San Rafael


San Rafael
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WELCOME TO SAN RAFAEL
Population: 58,994 (approx) 

Local Weather Named after the Mission San Rafael Archangel, built by Spanish missionaries in 1817, San Rafael is located 18 miles north of San Francisco, halfway between San Francisco and the Sonoma wine country. The area enjoys a mild, Mediterranean climate year round. Beautiful Mount Tamalpais dominates the landscape to the south and west, providing protection from the ocean breezes and coastal fog. 

Marin's premier city, San Rafael, is the oldest and largest city in the County and it is also the seat of County Government. Marin's second most popular tourist spot (after Muir Woods), the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center, was the last major structure and the only government building designed by the world famous architect. It is now a national historic landmark. The 20-acre Marin County Civic Center is home to Marin County's government offices, the main County Library, and the Marin Center for the Performing Arts.  

Nearby China Camp State Park, a Chinese shrimp-fishing village thrived on this site in the 1880’s. Nearly 500 people, originally from Canton, China, lived in the village. In its heyday, there were three general stores, a marine supply store and a barber shop. Fisherman by trade in their native country, they gravitated to the work they knew best. Over 90% of the shrimp they netted were dried and shipped to China or Chinese communities throughout the US. Visit China Camp Village and walk through the house museum describing early Chinese settlement.  

Marin's oldest city offers a wide assortment of housing, from Peacock Gap Golf and Country Club's contemporary homes and condominiums overlooking the Bay, to spacious traditional homes in the prestigious Dominican area and San Rafael Country Club to Gerstle Park, a sought after area for vintage homes. San Rafael has 14 parks, yacht clubs, outstanding docking and launching facilities, tennis-swim clubs and bicycle trails. In the Northern part of San Rafael you will find ranch style and Eichler homes, which are quite prevalent in the Terra Linda and Marinwood areas. 

At the city’s heart is its charming, vibrant downtown shopping district. Downtown’s mixture of Victorian buildings, ethnic restaurants, street cafes, retail stores and financial institutions creates San Rafael’s hometown flavor. 

In the center of town is the new San Rafael City Plaza, with its innovative water wall fountain. The plaza has become a community gathering place and the center of seasonal events such as the Thursday night farmers markets and summertime concerts. 

Nearby is an authentic recreation of Mission San Rafael Archangel; founded in 1817 as part of California’s mission chain, a replica of the original mission with a museum, gift shop, and self-guided tours, attract many visitors. It is also the backdrop for the annual “Youth in Arts,” Italian Street Painting Festival held in June.  

The city is served by two school districts; Dixie School District and the San Rafael School District. It is also home to the lovely Dominican College campus, founded in 1888.  

Parklands and open space account for nearly 30 percent of the city’s land. Since it borders the San Pablo Bay, San Rafael has an abundance of marinas and many water-oriented recreational activities are available. Nature lovers will appreciate the quiet beauty of China Camp State Park, a 1,600-acre park where visitors enjoy camping, wildlife watching, hiking, swimming, boating and wind surfing.  

Other notable places to visit are McNear's Beach Park,on the eastern side of San Rafael, which rims a picture perfect shoreline, is wonderfully secluded and offers lush lawn for picnicking, swimming & tennis, yet only minutes from town  

San Rafael the center of Marin County offers one almost every convenience!

 

THE HISTORY OF SAN RAFAEL... 

San Rafael’s history is present in many of its beautifully restored turn-of-the century buildings, including the Marin County Historical Society Museum, the Falkirk Cultural Center, a handsomely preserved, 17-room Victorian mansion, set on 11 acres of formal grounds just a block from downtown, and the 106-year-old Dominican University. Many of these buildings are featured in a self-guided walking tour guide, available at the local Chamber of Commerce. 

San Rafael was once the site of several Coast Miwok villages in San Rafael, Terra Linda, and Marinwood.  

Mission San Rafael Archangel was founded in what is now downtown San Rafael as the 20th Spanish mission in the colonial province of Alta California by Father Perfect Vicente Francisco de Sarria, along with an escort of soldiers, four years before Mexico gained independence from Spain.  

The mission and city are named for the Archangel Raphael, the Angel of Healing. The mission was originally planned as a hospital site for Central Valley American Indians who had become ill at the cold San Francisco Mission Dolores. Father Luis Gil, who spoke several Native American languages, was put in charge of the facility. In part because of its ideal weather, San Rafael was later upgraded to full mission status in 1822. The mission had 300 converts within its first year and 1,140 converts by 1828. The Mexican government took over the California missions in 1834, and Mission San Rafael was abandoned in 1844, eventually falling into ruin. The current mission was built in the style of the original in 1949, but faces at right angles to the alignment of the original.

WHERE TO STAY...

Embassy Suites Hotel
101 McInnis Parkway
San Rafael CA 94903
415-499-9222
1-800-EMBASSY
www.Embassysuites.com
Extened Stay Deluxe
1775 Francisco Blvd
San Rafael CA 94901
415-451-1887
www.extendedstaydeluxe.com
   
Four Points Sheraton Hotel
1010 Northgate Dr.
San Rafael CA 94903
415-479-8800
1-800-325-3535
www.fourpoints.com
Panama Hotel
4 Bayview St.
San Rafael CA 94901
415-457-3993
1-800-899-3993
www.panamahotel.com

WHERE TO EAT


Featured Properties in San Rafael

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    6 Grande Paseo , San Rafael
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    15 Hazel Court , San Rafael
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    BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED
    23 Corte Mesa Ave, San Rafael
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    1748 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael
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    LIST PRICE: $1,295,000

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    67 Forbes Ave, San Rafael
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    293 Ellen Drive, San Rafael
    $500,000

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    157 Marina , San Rafael
    $760,000

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    Charming Remodeled Home!
    14 1st Street, San Rafael
    $635,000

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    51 Sulgrave Lane, San Rafael
    $475,000

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    29 Chapel Cove, San Rafael
    $1,599,000

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    225 Cobblestone Drive, San Rafael
    $629,000

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    70 Irwin Street, San Rafael
    $959,000

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    40 Ridgewood Drive, San Rafael
    $830,000

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    24 Bonnie Banks Way, San Rafael
    $885,000

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    300 Summit Avenue, San Rafael
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    56 Park Ridge , San Rafael
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    8 Chapel Cove, San Rafael
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    236 Mountain View, San Rafael
    LIST PRICE: $1,395,000

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    2390 Paradise Drive, Tiburon
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    54 Bedford Cove, San Rafael
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    1 Egret View, San Rafael
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    15 Dowitcher Way, San Rafael
    LIST PRICE: $849,000

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    160 Baypoint Drive, San Rafael
    $730,000

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    38 Newport Way, San Rafael
    $649,000

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    Sought After Waterfront Location
    9 Avocet Court, San Rafael
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    $510,000

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    Exquisite Waterfront Townhome!
    19 Dowitcher Way, San Rafael
    $675,000

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    4 Baypoint Drive, San Rafael
    $649,000

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    121 Spinnaker Point Drive, San Rafael
    $565,000

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    13 Catalina Blvd, San Rafael
    $599,000

    www.13catalina.com
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    Picturesque Water Views!
    47 Dowitcher Way, San Rafael
    $799,000

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    35 Dowitcher Way, San Rafael
    $825,000

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    45 Egret View, San Rafael
    $1,099,000

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    212 Baypoint Drive, San Rafael
    $740,000

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    31 Baypoint Drive, San Rafael
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    DRAMATIC VIEW PROPERTY!
    176 Baypoint Drive, San Rafael
    $839,000

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    105 Baypoint Drive, San Rafael
    $749,000

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    105 Plymouth Cove, San Rafael
    $599,000

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    $699,000

    www.57dowitcher.com
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    3 Duxbury Cove, San Rafael
    $649,000

    www.3duxbury.com
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    2 Salem Cove, San Rafael
    $675,000

    www.2salem.com
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    49 Dowitcher Way, San Rafael
    $899,000

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    144 Nantucket Cove, San Rafael
    LIST PRICE: $825,000

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    110 Baypoint Drive, San Rafel
    LIST PRICE: $735,000

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    Beautiful End Unit!
    16 Baypoint Drive, San Rafael
    LIST PRICE: $719,000

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    Beautiful Sunny and Open Floor Plan!
    102 Plymouth Cove , San Rafael
    LIST PRICE: $675,000

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    Extraordinary Waterfront Home!
    11 Dowitcher Way, San Rafael
    LIST PRICE: $899,000

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    Beautiful Home on the Lagoon!
    251 Baypoint Drive, San Rafael
    List Price; $905,000

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    Charming Family Home!
    118 Baypoint Drive , San Rafael
    LIST PRICE: $699,500

    www.118Baypoint.com
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    Spectacular Townhome on the Bay!
    12 Duxbury Cove, San Rafael
    LIST PRICE: $849,000

    www.12duxbury.com
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    Waterfront Gem!
    31 Baypoint Drive, San Rafael
    LIST PRICE: $899,000

    www.31baypoint.com
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    Beautifully Remodeled Unit!
    6 Dowitcher Way, San Rafael
    LIST PRICE: $729,000

    www.6dowitcher.com
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    Waterfront Gem!
    20 Duxbury Cove, San Rafael
    LIST PRICE: $799,000

    www.20duxbury.com
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    224 Baypoint Dr, San Rafael
    LIST PRICE: $869,000

    www.224baypoint.com
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    12 Gloucester Cove, San Rafael
    LIST PRICE: $699,000

    www.spectacularspinnaker.com
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    114 Baypoint Drive, San Rafael
    LIST PRICE: $799,000

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