January 10, 2017
San Francisco truly is a magical city, rich with history, beauty, urban charm and a unique personality you won’t find anywhere else. But the fact is, it’s not always the easiest place to live. With massive congestion and rent/home prices that are off the charts, many inside and outside the city are looking for other options. Here are four key reasons why Marin County, and Novato in particular, might be the perfect solution:
Cost of Living – San Francisco consistently ranks as the no. 1 most expensive city in the country for renters. With rental prices for apartments in Novato, CA costing less than half what you’ll pay in San Francisco on average, a renter in Novato pays less money for more space, and still has easy access to the city. So, we think this one is really a no-brainer.
Access to National Parks – Marin County is home to a wealth of natural beauty and protected lands. Within Golden Gate National Recreation Area, you’ll find over 80,000 acres of untrammeled nature. Popular sites include the Muir Woods National Monument, Stinson Beach, the Marin Headlands, and historic Fort Baker, which boasts breathtaking views of the Golden Gate bridge. In Novato, you also have easy access to the pristine beaches of the Pt. Reyes National Seashore, as well as San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge in nearby Petaluma.
Access to Wine Country – When you live in Novato, the Tuscany of North America is right in your backyard. Just 45 minutes in the car and you’re in the rolling, vineyard-dotted countryside of Napa Valley. And with Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake County close by as well, you are in prime position for some of the best day trips and weekend getaways available.
Access to San Francisco – Nestled right between the city and some of the most gorgeous countryside in the U.S., living in Novato truly is the best of both worlds. Just a short drive from both San Francisco and the East Bay, Novato offers all the benefits of the city, without the congestion and sky-high cost of living. And with the expansion of the Sonoma Marin Commuter Rail, and three convenient ferries, you can forget about gas, tolls and parking.
So whether you already live in San Francisco and are thinking of leaving, or are considering moving into the Bay Area for the first time, you might want to take a look to the area just north of the Golden City, where you’ll find all convenience of urban life, without the hassle.