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Corte Madera is a community of approximately 9,425 residents tucked away in the green Marin countryside. The town extends from San Francisco Bay on the east side of Highway 101 to Mt. Tamalpais on the west. Since 1916, Corte Madera has occupied an area of four square miles of land, plus surrounding water tidelands. This small town is an easy 12 mile commute to San Francisco, but typifies the relaxed outdoor lifestyle of Marin with its pleasant climate, bordering wetlands, and lush open space. The Corte Madera community boasts a strong commitment to preserving the area's wildlife and habitat at the Corte Madera Reserve Sanctuary for Migrating Birds, the Shorebird Marsh Wildlife Habitat, and The Ring Mountain Preserve. With a beautiful view of Mt. Tamalpais, this town is within hiking, biking and driving distance of some of the most beautiful vistas in the western U.S. Corte Madera illustrates the wonderful Marin County blend of nature along with all the amenities of city living.

Less hilly than nearby Mill Valley, Corte Madera straddles Highway 101 and stretches east to the Bay. Well-known throughout the county as a shopper's mecca, this bedroom community enjoys superb amenities made possible by the sales tax on retail goods.

The town claims the largest shopping plaza in the county-The Village at Corte Madera-home to upscale retailers like Nordstrom and Macy's in addition to 90 other specialty shops and stores. Just across the freeway is the Town Center, adding about 60 more shops, services, and restaurants.

Once heavily wooded land, Corte Madera provided the lumber for the construction of San Francisco's Presidio. The very name of the city is translated as "cut wood." With the exception of a few hills, the quiet and attractive neighborhoods sprawl over relatively flat terrain.

Larkspur and Corte Madera are often called the "twin cities," sharing schools and the benefit of the high academic rankings they consistently earn. Most of the well-kept homes were built from the 1950s to the '70s, reflecting popular architectural styles of the time.

Corte Madera Resources
Chamber of Commerce

Corte Madera Chamber of Commerce

129 Corte Madera Town Center Corte Madera, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.924.0441

Provides services to the businesses of Corte Madera.


Corte Madera Demographics

Population (2000): 9,100
Median resident age: 41
Average household income (2000): $86,800
Mean home price (2005): $1,045,367
Mean Condominium/Townhouse Sales Price (2005): $590,417
Number of units sold (2005): 30


Town of Corte Madera

300 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.927.5050

Council meets first and third Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m

County of Marin

3501 Civic Center Drive San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.499.7331

Fire Stations

Corte Madera Fire Department

342 Tamalpais Drive Corte Madera, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.927.5077

Police Stations

Twin Cities Police Department

250 Doherty Drive Larkspur, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.927.5150

Marin County Sheriff's Office

3501 Civic Center Drive, #145 San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.499.7250 or 911

Responsible for patrol services, prevention of crime and apprehension of criminals in unincorporated areas, and investigates criminal activity. It provides Mutual Aid support to local law enforcement and processes civil writs; serves court warrants.

Marin Sheriff's Office & Emergency Services

3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 266 San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.499.6584

Preparing for Earthquakes, Floods, Fires, Landslides, Volcanoes; Children and special populations; Pets and other animals; Securing furniture and bolting foundations; and more.


Corte Madera Library

707 Meadowsweet Drive Corte Madera, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.924.4844


Corte Madera/Larkspur Mothers' Club

P.O. Box 823 Corte Madera, CA 94977
Telephone: 415.451.7234

Corte Madera Town Band

32 Madera Boulevard Corte Madera, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.460.6570

Corte Madera Farmers' Market

Corte Madera Town Center Tamalpais Drive Corte Madera, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.382.7846

Wednesdays 12:00PM - 5PM

Corte Madera Parks & Recreation

300 Tamalpais Drive P.O. Box 159 Corte Madera, CA 94976
Telephone: 415.927.5072


Golden Gate Center for Spiritual Living

101 Casa Buena Drive, Suite B Corte Madera, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.924.1494

The Golden Gate Center for Spiritual Living is a lively and loving community which holds Sunday services at 10:00am at the Corte Madera Recreation Center.

Hillside Church of Marin

5461 Paradise Drive Corte Madera, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.924.2297

Marin Lutheran Church

649 Meadowsweet Drive Corte Madera, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.924.3782


Lycee Francais International

Golden Mind Passage Corte Madera, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.924.1737

More than 200 students follow the French curriculum at the Corte Madera campus and enjoy large classrooms, playgrounds and a gymnasium.

200 students; PK-5 330; Private

Marin Country Day

Paradise Drive Corte Madera, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.927.5900

An independent K-8 coed day school enrolling 540 students at its 35-acre campus in the San Francisco Bay Area. The school's mission, underscored by core values of respect, responsibility and compassion, asks children to become skilled learners and ethical human beings, motivated to make a difference in the world.

540 students; K-8 5221; Private

Marin Montessori

5200 Paradise Drive Corte Madera, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.924.5388

200 students; Grades PK - 6; Private

Neil Cummins Elementary

58 Mohawk Avenue Corte Madera, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.927.6965

An award-winning public school for kindergarten through fifth graders in the Larkspur School District

620 students; K-5; Public

The Mountain School

50 El Camino Drive Corte Madera, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.924.4661

A Waldorf-inspired preschool and kindergarten offering experienced, caring teachers in a beautiful, secure environment.

70 students; Grades PK - K; Private

Corte Madera Montessori

50 El Camino Drive Corte Madera, CA 94925

60 students; PK-K; Private


Sanitary District #2 (Corte Madera)

300 Tamalpais Drive Corte Madera, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.927.5057

Marin Hazardous and Solid Waste JPA

65 Mitchell Blvd. San Rafael, CA 94913
Telephone: 415.485.6806

Marin Recycling Center

535 Jacoby St. San Rafael, CA 94501
Telephone: 415.453.1404

Marin Municipal Water District

220 Nellen Avenue Corte Madera, CA 94925
Telephone: 415.945.1455

Comcast of North Bay

AT&T Telephone

Telephone: 800.310.2355

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG & E)

Telephone: 800.743.5000


Local Weather

Winter temperatures range from 41 to 60
Spring temperatures range from 45 to 70
Summer temperatures range from 52 to 83
Fall temperatures range from 50 to 72
Rainfall 55-65 days per year
Precipitation 42 inches per year

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