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San Anselmo – Brookside

San Anselmo - Brookside: The Enchanted Corner of Marin County


Welcome to the enchanting corner of Marin County, where the neighborhood of San Anselmo - Brookside beckons you with its picturesque charm, serene streets, and a blend of history and modern living. I'm thrilled to introduce you to this delightful community, and I'm excited to share all the ins and outs of this idyllic neighborhood.



Geographic Location

San Anselmo – Brookside ( lets just say Brookside) is situated in on the norther side of San Anselmo, California, making it a sought-after location for those who appreciate the perfect balance of life with the natural beauty of Marin County.


Located in the gently rolling hills north of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. , the neighborhood enjoys a favorable position that offers residents a comfortable commute to San Francisco (if you time it right), while also allowing for easy access to some of the best outdoor activities and natural splendors the region has to offer.



A Glimpse into History

To truly appreciate the Brookside neighborhood, we must take a step back in time. San Anselmo, as a whole, holds a rich history dating back to the late 19th century. The town's name was inspired by the mission of Saint Anselm, and it was officially incorporated in 1907. The San Anselmo area became well-known for its natural beauty and attracted visitors from near and far. Brookside, a charming neighborhood within San Anselmo, emerged and has been a cherished part of the community for many years.


In the early days, it was a popular vacation spot, offering a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco. While much has changed since then, the neighborhood's character remains rooted in its history, with a commitment to preserving its unique identity.



Local Shopping

Brookside is a residential area, but close to San Anselmo’s charming shopping district, a place where you can experience the warmth of local businesses and find everything from daily essentials to unique treasures. As you wander down the streets, you'll come across a delightful array of boutique shops, art galleries, and cozy cafes. Redhill shopping center is very close on convenient for those looking for everyday items.



Outdoor Activities

The great outdoors beckon in San Anselmo - Brookside, and residents here are privileged to have some of Marin County's most scenic recreational areas right at their doorstep. The neighborhood offers ample opportunities for hiking, biking, and simply immersing yourself in the stunning natural beauty that surrounds you.


One of the most popular outdoor destinations in the area is the nearby Mount Tamalpais State Park. Its extensive network of trails invites outdoor enthusiasts to explore the rugged terrain and witness breathtaking views of the Bay Area. Whether you're an avid hiker or prefer a leisurely picnic, there's something for everyone to enjoy.


The nearby Phoenix Lake, nestled in a tranquil canyon, provides the perfect setting hiking, bird-watching, or just taking a serene lakeside stroll. It's also a hub for the community's open space programs and outdoor activities, making it an essential part of life for residents in San Anselmo.




While Brookside is known for its serene and laid-back atmosphere, it doesn't mean that entertainment is scarce. The nearby areas of downtown and in Fairfax boasts a variety of cultural events, local festivals, and a vibrant music scene, ensuring that residents can enjoy a rich and diverse cultural life.


A favorite local spot for live music in Fairfax, where you can catch performances by talented musicians from a range of genres. The fun ambiance and intimate setting make it a great place to unwind and enjoy some tunes and meet friends.


One of the gems of the neighborhood is the San Anselmo Art Walk, a fantastic opportunity to explore the vibrant local art scene. Strolling through the art walk, you can admire the work of talented artists, ranging from painters to sculptors, who often draw inspiration from the picturesque surroundings.



School Information

The Brookside neighborhood is home to some highly regarded schools, making it an excellent choice for families seeking quality education. The Ross Valley School District and the San Rafael City Schools District serve the neighborhood, offering a range of educational options.


Wade Thomas Elementary School, in particular, is highly esteemed for its commitment to academic excellence and fostering a supportive learning environment. This school, known for its dedicated staff and strong community involvement, is a source of pride for residents.


For those in search of high school options, Archie William High School, (formerly known as Sir Francis Drake High School) is nearby, known for its rigorous academic programs and a range of extracurricular activities.



Types of Homes

Now, let's delve into what you've been waiting for – the homes in San Anselmo - Brookside. This neighborhood boasts a diverse range of housing options, catering to different tastes and lifestyles.


One of the predominant architectural styles you'll find here is the classic California bungalow. These charming homes often feature pitched roofs, wide porches, and a touch of vintage charm. They offer a sense of nostalgia and warmth, with many beautifully renovated to meet modern needs while preserving their historical character.


Another common sight in the neighborhood is the Craftsman style, characterized by its attention to detail, wooden accents, and distinctive architectural elements. These homes often feature well-manicured gardens, contributing to the neighborhood's overall picturesque aesthetic.


Additionally, you'll come across Mediterranean and Spanish-style homes, offering a touch of Mediterranean elegance with their terra cotta roofs, arched doorways, and beautiful stucco exteriors. These homes often boast beautiful courtyards and are perfect for those who appreciate a touch of Mediterranean flair.


As for pricing, the Brookside neighborhood is known for its desirability, and home values reflect that. Home prices in the neighborhood typically start at just over $1M, for a smaller cottage style with limited square foot and possibly only 1 bath.  However it's not uncommon to find larger homes ranging from the $1.5 to $2.5M. The competitive real estate market and high demand for homes in this area make it essential for buyers to be well-prepared and have a seasoned real estate professional by their side.


In terms of residential options, you can find everything from cozy single-family homes to spacious estates. The variety in housing ensures that there's something for every stage of life, from young families to retirees looking for a peaceful and picturesque setting.


Whether you're in the market for a historic bungalow with character or a more modern, upgraded residence, the Brookside neighborhood has the perfect home to suit your lifestyle and preferences.




In San Anselmo - Brookside, you'll discover a community where history meets modernity, where natural beauty blends seamlessly with the conveniences of life, and where residents enjoy a rich and diverse lifestyle. From its charming shopping district and abundant outdoor activities to its highly regarded schools and range of architectural styles, this neighborhood is a unique gem within Marin County.


If you're considering making San Anselmo - Brookside your home, I'm here to guide you through the intricacies of the real estate market. As a seasoned real estate broker with an in-depth knowledge of the area, I can help you find the perfect home that meets your needs and preferences.


I look forward to assisting you in your journey to find your dream home in this enchanting corner of Marin County. Contact me today for personalized assistance and expert guidance in navigating the San Anselmo - Brookside real estate market. Your new home, full of charm and possibilities, awaits in this remarkable neighborhood.


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