Many Marin folks fav town, globally Marin’s most acknowledged place, and the first town one drives to after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge is Sausalito! Above all it is a sailor’s town. Everywhere you look, you’ll see maritime folks’ favorite playthings from kayaks to 200+ foot yachts. Paddleboard yoga is a groggy coffee-lovers entertainment. The town takes its name from one of the earliest Mexican land grants north of San Francisco, Rancho Saucelito to Nicolas Galindo in 1835. Rancho Saucelito was one of the busiest commercial areas in Marin during that time.
Sausalito’s year-round warm days and cool nights, artsy locals, and fantastic waterfront commerce and restaurants, draw people from around the world and make Sausalito one of the greatest towns of Marin.
Sausalito is increasingly being considered by families due to its great new Charter school, Willow Creek Academy.
Sausalito was originally built as a summer getaway for wealthy San Franciscans, as the summer weather is significantly warmer and less foggy than San Francisco proper.
The Golden Gate Bridge was completed in 1937 linking San Francisco to Marin County. With its completion, Sausalito, and Marin Country in general, have evolved into ideal suburbs for the ideal city: great weather, interesting community, close proximity to downtown San Francisco, and situated equidistant between two international airports (Oakland and SF); loads of public open space for team sports, hiking, biking, kayaking fishing, sailing, surfing, kitesurfing and wing-foiling.
Sausalito fronts the San Francisco Bay on its west-north-west flank. The San Francisco Bay is well known as a mecca for sailing and windsurfing and supports a diverse eco-system. The San Francisco Bay is the size of the state of Rhode Island and is the largest estuarine system on the west coasts of both North and South America.
When looking for houses in Sausalito, be sure to work with a realtor who knows about the different weather zones in Sausalito. 20 yards in one direction or the other can mean a difference of up to 20 degrees on an average Summer afternoon. No joke.
There are several great options for commuting to San Francisco including ferry and bus service. There are more than a few Sausalito residents who commute by bike to San Francisco and swear by it. Driving time to the financial district ranges 15-25 minutes depending on the time of day, and commuters are very infrequently subject to ‘stop-and-go’ traffic.