Just west of San Anselmo is Fairfax, where a relaxed atmosphere is treasured by the 6,900 residents seeking privacy and rustic charm. This is a bargain area, by Marin County standards, for homes. The Ross Valley School District serves both San Anselmo and Fairfax. There are three elementary schools and one middle school in the district, which ranks in the top seven percent in the state. There is a charming, 60’s style downtown area. Fairfax has some lovely parks and is a gateway to the lands of the Marin Municipal Water District, where one can enjoy hiking trails, views, lakes, bird-watching, and beautiful wildflower walks.