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Overview for Mill Valley, CA

19,239 people live in Mill Valley, where the median age is 46.3 and the average individual income is $111,096.66. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

19,239

Total Population

46.3 years

Median Age

High

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

$111,096.66

Average individual Income

Mill Valley Real Estate

History meets modern mountainside luxury
 
Just a few miles from the famous city of San Francisco, you can find the interesting locale of Mill Valley. Its name pays homage to the massive Mt. Tamalpais that overlooks it and creates picturesque views. History is rich here, dating back 5,000 years. Modern-day life has developed the area into a thriving, family-friendly city that ranks among the most affluent cities in the country. Surrounded by redwood trees and greenery, there’s a consistent feeling of being in a lush forest paradise. Homes here are pillars of expression, showcasing intricate builds combining the woodsy vibes of the area with modern architectural elements. Large windows and neutral-colored exteriors are among some of the beautiful traits a stroll down a Mill Valley residential area will expose you to.
 
Families have especially taken to the town, enchanted by the possibilities of being in a mountain valley but also close to all that a major city offers. The community has an unspoken unanimous vibe of being hip and upscale, all while maintaining the historic charm for which Mill Valley is known. Mornings and afternoons are filled with energy and the possibility wafting from the nearby larger cities as people head to work or school. Evenings are a mix of lively and relaxed, depending on what you’d like to dabble in. The hipster aura of the area makes sure people can have fun in their chosen way, whether that’s an afternoon spent with coffee and a book, an evening paint-and-sip, or dancing at a bar with friends.


Market Trends & Statistics – Year End 2023

This is the 2023 Marin Real Estate year end market report.

 

Mill Valley’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 24% compared to 2022, with only 291 new listings for 2023, compared to 383 the year before.

 

The average $/SqFt sold price also decreased as well, 1,030 $/SqFt in 2023, as opposed to 1,136   in 2022, a 9.3% 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 $2,110,000, an 3.9% decrease from the previous year, and an average sales price of $2,300,000, down 6%.



Buyer and Seller Dynamics

Along with a decrease in overall sales, the Mill Valley’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 27 days, and increase of 22.7% from this point last year.

 

Economic Factors

Mill Valley'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 Mill Valley 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

  • Great food and coffee 
  • Proximity to national parks and Mt. Tamalpais 
  • Praised local festivals 
  • Options for commuting and travel


Mill Valley Lifestyle

Mill Valley could easily be a city fresh out of a movie or sitcom. The mountainside suburb is on the smaller side but still maintains its charm and spice of life. A mix of artistic flair, comfortability, and community is embedded within the 4.84 square miles of the city. Many people here put a high value on doing well, whether in school, their profession, or keeping up with their physical health. The same is said for enjoying the fruits of their labor, so evenings and weekends are reserved for friend-and-family time. Heading out to enjoy a local festival, afternoon hike, or shopping trip are some of the ways residents of Mill Valley spend their free time. Residents enjoy active days of mountain biking or hiking at Mt. Tamalpais. Plus, only fourteen miles from San Francisco, it’s easy to take a drive south to the bustling city or north to spend some time in the forest meditating amongst the trees.


Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

It’s only right to have places for the fun-loving people of the city to coalesce when time allows. Coffee lovers of Mill Valley tend to make their way to The Depot, a cafe, and bookstore serving a full menu alongside a book of your choosing. Among many separate restaurants and bookstores in the area, this combination of the two is a crowd pleaser. A spicier meal can be had at Playa, the local hub for Mexican fare. Brunch, lunch, dinner, and cocktails are on the menu, with both classic and abstract takes on cuisine found south of the border. Pasta and pizza are made in classic Italian fashion at Piazza D’Angelo. Aiming to bring the taste of Southern Italy right to your table is accomplished with their traditional recipes and techniques.
 
More rustic, classic American fare can be had at the Watershed, a restaurant nestled among a forest of trees. Sticking to the historic and woodsy aesthetic of the town, the Watershed fits perfectly into the backdrop of Mill Valley. Keeping up with the classic atmosphere, Bungalow 44 is yet another American place to grab a meal. Known for more new-age, creative takes on American food, this restaurant has quickly grown in popularity.
 
Mill Valley won’t leave you wanting for shopping choices, either. The Mill Valley Lumber Yard is a great upscale venue for an afternoon of shopping and dining. The Mill Valley Shopping Center and the Strawberry Village Shopping Center are also great options.


Things to Do in Mill Valley

The artistic and creative people of Mill Valley peek out from the comfort of their studios and stages yearly to curate and attend the city’s film festival and music festival. The festivals are fueled by the artistic splendor of local artists from Mill Valley and surrounding cities.
 
When the festivals aren’t in session, movies, concerts, plays, and other art forms can be enjoyed at Sweetwater Music Hall and Throckmorton Theater. On days when you need quiet–we all sometimes do–head to the local library to catch up on some reading, get inspired, or laze by the large black framed windows.
 
 

Explore Other Neighborhoods of Mill Valley

Almonte and Tamalpais Valley / Bay View Terrace / Blithedale Canyon, Middle Ridge / Boyle Park, Soctt Highland  / Cascade Canyon, Lovell Avenue / Edgewood, Cypress / Homestead Valley, Mill Ave /Horse Hill /Kite Hill, Scott Valley / Panoramic / Shelter Ridge / Strawberry / Sycamore Park, Tamalpais Park

 

Demographics and Employment Data for Mill Valley, CA

Mill Valley has 7,752 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Mill Valley do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 19,239 people call Mill Valley home. The population density is 2,783.06 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

19,239

Total Population

High

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

46.3

Median Age

47.07 / 52.93%

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
7,752

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$111,096.66

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 Mill Valley, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Mill Valley. 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
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Edna Maguire Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Ring Mountain Day School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5

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