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Lucas Valley / Marinwood

Welcome to the secluded communities of Lucas Valley and Marinwood on the north side of San Rafael, California.



Geographic Location:

Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Marin County, Lucas Valley and Marinwood enjoy an enviable location that effortlessly blends natural beauty with suburban charm. Situated in the northern part of San Rafael, these neighborhoods are bordered mostly by open space.


Easy access to Highway 101 ensures convenient connectivity to San Francisco, making this locale an ideal choice for those seeking a perfect balance between urban amenities and the tranquility of suburban living.




To truly appreciate the essence of Lucas Valley and Marinwood, a glimpse into their history is essential. Originally part of the Mexican land grant Rancho San Pedro, the area has evolved from its agricultural roots to become a sought-after residential destination.



Local Shopping:

These neighborhoods are fairly isolated compared to other areas within San Rafael, and that is just the point. For convenience, most residents will plan their shopping accordingly to their commutes.  The closest markets will be in the Terra Linda area, just a few minutes drive. But for those looking to pick up a simple item, there is a convenience store within the Upper Lucas Valley area which residents can rely on heavily for a quick item.



Outdoor Activities:

Nature enthusiasts rejoice! Lucas Valley and Marinwood are a haven for outdoor lovers. Escape the hustle and bustle with a hike in the Lucas Valley Preserve / Marinwood Open Space Preserve, where winding trails lead to stunning vistas of rolling hills and lush greenery.




Discover a wealth of entertainment options within a few minutes’ drive time. The easy one for me to mention is McInnes. There you will find a 9 hole course, a great driving range with computers to track your hits, a miniature golf course for the kids, batting cages, soccer fields and the best skate park in Marin County.



School Information:

Education is a priority in Lucas Valley and Marinwood, with top-rated schools catering to all levels of learning. The Dixie School District serves the area, providing a solid foundation for students to thrive academically. Parents appreciate the commitment to excellence, and the community's involvement in education is evident in the numerous extracurricular activities and events hosted throughout the year.



Housing Overview:

Lucas Valley and Marinwood boast a diverse array of homes, each with its unique charm and character. From contemporary designs to modern architecture, the neighborhoods offer something for every taste. Lucas Valley however is well known for the Eichler mid-century modern homes, both found in lower and upper Lucas Valley.  There are a number of different layouts, the Double A is my personal Favorite, will tall ceilings, a center courtyard and large glass windows creating the indoor-outdoor feel.



Home Prices:

The real estate market in Lucas Valley and Marinwood varies depending on which area. For instance, in Lucas Valley you can expect to pay around $1.8M, I do see lower values in Lower Lucas Valley as those homes tend to be smaller. Many homes at that price range have been fully renovated so expect more original homes coming in at a slightly lower price. 

In Marinwood, homes tend to be more affordable around the $1.5M +/- range, these are mostly renovated homes, but I have seen homes come in at a lower price point as well.  The market is competitive, reflecting the desirability of the neighborhoods, and it's advisable to work with an experienced real estate professional to navigate the buying or selling process successfully.




In conclusion, Lucas Valley and Marinwood stand as shining examples of the best Marin County has to offer. From their secluded geographic location to a rich history intertwined with modern developments, these neighborhoods are a testament to the balance of suburban tranquility. Whether you're drawn to outdoor activities, top-notch schools, or a diverse housing market, Lucas Valley and Marinwood have it all.

Contact me today to start your journey toward finding the perfect property in these exceptional neighborhoods.



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