The second most populous of Marin County cities, Novato is also a leader in growth and development. The introduction of the $100 million Buck Center for Research in Aging has opened a whole new page of economic activity in spin-off research and medical facilities as well as hospitality resources.
On the residential development scene, the former Hamilton Air Field has been transformed into a residential community that is surrounded by expansive acreage of parkland and wetlands. Climbing over small hills and stretching across valleys, Novato offers many homes with views of the San Pablo Bay. Attractive and suburban, the city carves distinct neighborhoods over its hillsides and ridges as well as the seven freeways that serve the area.
Many fine housing options are available in Novato, from lovely horse estates along Indian Valley Road to beautiful custom homes tucked away in wooded seclusion along Alameda Del Prado.
In spite of the corners of obvious affluence, much of Novato provides an ideal setting for family living. The city is home to the county’s largest employer, Firemen’s Fund, in addition to a cluster of high-tech and software firms. Shoppers can find the answer to most retail needs at the mall along Highway 101, and recreational amenities are plentiful. Parks, tennis courts, two golf courses, museums, and marinas are just a few of the attractions.
Novato is the northernmost city in Marin County, located twenty nine miles north of San Francisco just off Highway 101. One of the larger cities in Marin with a population around 49,000, Novato is host to the northern campus of the College of Marin in addition to having some of county’s largest businesses. There is a wide variety of housing here, from waterfront communities to horse farms and spectacular mansions. Novato is the place for those looking for convenient, reasonable housing in a prospering community.