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Overview for Novato, CA

61,846 people live in Novato, where the median age is 51.7 and the average individual income is $58,002.72. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

61,846

Total Population

51.7 years

Median Age

High

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

$58,002.72

Average individual Income

Living in Novato, California: A Comprehensive Guide

 

Nestled in the heart of Marin County, Novato is a picturesque city in Northern California that offers residents a blend of suburban tranquility and access to the natural beauty of the region. With a population of approximately 56,000, Novato maintains a tight-knit community feel while being conveniently located just 29 miles north of San Francisco. Boasting a mix of residential neighborhoods, parks, and a thriving downtown, Novato provides a high quality of life for its residents.

 

 

History

Novato's history is deeply rooted in its origins as a Mexican land grant known as Rancho de Novato. In the mid-19th century, the area became a focal point for ranching and farming. Over time, Novato evolved from a rural community into a thriving city. Today, remnants of its rich history can be seen in well-preserved buildings, including the historic downtown area. The city's commitment to preserving its heritage is evident in landmarks such as the Marinwood Plaza and the Olompali State Historic Park.

 

 

Market Trends and Statistics – Year End 2023

Novato’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 18.7% compared to 2022, with only 572 new listings for 2023, compared to 704 the year before.

 

The average $/SqFt sold price also decreased as well,  592 $/SqFt in 2023, as opposed to 621   in 2022, a 4.7% 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 $1,298,000, an 8.4% decrease from the previous year, and an average sales price of $1,365,000, down 7.9%.

 

 

Buyer and Seller Dynamics

Along with a decrease in overall sales, the Novato’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 37 days, and increase of 32.1% from this point last year.

 

 

Economic Factors

Novato '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 Novato 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.  

 

 

Geography

Novato is characterized by diverse topography, offering residents a mix of rolling hills, open spaces, and scenic vistas. The city is surrounded by natural beauty, including the Marinwood Plaza, Mount Burdell, and Stafford Lake Park. The varied landscapes provide ample opportunities for outdoor activities, whether hiking on picturesque trails, enjoying water sports, or simply taking in the breathtaking views.

 

 

Dining and Entertainment

Novato boasts a diverse culinary scene that caters to a variety of tastes. From cozy cafes to upscale restaurants, the city offers a range of dining options. Downtown Novato is a hub for food enthusiasts, with numerous eateries serving international cuisine, farm-to-table dishes, and classic American fare. Whether you're in the mood for a casual brunch or a fine dining experience, Novato has something to satisfy every palate.

 

For entertainment, Novato features local theaters, art galleries, and live music venues. The city hosts cultural events and performances throughout the year, providing residents with opportunities to engage in the arts and support local talent. From community theater productions to art walks, Novato's cultural offerings contribute to its vibrant and lively atmosphere.

 

 

Shopping

Novato provides a diverse shopping experience, with a mix of boutique stores, local shops, and larger retail centers. Downtown Novato is a charming destination for boutique shopping, offering unique items, clothing, and gifts. The Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, a prominent retail hub, features a variety of national and local retailers, ensuring residents have access to a wide range of products and services.

 

Additionally, the city's farmers' markets are a great place to discover fresh, locally sourced produce and artisanal goods. The combination of small businesses and well-established retailers creates a balanced shopping environment that caters to the diverse preferences of Novato residents.

 

 

Schools

Novato is home to a well-regarded school district, providing a range of educational options for families. The Novato Unified School District oversees several elementary, middle, and high schools, all committed to delivering quality education. Schools in Novato prioritize academic excellence, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.

 

The city also offers private school options for those seeking alternative educational paths. Novato's commitment to education is further demonstrated by the presence of libraries and community centers that provide resources and support for lifelong learning.

 

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, living in Novato, California, offers a harmonious blend of natural beauty, rich history, and a vibrant community. From outdoor adventures and cultural experiences to diverse dining options and excellent schools, Novato provides a high quality of life for residents. Whether you're seeking a peaceful suburban retreat or a place with thriving community engagement, Novato stands out as a welcoming and well-rounded city in the heart of Marin County.

 

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Demographics and Employment Data for Novato, CA

Novato has 24,403 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Novato do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 61,846 people call Novato home. The population density is 1,067.6 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

61,846

Total Population

High

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

51.7

Median Age

50.51 / 49.49%

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
24,403

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$58,002.72

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 Novato, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Novato. 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
Good Shepherd Lutheran School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Lynwood Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
Pleasant Valley Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Novato Charter
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Our Lady Of Loretto School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Hamilton Meadow Park
PUBLIC
K - 8th
2/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
San Ramon Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Nova Education Center
PUBLIC
K - 12th
4/5
Marin Christian Academy
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
North Bay Christian Academy
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Lu Sutton Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Olive Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
San Jose Intermediate
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5

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