San Rafael


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.

Link to the City of San Rafael

Real Estate Market Stats

Zillow Home Value Index: $960,900

Home Size in Square Feet

Year Built

Local National
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
Property Tax $5,991 $2,147
Turnover (Sold Within Last Yr.) 3.8% 2.9%
1-Yr. Change 6.1% 6.9%

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