A thriving community of commerce and culture,San Rafael is the oldest and most populous city in the county. Named after the Mission San Rafael Archangel established by Father Junipero Serra,San Rafaelis located halfway between San Francisco and the wine country. World famous architect and genius Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Civic Center building circa 1953, situated on an inviting 20 acre park which includes a 2,000 seat theater (home of the Marin Symphony), exhibition hall and lagoon. Lucas Arts (ILM), the entertainment company owned by George Lucas, has its operations in San Rafael. The landmark Rafael Theater has been renovated to house three theaters and a year round showcase for independent filmmakers, foreign films, rare documentaries and educational films. Dominican College exudes anaura of elegance and offers strong programs in music, fine and dramatic arts, science and teacher training.
China Camp, named in honor of an old Chinese fishing village on the site, features hiking, horseback riding, biking, boat ramps, fishing piers and windsurfing. Further north, public McNears Beach Park has a swimming pool, fishing pier, two tennis courts and picnic areas. San Rafael, a melting pot drawn by people of diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds, is the kind of town where families can enjoy an active lifestyle and satisfy their cultural tastes at the same time.
Real Estate Market Stats
Home Size in Square Feet
|Zillow Home Value Index||$960,900||$201,900|
|Median Single Family Home Value||$1,049,600||$200,100|
|Median Condo Value||$577,900||$217,000|
|Median 2-Bedroom Home Value||$698,900||$158,000|
|Median 3-Bedroom Home Value||$929,400||$195,700|
|Median 4-Bedroom Home Value||$1,135,800||$319,200|
|Percent Homes Decreasing||13.2%||17.2%|
|Median List Price Per Sq Ft||$556||$128|
|Median Sale Price||155||2,506,643|
|Turnover (Sold Within Last Yr.)||3.8%||2.9%|