west, Corte Madera offers some of the most beautiful vistas in the western United States. It is nestled between San Francisco and Napaa's wine country in Marin County, one of the most beautiful counties in the nation. Muir Woods National Monument, Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito and Napa and Sonoma wineries are all within a short drive.

Children in Corte Madera attend schools in the Corte Madera School District. Both the elementary and middle school have high test scores, small class sizes, and a variety of supplemental programs. For high school, students attend Redwood High, part of the Tamalpais Union High School District. There are also several private schools. With over 66 percent of the residents having college degrees, its no wonder that favorite activities center around the public library and at reading and literary groups and meetings. If you are well educated and have close to one million dollars to spend on a home, Corte Madera might be a great place to live.

For travelers, theree's ample shopping in Corte Madera and even more in nearby San Francisco. Shopping includes Corte Madera Certified Farmers' Market  every Wednesday from 1 to 6 p.m. Held in the shopping mall parking lot, locally grown, and organic produce, breads, flowers and and fresh items from the fields are sold.  Call: 415-924-8557

The Village at Corte Madera features fabulous shops and restaurants that include Ann Taylor, Apple Computers, April Cornell, Aveda, Baby Gap, Gap Kids, Gap Body and Gap, Banana Republic, Bebe, Cheaters, Chico's, Macy's, Nordstrom, Foot Locker, Crabtree and Evelyn, Coach, Limited Too, Papyrus, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Sunglass Hut, The Sharper Image, Victoria's Secret, William-Sonoma, J.Crew, Gymboree, Speedo, Travelex Worldwide Currency, Illuminations, Express, Crate and Barrel, Nine West, Lucky Brand Dungarees, Talbots Petites, Aerosoles, The Walking Company, Watch Station and many more shops. Restaurants include Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe, Phyllis' Giant Burgers, Sam's Fresh Mexican Grill , Sbarro Italian Eatery, Tokyo Grill and Starbucks (415) 927-3343. The Village at Corte Madera is located near Highway 101 at Paradise Drive, Corte Madera, CA, 94925

Across the freeway is the Corte Madera Town Center with shops such as The Container Store, 219 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, CA 94925


One of the great places to stay in Corte Madera is located just seven miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Corte Madera Inn is situated on five acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and offers a resort like atmosphere. A 75-foot heated pool, two spas, and putting green are a few of the amenities.

Year round activities are offered through the parks and recreation department of the  city. Free summer concerts, a movie in the park, farmer's market, hiking, bicycling, seaplane rides and much more is in store for those seeking a location near San Francisco, Marin and Napa.

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County: Marin

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