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Overview for Larkspur, CA

20,743 people live in Larkspur, where the median age is 46.3 and the average individual income is $87,989.8. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

20,743

Total Population

46.3 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$87,989.8

Average individual Income

Welcome to Larkspur

Historic and Quaint Setting at the Base of the Mountain

Just a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge and set in a wooded area, you can find the charming community of Larkspur.  Officially listed on the national Register of Historic Places, one can see why I say this little town is simply charming. Find early Queen Anne Victorians,  creeks nestled within the redwoods trees, to the old world feel of store front along Magnolia Ave.

 

There’s a consistent feeling of being in a lush forest paradise where you can relax and simply enjoy your surroundings. Homes here range from turn of the century cottages, old detailed and well preserved Victorian,  to more modern luxury homes build within their surrounding creating amazing spaces to live life to its fullest.

 

Modern-day life has developed the area into a thriving, family-friendly community where get to know your neighbors, see friends on the street and restaurants. Families have especially taken to larkspur, enchanted by the possibilities of being nestled in the mountains but also very close to San Francisco and other towns within Marin County.

 

The community has a slow-paced feel and is very family oriented, almost like a time capsule where you can easily experience what life was like decades ago. Beautiful mornings and afternoon hikes, rides and just enjoying the surroundings, minutes to the major metro of San Francisco. Larkspur really is the best of both worlds.

 

Market Trends and Statistics – Year End 2023

Larkspur’s real estate market showed a notable change this past year with decreases of homes and condo sales, peaking in 2021.

In 2023 there was an overall decrease in total housing inventory for sale for residential homes and condos. New listings dropping by 9.9% compared to 2022, with only 100 new listings for 2023, compared to 111 the year before.

The average $/SqFt sold price also decreased as well, 1,030 $/SqFt in 2023, as opposed to 1,056   in 2022, a 2.5% drop from last year.

The market has demonstrated a level of softening during this unprecedented time of interest rate hikes, with a median sales price of $1,600,000 an 15% increase from the previous year, and an average sales price of $1,825,000, unchanged.

 

 

Buyer and Seller Dynamics

Along with a decrease in overall sales, the Larkspur’s real estate market is trying to recover from the interest rate hikes of 2023 and the FED pivot that started in March 2022, evidenced by an increase in median days on the market at 41 days, and increase of 70.8% from this point last year.

 

 

Economic Factors

Larkspur's real estate market is buoyed by a thriving job market of San Francisco, known as a financial center and for its booming tech sector.  I believe the next generation of AI technology companies will be created in San Francisco. Helping to increase demand for housing will inevitably lead to Marin.

 

During the pandemic, many people relocated out of San Francisco, however I believe that trend has normalized. That the greatest impacts of the Larkspur real estate market of this past year have been primarily based on accelerated interest rate hikes and economic predictions of what may or may not materialize.

 

 

Predictions

Moving forward, I believe corporations will slowly do away with the work from home philosophy, making it a requirement for people to get back into the office, leading to greater interest in moving back to the city. Thus, creating a more traditional demand to accommodate growing families in Marin County.

 

Additionally, Marin's fantastic communities, rich cultural scene, outdoor lifestyle, our educational institutions, and family-friendly environment will always be in demand.

 

Marin’s real estate market in 2023 was marked by market forces that impacted everyone. However, our local Marin real estate market will always be a resilient combination of economic growth and higher quality of life. That does come with a price, but it’s worth it.  

 

 

WHAT TO LOVE

  • Beautiful old-world charm
  • Proximity to national parks, hiking and biking
  • Praised local festivals 
  • Peaceful setting to easily decompress
  • Options for commuting including ferry service to SF.

LOCAL LIFESTYLE

Larkspur could easily be a great escape from hectic life. This lush mountainside city is small (3.03 sq mi) and exclusive, still maintaining its original charm and simpler life.

 

Many people here put a high value on living well, being engaged in their professional careers and spending quality time with family.  Finding balance and enjoying the fruits of their labor is easily found with afternoon walks, hikes or mountain biking on Mt. Tamalpais.

 

Commuters benefit from the Golden Gate Ferry terminal, a departure point for travelers going from Marin to the San Francisco Ferry Building. The ferry offers spectacular views of Mount TamalpaisAngel Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Alcohol is served on the ferry’s for those looking to decompress from a hectic day.

 

 

DINING, ENTERTAINMENT & SHOPPING

One of my favorite restaurants is Don Antonio Trattoria on Magnolia, I’ve think Antonio is an amazing owner and host. He has always supported his loyal customers with impeccable service. A meal you will surely enjoy with a nice bottle of wine with family or friends.

 

If you are looking for something a little more casual or want to spend time with friends watching the latest game, then head over to Perry’s.  Set in the redwoods and by a creek on Magnolia Ave., this venue offers variety, a sports bar feel in the main room, or wonderful brunch options in an idyllic setting outside. Service has always been great and just perfect for casual dining.

 

For those foodies looking for a great cup of coffee and pastries, then head over to Marin Country Market and straight over to Rustic Bakery.  I’m in love with their ham and cheese croissant, I get this every time I’m there, however their avocado toast is also a must have.

 

Marin Country Market has been re-imagined and fully transformed to an amazing center of activity, commerce and community. This thriving outdoor shopping area has everything you could every need and is a go-to area for me as I stop at Johnny Doughnuts after early morning weekend golf, I’m always the hero to my kids those mornings.  The complex also hosts a fresh farmers market every Sat from 9-2, Friday night movies under the tent is great for young kids and parents to where they can let their kids be free while they enjoy a nice glad of wine. All in all, the Marin Country Market is an anchor in the community.

 

 

THINGS TO DO

Stores and restaurants are found in a few pockets within the city limits, many are spread along the downtown Larkspur’s Magnolia Avenue where you can find everyday essentials, plus ice cream for the kids and wonderful restaurants for date night. The Marin Country Market is clearly a mecca of activity and always worth spending time.

Movie goers can enjoy the restored Art Deco Lark Theater that plays current movies, or for more variety check and freedom from a traditional theatre, bring the family to the Friday Nights at Marin County Market open aired movie venue under the tent.

 

 

SCHOOLS

 The school options are great and is a main reason to move to Larkspur. Choice schools are:

 


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Demographics and Employment Data for Larkspur, CA

Larkspur has 9,013 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Larkspur do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 20,743 people call Larkspur home. The population density is 3,108.62 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

20,743

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

46.3

Median Age

47.36 / 52.64%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
9,013

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$87,989.8

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Larkspur, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Larkspur. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
North Bridge Academy
PRIVATE
3rd - 7th
No rating available
San Andreas High (Continuation)
PUBLIC
10th - 12th
2/5
Marin Primary & Middle School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Tamiscal High (Alternative)
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
St Patrick School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5

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