Welcome to San Rafael
The county seat of Marin, San Rafael is large, diverse, eclectic, and historic. That history stretches from California’s beginnings, with the 1817 founding of Mission San Rafael on the old El Camino Real, to the construction of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Marin Civic Center in the 1960s. Downtown
Nearby China Camp State Park considered a jewel by the bay offering kid-friendly, walk-in campgrounds for tents, a shallow protected swimming beach as well as biking and running trails.
The neighborhoods of San Rafael are very distinctive. From sought-after midcentury Eichler homes of Terra Linda to the Victorians that surround Dominican College and the custom homes of Lucas Valley.
The Marin Civic Center designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, completed in 1962 with it’s futuristic aesthetic it’s been featured in many science-fiction films.
Third Avenue downtown houses popular restaurants, bars, hardware stores, bookstores and boutiques.
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