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MILL VALLEY

Nestled at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais, Mill Valley has a charm that sets it apart from its neighboring communities. Bordered on three sides by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument, and Mt. Tamalpais State Park, living in this trendy community is a privilege that does not come cheap.

In July of 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Mill Valley tenth on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States.

The many celebrity residents, thriving businesses, and active service organizations help to ensure this community's economic success while also providing for a nurturing family environment. This town hosts some of the best public and private schools in the nation giving more reason for this being a family-oriented town with high end real estate.

The city is named for a saw mill established by John Reed in the 19th century, the site of which is now Old Mill Park. When the wooded area had been completely logged over, it was divided into small and irregular building lots, which were sold at auction. Many of the vacation homes built at that time were converted to residences during the Great Depression of the 1930s, especially after the Golden Gate Bridge eased access to San Francisco. It is now an affluent residential suburb, much of which is reached by narrow, winding roads built in the early 20th century.

Mill Valley has every type of residence you could ask for, from beach-front to bay-side, secluded valley homes, or hill side homes with spectacular views. If that is not enough, the mild, year-round temperatures regulated by the ocean fog's cooling action and the city's easy ten mile commute to San Francisco would make this eclectic community a must see for anyone searching for their dream home. The Mill valley median price for 2006 was: $1,570,000. Search for a home in Mill valley: BayAreaRealEstateSales.com, Mill Valley Home Search.

The heart of the town is Lytton Square, lovingly known among residents as the city's "living room" or communal "back yard." Lytton square is where tourists gather, children frolic, dogs romp and adults sip coffee at tables from a former Greyhound Bus terminal.

The area is known for the convergence of coffee purveyors at the intersection of Throckmorton and Miller avenues. All are normally busy and are often used as the mid-morning coffee break sites for the many residents who work at home. There are high-end pet stores and baby stores, as well as wine stores and the city's venerable grocery store, the Mill Valley Market, which is next to City Hall on Corte Madera Avenue.

Mill Valley is also noted for the annual, world-renowned Mill Valley Film Festival and the legendary foot race, the Dipsea, the second oldest of its kind in the United States, dating to 1905. Every June, runners compete in the grueling 7.1-mile cross country race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach.

In the fall, the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival comes to town. The artwork of about 120 selected artists and local students is displayed among the redwood - groves of downtown Mill Valley in Old Mill Park. The festival enjoys statewide, prestige and a high level of excellence, as well as live musical entertainment.

There is much to do and to see in the city, but perhaps the best thing is to be at Lytton Square at sunset, when the first ribbons of fog are drifting over Mt. Tam's sloping shoulders. The water in the air sparkles in the retreating rays of the sun and, as the half-light of evening steals through stands of redwoods, one word comes to mind time and time again: Magical! -Marin IJ

Mill Valley has some of the countries top rates schools: Mill Valley Schools

 
Mill Valley Resources
Chamber of Commerce

Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce

85 Throckmorton Avenue Mill Valley, CA 94942
Telephone: 415.388.9700

Demographics

Mill Valley Demographics

Population: 13,600
Size: 4.75 square miles
Annual budget: $20.5 million
Number of households: 6,259
Median home price, June 2006: $1 ,570,000

Government

City of Mill Valley

Telephone: 415.388.4033
Council meets first and third Mondays at 7:30 p.m

History

California State Historical Landmarks - Mill Valley

The First Sawmill in Marin (located in Mill Valley), the Oldest House North of San Francisco Bay (north of Novato), the Mission San Rafael Arcangel (in San Rafael) and the site of the Lighter Wharf in Bolinas.

Marin History Museum

Telephone: 415.454.8538 The Marin History Museum celebrates the traditions of innovation and creativity of the people of Marin County.

Mill Valley Historical Society

375 Throckmorton Avenue Mill Valley, CA 94941 The Society researches information about Mill Valley's past and makes this historical information available to the public.

Police/Fire
Fire Stations

Southern Marin Fire Protection District

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District serves the communities of Tamalpais Valley, Almonte, Homestead Valley, Alto, Strawberry and approximately 1/4 of the town of Tiburon.
308 Reed Boulevard Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone: 415.388.8182

Police Stations

Mill Valley Police Department

P.O. Box 1029 Mill Valley, CA 94942
Telephone: 415.389.4100

Libraries

Mill Valley Library

375 Throckmorton Avenue Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone: 415.389.4292

Recreation

California Alpine Club

P.O. Box 2180 Mill Valley, CA 94942
Telephone: 415.388.9940

Mill Valley Community Center

180 Camino Alto Mill Valley, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.383.1370

Mill Valley Parks and Recreation

Telephone: 415.383.1370

Strawberry Recreation District

118 E. Strawberry Drive Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone: 415.383.6494

The Strawberry District owns and operates facilities including two ball fields, four tennis courts, an aquatics facility, a gymnasium/auditorium and meeting rooms. It also maintains several small parks, pathways and a public dock on Strawberry peninsula.

Religious/Faith

Community Church of Mill Valley

8 Olive Street Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone: 415.388.5540

Episcopal Church of Our Saviour

10 Old Mill Street, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone: 415.388.1907

Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church

410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone: 415.388.4456

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church

3 Oakdale Avenue , Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone: 415.388.4190

Center for Compassion & Wisdom (TCCW)

160 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone: 415.383.8824

Schools

Mill Valley School District

Greenwood School

17 Buena Vista Avenue Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone: 415.388.0495
39 students; Grades 5-8; Private

Kumara School

540 Marin Avenue Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone: 415.388.5437
39 students; PK-1; Private

Marin Horizon School

305 Montford Avenue Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone: 415.388.8408
177 students; PK-8; Private

Mount Tamalpais School

100 Harvard Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone415.383.9434
250 students; K-8, Private

Ring Mountain Day School

104 Tiburon Boulevard, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone 415.381.8183
25 students; PK-4; Private

Ross Academy Montessori School

Seven Thomas Drive, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone 415.383.5777
5 students; K; Private

North Bay Marin School

70 Lomita Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone: 415.381.3003
95 students; Grades 9-12; Private

Edna Maguire Elementary School

80 Lomita Drive, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone: 415.389.7733
325 students; K-5; Public

Mill Valley Middle School

425 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone: 415.389.7711
761 students; Grades 6-8; Public

Old Mill Elementary School

352 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone415.389.7727
311 students; K-5; Public

Park Elementary School

360 E. Blithedale Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone 415.389.7735
311 students; K-5; Public

Strawberry Point Elementary School

117 E. Strawberry Drive, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone 415.380.2490
206 students; K-5; Public

Tamalpais High School

700 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone 415.388.3292
1142 students; Grades 9-12; Public

Tamalpais Valley Elementary School

350 Bell Lane, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Telephone 415.389.7731
322 students; K-5; Public

Utilities

Almonte Sanitary District
P.O. Box 648
Mill Valley, CA 94942
Telephone: 415.388.8775

Alto Sanitary District
P.O. Box 163
Mill Valley, CA 94942
Telephone: 415.388.3696

Homestead Valley Sanitary District
P.O. Box 149
Mill Valley, CA 94942
Telephone: 415.388.4796

Marin County Freecycle

The Freecycle Network is open to all who want to "recycle" that special something rather than throw it away

Marin Recycling Center

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

Comcast of North Bay

AT&T Telephone

Telephone: 800.310.2355

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG & E)

Telephone: 800.743.5000

McGuire Real Estate