San Anselmo is nestled at the heart of one of the most picturesque locations in California with spectacular views from the hills and a charming creek that meanders through downtown. This quaint town of 13,000 residents has an eclectic mix of business professionals, Hollywood entertainers, artists and entrepreneurs. With over 150 antique dealers within a half-mile radius of downtown, San Anselmo is considered the antique shop capital of Marin. The annual Art and Wine Festival, the Antique Dealers Fair, and the Country Fair Day draw in crowds from all around Marin County. Local real estate consists of older homes of varied architectural styles amid shady, tree-lined streets. San Anselmo offers the luxuries of a larger community while maintaining a “small town” feel.
Older, well-kept homes in diverseÂ architectural styles on tree-shaded streets are the most common sight in this charming community of quiet neighborhoods. Unique to San Anselmo are many cottages or small apartments tucked away behind homes, creating apartment-like alternatives within traditional residential settings.
Because San Anselmo is a relatively small town, its development is evident in the division of home styles and sizes. The corridor of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard features small, pre-World War II homes. As Butterfield Road rises into the hills, the homes become more spacious. The hilltop offers an enclave of three and four-bedroom models constructed in the 1960s. Also tucked away on a few of San Anselmo’s streets are magnificent homes built as late as the 1980s-some with over 3,000 square feet of living space.
Amenities include parks, a library, community center, tennis courts, athletic fields, and small-town festivals and celebrations. One of the most striking landmarks in the community is the San Francisco Theological Seminary with Romanesque buildings inspired by the grace and beauty of the Middle Ages.