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Overview for San Anselmo, CA

12,795 people live in San Anselmo, where the median age is 44.9 and the average individual income is $87,951. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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A Vibrant Paradise in Marin County


Nestled in the heart of Marin County, California, San Anselmo is a picturesque and charming town that embodies the essence of Northern California living. As a seasoned real estate broker in this region, I'm delighted to introduce you to this vibrant community. San Anselmo offers a unique blend of history, natural beauty, and modern amenities, making it an ideal place to call home.



Geographic Location

San Anselmo is situated in the heart of Marin County, known for its breathtaking landscapes and proximity to the San Francisco Bay Area. It's conveniently located just 20 miles north of San Francisco, providing residents with easy access to the bustling city while offering a serene retreat from its urban buzz.


This tranquil town is nestled within a network of rolling hills and lush valleys, creating a captivating backdrop of natural beauty. The San Anselmo Creek meanders through the town, adding to its charm. The town's scenic landscapes make it a sought-after destination for those who appreciate the outdoors, as it's surrounded by numerous hiking and biking trails.



Market Trends and Statistics – Year End 2023


San Anselmo’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 29.8% compared to 2022, with only 106 new listings for 2023, compared to 151 the year before.


The average $/SqFt sold price also decreased as well, 977 $/SqFt in 2023, as opposed to 973 in 2022, a .4% increase 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 $1,649000, a 4.6% decrease from the previous year, and an average sales price of $1,962,000, down 4.5%.



Buyer and Seller Dynamics

Along with a decrease in overall sales, the Sausalito’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 25 days, and increase of 19% from this point last year.



Buyer and Seller Dynamics

Along with a decrease in overall sales, the San Anselmo’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 36 days, and increate of 33.3% from this point last year.



Economic Factors

San Anselmo’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 San Anselmo 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.




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.  



A Brief History

San Anselmo has a rich history dating back to the late 1800s when it was primarily a hub for the North Pacific Coast Railroad. The town was named after the nearby San Anselmo Creek and its historical downtown area still showcases well-preserved Victorian and Craftsman-style homes. As a resident, you'll enjoy strolling through the town's historic districts, where you can discover a glimpse into the past.



Local Shopping

San Anselmo is renowned for its boutique shopping scene. The downtown area is brimming with charming stores, art galleries, and one-of-a-kind boutiques. You can explore unique gifts, clothing, and local artisan crafts. From antique shops to contemporary fashion boutiques, you'll find it all here.


For everyday needs, there are grocery stores, pharmacies, and other conveniences. The vibrant Farmer's Market is a community favorite, offering fresh produce, artisanal food, and a great opportunity to mingle with neighbors.



Outdoor Activities

San Anselmo is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. With its prime location in Marin County, residents have easy access to an abundance of recreational opportunities. Hiking and biking trails are plentiful, and nearby parks like Phoenix Lake and Mount Tamalpais State Park provide ample opportunities for exploration. You can also enjoy horseback riding, golfing, or simply take in the natural beauty that surrounds you.


The town's commitment to preserving its natural beauty and green spaces is evident in its numerous parks and open areas, making it an ideal place for families and individuals who enjoy the great outdoors.




Despite its quaint appearance, San Anselmo offers a vibrant cultural scene. From art galleries to theaters and music festivals, there's always something to do. For those looking for a more relaxed evening, enjoy a delicious meal at one of the town's diverse restaurants, many of which feature locally sourced ingredients.


For a short drive, you can explore Marinwood Plaza, where you'll find a cinema, shopping options, and a variety of dining choices. And when you're in the mood for some live entertainment, be sure to check the calendar of Marinwood's Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, which often hosts concerts and events.



School Information

San Anselmo is part of the Ross Valley School District, which is known for its high-quality public schools. The town is home to several top-rated elementary schools, including Wade Thomas Elementary, Hidden Valley Elementary, and Brookside Elementary. Parents will appreciate the strong sense of community in these schools and the dedicated teachers.


For middle school and high school, San Anselmo students often attend White Hill Middle School in Fairfax and Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo. Both schools offer a wide range of extracurricular activities, ensuring a well-rounded education.


In addition to the excellent public schools, there are also a number of private school options in the area, giving parents the flexibility to choose the best educational fit for their children.



Housing Overview

San Anselmo offers an array of homes that cater to a diverse range of preferences. The town's real estate landscape features a mix of architectural styles and a variety of price points to suit different budgets.

  • Historic Charm: The historic district of San Anselmo boasts homes that reflect the architectural styles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Victorian and Craftsman. These homes often feature unique character details such as ornate woodwork, intricate stained glass, and well-maintained gardens. Prices for these historic gems can range from around $1.5 million to over $3 million, depending on size and condition.

  • Mid-Century Modern: San Anselmo is also home to a selection of mid-century modern houses that offer open, airy layouts, and clean lines. These homes often come with generous lots and are typically priced between $1.2 million and $2 million.

  • Contemporary Comfort: In recent years, contemporary homes have become a prominent feature of the real estate landscape. These houses offer sleek designs, open floor plans, and often, impressive views of the surrounding landscape. Prices for contemporary homes vary widely, with many starting at around $1.5 million.

  • Cottage-Style Homes: For those who appreciate cozier homes, cottage-style houses are available. These charming residences offer smaller footprints and often come with well-tended gardens. Prices for these homes range from $900,000 to $1.5 million.

  • Condominiums and Townhouses: San Anselmo also offers a variety of condominiums and townhouses, ideal for those seeking a lower-maintenance lifestyle. These properties are a more affordable option, with prices typically starting at $600,000.



Real EstateTrends

The San Anselmo real estate market has remained strong over the years, with properties appreciating steadily. While the town's charming homes and excellent schools attract families, its proximity to San Francisco makes it appealing to commuters.


In recent years, we've seen a growing trend of professionals and families moving from the city to San Anselmo. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted many individuals to reconsider their living arrangements, and the appeal of more space, a slower pace of life, and an abundance of outdoor activities made San Anselmo an attractive destination.


This increased demand has resulted in a competitive market, with well-maintained properties often receiving multiple offers. It's essential to work with a knowledgeable real estate agent to navigate this dynamic market successfully.




San Anselmo, California, offers a delightful combination of natural beauty, historical charm, and a vibrant community. Its ideal location, excellent schools, and diverse housing options make it a fantastic place to call home. Whether you're drawn to the historic architecture, contemporary designs, or the promise of a life closer to nature, San Anselmo has something for everyone.


As a local real estate broker with a deep understanding of the San Anselmo area, I'm here to assist you in finding the perfect home that meets your unique needs and desires. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or are interested in exploring real estate opportunities in San Anselmo. I look forward to helping you make this incredible town your new home.



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Demographics and Employment Data for San Anselmo, CA

San Anselmo has 4,995 households, with an average household size of 2.55. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in San Anselmo do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 12,795 people call San Anselmo home. The population density is 4,782.77 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in San Anselmo, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby San Anselmo. 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.
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Wade Thomas Elementary
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Irine M Hunt School Of Marin
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